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  •  Thank you, as always, for the diary. I'm feeling (7+ / 0-)

    so mixed, emotionally, about our CA state senator Loni Hancock introducing a ban on death penaltiesin the state.  I'm 100% for the ban, of course, but her rationale is appalling to me:

    “Capital punishment is an expensive failure and an example of the dysfunction of our prisons,” Hancock stated. “California's death row is the largest and most costly in the United States.  It is not helping to protect our state; it is helping to bankrupt us.”

    Hancock announced her legislation after the Los Angeles Times reported last week on a new study that highlights the exorbitant cost of maintaining the death penalty.  The study projects that the cost of maintaining the death penalty will rise to $9 billion by 2030.  The study reports that taxpayers have already spent more than $4 billion on only 13 executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978.

    How does someone talk about abolishing the death penalty and not talk about racism and injustice?  I'm hoping she's just choosing an argument that she thinks will get more voters on board, but the reasoning gives me chills.

    •  {{{Ebby}}} - I know how you feel. (6+ / 0-)

      But we'll take her efforts and build on them, not leave them just in her shuttered hands.  At least she's taking a stand.  I've felt the same way about some Christian right people who make me cringe with their arguments.  

      It helps a little bit when I read old letters and newspaper reports and speeches from the original abolition days.  There were so many reasons why people supported abolition, and not all the same.

      And, many who did – Philadelphia Quakers, for example - were unequivocal in abolition of slavery, but then maintained segregated seating in meeting houses and many did not support the right of black people to vote.

      So tangled.

      But we will keep right on going, and proud to march along side of you.

      Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

      by RadioGirl on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 08:04:24 PM PDT

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    •  I saw that and I thought that she might (7+ / 0-)

      think that argument will get her bill through during these hard fiscal times.

      I read that the latest Field Poll in Ca shows 70% support for the death penalty.  sigh

      Erase the Hypocrisy, Erase the Denialism, Erase the Racism

      by blindyone on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 08:50:58 PM PDT

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