Changes at the Montana Abolition Coalition

Happy 2014! The New Year brings many changes to the Abolition Coalition. We are thrilled with the work and challenges ahead and look forward to working with all of you to get rid of the death penalty in Montana once and for all.

new logo

We recently unveiled a new logo for the Coalition. It’s only subtly different from our previous image, but it gives us a new color scheme and highlights our updated tagline – “working for safe and just alternatives to the death penalty.”  As has always been the case, we are committed to shaping alternatives in our state to the unjust and failed practice of execution. We want alternatives that include using our state tax dollars to aid the victims of crime, rather than maintaining the death penalty system and its exorbitant costs. We want an alternative to the re-victimization of families when the appeals process drags on for years, giving the accused notoriety while loved ones relive their anguish through the media. We want the alternative of a better justice system. And we want an end to the death penalty.

IMG_3500In December, we celebrated a welcome addition to the Abolition Coalition family with the birth of Sawyer Glenn, son of Abolition Coalition Coordinator Jennifer Kirby. Sawyer and Jennifer are both healthy and enjoying their first weeks together at home in Helena. Jennifer will return to her Coalition coordinating duties in mid-February.

Lastly, due to funding limitations, the Abolition Coalition has been forced to reduce its staffing. Coalition Coordinator Jennifer Kirby and Project Coordinator Steve “Dee” Dogiakos remain permanent staff. Longtime Project Coordinator Rachel Carroll Rivas will take a leave from the Coalition, but she will continue her duties as full time Co-Director of the Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN), and we look forward to her input as MHRN’s member of AbCo’s executive board. We bid farewell to our organizers, Cascade and Kate, last summer, and we are now working with a talented Practicum student from the University of Montana’s School of Social Work, Laura Fendrick.

We hope to expand our capacity again at the end of 2014 as we prepare for the next legislative session, but our budget is tight. Please consider making a contribution to help us have the resources we need to win abolition in Montana in 2015.

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