Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Texas Young Democrats Adopt Platform Opposing Capital Punishment

The Texas Young Democrats adopted a platform last weekend that contained this line:

7.10. We oppose state-sponsored capital punishment.

Read the whole platform.

Texas Young Democrats has been in existence since 1932. Texas Young Democrats brings together young democrats, inclusive of high school and college students, youth leaders, and young professionals to build a brighter future for all Texans. TYD is the state's premier organization that promotes political activism by young progressives to influence the political process and elect Democratic leaders throughout the state. We gather in local clubs, statewide executive committee meetings, and an annual convention in Austin to share insights, debate issues, develop leadership skills, and build lasting friendships with like-minded young people all across Texas.

TYD has a long tradition of electing its former members to office, and TYD alumni can be found at all levels of public service and in influential roles in many Texas communities. We boast lifetime members, such as Gov. Ann Richards, John Sharp, Garry Mauro, and Lena Guerrero. As a statewide organization, and chartered member of the Young Democrats of America and College Democrats of America, TYD provides opportunities for young people to meet fellow activists, work on campaigns and with local party officials, learn the ins and outs of politics, improve personal skills, and, yes, have fun.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Death Penalty Art database coming soon to

The response to our Death Penalty Art Show from artists around the world has been amazing. (Pictured above is "The Anomie" by Misty Morris). More than 300 artists submitted around 700 pieces of art for our jury to consider. Last Saturday, the three jury members met in Austin. One of them, Malaquias Montoya, flew all the way from Sacramento with his wife Lezlie just to be on the jury. The other two jury members live in Austin - Annette Carlozzi and Lora Reynolds. The jurying process started at 9 AM and took all day. In the end, the jury selected 50 artworks for the exhibition at Gallery Lombardi in Austin from May 6-22. We were all frustrated that we could not select more art for the Lombardi exhibition, but the gallery does not have enough space for more.

We are searching for an exhibition space in Houston where we can exhibit more of the 700 works that were submitted. We hope to find a space and take the death penalty art show to Houston after its Austin run. We may also have another art show in Austin in the Fall, so that we can show more of the artwork.

In the meantime, on May 6, we will post all 700 or so images of death penalty art that were submitted to us onto the website We want all of these amazing artists to have a large audience for their important work. 100 years from now, when people look back and try to understand early 21st century civilization, they may well turn to some of these artists for insight, just as people look at Picasso's Guernica to understand the horrors of early 20th century life.

We plan to make the website a central depository for death penalty related art. We will invite artists to continue to upload images of their new death penalty art to the site and add their work to the online exhibition. We will create a database of death penalty art on the site, so that gallery owners, anti-death penalty organizations and others who want to create their own death penalty art shows around the United States or elsewhere will be able to come to and search the database for artwork. Then, they can select art that they like and contact the artists to ask them to participate in their art show.

We hope people will use the database to create death penalty art shows across the country and use the art shows as opportunities to engage their communities in dialogues regarding the issue of the death penalty.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Jurying for art show

We have been busy entering all the data for the art show submissions into a database and getting everything ready for the three jurors to look at them Saturday morning. Malaquias Montoya is flying in from California Friday. The two other jurors, Annette Carlozzi and Lora Reynolds, live in Austin. More than 300 people submitted entries totaling about 700 artworks. We expect the jurying process to last all day Saturday and we hope to send out notifications to the artists by Monday.

The show opens May 6 in Austin.

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Watch MTV's Video of Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break

Click the photo to watch MTV's Video of Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break

The Huntsville Item, the daily paper in Texas' execution city, published
a front page story on Anti-Death Penalty Spring Break students coming to Huntsville

Next year Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break is March 12-17, 2007. Join Texas Students Against the Death Penalty to get involved.

You can also watch our own homemade video of 2006 Anti Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break. This video includes the bus trip to Huntsville Texas to protest the execution of Tommie Hughes and also the talk by Rev. Caroll Pickett who witnessed 95 executions during his time as the Chaplain of Texas Death Row.

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