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Murder Victims' Families for
2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
"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
Many things are happening in the
national and international human rights and abolition arenas, and MVFHR members
are at the forefront of this activity.
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
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.
statement from MVFHR and The Journey of Hope: From Violence to
regarding the 1000th execution in the U.S. since 1976.
The text of
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
An article in the
American Friends Service Committee's Peacework magazine authored by Renny
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.
Execution, an article by Tom Lowenstein that appeared in the
American Prospect in 2000 featuring Bud Welch's and Renny Cushing's
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
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?
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.