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"The heart of my opposition to the death penalty is my determination to honor my sister, who loved and valued life"

Jeanne Bishop, sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, murdered in 1990

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Many things are happening in the national and international human rights and abolition arenas, and MVFHR members are at the forefront of this activity. 

Here are reports and articles by and about MVFHR members who are working on the front lines of these issues.

Articles and Reports on this Website:

An article in the Catholic Anchor with MVFHR member Marietta Jaeger Lane

Creating More Victims:  How Executions Hurt The Families Left Behind - MVFHR's new study documenting how executions actually harm families of the executed and how families of the executed view the loss of their loved one.

An article from Channel 7 news in Boston entitled "New Hampshire Hasn't Executed Anyone in 67 Years" from October 21, 2006 featuring Renny Cushing and his story.

An article in the Frederick, MD News-Post featuring board member, Vicki Schieber, when she spoke at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD published on October 1, 2006.

A joint statement from MVFHR and The Journey of Hope:  From Violence to Healing regarding the 1000th execution in the U.S. since 1976.

The text of MVFHR member Toni Bosco's testimony before the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during a public hearing on the death penalty on February 1, 2006.

The text of MVFHR board member Vicki Scheiber's testimony before the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during a public hearing on the death penalty on February 1, 2006.

A joint statement from MVFHR and The Journey of Hope:  From Violence to Healing regarding the 1000th execution.

An article in the American Friends Service Committee's Peacework magazine authored by Renny Cushing.

The recently released report of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the first formal statement on the death penalty in 25 years.  It includes quotes from MVFHR board member, Bud Welch.

An article in the American Friends Service Committee's magazine, Peacework, co-authored by MVFHR's Susannah Sheffer and featuring excerpts of testimony before the legislature from some of the family members of murder victims that MVFHR organized to appear at the public hearing.

An articulate and insightful report on how lethal injection came to be and its resulting impact on the administration of the death penalty.

An opinion piece by Japanese homicide family member and death penalty activist, Masaharu Harada discussing his opposition to the execution of his brother's killer.

An open letter -- A Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (including MVFHR) is calling for a death penalty-free zone in Europe and Central Asia

An excellent article by Edward Dunar in the Yale Daily News, March 21, 2005 entitled, For Public and Private Good, It's Time to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Transcript of an address by Renny Cushing, Executive Director, and Bud Welch, Board President at Harvard Univ. in 1999.

Against Execution, an article by Tom Lowenstein that appeared in the American Prospect in 2000 featuring Bud Welch's and Renny Cushing's stories.

Forgiving the Unforgivable, an article about Renny Cushing's story of his father's murder by Claudia Dreifus.

Breaking the Cycle of Violence, an article that appeared in Amnesty Now by Ron Lajoie about the role of homicide victims' family members opposed to the death penalty.

Forgiving the Murderer, a story about Rev. Walt Everett reprinted from Rolling Stone Magazine, June 24, 2004

Hands Off Cain's December 2, 2004 issue about Renny Cushing's trip to South Korea entitled, SOUTH KOREA. CLIMATE RIPE AT ASSEMBLY FOR ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY

A remarkable story of reconciliation from the Friends Journal entitled, What Can Love Do?

Renny Cushing's November 2004 address to the Republic of Korea's Assembly

A report from the Victims' Roundtable of the 2nd World Congress Against the Death Penalty held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2004 which was the impetus for the establishment of MVFHR.

Unheard Voices, an article about intrafamilial murder, victims' rights, and the death penalty published in Fellowship, the magazine of Fellowship of Reconciliation.

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