Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind. It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it.
George Bernard Shaw|
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The peaceCENTER hosts prayer vigils on the scheduled execution dates of all Texas death row inmates. Vigils are held at high noon at the Plaza de las Islas (Main Plaza - see map), across from San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio.
Other vigil sites include:
- The Catholic Chancery, 2718 West Woodlawn, at noon. Please contact Peter Monod for further information at 734-2630.
- A short prayer service is held at Our Lady of the Lake Retirement Center, Annunciation Chapel at 10:45 on the days of scheduled executions. For information, contact Sister Denise at 433-6011.
- Vigils will be held at noon in south San Antonio at the El Carmen Wellness Center, 18555 Leal Road, San Antonio, Texas 7822. They will be led by Sister Doris Moore. All are welcome to attend.
- Prayer Vigil at St. Mary's University, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Assumption Chapel in
Reinbolt Hall. For more information, contact Joe Trigillio, firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-436-3403.
If you are unable to join us, a copy of our prayer service is available online for you to use in your own home or office.
08/20/2003: Mark Allen Robertson was convicted of the 1989 shooting deaths of 89-year-old Edna Brau and her 19-year-old granson, Jason Hill, during a burglary in Dallas.
09-08-2003 - Perry Allen Austin was convicted of the murder of nine-year-old David Karim Kazmouz, in Harris County.
09-10-2003 - Larry Allen Hayes was convicted of the 1999 murder of his wife, Mary Evelyn Hayes, 47, and convienience store clerk Rosalyn Ann Robinson, 18.
The links in the listing of past vigils will lead you to more detail. There have been too many executions in Texas for us to list them all on one page.
If you would like to be added to the list of people who are called when vigils are held, please call 224-HOPE and leave your name and phone number.
|If you would like to voice your opinion on any of these proposed executions, the contacts are:|
|The Hon. Rick Perry|
Governor of Texas
PO Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711
FAX: (512) 463-1849
Phone: (512) 463-1762
Governor's e-mail page
|Gerald L. Garrett|
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
PO Box 13401
Austin, TX 78711
FAX: (512) 467-0945 or
Some Internet Links about the Death Penalty:
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice Statistics
Includes copies of records for all prisoners currently on death row.
- Texas Moratorium
Asking community based organizations, political groups, and faith based organizations to pass resolutions calling on the Governor and the Legislature of the State of Texas to pass a moratorium on the death penalty.
- Death Penalty Information Center
a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information regarding capital punishment. The Center provides in-depth reports, conducts briefings for journalists, promotes informed
discussion and serves as a resource to those working on this issue.
- Death Penalty News and Updates
From Rick Halperin at Southern Methodist University. Contains lists and statistics as well as current news.
- Campaign to End the Death Penalty
founded in 1995 with chapters across the country. stressing on grassroots organizing to win support for prisoners currently on death row.
- Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty
The Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty Project seeks to build a powerful coalition of faith-based activists. Nationally, it works with official religious bodies to develop strategies and to promote anti-death penalty activism within each faith tradition. At the grassroots level, the Project links with individuals and faith communities, establishing "covenant" relationships to foster local abolition efforts.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Founded in 1976, a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the abolition of capital punishment, provides information, advocates for public policy and mobilizes and
supports people and institutions that share our unconditional rejection of the state's use of homicide as an instrument of social policy.
- Catholics Against Capital Punishment
Catholics Against Capital Punishment was founded in January 1992 to promote greater awareness of Catholic Church teachings that characterize capital punishment as inappropriate and unacceptable in today's world.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants is a non-profit nationwide organization dedicated to the reduction of crime through the reform of the criminal justice system. They are a prison and jail reform advocacy group headquartered in Washington, DC with chapters or affiliates in most states of the union.
- Southern Center for Human Rights
a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1976 to fight discrimination against minorities, the poor, and the disadvantaged in the infliction of the death penalty and challenge cruel and unconstitutional treatment of imprisoned men, women, and children throughout the South.