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Urge Congress to Remove Death Penalty Provision from Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act | S. 909

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On 7/20/09 the U.S. Senate passed the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with an amendment making hate crimes punishable by death.  Below please find the statement of the President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, of which NCADP is an active member. 

Please contact your members of congress (House and Senate) to urge them to remove the death penalty provision when it goes to conference.

You can reach the US Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask for your Senator’s or Representative’s office.   If you do not know who your two U.S. Senators or your Representative are, or for their direct office phone numbers and e-mail addresses, go here:  http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

AFTER YOU CALL, please forward this message to your friends, family, etc. and ask them to call, and then please also send an e-mail to each of your two Senators and your Representative.

Thank you for your immediate action.

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
202-331-4090

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   July 20, 2009Contact: Maggie Kao (202) 466-2735

Death Penalty Amendment Threatens Vital Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Statement of Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) released the following statement on today’s Senate passage of S. 909, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill (S. 1390).

“Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights applauds the Senate for passing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  But, the victory is blighted with an unnecessary and poisonous death penalty amendment that is designed to kill this landmark legislation.

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