“Catholic Mobilizing Network” to End the Death Penalty Launched
February 20th, 2009
In an effort to engage more people in the fight to end the use of the Death Penalty, a new initiative, Catholic Mobilizing Network was launched on January 25th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This mobilizing network will collaborate with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other national groups to abolish the death penalty. Its goal is to inform and activate U.S. Catholics about why capital punishment should be ended. It will utilize Facebook and other social networking sites to reach out to young people. English and Spanish educational materials about the death penalty useful to catholic parishes, high schools and elementary schools will be provided.
Related legislative updates on the campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty:
- New Mexico House of Representatives voted, 40 to 28 on February 11 in favor of repealing the death penalty in favor of life in prison without parole. This bill will now shift to the senate committee. New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson has shown some interest in signing it into law.
- In Montana, the state senate voted 27 to 23 to end the use of the death penalty in favor of life in prison without parole.