The San Diego Organizing Project supports California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive moratorium on California’s death penalty. Newsom showed courage by choosing not what is politically expedient, but rather what advances a culture rooted in radical kinship and beloved community.
“I’m extremely happy about today’s decision because the death penalty only creates more suffering,” SDOP leader from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fr. Neal Jose “Pepe” Wilkinson said. “I have never seen joy on the face of anyone witnessing an execution. Violence only begets more violence. Killing is never the best solution and our faith tells us that love transcends violence.”
From our streets to our institutions, SDOP leaders want to make sure this is step one in our journey towards becoming a state of belonging. Read more about SDOP’s support in the Times of San Diego.
When fewer people are unfairly held in local prison, jail and juvenile facilities, we can re-invest the resulting savings into prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services. Our vision for justice system reform comprises safe neighborhoods and positive, collaborative relationships between our communities and our police.
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