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Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty to host benefit concert
By Shelby Fleig
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 6, 2012 01:04
First Friday in Lincoln is for art, music and drinks. But this Friday, it’s also for social justice.
Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty is holding its first benefit event tonight at The Bourbon Theatre. NADP looks to raise money and awareness for their fight against the death penalty in Nebraska with silent auctions, art raffles and donations.
“The death penalty is not helpful to victims because it doesn’t provide the closure that’s promised,” said Stacy Anderson, executive director of NADP. “It often takes many, many years before the execution takes place and the risk of executing an innocent person is just too high. We are working to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.”
After a NADP volunteer contacted the Bourbon to set up the event, the venue was eager to get involved.
“The Bourbon has always taken an active roll in the community and have done as much as we can for local nonprofits,” said Spencer Munson, media director and talent buyer at the Bourbon. “We also have been working on building our role in the First Friday scene.”
Local artists and musicians approached NADP and The Bourbon to support the cause. Volunteers include funk headliner Satchel Grande, and music by Toasted Ponies, Inflect, DJesse, Owlsley, State Street Jump and John Klemm & the Party and they will play from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a brief interruption in the music at 7:30 p.m. for a NADP speaker.
“We suggested that Curtis McCarty also come and speak. He has a compelling story of the innocence piece that proves it’s (the death penalty) just too risky,” Anderson said.
McCarty spent 19 years on death row for a 1982 Oklahoma City murder he didn’t commit. McCarty was sentenced based on testimonies and forensic evidence provided by analyst Joyce Gilchrist. Gilchrist was later found guilty of lab misconduct and at least two other cases he worked on were overturned.
“This is a chance for students to be active in their community as well as learn about much of the local art and music,” said Munson. “The death penalty is a controversial but important topic that the college community needs to be informed and aware of.”
Anderson said she encourages young people to come participate in the art raffles and silent auctions (you do not have to be present to win) and inform themselves on important issues.
“This is a fun venue to deal with a tough topic,” she said. “I feel like a lot of people have not thought much about the death penalty and this is a great opportunity to come and learn more about it, specifically how it’s not helpful to Nebraskans.”
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