Thursday, June 14, 2012

Attempt To Repeal North Carolina's Racial Justice Act

Dear Maria,

If you would like to sign a petition to prevent repeal of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA), the appropriate link is at the bottom of this email.

To learn more about RJA, the two links immediately below provide useful information. 

North Carolina's Racial Justice Act was enacted in 2009 after an overwhelming preponderance of evidence made clear that people of color were being disproportionately executed.

It is clear that American conservatives' contempt for Science is intertwined with contempt for statistical truth.

As you may know, I recently manned the Democratic Party information table at our local polling place. 

The Republican Party representative next to me -- in addition to reminding every voter that "Marriage is between a man and a woman: no cats" -- defended totally unregulated 2nd Amendment rights, saying: "I don't believe in statistics: I believe in individual faces." 

If one "individual face" could have been saved by mounting bazookas on the roof of every car -- like they do in Sudan and Somalia -- then so be it. Let civilization thrive!

The Republican rep and I did not discuss nuclear weapons but I have little doubt he would see the "wisdom."

After "adjusting for population," it is a scientific fact that a black person or a brown person is far more likely to be executed than a white person convicted of the same crime. 

North Carolina's abiding passion for racially-biased vengeance is reprehensible - doubly so insofar as we are not discussing the enactment of humane legislation, but the repeal of humane legislation.


Daddy man

PS  Germany’s cumulative police force fired 85 bullets in all of 2011. 
       NYC police fired 84 shots at a single murder suspect in April, 2012. The Atlantic
       Peace is disarming. 
       If peace to become a reality, the swords must beaten into plowshares. 
       Would Jesus pack?

Dwight Eisenhower: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms in not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Ike, whose mother worshiped with a Mennonite congregation, once referred to himself as "the most intensely religious person I know."

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: PFADP <>
Date: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Subject: Take Action: RJA Repeal Bill Moves to Senate

June 14, 2012
Dear Alan,

Yesterday, the NC House of Representatives voted in favor of repealing the NC Racial Justice Act by a final vote of 73 - 47.

The repeal bill, falsely being characterized as an amendment to the Racial Justice Act, will now move to the NC Senate.

Please take action immediately and encourage your senator to vote against Senate Bill 416,

You will also be prompted to send a targeted message to your representative in response to his or her vote.

We have provided you with messaging that sets the tone, but please personalize your messages and subject lines.

In solidarity,
Amanda, Beto, and Steve

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
110 W. Main St., Suite 2-G, Carrboro NC 27510
(919) 933-7567

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