Tell President Trump: Stop the Executions

President Donald Trump

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UPDATE: Late on November 20, 2019, a federal judge stayed all of the scheduled federal executions. The situation is fluid and the stays may be challenged and reversed. We will continue to gather signatures on this petition until it is clear that the government is backing down on executing federal prisoners.

In July, the Attorney General set five federal execution dates (so far one has been stayed). The first date is December 9, 2019. The law provides for a four month period before clemency hearings, with the President being the final arbiter on whether or not to extend mercy by granting clemency with a commutation of a death sentence. Clemency decisions are expected in the coming weeks.

Over the last 56 years, there have only been three federal executions carried out, and the last one was in 2003. To resume federal executions once again is an affront to the progress this country has made in eliminating the death penalty state-by-state and bringing us in-line with international human rights standards.

Please sign this petition, which will convey your message to the President, and add you to the list of Death Penalty Action.

Learn more and take additional action here. If the executions go forward, join us to protest in Terre Haute, Indiana, or join a protest near you.

Meanwhile, get your gear, and learn more about this issue. Welcome to the movement to abolish the death penalty.

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To: President Donald Trump
From: [Your Name]

Our nation is strong enough and smart enough that it can hold dangerous offenders accountable and be safe from them without executions. We do that every day in the vast majority of homicide cases. 

* The death penalty is not an effective tool to stop crime. 
* Government makes mistakes, the criminal justice system is fraught with disparity and unfairness.
* Prison workers should not be forced to take on the burden of killing defenseless prisoners once let alone at the rapid pace of the current federal execution schedule.
* It is a cruel hoax to suggest that executions provide healing to murder victim family members. We can and must do better for the families left behind in the wake of violence.  

I urge you to commute all federal death sentences to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Thank you.