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"I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out.
"  Marge Piercy



Criminal Justice & The Death Penalty

Some UU congregations in North Carolina are encouraging members to consider this statement. For more information, go to www.PFADP.org.


Governor Pat McCrory

Office of the Governor

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301


Dear Governor McCrory,                                             Date:

I am proud of North Carolina for passing the Racial Justice Act.

The RJA is a promise to the people of this state that the courts will rectify racial bias in the death penalty system. The RJA is working. The decisions by Judge Gregory Weeks to resentence 4 inmates to life in prison without parole under the RJA were based on evidence of bias in jury selection.

More than 40% of those on North Carolina’s death row had juries that included one or no persons of color. This pattern of exclusion does not happen by chance. No one should be denied the right to serve on a jury because of their race.

Racial bias has no place in our justice system, and we must identify it and take corrective action. The RJA does this and must remain intact.