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Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights
2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA  02140

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"The objects for which this corporation is established are to promote international support and respect for human rights in harmony with the rights of victims, to provide information and education about the needs of family members of murder victims who oppose capital punishment and advocate for those victims, and consistent with the promotion of human rights laws and concern for victims, to promote the global abolition of the death penalty."

Excerpt from MVFHR's Articles of Agreement, signed December 10, 2004

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MVFHR is making things happen in the abolition movement in the United States and around the world.
The following information will help you to keep abreast of current activities and events.

For the latest news, events, and press releases concerning MVFHR, please click below:

October 3, 2008 -- MVFHR and NAMI kick off our campaign to end the death penalty for people with mental illness.  Read the Press Release

December 18, 2007 -- Executions are at a 13 year low.  Read why in this Washington Post article.

Information on the 2007 World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10, 2007

8/7/2007 -- A Carnegie Council Roundtable Report cites the work of MVFHR

Listen to MVFHR member, Robert Meeropol, interviewed on Air America's Rachel Maddow show

2/20/2007 -- International News - France passes a Constitutional Amendment formally abolishing the death penalty

1/25/2007 -- Maryland is considering a repeal of Capital Punishment due in no small part to MVFHR board members, Vicki Schieber and Bonnita Spikes.

12/15/2006 -- Following the botched execution in Florida of Angel Diaz, Florida, California, and Maryland have all halted executions, calling into question the lethal injection method of execution and have suspended its use pending further study.  News stories here.

12/13/2006 -- Board member, Robert Meeropol, appeared on Air America Radio's Rachel Maddow show.  It was a great interview.  Click Here to listen in MP3 format.

12/10/2006 -- Press release for MVFHR's newly released report "Creating More Victims:  How Executions Hurt The Families Left Behind

8/24/2006 -- MVFHR board member and author of the book What to Do When the Police Leave:  A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss, Bill Jenkins, was awarded the Edith Surgan Victim Activist of the Year award at the National Organization of Victim Assistance national conference in Orlando, FL.

6/25/2006 -- A free public screening of The Innocent, an award-winning documentary about the innocent survivors of death row, will be presented at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago at 4:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by Fourth Presbyterian and Sinai Synagogue. 

6/1/2006 -- MVFHR member, Susan McBride, has recently finished working on helping to mitigate a case in Tennessee.  Her efforts contributed to avoiding the death penalty for the defendant.

5/13/2006 -- With Wisconsin looking at a referendum on the death penalty for the fall 2006 elections, MVFHR and other anti-death penalty organizations are mobilizing to oppose such a move.  Here is an Op-ED from the daughter of a murder victim, Aleta Reckling Chossek, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

2/26/2006 -- Our board member, Rev. Walt Everett has hit the ground running after moving to Pennsylvania.  He is mentioned in a press release issued by Central Pennsylvanians to Abolish the Death Penalty.

2/1/2006 -- MVFHR member Toni Bosco was asked to submit testimony to the "Examination of the Death Penalty in the United States" hearing that was held on February 1 by Senators Brownback and Feingold.

2/1/2006 -- MVFHR board member, Vicki Scheiber testified recently before the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during a public hearing on the death penalty.

The former Illinois Death Row Inmates who authored the book, Lockdown Prison Heart, are donating their royalties from the book's sales to MVFHR as an act of atonement.

10/29/2005 -- MVFHR board member, Bill Babbitt was quoted on Channel 8 News in Austin, TX following the Journey of Hope's rally at the Texas Governor's Mansion.

10/27/2005 -- Murder Victims' Family Members Working with Families of the Executed to End the Death Penalty -- Family members of the executed gathered in Austin, Texas on October 27th, for a support and organizing meeting and then a public ceremony and launch of MVFHR's new “No Silence, No Shame” project. 

9/20/05 -- Announcing  “No Silence, No Shame,” a new project of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights that focuses on organizing families of the executed to speak out against the death penalty. 

8/23/2005 -- MVFHR Board Member, Robby Meeropol, received the Ken Childs Award for his work from the Hampden County Chapter of Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty on August 23, 2005.

6/20/2005 -- Announcing Amnesty International's Weekend of Faith in Action, Oct. 21-23, 2005.

6/15/2005 -- MVFHR board member, Rev. Walt Everett, is honored by the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty

3/12/2005 -- A recent Zogby poll finds growing support for abolishing the death penalty among Catholics.  Read the report.

3/3/2005 -- Notre Dame sponsors a "National Debate on the Death Penalty" featuring several MVFHR board members.  Read the article in Notre Dame's The Observer.

3/2/2005 -- MVFHR members Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins and Rena Beazley speak on Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now program about the abolition of the Juvenile Death Penalty.  Read the transcript.

3/1/2005 --  The Juvenile Death Penalty is abolished by the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote on International Abolition Day.  Coincidence?  Read the opinions from Findlaw.com

1/21/2005 -- The Stipulation Agreement that came out of the Federal Lawsuit regarding the demonstration at Osborn Prison in Connecticut on January 26, 2005.

1/21/2005 -- Press Release:  Statement from Renny Cushing regarding the favorable decision in MVFHR vs. Lantz allowing protesters to assemble outside the prison in the scheduled Connecticut execution.

1/11/2005 -- A copy of the complaint filed by MVFHR, et al. vs. Lantz, et al.

1/11/2005 -- Press Release:  NCADP JOINS LAWSUIT TO PROTECT FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF CONNECTICUT PROTESTORS

1/11/2005 -- Press Release:  ACLU-CONNECTICUT TO CHALLENGE STATE’S PLANS TO RESTRICT FREE SPEECH  OF PROTESTORS NIGHT OF ROSS EXECUTION IN COURT

12/10/2004 -- MVFHR's Articles of Agreement, signed December 10, 2004

12/10/2004 -- Press Release:   SURVIVORS OF MURDER VICTIMS OPPOSED TO THE DEATH PENALTY TO LAUNCH NEW GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

 

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