Annual Meeting Registration 2010

Annual Meeting

The Montana Abolition Coalition annual meeting is coming up! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 10th. We will host tremendous workshops and hear from some very special guest speakers-  including
Sister Helen Prejean, bestselling author of Dead Man Walking.

Register today!

Workshops

11:00am : Registrations
1:00pm : Opening and Welcome
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Topic Workshops

Workshop 1

Murder Victim Family Members and the Death Penalty, a panel of murder victim family members sharing their perspective on the death penalty. This panel will include special guest speaker Jennifer Bishop Jenkins. Jennifer’s sister Nancy Bishop Langert was shot to death along with her husband, Richard Langert, and their unborn child in suburban Chicago in 1990. Their killer was 16 years old at the time and a local politician running for re-election proposed lowering the age of death penalty eligibility in Illinois to 16 to “honor your sister.” Jennifer vowed to oppose him publicly if her sister’s murder was used as the rationale for this proposal. “Nancy loved children and this is not what she would have wanted,” she says. Since that time Jennifer has worked against the death penalty. Jennifer’s story has been featured in many books, documentaries, and profiled in the Chicago Tribune.

Workshop 2

A Faith Response to the Death Penalty, sponsored by the Western Montana Spiritual Development Council. This workshop will look at how people of faith approach the issue of the death penalty. This will include a short special presentation by Sister Helen Prejean.

Workshop 3

Article 3: The Death Penalty and Your Rights will look at how capital punishment and the criminal justice system relates to both human and civil rights. We will discuss how as rights activists, we can stand up against the death penalty. This will include special presentations by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and the Montana Human Rights Network.

3:00pm – 3:15pm: BREAK with refreshments
3:15pm – 4:45pm: Get Active Workshops

Organizing 101:

will work with attendees on how you can build the abolition movement in your own local communities. Montana Abolition Coalition organizers will teach you how to truly organize from the ground up! This workshop will help you learn how to organize local events, table at conferences, write letters to the editor of your local paper, and much more.

Lobbying 101:

2011 will be a monumental year in our fight against the death penalty. Legislators in Helena will be deciding whether to vote for abolition and your voice matters! Legislators have been known to change their votes after hearing from voters in their community. Session will teach you how to write letters to your legislator, how to do a face-to-face meeting along with a discussion of the dos and don’ts of lobbying.

5:00pm -6:30pm: Special Members Only Reception and Keynote address with Sister Helen Prejean! Sister Helen has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s reinvigorated opposition to state executions. Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she began to correspond with death row inmate Patrick Sonnier. She eventually became his spiritual adviser and wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. Since 1984, Prejean has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. She is presently at work on another book: River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey to Death Row.

Note that the evening reception with Sister Helen is a members-only event but not to worry!
If you are not currently a Montana Abolition Coalition member – you can sign up today!

Not a member of the Coalition?
Single Membership $25.00 Household Membership $35.00 “Living Lightly” $10.00 Abolition Supporter $50.00 Abolition Advocate $100.00 Abolition Activist $250.00

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