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Cesar E. Chavez and Abolish the Death Penalty    :)

NCADP Actions: Honoring the Legacy of Cesar Chavez; etc..
Give Thanks for Repeal in New Mexico, But We Must Do More!
Dear Friends,

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) is proud of our efforts to help our affiliate, the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty, bring that state to abolition.

If you have not done so, please take a few minutes to send brief, hand written thank you notes to Governor Richardson and the sponsor of the abolition bill, Representative Gail Chasey.

Their addresses are as follows:

Honorable Bill Richardson
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Rep. Gail Chasey
1206 Las Lomas Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87106

We cannot rest, however. As I write this, pro-death penalty forces seek to bring the death penalty to Alaska for the first time since it became a state. Our opponents in New Mexico are already waging a campaign to overturn the repeal bill Governor Richardson signed into law last month.

There is good news - thanks to the work of NCADP and our network of affiliates, there are more allies than ever working in the states to fight the death penalty. Because of NCADP's crucial training programs and tools, these abolitionists are better prepared than they have ever been to lead efforts to repeal the death penalty in the state legislatures and to educate the public through the news media. Just as we did in New Mexico in March, we will prevail!

Support of friends such as you makes it possible for us to achieve these victories, use these innovative tools, and expand the base of people like us who oppose the death penalty. Please make a contribution to NCADP today to help us succeed!

Thank you.

Diann Rust-TierneyExecutive Director

PS: You can keep up with our work in several ways:

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to read articles by NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney on the death penalty and current events.
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Honoring the Legacy of Cesar Chavez
Dear Fellow Abolitionists,

Today, March 31, would have been the 82nd birthday of the late farm worker leader and champion of nonviolence, Cesar E. Chavez.  Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning is a holiday in eight states now: AZ, CA, CO, MI, NM, TX, UT and WI.  People across the country are celebrating this day by honoring the life, work, and values of Cesar Chavez by serving in their communities, making the holiday a day on, not a day off.

I know from talking with his family, Cesar Chavez was a death penalty abolitionist.  More broadly, he was an organizer and an activist for human rights.  The active involvement of people from all walks of life in Chavez Day reflects the significance of Cesar's legacy and his special place in American history.  Nearly 16 years after his passing, Cesar's philosophy of service to others continues to thrive.  He once said, "We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better world for our children... in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning."

Much of what I know about organizing strategy and tactics I learned while I was working for my friend and mentor, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, the first executive director of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, a part of the broader farm worker movement.  Magdaleno was a farm worker himself, and an organizer for the United Farm Workers labor union.  I met him when he was director of Amnesty International USA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty.  He was recognized as the NCADP's Abolitionist of the Year in 1994, and he continues to contribute to our struggle to this day.  Magdaleno wrote a reflection about Cesar and nonviolence on NCADP's blog today.

As we continue the struggle to end the death penalty, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty salutes the spirit and the legacy of Cesar Chavez, and urges you to join us today with a special contribution in Cesar's honor, to support our work to uphold and protect the dignity of life.

Thank you.

Si Se Puede!  (Yes we can!),


Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
1705 DeSales St., NW  Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

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