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First Congregational UCC performance and call to artists

Posted by admin on Feb 22, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville at20 Oak Street is pleased to invite you to Execute Art Not People on Monday, March 1, from 7 to 9pm, a free event featuring visual and performance art to commemorate Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Awareness Week. The exhibit has also issued a call for art from local artists, students and activists — all proceeds from work offered for sale will go directly to the artists. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in attending or contributing art. The exhibit features a quilt made by the families of murder victims and death row inmates in western North Carolina, work by Asheville artists John Mac Kah, Anna Jensen and Linda Larsen as well as by death row inmate Wiley Dobbs. The program includes poetry by former North Carolina death row inmate Edward Chapman, music by Asheville musician James Richards, City Council member Cecil Bothwell and prison chaplain Rev. Mark Siler, as well as a presentation by mediator and restorative justice advocate Melanie Snyder, author of Grace Goes to Prison, entitled Restorative Justice in a Tough-on-Crime World. Event co-sponsors include the UNC-Asheville student chapter of Amnesty International as well as Amnesty USA, the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters, Asheville Friends Meeting, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Human Rights Team, the WNC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the WNC Ethical Society. Additional co-sponsors are also welcome. Please contact Alex Cury at (828)253-5088 or acury@ncmoratorium.org for more information.

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NC Racial Justice Act

Posted by admin on May 15, 2009 in Meeting News

Recently our Peace and Earth Committee sent a letter to some of our State Representatives, either urging them to support the NC Racial Justice Act, or thanking them for doing so. The letters can be viewed here.

The NC Racial Justice Act attempts to address the tragic disparity in the rate of capital punishment meted out to persons of color compared to Caucasians. You can learn more about this disparity, and about the Racial Justice Act, in this brief document. Perhaps you will feel moved to write a letter yourself.

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Thanks to our representatives

Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2009 in Meeting News

Our Peace and Earth Committee recently sent a letter to our State Representative Susan Fisher, thanking her for supporting House Bill 472, calling for a moratorium on the Death Penalty in North Carolina. The letter points out the number of inmates whose conviction and/or sentence has been shown to be racially motivated. You can read the letter here.

The same letter was sent to State Senator Martin Nesbitt for his support of the Bill.

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