Adding the following suggested ACTIONS to this post:
From: "Stefanie Faucher, Death Penalty Focus"
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:17:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Historic news!
The Illinois Legislature just voted to repeal the death penalty! *
*Let's make Illinois the 16th U.S. state without the death penalty!
Please contact Governor Pat Quinn right away to ask him to sign the death penalty repeal bill.*
If you are a constituent, please also mention where you live in Illinois.
Springfield Phone: 217-782-0244
Chicago Phone: Phone: 312-814-2121
The Governor is getting many calls today, so if your call doesn't go through or a voicemail box is full – please call back later.
*Where is the Governor on the issue?*
The Governor has not indicated one way or the other how he'll handle this bill, so we should be supportive and encouraging for him to take this important step for Illinois.
In the past, Governor Quinn has indicated support for the death penalty, while also expressing concerns about the problems with the system. You can remind him that regardless of his position on the death penalty, Illinois can no longer afford to keep a costly and error-ridden death penalty. Illinois legislators have sent the strong message that the system can't be fixed.
*Spread the Word*
Please tell your friends, family, coworkers, churches and organizations that a simple call to Gov. Quinn will help him have the courage to end the death penalty. Forward this message today.
*Vote in two online newspaper polls*
We've started a conversation across the state - and nation - about ending the death penalty. Today, a couple of polls have cropped up today to gauge public opinion about the recent votes to repeal the death penalty. Please take a second to vote YES in these two polls.
Quincy Herald Whig: http://www.whig.com/ or GO here
See also the following reports/Op Ed...which I'm leaving as they are for easy cut/past/forwarding
St. Louis Post Dispatch: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/talk-of-the-day/article_48ea16e8-1dd8-11e0-8ecd-00127992bc8b.html [ http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/talk-of-the-day/article_48ea16e8-1dd8-11e0-8ecd-00127992bc8b.html ]