National Coalition to

Abolish the Death Penalty

90 million Americans believe the death penalty is wrong. We mobilize them to end the death penalty state by state.
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Anita Grabowski

Anita Grabowski

State Director

Anita Grabowski is the Communications Director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  Previously, she served as the Texas State Campaign Coordinator for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  An Austin resident since 2001, Anita has over twelve years of experience organizing throughout the southeast and nationally on a diverse set of social justice and policy initiatives with the Center for Community Change and the Equal Justice Center.  During this time, she was a founding member and lead organizer for the Mississippi Poultry Workers Center, a grassroots organizing project working to breakdown racial and language barriers between African American and Latino poultry workers in order to develop joint organizing campaigns to improve workplace conditions.

Anita works as a producer on her husband’s films including, Above All Else (in production) and Mississippi Chicken (2007).  They use visual storytelling through film and photography to engage new and diverse audiences in pressing social issues.

Anita received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University in political science and Latin American studies and her Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in Latin American studies with a focus in social anthropology.

Blog Posts:

Are the Waning Days of the Death Penalty Upon Us in Ohio?

Are the Waning Days of the Death Penalty Upon Us in Ohio?

Earlier this month Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) released their first annual report, “The Death Lottery: How Race and Geography Determine Who Goes to Death Row.”  Read More navigateright

Gap Closing between those who Support and Oppose the Death Penalty

Last week, Pew Research Center released results of a 2013 survey which indicates that support for the death penalty is shrinking. The survey breaks out different demographic groups by race, religious affiliation, gender, age and political party affiliation. While the data shows that in most cases a majority of Americans support the death penalty, what is striking is that the gap between those who support it and those who oppose it is narrowing rapidly.  Read More navigateright

Exoneration of Glenn Ford Reveals Deep Flaws in Our Capital Punishment System

Exoneration of Glenn Ford Reveals Deep Flaws in Our Capital Punishment System

After spending 30 years on Louisiana’s death row for a crime he did not commit, Glenn Ford was exonerated and walked free on Tuesday, March 11. Mr. Ford is one of the country’s longest serving death row inmates, and his case exemplifies why, if we speed up the appeals process, we increase the likelihood that an innocent person will be executed. Read More navigateright

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hall v. FL

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hall v. FL

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Hall v. Florida. NCADP’s Executive Director, Diann Rust-Tierney, summarized the issue before the court in her recent blog about the case. Read More navigateright

NCADP Launches 90 Million Strong Campaign by Honoring Maryland Elected Officials

NCADP Launches 90 Million Strong Campaign by Honoring Maryland Elected Officials

On Sunday, January 26, NCADP hosted the 90 Million Strong Campaign kickoff party at the home of Rev. Barry and Joanne Lynn where we honored Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Jamie Raskin, Senator Lisa Gladden, Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, and Delegate Salima Marriott for their leadership in the fight to repeal the death penalty in Maryland. Read More navigateright

2014 Off to a Blustery Start

Despite the continued national trend away from the death penalty, we are off to a blustery start to the year when it comes to executions. Seven states had collectively scheduled 11 executions for this month alone. That’s shocking given that only nine states carried out executions in all of 2013. Read More navigateright

Underside of the Death Penalty

In Gary Strauss's USA Today article on the execution of Dennis McGuire, Diann Rust-Tierney states, "What's happening is shocking. We're seeing the underside of the death penalty: irresponsible behavior by states and the realization that there's not a good way to kill people.This case and others are going to increase and galvanize those who oppose capital punishment and cause the public and policymakers to say. 'What are we doing?'" Read More navigateright

Colorado’s Journey to Realizing the Beloved Community

A bill to abolish Colorado’s death penalty failed during this past Legislative session, but Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CADP) has come back strong, teaming up with a diverse and powerful group of community partners. Together they will engage Coloradans throughout the state in dialogue about why abolishing the death penalty will make Colorado a stronger, safer, and more just place to live. Read More navigateright

Farewell Friend

Farewell Friend

We mourn the passing of Delbert Tibbs, a death penalty abolition activist deeply committed to peace and racial justice. He died on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Read More navigateright

Alabama’s Controversial Death Penalty System Could Be Getting Worse

Alabama’s Controversial Death Penalty System Could Be Getting Worse

Alabama is one of three states (Delaware and Florida are the others) that allow judges to override a jury’s sentencing decision in capital cases and issue a death sentence despite the jury’s recommendation to the contrary. On November 18, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Mario Woodward who was sentenced by an Alabama judge to death despite an 8-4 jury vote at trial against it. According to news accounts, the jury’s decision was influenced by multiple mitigating factors, including the importance of Woodward’s relationship with his children. Read More navigateright

Goodbye too Soon, Dan Schoen

Goodbye too Soon, Dan Schoen

On October 15th, the death penalty movement lost a dear friend and champion, Dan Schoen. Dan, the executive director of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, was a long-time champion for death penalty repeal in Colorado.  Read More navigateright

The Death Row Torture of Warren Hill

The Death Row Torture of Warren Hill

Rania Khalek, a writer for The Nation, has written an article called “The Death Row Torture of Warren Hill: When a prisoner faces the execution chamber four times in one year, is it not cruel and unusual punishment?” This article helps to further expose the cruel nature of capital punishment by showing the repetitive and unsettling “stay of execution” cycle. The author explores the case of Warren Hill, a man who received four stays of execution within a few hours of his scheduled death—all in the course of a year—creating an almost permanent state of uncertainty as to whether he will live or die. Read More navigateright

Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, speaks out against the death penalty

In this video, Kenneth C. Frazier, President and CEO of Merck, speaks at the American Law Institute's 90th Annual Meeting about his role as a death penalty lawyer and the flaws in the judicial system as it relates to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

From Trayvon to Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty

From Trayvon to Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty

In his remarks during a surprise appearance before the press, President Obama placed the national outrage over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman into the historical context of racial oppression, violence and disenfranchisement, drawing connections to the racial disparities in our criminal justice system overall. Read More navigateright

Race, People of Faith and the Death Penalty

This video, produced by the Odyssey Network, discusses the legacy of racial discrimination in the death penalty and the importance of the faith community’s role in galvanizing public opposition to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Diann Rust-Tierney on Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn

“When the public gets the facts and knows the alternatives, they are happy to have the death penalty become a thing of the past,” explained Rust-Tierney. In their lengthy interview, Rust-Tierney and Lynn discuss the impact of death penalty repeal in Maryland. Rust-Tierney observed that there is “no constituency for the death penalty” and the politics are changing. People are doing the right thing as they see the death penalty unraveling and they are stepping away from it.  Read More navigateright

Georgia Rushes to Execute Warren Hill

Georgia Rushes to Execute Warren Hill

Will Georgia execute a man who has been found to have an intellectual disability by every single doctor who has examined him? That is the disturbing question in the case of Warren Hill, who faces execution on Monday, July 15.  Read More navigateright

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime (2012, National Center for Victims of Crime) by Susan Herman presents a new framework for delivering justice to victims. Herman, who has more than 30 years of criminal justice experience, including eight years as executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, offers the metaphor of two ladders of justice—one for offenders and one for victims—with separate paths and responses. The criminal justice system controls the path for offenders—which includes apprehension, persecution, sanctioning, and eventual reintegration into society. Yet, the path to justice for victims “at every level—individual, community, and governmental—is ineffective, fragmented, and dismissive.”  Read More navigateright

National Crime Victims’ Week

National Crime Victims’ Week

Each April since 1981, the Office of Victims of Crime has helped to mobilize communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by advancing victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Read More navigateright

Maryland Abolition campaign

With a death penalty repeal bill sponsored by Governor O’Malley and more than enough votes to pass it in both the House and the Senate, Maryland stands ready to become the 18th state without the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Kansas Abolition Campaign

In 2010, a 20-20 tie vote in the State Senate stalled the efforts to repeal the death penalty in Kansas. But that hasn’t stopped Kansas! Read More navigateright