Using Your Voice to End the Death Penalty

What: How to Write a Letter to the Editor Webinar
When: Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET

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On July 25th, the U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to resume executions at the federal level after a 16-year hiatus. Five execution dates are scheduled to take place in the span of five weeks, starting on December 9th. 

The announcement quickly altered the landscape of the abolition movement in the United States. There is now an urgent need for voices — particularly voices of faith — to speak out against this regression in federal policy and attack on human dignity.

Why LTEs?

Even in the digital era, LTEs make up one of the most widely-read features in newspapers and magazines. Short and easy to write, they are effective tools for shaping public opinion and shifting narratives on contemporary issues. Most importantly, they provide a platform for advocates like YOU to speak out on the issues they care about.

Why Voices of Faith?

With the unequivocal support of the Church behind us, Catholics and people of faith have an important role to play in shifting the national narrative on the death penalty. People of faith offer a moral voice that is often underutilized by other groups within the abolition movement. Moreover, Catholics are well-represented in public and judicial offices, making them key audiences to reach when it comes to policy and decision-making. (Attorney General William Barr, who announced the resumption of federal executions, is, himself, a practicing Catholic.)

About the Webinar

Led by an expert in death penalty messaging and strategy, participants in CMN's upcoming webinar, How to Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE), will:

  • Learn how to leverage LTEs to advocate against the death penalty on both the federal and state level
  • Discover why voices of faith are increasingly important in the abolition movement
  • Craft targeted LTE messaging (with the help of tailored examples) and get tips and tricks for increased publication
  • Learn how to utilize social media to expand your LTE's reach

This webinar is geared toward all skill levels. 


About the Presenters

With 20 years of experience, Margot Friedman is well-versed on composing and assisting with opinion editorials. She has conducted workshops and consulted for a number of national organizations, many of which deal with death penalty issues. 



In her role as CMN's Associate Director of Community Engagement, Emma Tacke facilitates relationship-building between the larger death penalty movement and Catholic Church leadership. In collaboration with state and national partners, Emma provides insight into Catholic messaging, promotes the use of CMN educational resources, and strategizes the most effective way that CMN can support and enhance local campaigns.