First, Ohioans to Stop Executions wishes a safe, healthy and happy new year to all of our members celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which begins just before sundown this evening.
As I noted last week, you and I have a real opportunity to help change Ohio’s laws in ways that lead to fewer executions, and put us on the path to ending the death penalty in our state. Congratulations and thanks to our friends at Presbyterian Action Against the Death Penalty for a terrific event in Cincinnati last Saturday. Together, we’re doing it!
Did you see the op-ed by Nancy and Jim Petro in the Enquirer?
I’m pleased to announce two new dates for the Voices of Experience tour – Wilmington on October 1st and Sylvania on October 16th. The details are on the OTSE Calendar, along with other new event listings by partner organizations. Bud Welch, whose daughter Julie was killed in the Oklahoma City Bombing will be in Dayton October 15th, and Witness to Innocence member Ron Keine, who survived New Mexico’s death row, will be at Denison University in Granville on October 21st.
Remember: Only with your support and involvement as a member of Ohioans to Stop Executions will OTSE be successful. Everything you and I do this fall sets the stage for legislative action to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Court Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty to make the capital punishment system in our state applied more fairly and used less often.
You can help bring speakers to your community. You can use copies of the Task Force flier to help educate, organize and mobilize your friends, family and colleagues to pressure your legislators to give the Task Force recommendations a fair hearing and then implement them. And you can help OTSE fund this work.
Two of your fellow members of Ohioans to Stop Executions feel so strongly about the importance of our work that they stepped forward to match every donation received by OTSE up to $10,000! Your generous support today helps OTSE continue our work into next year’s legislative session. And we need it today. Whether you can give, $5 or $5,000 – or anything in between, remember that your donation will be matched until we raise $10,000.
If you have already donated recently, thank you. If you have not yet done so, please take a moment right now to donate at www.OTSE.org, or send your most generous donation to our new office in Columbus and help OTSE continue to fight. The new office is at 9 E. Long St, Suite 202, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
I can’t emphasize this point enough, so I will say it again. Two of your fellow OTSE members have pledged to match the next $10,000 we receive in donations. That means every dollar you give to OTSE actually means $2 to our cause. Double your dollars today!