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Killing Andrew Thomas

On a frequent basis, I get messages from death row inmates. Due to the volume of my work, I can only engage a small percentage of those who write. In early November, I received a request for help from Tennessee. Opening the envelope, I figured Andrew Thomas would get my regrets. I was wrong.

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday is The Pilgrimage for Abolition

This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6pm at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I’ve encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.

We Forgot Ms. Shade.

Less than a hundred feet from residences, local authorities discovered the badly decomposed body of a transgender woman of color.  The Dallas Police Department put out a detailed description of the body and asked for help.  For two weeks, no one seemed to know who this woman was.  When the woman was finally identified as 22-year-old Shade Schuler, I realized that she belonged to

Joseph Hutcheson and a Failure of Identity Politics

Why???” The tearful words of James Hutcheson echoed loudly against the jail. Throughout last Friday’s press conference, the events of August 1 kept running through my mind.

Speak Their Names!

I struggled to garner the courage to write this piece.  I am a part of a progressive world that teaches people to stay in their place or face the consequences.  The difficulty of such constructions is that there are times when we all need to speak.  I am a follower of Jesus and that means I am called to stand with the oppressed and marginalized irrespective of their identity.&nbs

Pushing into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore and the Struggle Against Racism

The moisture forming in my eyes caused the screen to grow blurry.  The emotion was so heavy that I was having difficulty comprehending the words.  On June 23, 2014 around 5:30pm in Grand Saline, Texas, Rev.

24 Hours at the Cross: A Holy Week confrontation with execution in Texas

While churches always have a plethora of odd smells, there is one that is particularly memorable. Smelling like a mix of mold and mildew, I have always imagined it to be the results of inactive butts marinating in the pews for years and years.

Giving Our Bodies to Kelly Gissendaner

2066 In February of 1997, Kelly Gissendaner orchestrated the brutal murder of her husband Doug in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Sentenced to die in 1998, Gissendaner’s appeals process is about to run out.  Barring a miracle, Gissendaner will be executed by the State of Georgia on Wednesday night (2/25/2015).  Those of us who grow up in the South know well how

The Ashes of Rodney Reed

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The words are being repeated over and over again across Texas today. Texan after Texan will be reminded of their own mortality. In addition to the introspection, I pray that God will add a little outerspection to Ash Wednesday here in Texas and pierce the hearts of Christians about the approaching March 5 execution of Rodney Reed.

No More Murders! : Stop the Supreme Court and the People of Georgia with Prayer

There is an old story about Jesus.  During one of his marathon sessions, the entire house he was teaching in filled up and everyone wanted to share a moment with Jesus.  Hearing that he had the power to heal people, a group across town picked up their disabled neighbor and car