ACT TO END FLORIDA’S DEATH PENALTY!
Florida has become “the worst of the worst” of Death Penalty states. Florida is now second only to Texas for the number of executions in 2013. Last year Florida led the nation in new death sentences (22). Florida has the nation’s second largest Death Row with 405 men and women awaiting the executioner. In tragic irony, Florida leads the nation in exonerations of Death Row inmates (24).
TAKE ACTION!!! . Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.
Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146; Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com
EXECUTION UPDATE – STAY!!!
THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HAS STAYED THE
EXECUTION OF ASKARI MUHAMMAD, aka THOMAS KNIGHT.
Askari was scheduled to be executed Tuesday, December 3. The court has stayed his execution until at least Friday, December 27 to review Florida Dept. of Corrections (DOC) changes to its lethal injection protocol that now use midazolam as the first of 3 drugs injected in series.
WE MUST NOT BE SILENT!
Pax Christi Florida joins Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other allies in calling for simultaneous execution vigils/protests across the state at the time of executions. Each vigil group in Florida is independent and establishes its activities according to the needs, strategies and resources of its members. ALL are welcome to participate at ANY protest and vigil. If you do not see your area listed or would like to organize a local action, please contact FADP at 727-215-9646 or email@example.com. List of some Florida actions beginning with bus and carpools:
RESOURCE: For execution prayer service, statistics and other resources, click here and once the PCF’s Resource page comes up, scroll down to Death Penalty Resources.
SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO END FLORIDA’S DEATH PENALTY
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has filed HB 4011 Death Penalty in the Florida Legislature to end the use of the Death Penalty. This bill MUST have a Florida Senate sponsor to move forward. Please contact your Florida State Senator and ask them to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate.
- Please contact your Florida Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HB 4011
- Contact Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda and thank her for sponsoring HB 4011. (Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda; Phone: (850) 717-5009; Email: Michelle.Rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov
Death Penalty Articles
- Editorial: Sensible safeguard (The Gainesville Sun – Nov. 16, 2013)
14 Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving
by Kaye Spector, EcoWatch/News Analysis (Nov. 22, 2013)
To take some small steps to help make your Thanksgiving more eco friendly, click here.
America’s Permanent State of War:
Abroad and At Home, In Our Hospitals and In Our Streets
Sacrifice to institutions waging war against an unresolved racial history has become
a routine requirement for black and brown life.
Charged, finally: Theodore Wafer has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and felony with a firearm. Renisha McBride was 19 years old when he shot her in the face on his front porch in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The average age of the soldiers who signed up to fight in the Vietnam War was also 19. The lyrics of Paul Hardcastle’s 1985 musical track, “19,” repeat this fact.
To read full article from AlterNet.com, click here.
Pax Christi Florida Haiti Trip Planned Dec. 4-9, 2013
Since 2007 Pax Christi-Florida has partnered with Pax Christi-Port au Prince to accompany them on their journey to create a Haitian Culture of Peace. As followers of the Nonviolent Jesus they strive to form a Peaceful Haitian society through reconciliation and nonviolence.
Daniel Tillias, the coordinator of Pax Christi-Port au Prince has come to Florida several times over the past few years and spoken at our PC-FL meetings and local PC groups. So, this past November three members of PC-Florida were pleased to travel to Haiti to visit Sakala and the many people working with the program. The complete report of this visit is on the PC-Florida website. There is a wonderful spirit on the Sakala campus, students are studying, others are practicing sports, some are working in the community gardens which are flourishing just like the children.
So, you say where do we go from here?
After some discussions we thought that it would be wonderful to have a Peace Festival at Sakala, Port au Prince. The leaders of Sakala welcomed this idea and had several wonderful suggestions to help make it a success. The PC-Florida Council also supported this plan. A Peace Festival offers opportunities for everyone who would like to be a part of this event to participate.
How can I participate?
Over the next few months we hope you will share your ideas, resources and perhaps a commitment to join us in this venture. The cost per participant for transportation, room and board, logistics will be about $1,200 per person. If interested, please contact Anne or Nancy (info below) at your earliest convenience!
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she moves me
blogging for mother earth
PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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Photos from Pax Christi Events
In right column, you will find photos of Pax Christi Florida’s 2011 Assembly, God, Country, and the Common Good led by Jean Sammon of NETWORK – Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. This event was held October 15 and 16 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. For additional Pax Christi Florida event photos, click here.