On Nov. 6, Californians will be able to vote on whether or not to end the death penalty in their state. Proposition 34, as its called, is dead even right now, and we really hope the state makes the choice to move in the direction that protects human rights. As we wait for a decision on our own death penalty case, we will be watching other states as everyone around the country works to change the mainstream opinion on capital punishment.
Below is an email we received from a fellow Amnesty International member in California, someone who is working hard on this issue on the front lines. It contains some great articles that covered the movement in the Golden State.
We’ve got endorsements from a diverse crowd, from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa to Bill O’Reilly. Our TV ads have been airing. Please check them out and share them with any Californians you might know.
This past Wednesday a great article came out in The New Republic, reporting California’s new status as the state with the highest number of wrongful convictions in the country, a record held by Illinois until this past September.
This is the home stretch! Most California voters are just starting to pay attention to propositions, and they just need to get the right information. I’ll be busy at the LA campaign headquarters and local phone banks through November 6th. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help us spread the word and raise funds.