FROM BILL PELKE who sent this the First of January 2008
Happy New Year,
2007 is now history. For the abolition movement great historic strides were made in 2007. The death penalty was abolished in New Jersey. This is the first state to repeal the death penalty in the modern execution era. There was a defacto moratorium around the country waiting for the US Supreme Court, that still continues, to decide on a way to execute someone without being cruel and unusual. Death sentences carried out in 2007 were at a ten year low. States like Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Maryland and others made great strides towards abolition in 2007.
2007 is now history. 2008 is the future. My new year's wish-hope is that we can use the momentum from 2007 to move us to even greater gains in 2008. The Journey of Hope was in New Jersey when they began their fight, and the Journey of Hope will be in any other state that wants our help in moving towards abolition.
Celeste Fitzgerald credits to organizing of the murder victims family members as a key to victory in New Jersey. Exonerated death row inmates also made a great impact on legislators and voters. The Journey of Hope's message of love and compassion for all of humanity, and its approach of combining victim family members, exonerated death row inmates, death row family members and committed activists is the way to go according to many people in the abolition movement.
Please take note of the Journey blog http://www.thejourneyofhope.blogspot.com/ and the great job Connie Nash and Rachel Lawler are doing. Please feel free to contribute you thoughts at any time.
Let us hope that in 2008 the Journey can continue to lead and show the way.
Peace on Earth.
Bill Pelke, President
Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing
PO Box 210390
Anchorage, AK 99521-0390
1-877-92-4GIVE(4483) Toll Free
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"The answer is love and compassion for all of humanity"
Contribute your own reflections, stories, suggestions here and whatever you might offer Bill/JOH of your own time, talent and gifts to keep the Journey of Hope strong and make it even stronger for 2008. See the contact info above. Email items for the blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks deeply for all the contributions to the blog! Connie
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