Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

I have two items to update St. Louis Activist Hub readers regarding the StL Chapter of MADP.   Hopefully, you have heard of the Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, if not, MADP should provide answers to your questions.  We also are on Twitter at @MADPMO and  FB Fan Page (which now you "like" instead of "become a fan").  

This coming Saturday, April 24, we are hosting our first annual Spotlight Dinner. John W. Simon, long-time and tireless attorney-activist on behalf of ending the death penalty, will receive the Spotlight Award. The evening includes a silent auction, music, and dinner. I have already purchased my ticket and I encourage you to do the same.  Student/Senior price is $25, Regular Ticket prices are $30.  All proceeds benefit MADP’s efforts to end the death penalty. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website: MADP Dinner   The dinner is located at 100 North Jefferson, at the Society of St. Vincent De Paul building.   Music starts at 6pm - Dinner is served at 7pm.   

The next item I want to discuss is the legislative session. We are in the last days of this legislative session in MO. This is a good time to reach out to your representative and senator in Jeff City and let them hear from you. If they have been supportive of our legislation, thank them. If they are opposed, ask what informs their perspective. And if they say that they don’t know that death penalty moratorium and study legislation is currently stalled in House Speaker Richard’s office and Sen. Bartle’s committee, then please let Donnie Morehouse. We always appreciate opportunities to provide clarifying information to legislators. Get behind legislation currently proposed to end executions and push hard. HB 1683 is the moratorium and study commission bill. SB 591 is the repeal legislation. See our website MADP Legislation  for more information.  

Thanks for your support to end the death penalty.   It just makes sense!  Monthly meeting is 1st Thursday of month, 7pm, Natural Bridge Branch CO Library.  


  1. We have a case right now in Missouri that the death penalty is made for as few others are; yes, and I do mean the Reginald Clemons case! When you brutalize and rape two beautiful young women at the outset of their adult lives, and then throw them off of a bridge to die in the Mississsippi River, yes the death penalty is called for and is proper, only becuase you are not permitted to abuse such a perpetrator and boil him/them in oil. You must have the death penalty to apply in a case such as this if justice is to have any meaning at all!

  2. It's pretty ironic that you say that, given that there are a huge number of people who think that the Reggie Clemons case is a perfect example of why there *shouldn't* be a death penalty. There are a number of questions remaining about the case and the way it was handled by the authorities. Even if you personally believe Clemons is guilty, the idea that we should "boil him in oil" when there are all these unresolved questions strikes me as extremely problematic.