TThe documentary, "The Empty Chair," examines loss, punishment, and healing through four families' stories of a loss few of us could possibly comprehened: the murder of a family member and living through the aftermath. Renny Cushing, a resident of Hampton and Executive Director of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, is featured in this film. Discussion follows film. The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence film series is co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates.
After two hours of testimony from family members of homicide victims and religious, legal, and human rights activists on January 30, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12 to 0 to recommend that the latest proposal to expand New Hampshire’s death penalty be defeated.
Juan Melendez at Trinity High School in Manchester.
On January 3, 2002, Juan Roberto Melendez, was released from Florida's death row after nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release, he became the 99th death row inmate in the country to be exonerated and released since 1973. The number now stands at 119. Juan's story highlights all the problems of the death penalty, including its high risk of being imposed on innocent people, its almost exclusive application to poor people, and its disproporationate application to people of color. Since his release, Juan has been active
AFSC’s New Hampshire Program Coordinator, Arnie Alpert, was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange,” hosted by Laura Knoy, on September 7, 2011. The topic was the history of debates over the death penalty in New Hampshire.
If legislators are really looking for expensive, ineffective government programs to eliminate, they can start with HB 147, the bill to add homicide committed in the course of a “home invasion” to the list of crimes punishable by execution.
Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and of The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, will be the special guest speaker at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and of The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, will lead a discussion with religious leaders about the death penalty.
Katherine Cooper, 603-684-4885 or Ray Bilodeau, 603-969-9177.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.