Last week Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Commuted Percy Walton’s death
sentence, making the execution scheduled for next week in Virginia
the likely 100th execution in that state. We have two executions in
the USA today ( 6/17/08 ) and other items of interest. Read on for
But First – For over 30 years the National Coalition to Abolish the
Death Penalty has worked to abolish capital punishment in the United
States . With death sentences on the decline and a growing number of
Americans convinced the death penalty is unjust and unfair, we are
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Help Stop Virginia ‘s 100th Execution
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HELP STOP VIRGINIA ‘S 100TH EXECUTION
Robert Yarbrough is scheduled to be killed by the people of Virginia
at 9pm on June 25, 2008 for the slaying of Cyril Hugh Hamby on May
8, 1997 .
At a time when much of the country is turning away from the death
penalty, Virginia has three executions scheduled in the coming
months. Second only to Texas in the number of prisoners killed
since 1977, next week’s scheduled killing of Robert Yarbrough could
be Virginia ‘s 100th execution. Please take a few minutes right now
to say "Enough!" and help stop this execution.
Please take one or more of the following actions – Details below:
Contact Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and ask him to stop the
Forward this and ask people you know to also contact Governor Kaine
Attend the execution protest and vigil
Support VADP’s Efforts
Write a letter to the editor
ACTION #1: Contact Gov. Tim Kaine RIGHT NOW by telephone and/or fax
and politely ask him to grant clemency (show mercy) to Robert
Yarbrough by commuting his death sentence to life without the
possibility of parole. If you live in Virginia , be sure to start
by stating your name and where you live.
Gov. Tim Kaine
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
NOTE: You can e-mail Gov. Kaine via his web page, but in order to
stress the urgency of this matter we are urging more
personal/tangible contact at this time (i.e. make a phone call or
send a fax – something that forces the recipient to acknowledge your
ACTION #2 : Ask others to join you in taking action. Calls may be
made and faxes may be sent as late as 8pm on June 25th, so please
forward this action to others. Ask people you know to also contact
Governor Kaine, including people at religious services or other
activities you attend. Print it out so that you have the
information with you when you bump into a friend who might call.
ACTION #3 : If no stay or commutation has been granted by the
afternoon of the execution, attend the execution protest and vigil
outside Greensville Correctional Center at Jarratt. Because this is
execution #100, we urge all who can to attend the vigil at the
prison. Jarratt is about 50 miles south of Richmond on I-95. If
you cannot travel to the prison, please attend a vigil closer to
where you live. Details on scheduled vigils are at
For last minute information about whether a stay has been granted,
please call VADP at 888-567-VADP. You can also check the web page
ACTION #4: Please support VADP’s efforts on-line HERE or by sending
a donation to
P.O. Box 4804
Charlottesville , VA 22905
ACTION #5: Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
calling for Virginia stop executions and abolish the death penalty.
If you would like some helpful hints about points you could make in
your brief letter, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for supporting these actions:
OTHER SCHEDULED EXECUTIONS
See the Alerts section on our web page for available info on the two
executions scheduled for this evening in Texas and Oklahoma and the
state-assisted suicide on Friday in South Carolina . Other dates
are scheduled and we’ll have them on the site soon, so check back.
If you would like to receive a regularly updated list of all
scheduled executions via e-mail, send a message HERE to join
the "For Whom the Bells Toll" campaign.
And CLICK HERE to read more about the kinky aspects to why tonight’s
Texecution is particularly wrong…
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Thank you. Have an excellent week.