Monday, August 27, 2007

Fighting for Life

I’m happy to share that this weekend I was elected to the Board of Directors for Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. I’ve worked with GFADP for years, from struggling to stop the death penalty from being carried out (recent success for now is Troy Davis) but also standing with them during those horrible nights at the prison in Jackson while the State commits murder. For the last five years they have introduced and pushed resolutions that commission a study of Georgia’s death penalty and recommend a halt to executions during the time of the study. One of the reasons they brought me on at this time is because they are changing their legislative work to instead focus on measures that would reduce the likelihood of the death penalty being imposed- such as reforms of eyewitness identification and police interrogation procedures, as well as ensuring that our statewide public defender system is fully funded. This decision puts their policies directly in line with the work that I carry out.

In other criminal injustice news, Michael Vick has pled guilty, proving further that we condemn animal cruelty more so than violence against women, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez resigns, and I get to have lunch with two of the top folks at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation- hilarious.


Reem Tara said...

congrats yo! good show, old lady.

Sara Ashes said...

thanks dude!