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Sheila Suderwalla

Sheila Suderwalla

Panelist Sheila Suderwalla is a social worker nationally known for her work with teens in foster care. She is a member of AFSC's Central Regional Executive Committee and the AFSC St. Louis Area Program Committee.

St. Louis Panel Discussion on the Death Penalty

Panelists included Sheila Suderwalla, a social worker national known for her work with teens in foster care; Rex Friend, an immigration attorney; Dennis Fleming, an author and murder victim's family member; and criminology professors David Curry and Norman White. Suderwalla and Friend have extensive AFSC committee experience.

St. Louis Panel Discussion on the Death Penalty

Organized by AFSC St. Louis and MADP, a panel of experts responds to the documen

Organized by AFSC St. Louis and MADP, a panel of experts responds to the documentary "No Tomorrow," shown at the St. Louis Historical Museum on September 29, 2010.

NH Death Penalty Opponents Testify Before Study Commission

Thirteen years ago today, when an 11-year old boy, Jeffrey Curley, was brutally murdered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his father immediately became the chief spokesperson for a movement to restore the state’s death penalty.  “Initially I don’t know how I could feel any way other than to be in favor of the death penalty,” Robert Curley recalled last night in testimony before a commission studying New Hampshire’s death penalty.  But over time, Curley says, he was able to take a closer look and changed his mind.  Now, he participates in an international movement to abolish the d

Robert Curley, Durham NH, 9-3-2010

Robert Curley testifies before NH Death Penalty Study Commission, Septeber 30, 2010.

No Tomorrow -- Death Penalty Documentary

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 7:00pm

No Tomorrow covers a death penalty trial's most dramatic moments. (See the flyer and for more info.) A short panel discussion will follow.

Three for Justice

The following is a March 17, 2010 interview with AFSC St. Louis staff and volunteers at the Death Penalty Moratorium Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. AFSC is one of 400 organizations in Missouri that are working for a two-year halt in executions while a study is done.

Jon Krieg: What brought you to today’s lobby day for a death penalty moratorium?

Moratorium Lobby Day 2010

AFSC staff and volunteers lobby for a death penalty moratorium.

From left: Faheemah Thabit, AFSC St. Louis Program Coordinator; AFSC volunteers Ponchita Argieard and Rita Mauchenheimer

AFSC and Friends Promote Halt to Death Penalty in Missouri

Brand new State Representative Hope Whitehead of St. Louis wasn’t even aware of a death penalty moratorium bill until AFSC staff and volunteers walked into her office last month. A former prosecutor who once tried a death penalty case, Rep. Whitehead said she knows there are problems with the death penalty and that a study is needed, but she wasn’t sure about a moratorium.

Death Penalty Lobbying in Missouri 3-10

Rep. Hope Whitehead (right) talks with Ponchita Argieard of AFSC’s St. Louis Program Committee.


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