Look for our table in the Parish Hall on May 21
Oppose HB 125, restoration of capital punishment
DELAWARE’S DEATH PENALTY statute was deemed unconstitutional by the Delaware Supreme Court in August, 2016. House Bill 125 was recently introduced to reinstate the death penalty in Delaware. It passed the House of Representatives on May 9. Many UU’s are now engaged in the effort to defeat this legislation.
As recently as 2013, DE was listed as fifth in death sentences per capita and third in executions per capita following the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.
The death penalty does not deter crime. In spite of its consistent use of the death penalty, Delaware is in the top 10 states in terms of murder rate. States with the death penalty have consistently higher murder rates than those without the death penalty.
The Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN) is undertaking an email campaign enabling congregation members to communicate with their State Senators. However, the outcome in the Senate remains uncertain.
On May 21, we will be signing letters to Governor Carney asking him to veto House Bill 125 if it reaches his desk The Governor has expressed ambivalence about the death penalty and it is critical that he hear from those opposed to this barbaric practice. Look for our table in the Parish Hall during social hour.
Support SB 5, protect choice for Delaware women
Delaware has had a law on the books since 1953 that SEVERELY LIMITS AND EVEN CRIMINALIZES ABORTION. If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, that is the law that would be in effect here in Delaware.
For decades, delegates at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association have supported Statements of Conscience favoring reproductive justice. Now we need to raise our Delaware UU voices in support of reproductive choice—right here at home.
In the General Assembly, the State Senate has passed SB 5, a bill that would bring Delaware law up to the current US standards. It is now in the hands the House for hearings and vote. Many religious organizations have been vocal opponents this bill. Our religious voices are needed.
On May 21 and 28, we will have postcards available for you to write a brief note to House delegates, stating that you are a person of faith and support the legislation. We will take care of addressing and mailing them. Look for a table in the Parish Hall during social hour. More information at https://www.shedecidesdelaware.org/.