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Positive outlook for 2019 – How you can help

2019 will be the year!

With the recent electoral changes, we are anticipating a strong likelihood of success in repealing the death penalty in New Hampshire this coming year.

The magic number for us is 283. We need 267 votes in the House we need to achieve a veto-proof majority, and add 16 for a supermajority in the Senate. Our early assessment is that we can get repeal done in 2019.

As optimistic as our outlook is right now, we will only succeed by running a strong campaign once again. We need to educate the nearly 170 new House Reps, many if not most of whom may not be fully informed on the capital punishment system in NH. We also need to work energetically with past supporters to strengthen their resolve against an anticipated full-court press by Gov. Sununu. And we need to continue to educate our fellow citizens so their duly elected representatives receive the message loud and clear that New Hampshire can live without the death penalty.

Here are some ways you can help:

1. Donate

The financial support of our members in past several years has helped us get to this point. This year, we’re asking all of our members to give as generously as you can so that we can mount a bold and effective campaign and get repeal passed into law in New Hampshire once and for all.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations to our lobbying efforts with a 3-to-1 match, effectively quadrupling the value of your donation (e.g., give $100, we get $400 total). These donations for the NH Death Penalty Repeal Campaign (NHDPRC) help us do our critical work in the legislature and are not tax-deductible. That’s where we really need the money most*, but please be assured we are grateful for any and all donations to either NHDPRC or NHCADP.

To make a non-tax deductible donation to our lobbying efforts, please visit this page.

To make a fully tax-deductible donation to our educational efforts, please visit this page.

Thank you!

2. Start writing to newspapers

It’s not too early to let  your fellow New Hampshire citizens know where you stand on the death penalty, and why. A steady drumbeat of voices is more effective in the long run than a smattering of letters only around the time of voting in the legislature. Feel free to use our form on this page.

3. Start writing to your legislators

You can start writing to incumbent and newly-elected legislators them right away.  This will let them know that their constituency values this issue, and it will help to educate them, especially the large group of new Reps in the House. You can look up the 2019-20 legislators on the NH General Court Website: House Members | Senate Members.

Please note that the database we use for new legislator information has not yet been updated, but when it is, we will let you know so you can use our online write-your-legislator tool.


4.  Hold a House Party!

Feeling bullish on repeal and want to do something special about it to help us get over the finish line? Why then, you might consider holding a house party! This can be something as simple as inviting your friends and neighbors to a showing of our law enforcement documentary (only 25 minutes long) followed by a discussion. If you’d like our help in organizing it and/or would like to have someone from the Coalition attend to answer questions, feel free to contact us.  This is a great way to educate folks on the death penalty. We’ve already heard that the documentary has helped open a lot of eyes to the intricacies and shortcomings of the death penalty system.

Optional: turn your house party into a fundraiser for the Coalition – contact us to find out more details.

Other News

Read about our 2019 Campaign Kick-off in Peterborough in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript’s article here. (If the article link  is broken, you can download it as a PDF here.)

The event featured a showing of our documentary, NH Law Enforcement Veterans Confront the Death Penalty, followed by a panel discussion with former police chief Ray Dodge and former Assistant Attorney General and current Coalition chair, Barbara Keshan, both of whom are featured in the film.

Our thanks to Phil Runyon, attorney and former justice of the 8th Circuit Court, for organizing this event and taking part in the panel discussion.

More campaign news coming soon!

One-Minute Video/Photo Campaign

We are asking NHCADP members to participate with us in raising awareness of the death penalty issue in the lead-up to the 2019 legislative session, by creating very short, one-minute-or-less videos (or short Tweet with your photo — see below) that we can post on our YouTube account, website, and Twitter feed. Here’s an example of one that the Coalition’s own Renny Cushing just recorded for us: It’s Time for Repeal the Death Penalty.

Please be assured that we are not looking for professionally-edited videos. In fact, informal homegrown videos are preferable. And please do not let technical considerations or phobias deter you from making a short selfie video that succinctly states why New Hampshire can live without the death penalty. You can record a video very easily either on your mobile device, or on your computer if it has an integrated or attached webcam.

Please note that most smart phones these days will give you tools for uploading your video directly from your phone’s native camera/video application (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) — simply send me the link to your preferred hosting site once you’v uploaded it. Click here for additional information on how to upload your video to YouTube (requires a free Gmail account) from a computer or mobile phone.

You can also send your video directly to me and I can post to NHCADP’s YouTube account. If you have Gmail, you can upload your video to your Google Drive account and share the link with me.  Alternatively, you can use this free online service through your computer’s browser: For either option, use this email as the recipient: (Note: please do not simply email your video directly unless it is less than 25 MB in size.)

Here’s information on how to record a video using a webcam on your computer:

If you’d rather tweet with text only, please limit your text to approximately 200 characters, and please send a photo of yourself if we do not have one. Then, tune into our twitter feed here: (This paragraph, not including this sentence, is already 184 characters, just enough for a brief message.)  
Or, really simple: just  send us your photo with about 200 characters of text for your written message, and we can post on social media directly. Email to:

Feel free to call us directly if you need support with any of this: 603-513-2266.

Thank you for your willingness to participate and spread the word that New Hampshire is ready to live without the death penalty.