Why Gun Control Should Start at the Pentagon
Civil Rights / Death Penalty / Human Rights / Israel / War

Why Gun Control Should Start at the Pentagon

On October 3rd, the United States bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Despite the fact that the hospital provided GPS coordinates to the U.S., despite the nine-foot flag on the roof marking the building as a hospital, and despite repeated pleas by hospital staff to U.S. officials to stop the bombings, the U.S. continued to … Continue reading

Death Penalty / Human Rights

Stop the Execution of an Innocent Man!

From Free Rodney Reed http://justice4rodneyreed.org/: Stop the Execution of an Innocent Man! Stop the Execution of an Innocent Man! BREAKING NEWS:  We have just learned that the execution of Rodney Reed has been stayed for now, by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). The fight isn’t over until a new trial is granted, but this is great … Continue reading

Open Letter to All My Brothers and Sisters in the Fight for Justice: 
Civil Rights / Culture / Death Penalty / Education / Environment / Human Rights / Labor / Politics / Revolution / War

Open Letter to All My Brothers and Sisters in the Fight for Justice: 

I didn’t come into this fight because of one moment. There was no great epiphany where I suddenly realized that I needed to work to change the world and fight for truth and justice. Inspiration often comes through slowly, almost imperceptively. It is a soft sensation – a gradual awakening of the mind and spirit. I … Continue reading

Just Test the DNA: On Willie Jerome Manning and the Death Penalty
Death Penalty

Just Test the DNA: On Willie Jerome Manning and the Death Penalty

On Tuesday afternoon in Mississippi, Willie Jerome Manning was granted a last-minute stay of execution by the Supreme Court of Mississippi, just hours before his lethal injection was scheduled to go through. Manning, an African-American man, was convicted of murdering Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, two white college students, in 1992. The case can be read … Continue reading

Crime and Capital Punishment: Maryland Abolishes Death Penalty
Death Penalty / Politics

Crime and Capital Punishment: Maryland Abolishes Death Penalty

After a series of votes through the Maryland House and Senate, SB 276 was passed through the Maryland House of Delegates on March 15, 2013, to repeal the state’s death penalty and replace it with life without parole. It is widely accepted that Governor Martin O’Malley will also add his signature to officially sign it into law, making Maryland … Continue reading

Maryland Gov. Pushes for Death Penalty Repeal
Death Penalty / Politics

Maryland Gov. Pushes for Death Penalty Repeal

On January 15th, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced that he will once again push for repeal of capital punishment in the state. O’Malley, who has long been opposed to the death penalty, attempted repeal in 2009 but fell short. Now, with renewed momentum and stronger support within the legislature, many think that Maryland may be … Continue reading

The U.S. and the Wrong Side of History
Death Penalty / Israel / Politics

The U.S. and the Wrong Side of History

On Monday, November 19th, the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee once again voted for an international moratorium on capital punishment. The fourth draft resolution was adopted, with 110 states voting in favor, 36 abstaining, and 39 voting against the resolution.  Although not legally binding, the U.N. General Assembly’s resolutions signify international moral and political advances. Among those who voted … Continue reading

Death Penalty

My letter to PA Board of Pardons Re: Terrance Williams

Alyssa Röhricht 20 September 2012 Pennsylvania Board of Pardons 333 Market Street 15th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17126 Members of the PA Board of Pardons: I am writing this letter in support of clemency for Terrance Williams, urging that his death sentence be commuted to life without parole. This is without questions the correct move for … Continue reading

Statement from Attorney for Terry Williams Re: Board of Pardons Split Decision
Death Penalty

Statement from Attorney for Terry Williams Re: Board of Pardons Split Decision

 “On behalf of Terry Williams, we are deeply disappointed that the Board of Pardons has denied Terry’s request for clemency. This is particularly disheartening after a majority of the Board, including the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, by a 3-2 vote, recommended to spare Terry’s life. Pennsylvania requires a unanimous recommendation in favor of clemency in … Continue reading