The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Congratulates Ben Jealous on a job well done at the NAACP
Under his leadership the fight to end capital punishment has become a centerpiece of the 100 year old organization’s fight for equality and justice for all.
Washington DC (9/9/13)--The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty today joined a chorus of other national leaders congratulating Benjamin Jealous on the indelible mark that he has made on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Under Ben’s leadership the organization’s membership and funding base has grown tremendously. He has matched great stewardship with savvy strategic and political know-how that makes the NAACP one of the most politically influential organizations in the nation.
Among his many accomplishments was the leadership role that Jealous and members of the Maryland NAACP played in the successful effort to repeal the death penalty in Maryland. Appearing in countless forums appealing to the public and NAACP membership, Jealous and his high-powered team worked closely with a broad coalition of Maryland advocates to make the end of the death penalty a reality in that state.
The organization’s high profile, sophisticated campaign, along with that of Amnesty International and others in the effort to save the life of Troy Anthony Davis created a groundswell of new support for ending capital punishment. Davis was executed in Georgia on September 21, 2011, despite serious doubt about his guilt.
“People who never thought much about the death penalty or the possibility that an innocent person could be executed are now engaged,” said NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney. “Ben has stayed true to his promise to Troy Davis—to continue the struggle even if he did not succeed in saving his life.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been proud to partner with Ben and the nation’s oldest civil right organization. We will continue to support the NAACP’s mission of eliminating racial hatred and discrimination and ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of the rights of all people.
“All of us at the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty thank Ben Jealous and congratulate him for moving us so far down the line to meeting our objective of a safe and human society,” said Rust-Tierney.
“We look forward to building on Ben’s legacy and our continued partnership between our two organizations going forward.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.