The Other Death Penalty Project
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June 17, 2013
The Other Death Penalty Project is delighted to announce we have raised $4,131 through our Indiegogo campaign. We thank everyone involved for their generosity and support!
May 7, 2013
Great news! “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” was selected as the Anthology Division Gold Medal Winner for the Independent Publishers Awards! Click here for more details.
Noted musician/activist Wayne Kramer was interviewed about The Other Death Penalty Project recently on the Michael Slate Show on KPFK. Listen to his inspiring interview here.
The Other Death Penalty Project founder and Executive Director Kenneth E. Hartman was interviewed on Think Outside the Cage on KPFK. Ken discusses “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” and our current Indiegogo campaign. Click here to listen to Ken’s interview.
If you haven’t already, please visit our Indiegogo page (www.igg.me/at/todpp.com) and contribute! Please send this link to all your contacts and ask for their help! We have 18 days left to raise $10,000, and we are only 20% there. Your help is vital at this time! We thank you for your support.
April 26, 2013
On Monday, April 15, 2013, the IndieGoGo (www.igg.me/at/todpp.com) campaign for The Other Death Penalty Project went live online. The Other Death Penalty Project is working to raise funds to print and distribute the new anthology “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough.” The issue of life without the possibility of parole sentences has moved into the center of the death penalty abolition debate. The Other Death Penalty Project has been at the forefront of that debate, and we believe that this anthology will help to further advance our goal of ending all forms of the death penalty, including death by imprisonment. We’d surely appreciate your help with the fundraising plan. If you can, please go to www.igg.me/at/todpp.com and make a contribution. We have until May 25 to meet our goal. Please also encourage your friends and contacts to visit the site and make a contribution. Thanks for your support!
March 4, 2013
Listen to Ken Hartman's interview on "Think Outside the Cage" on KPFK radio (February 16). He discusses the reasons for the failure of Prop 34 and the forthcoming release of The Other Death Penalty Project's anthology, "Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough." Click Here
Coming soon: The Other Death Penalty Project will be conducting an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for production and distribution of our forthcoming anthology, "Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough." We'll be needing your support--stay tuned!
November 25, 2012
My name is Clifton Gibson (K-32676). I want to personally say thank you. Thank you for supporting Senate Bill 9 for juvenile life without the possibilty of parole prisoners. Your letters to Governor Brown, encouraging him to sign SB9, were instrumental in him doing so. This type of help and support from you speaks volumes about your level of concern and commitment. As one of the over 300 juvenile-sentenced offenders affected by the passing of SB9, I now want to make a commitment of my own, to you.
I will continue my path of rehabilitation. I will encourage and assist others in their rehabilitation. I will give back to our community and positively contribute to society. I will not squander this opportunity that you helped me to attain.
Once again, thank you! You have provided hope and encouragement where despair and despondency reside. Now, let's fix the life without the possibility of parole sentence as a whole. Together, united, we can eradicate the other death penalty.
October 12, 2012
The Other Death Penalty Project is proud to announce our new book, “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough,” an anthology of writings by life without parole prisoners and others powerfully depicting why life without parole is the death penalty. The anthology is the culmination of two years of intense work by the Project, including conducting a nationwide writing contest judged by noted author and prison reform activist Luis J. Rodriguez, who has written a preface for the book.
The Other Death Penalty Project was awarded a generous grant from the Peace Development Fund, which paid for the publication costs of the book. Through this grant, and as part of a larger campaign to educate those in positions of power about LWOP as the death penalty (funded by Resist, Inc., the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, and the United Church of Christ Neighbors in Need Fund), 750 copies of “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” will be placed on the desks of policymakers, judges, and thought leaders nationwide, including death penalty abolitionists who argue for LWOP as a “reasonable alternative” to traditional forms of execution.
“Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” will be available in early January 2013; however, please click here to pre-order your copy. All proceeds from book sales will support the ongoing work of The Other Death Penalty Project.
“The clearest example of the effects of childhood abuse and trauma on society can be seen in our prisons. This remarkable book gives voice to those, wounded and discarded as children, whom we have condemned as adults to death by incarceration. Their stories will move you to tears, to compassion, and to the understanding that no one is beyond redemption. Your view of life without parole sentences will be forever changed.”
---Susan E. Lawrence, M.D., Founder and CEO of The Catalyst Foundation and James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award Finalist
--Robert Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Justice, Law, and Society, American University
--Luis J. Rodriguez, author of “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” and “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.”
--Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College; Editor of “Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty?”
--James Atlas, Publisher, Atlas and Co
--Wayne Kramer, Artist, Activist, and Co-Founder of Jail Guitar Doors USA
September 4, 2012
The Other Death Penalty Project strongly supports SB9, which would allow juveniles sentenced to life without parole to have their sentences reviewed after they have served 25 years. SB 9 has passed both houses of the California legislature and is now on Governor Brown’s desk for signature. There are some indications the governor intends to veto it, so your support is desperately needed to ensure this bill is signed into law!
You can help by calling Governor Brown’s office at (916) 445-2841 and tell the person answering the phone that you strongly urge the governor to sign SB9. If the line is busy, please try again!
Visit the Fair Sentencing for Youth website for sample letters you can send to Governor Brown, as well as other ways you can get involved in helping get SB9 passed.
Thank you for your support!
Aug 24, 2012
Kenneth E. Hartman, Founder and Executive Director of The Other Death Penalty Project, addressed the California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus on July 28, 2012. Ken, who spoke by phone from prison, participated in “Dead Men Walking,” a panel discussion on Proposition 34, the SAFE California Act, which seeks to abolish lethal injections and replace them with life without parole sentences. Ken’s powerful words opened the eyes of many, who until then were not aware that life without parole is the death penalty. Listen to Ken’s address here.
May 17, 2012
Click here to read our latest press release, "The Other Death Penalty Project Reluctantly Supports the S.A.F.E. California Act."
Click here to read “Don’t Throw Away the Key,” a powerful article about LWOP by noted author Luis J. Rodriguez, which appeared in the October 2011 edition of The Progressive.
September 1st 2011
The Other Death Penalty Project is pleased to announce the winners of our national writing contest:
Essays from the above winners and selected contributions from other contestants will appear in our soon-to-be-published anthology called "Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough".
The Other Death Penalty Project thanks you for your support.
The Other Death Penalty Project supports SB9 (California Fair Sentencing for Youth Act). Click Here to read materials sent to all California Project participants.
A sentence of life without the possibility of parole is a death sentence. Worse, it is a long, slow, dissipating death sentence without any of the legal or administrative safeguards rightly awarded to those condemned to the traditional forms of execution. It exposes our society’s concealed beliefs that redemption and personal transformation are not possible for all human beings, and that it is reasonable and just to forever define an individual by his worst act. Life without the possibility of parole is wrong and should be abolished.ATTENTION FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF LIFE WITHOUT
The Other Death Penalty Project’s immediate goals are to raise awareness of the basic unfairness of the life without parole sentence and to organize the tens of thousands of men and women serving “the other death penalty.” Our ultimate goal is to see the permanent end to the use of this form of state-sanctioned execution (along with all other forms), resulting in all life term prisoners having, at least, the possibility of parole.
The Other Death Penalty Project is led and comprised solely of prisoners serving life without the possibility of parole. We are thankful to those free people who have offered us their invaluable help.
THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE (LWOP) PRISONERS:
The Other Death Penalty Project is forming a nationwide strategy to organize all LWOP prisoners to end this “other death penalty.” This project is conducted by LWOP prisoners with the help of their families and friends in the free world.
If your incarcerated loved one would like to become involved in this important work, please click here to add them to our growing database. Project materials will be mailed directly to them.
Your incarcerated friend or family member can also contact us directly at the following address:
The Other Death Penalty
If we work together we can end this pointlessly cruel sentence.
(Please note that The Other Death Penalty Project cannot offer legal advice of any kind.)
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