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OCTOBER 14, 2003
11:35 AM
CONTACT:  National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
David Elliot 202-607-7036
Randy Tatel 615-329-0048
Presidential Candidate Carol Moseley Braun will Address the Annual Conference of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

NASHVILLE, TN - October 14 - Presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun will address the annual conference of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, scheduled for Oct. 16-19 at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville.

Ms. Moseley Braun, a former U.S. Senator from Illinois and Ambassador to New Zealand, will speak to conference participants at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Sheraton.

Co-hosted by NCADP's state affiliate, the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing, the conference will feature four days of workshops, keynote speeches, author signings, artistic performances and a Friday afternoon rally in front of the Tennessee state capitol.

Highlights of the conference include:

*****An opening panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday that will challenge the notion that Tennessee's death penalty system is any less flawed than those in states such as Illinois and Florida. Panelists include former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White, NAACP-Nashville President Rev. Sonnye Dixon and Mary Ann Hea, a board member of the Tennessee chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

****Moseley Braun's address, scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Friday.

****A Friday afternoon rally at 3:30 p.m. in front of the state capitol. Speakers will include prominent leaders of national anti-death penalty organizations, including NCADP's Brian Roberts.

****A Friday evening performance by The Healing Stage entitled,"Last Words: Resurrecting Our Nation's Executed." This national production company is visiting Nashville in conjunction with NCADP's national conference.

****Workshops Friday and Saturday featuring former people on death row who were later found to be innocent and dealing with such topics as the moratorium movement, mentally ill people on death row, and John Ashcroft and the efforts to expand the federal death penalty.


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