Say NO to Ohio Executions
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION: William Montgomery – April 11,2018
As executions in Ohio may continue with regularity, it is important that Ohioans who oppose the death penalty increase visibility and action. Please take all appropriate actions on the list below:
#1 – Contact Governor Kasich and ask others to do so as well. Urge everyone in your community to write AND call Governor Kasich, and ask others to do so as well. Click here to take action on-line. Click here to download a flier you can share. Share this message on your social media:
Stop Executions! Join me by contacting Governor @JohnKasich to say NO to #DeathPenalty in #Ohio http://otse.org/ @OhStopExecution
#2 – Plan now to join an execution vigil. OTSE’s vigil takes place at the Statehouse (High Street by the McKinley Statue starting at 9:30am) and at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville starting at 9am. Other vigils will be noted in the OTSE Calendar. If you know of any planned execution vigils or would like to plan a vigil or worship service in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and so that OTSE can list it on the calendar.
#3 – Plan a community conversation on the death penalty. Ohioans to Stop Executions stands ready to assist at any point. Please email email@example.com to request a speaker.
#4 – Faith Communities – Toll Your Bells. Jewish? Blow a shofar! and/or otherwise indicate your opposition to the execution. Churches with bells are asked to toll your bells for two minutes at 10am on the execution day. Tell your community that you are doing this and why, and invite people to pray for the families of the victim(s), the condemned, and all those involved in the execution process. Communities without bells might hang a banner, post a sign, or otherwise publicly indicate opposition to executions.
Additionally, Please ask someone in your community to make a short video – just 20 to 30 seconds – that shows your building and identifying signage while the bells are tolling or the shofar is being blown (or just the sign/building if you have no bells). Send the clip to firstname.lastname@example.org, and post it your social media sites with a short explanation. Be sure to tag OTSE!
#5 – Faith Communities – Add a prayer to your regular schedule of special prayers. Please pray for healing and support for the families of homicide victims, prisoners and their families, corrections workers and professionals in the legal community working on this issue. The holiday season is especially difficult for each of these communities.
#6 – Faith Leaders – Write your own note to Governor Kasich. As a faith leader, let Governor Kasich know that you are available if he would like to personally discuss scriptural imperatives regarding the death penalty. (If you have read Governor Kasich’s book about his bible study group, Every Other Monday, you know that this is a vital aspect of his spiritual identity). Share your view that we do not need executions to be safe from dangerous criminals or to hold them accountable and that forgiveness and mercy are common teachings among all faiths. Offer to personally stand with him should he act to postpone executions in Ohio indefinitely.
#7 – Add a bulletin announcement. Include something like the following in your newsletter or bulletin in the weeks leading up to the execution: Feel free to adjust as you see fit, perhaps adding language about your own faith’s teachings on capital punishment, mercy, forgiveness, etc.
SAMPLE: We remember the victims, but not with more killing. [Insert name of faith community] is joining with many other faith communities in Ohio to urge Governor Kasich to not carry out executions in our state. We know that Ohioans can be safe from dangerous criminals while holding them accountable without taking their lives. Please call Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555 to leave a message with your name, where you live, and your personal request that he not continue executions.
IF TOLLING BELLS OR OTHERWISE MAKING PUBLIC OPPOSITION:
Why We Toll Our Bells: At 10am on execution dates [Name of community] will solemnly toll our bells for two minutes to call attention to the state killing in all of our names. At this time please pause to pray for all those touched by violence in our community, and for all those touched directly by the execution, including the victim(s) and their family, the condemned and his family, and members of the law enforcement community tasked with carrying out the execution.
#8 – Generously invest in the leadership of Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE). Take up a special collection or invest from appropriate discretionary funds. Much of OTSE’s work is behind the scenes, supporting clemency campaigns and legislation to limit or end the death penalty. Every dollar makes a difference. Click here or send a check to OTSE, 9 E. Long St, #202, Columbus, OH 43215
Thank you for everything that you do. We’ll share updates as they are available. Together we will make the difference.