Thursday, January 22, 2009

Off to Harrisburg

We are off to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty annual conference, which is being held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this year. MVFHR Executive Director Renny Cushing will co-lead workshops on "Community Reactions in the Wake of Murder" and "Working with Murder Victims' Family Members."

During the caucus session, I will give an update on our "Prevention, Not Execution" project, which aims to abolish the death penalty for persons with severe mental illness.

MVVHR board member Reverend Walter Everett, who has been a tireless activist in Pennsylvania, will receive a Special Recognition Award at the Saturday evening awards dinner.

We look forward to seeing many MVFHR members, colleagues, and friends. I don't know if we'll manage live blogging, but we'll certainly report on the conference next week.

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