I recently learned Oregon still has the death penalty, right after reading an outstanding update in The Atlantic on the case of Emmet Till, a tortured 14 year old boy who helped spark the Civil Rights movement. Yet, his murder is already being forgotten (not taught) even though some of those responsible are still alive.
The very next day, I heard an expose on the execution of Troy Davis, in GA. He was killed in spite of the fact that 7/9 witnesses recanted their testimony, with prosecutors also asking for a stay. The week prior a social media post shared the history of the attack on Black soldiers in Europe, after WWII, by white soldiers who did not want Blacks to enjoy the freedoms afforded to all in Europe.
26 states have already abolished the death penalty. For unusual treatment it takes more than half the states to abolish the Death Penalty.
For those who do not agree, let's have a discussion about it, to better understand each other. No need to throw stones.
Beyond the death penalty, we need a system that positively helps people overcome illness. Another blog will focus on healthcare and what Medical Freedom truly means: access.
In the meantime, I need a couple of volunteers to act as liaison to the groups we need to support to abolish the death penalty in Oregon.