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PEACE AND JUSTICE NEWS – November 2016

Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

By every measure, the death penalty declined again in 2015. A new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) found:

  • There were fewer executions in 2015 than any year in the last two decades.
  • The number of death sentences in 2015 is down 33% from just last year, and down 84% from its 1996 peak.
  • Opposition to the death penalty is at its highest rate since before the U.S. Supreme Court suspended the death penalty in the 70’s, according to recent polls.
  • For the first time in 20 years, there are fewer than 3,000 people on the U.S.’s death rows.

Repeal of the Death Penalty is a state by state action.  The following states still have the death penalty. Does your state ?

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky

Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wyoming

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January 11: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 8: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patroness of human trafficking


Paris Conference Accord

The agreement has a number of strong dimensions. It calls for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of this century, accelerating the shift towards a clean energy future and the end of fossil fuels.

It commits countries to ratchet up their commitments over time so that global temperature rise can be kept at 2 degrees, the benchmark that gives us a reasonable chance to avoid devastating climate impacts. It names a more ambitious 1.5 degree goal as a serious aspiration.
It affirms commitments of $100 billion annually by 2020 to help poorer countries develop new energy systems.

 

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