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Tuesday, 29th @ 7 pm: A free public information program: North Carolina’s Real Death Penalty: A Summary of the Data and Scientific Studies at UNC Asheville’s Grotto.

As North Carolina draws near a sixth year without executing an individual, coupled with the upcoming North Carolina Senate review and potential repeal of the Racial Justice Act, a serious citizen’s examination of our state’s Death Penalty is in order.  How and upon whom has the death penalty been exercised since 1976?  All citizens of Western North Carolina are invited to hear and discuss the trends and the resulting scientific studies conducted on our state’s usage of capital punishment, with Dr. Matthew Robinson of Appalachian State University.  A professor of Government & Justice Studies at Appalachian State University Dr. Robinson is the author of a dozen books, including Death Nation: the Experts Explain American Capital Punishment, as well as more than 100 other publications on various topics including the death penalty. He has been President of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and is currently a Board Member of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.



Saturday, 17th:  PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN NC “Capital Punishment:  Its Morality, Politics, Economics, and Effectiveness”

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is presenting a panel presentation and discussion about the death penalty in the library at All Souls Cathedral (Biltmore Village) on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Panel members will be Dick Taylor (CEO of North Carolina Advocates for Justice), Jean Parks (Western Carolinians for Death Penalty Repeal) and Ed Chapman (a death row exoneree).  Join us and bring your friends for an open discussion on the subject. There is no admission but there will be a free will offering to provide an honorarium for Mr. Chapman.  For more information, contact Jean Parks at jparks@grandcreative.com or 828-329-8306.

Wednesday, 14th:  ***CANCELLED*** United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is offering a one-day seminar on how to abolish capital punishment. Title of the seminar is “The Church & the Death Penalty: Winning New Victories in the Old South.” From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

Bill Mefford, director of Civil & Human Rights at GBCS, said this will be “an exciting day” of training for people of faith in the South to abolish the death penalty.  “More and more states are either repealing the death penalty or reforming it,” Mefford said. “Unfortunately, almost all executions still take place in the South. At this kairos moment you can join religious leaders throughout the mid-South to explore, discern, and take action on the death penalty.”  The training will provide an interactive process on how to become strategically engaged with the movement for abolition, according to Mefford.


MARCH 2011

Thursday, 31st: THE THIRD ANNUAL FREEDOM BALL at the Grey Eagle. Doors open at 6 p.m. General admission $15 and Student $10

2011 marks three years since Glen Edward Chapman’s release from North Carolina Death Row after spending 14 years behind bars in Raleigh. Like the first and second Freedom Ball, this year’s event promises great, live music from multiple bands, a silent auction and the celebration of freedom. All proceeds will go to Mr. Chapman. Join WNCDPR, the WNC ACLU, and Ed for this year’s Freedom Ball.



Tuesday, 16th: Screening of the documentary Love Lived on Death Row open to the public

Join us for a free screening of Love Lived on Death Row, a documentary about the Syriani family. The filmmaker, Linda Booker; death row exonoree Glen Edward Chapman and MVFR member Megan Smith will head a post screening Q&A and discussion. For more information about the film visit http://www.lovelivedondeathrow.com.
The screening will begin at 6 pm in Karpen Hall, room 038 at UNC Asheville.


Monday & Tuesday, 7-8th: Western Carolina University’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice will host two public events in examining the death penalty

On Monday a presentation scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus will be held on the topic of: “Issues in the death penalty: Wrongful Convictions”. The program will feature Edward Chapman, who spent 14 years on North Carolina’s death row before his convictions on two murder charges were overturned in 2008, and Pam Laughon, a faculty member who found evidence to support his release. On Tuesday there will be a panel discussion titled “The Death Penalty Under Debate: Experts Weigh In” at 2:30 p.m., also in the Grandroom.



Thursday, 23rd: WNCDPR Meeting

Thursday the 23rd at 6 pm. Contact Alex Holsten for directions: (910) 471-0822

We’ll gather at 5:30 and start business at 6:00. We’ll talk about our recent press conference, Western Carolina’s death penalty awareness week and state-level developments in the repeal efforts.


Tuesday, 14th: Press conference on the steps of the Buncombe County courthouse

MVFR member Dr. Jean Parks and other murder victims’ family members will lead off a noon press conference in front of the Buncombe County courthouse with their perspective on the recent SBI lab report and its significance for capital punishment in North Carolina, followed by NC death row exoneree Edward Chapman and members of his defense team. Ideally, we will have spokespersons for the NAACP, PFADP, ACLU, CUC, Council of Churches, UNC-Asheville, WCU, the Ethical Society, Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council, and others to provide the perspectives and support of their organizations as well.




Friday Thru Sunday, 27-29: Goombay Festival

Death penalty repeal partners again host a booth at Asheville’s Goombay Festival August 27-29, 2010.

  • NC death row exoneree Glen Edward Chapman will be signing copies of his book “Life After Death Row” during the evening hours.

Booth participants will include: Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, The Ethical Society, The WNC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asheville Friends Quaker Meeting, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, and The United First Congregational Church of Christ of Asheville.


Thursday, 26th:WNCDPR Meeting

Thursday the 22nd at 6:30. Contact Alex Holsten for directions: (910) 471-0822

Join us for the second meeting of the Western North Carolinians for Death Penalty Repeal. We will be preparing for the upcoming Goombay Festival. We will also be evaluating potential logo’s and headers for our organization.

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