Death Penalty Workshop in Columbia
As part of Amnesty International's South Carolina State Meeting, SCADP board members Ron Kaz and Anna Shockley will conduct a workshop on the death penalty on Saturday, March 10 at 4:00pm. The workshop will take place in room 304 of USC's Russell House and is free to the public. Please come, pick up some fact sheets and a free button or bumper sticker, and find out what you can do to help SCADP and Amnesty International with current campaigns and to move South Carolina closer to abolishing the death penalty. To find out more about the workshop, email anna(at)charlestonpeace.net. For more information about Amnesty International and the State Meeting, which will take place that Saturday and Sunday, click here
or email Kali at esancy(at)email.sc.edu.
DPIC's Richard Dieter to Speak in Charleston
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 23:22
The Death Penalty Information Center's Richard Dieter will discuss recent developments in the death penalty, the factors behind the decline in its use, and the implications for South Carolina.
Dieter has served as Executive Director of DPIC since 1992 and is an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University School of Law. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Dieter was one of that university's first Public Interest Law Scholars. He has worked for many years on issues related to human rights and the death penalty. He prepared reports for the U.S. House of Representatives and testified at numerous legislative hearings. The author of many articles and reports on the death penalty, Dieter is frequently quoted in national and international media.
Date: January 27, 2011
Location: Room 103, AT&T Building., 385 Meeting Street, Charleston School of Law
Mr Dieter was invited by Charleston's Amnesty International Group 168, and his presentation is co-sponsored by SCADP, the South Carolina ACLU, the Criminal Law Society of the Charleston School of Law and the College of Charleston's Amnesty International student group.
Stay of Execution for Quincy Allen
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2010 21:39
The South Carolina Supreme Court has granted Quincy Jovan Allen a stay of execution, so that his attorneys can file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. Their concern is that in South Carolina inmates who plead guilty lose their constitutional right to a jury trial and are sentenced by judges. Mr. Allen is not expected to be given another execution date before March 16.
Troy Davis Teach-In at USC
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2009 17:05
This Friday, September 23 at 5:00p.m., the USC chapter of Amnesty International will host a teach-in about Troy Davis in Gambrell 153 on the USC campus. Mr. Davis has been on death row in Georgia for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. He is almost certainly innocent of that murder, but remains in grave danger of being executed. SCADP co-chairs Ron Kaz and Anna Shockley will be the speakers.
WHAT: Teach-In for Troy Davis
WHEN: Friday, September 25
WHERE: 153 Gambrell Hall, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Thomas Ivey Killed by South Carolina
Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2009 22:22
On May 8, 2009, in revenge for the murder of police officer Thomas Harrison, the State of South Carolina carried out the legally sanctioned premeditated killing of Thomas Ivey.
On May 7, a vigil for everyone afffected by the death of Thomas Harrison and the impending death of Thomas Ivey was held at Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Chapel, followed by a candle light vigil at the Governor's mansion, asking for commutation of the death sentence to life. On the day of the execution protesters gathered in front of the South Carolina Department of Corrections Administration building on Broad River Road.
This has been an ongoing effort for more than 20 years to ask the state "Do not Kill In Our Name." It will continue until the death penalty is abolished in our state.
Amnesty South Carolina Membership Meeting
Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 10:53
If you are a member of Amnesty International in South Carolina or are thinking of joining, please come to our general membership meeting on the campus of USC in Columbia on March 10th and 11th. The meting will focus on AIUSA's major campaigns (Demand Dignity, Security with Human Rights, Immigrant’s Rights, Death Penalty Abolition, and Individuals at Risk), with members of SCADP's board conducting the Death Penalty Abolition workshop. There will also be a demonstration at the State House demanding the closure of Guantanamo. Click here
for more information, or email Kali Esancy, esancy(at)email.sc.edu.
Edward Lee Elmore Off Death Row
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2010 12:05
According to newspaper reports, Edward Elmore's death sentence has been commuted to life in prison. Mr. Elmore has been on Death Row since 1982 for the murder of Dorothy Edwards and will not be executed because he has been found to be mentally retarded.
While this is good news, Mr. Elmore has a serious claim to innocence and very possibly should never have been imprisoned. Read about his case:
Truth in Justice
Cornell University Law School (scroll down)
Bill Pelke in Columbia
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2010 21:42
Journey of Hope ... From Violence to Healing
SCADP and the Amnesty International chapter at the University of South Carolina would like to thank Bill Pelke, an internationally famous expert on the death penalty, for coming to tell his remarkable story of forgiveness and healing to an audience of students and community members this Wednesday, October 21, at the University of South Carolina.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 December 2009 16:37
Canvass Dates for Troy Davis
Urge Congress to remove the death penalty provision from the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
The North Carolina Racial Justice Act has passed the House and Senate and been signed by Governor Bev Perdue, making North Carolina the second state in this country that provides a remedy for defendants who can demonstrate that they were sentenced to death based on their race.
Execution May 8, 2009
The execution of Thomas Ivey by the State of South Carolina is scheduled for Friday, May 8.
Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2009 22:20
A peaceful Anti Death Penalty Protest is scheduled to start between 4 PM and 5 PM on 8 May in front of the Department of Corrections administration building at 4444 Broad River Road. The execution is scheduled for 6 PM.