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ICUJP Friday Forum
June 16th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

The Death Penalty is Dead Wrong, and Should Be Put To Rest

Event Description:

The movement to abolish capital punishment is reaching a tipping point in the United States. Today, in addition to the 23 states and the District of Columbia which have outlawed the death penalty, 8 states have formally or informally suspended its use and in 8 more states there hasn't been an execution in 10 years. The Biden administration has suspended capital punishment pending a thorough review. That leaves only 11 states in which an execution has taken place in the last 10 years.

Join us as activists trace the history of the movement to abolish capital punishment, debunk the myths that law and order politicians continue to peddle to justify the death penalty, discuss how people of faith are actively seeking to end this immoral form of punishment, and explore how we can finally put an end to state killing.

Join the conversation with our speakers:

Mary Kate DeLucco is Communications Consultant for Death Penalty Focus. She has spent most of her career as a writer, reporter, and producer in television news before her interests led her into communications work in the nonprofit world. Before joining Death Penalty Focus she worked for two Bay Area hospice organizations on staff, and as a volunteer. She is a member of the Petaluma Recreation, Music, and Parks Commission, is a volunteer at the Petaluma Library Bookstore. She has a BS in Journalism from Ohio University.

Father Chris Ponnet has been pastor at Saint Camillus Center for Spiritual Care since 1995, as well as Chaplain/Director of LAC/USC Medical Center. He is also a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Death Penalty Focus.

Philip Hansten is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, where he teaches philosophy of science and drug interactions. His books on drug interactions have sold more than one million copies, and have been translated into seven languages. He became involved in the death penalty debate after being asked to consult on the drugs used for lethal injection. His recent book, Death Penalty Bullshit. Fifteen Absurd Claims of Death Penalty Supporters is a philosophical assessment of the validity (or lack thereof) of the arguments used by death penalty supporters.

Stephen Rohde is a lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired constitutional lawyer. In addition to his role as a founder and Chair of ICUJP, he is a past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, past Chair and board member of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Steve authored the books American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly and is co-author of Foundations of Freedom, published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

Websites: Death Penalty Focus

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Facilitator: Carolfrances Likins
Reflector: Steve Rohde

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ICUJP Friday Forum 06/16/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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June 16, 2023 at 7:30am - 9:30am

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