Your Stories: #90mStrong On Oklahoma

Oklahoma is scheduled to execute two inmates today, Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. The double execution follows an unruly and unresolved scuffle around the constitutionality of the state’s secretive lethal injection procedures. This is the first double execution in Oklahoma in almost 80 years.

90 million people oppose the death penalty. We’re united, we’re powerful, and we’re on the ground fighting for change. We stand with the inmates and lawyers who are demanding to know the source of the drugs to be used in their execution. We stand with the advocates and legislators who are working hard to fight execution drug secrecy. We are 90 million strong, and we’re not backing down.

These are the stories of just a few of the 90 million strong, reflecting on the impending double execution, and their own connections to Oklahoma. Are you one of the 90 million people who opposes the death penalty? Raise your voice, and share your story today.

My high school classmate, Tim McVeigh, was sentenced to death for carrying out the Oklahoma City Bombing. That was the first time I started thinking about the death penalty. Then I moved to Tennessee and became involved with the death penalty abolition cause here. At this point, I’ve visited for 13 years on death row, I’ve written a book about the movement, and I continue to be absolutely committed to abolition. As my friend Harmon Wray, a life-long abolitionist, used to say, “We don’t need it, we can’t afford it, and it’s wrong.” –Amy Sayward

Over the past 20 years, many of those who were condemned to death were either found out to be innocent, and even those who were likely involved were not the person who pulled the trigger, or was the mastermind. Oklahoma, is a state that is an embarassment to the rest of the country. It’s a state that has a governor who just passed a ban on minimum wage, and promotes policies which only expand poverty. Oklahoma for being a state with not a high number of minorities has had a disturbing level of minorities on death row. It has a lot of people who claim to be God fearing Christians, but it just angers me to see their hypocrisy.”
–David Farley

I have plenty of ethical reasons, but one extremely practical one. Since I doubt the practical one will be cited often, I’m going to give you the practical one. It costs a fraction of the taxpayer money to keep someone in prison for life without parole that it does to put them to death. If you are going to start economizing in prison budgets that is a hell of a place to start.” –Mercedes Lackey, Oklahoma

Source: National Coalition to End the Death Penalty