Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement: by Sandra Joy

By Sandra Joy

Coalition development within the Anti-Death Penalty circulate makes use of the techniques of the political strategy version of social hobbies to research the criteria that form the racial face of the anti-death penalty circulation. Contests are came upon to emerge over mobilizing and framing ideas as activists react to the political chance constitution in a way that privileges ethical arguments above the racial ones that will let them construct a extra racially different constituency.

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Our points are clear! We are Latino and we are proud to be Latino. We are black and we are proud to be black. Look now, we have Obama! Thank God we have Obama now! Although I was curious to find out whether the activists are satisfied with the amount of attention given to race by those within the movement, ultimately I hoped to learn more about the obstacles that interfere with the movement becoming more racially diverse. The inadequate attention that all of the black activists, a majority of the Latinos and several of the white activists find within the movement in regards to issues of race and racism can be viewed as one such obstacle.

Overall, the anti–death penalty movement’s framing of the death penalty as a moral or religious issue has not proven to be successful in reaching its goal of abolishing the death penalty in the United States. The brief period from 1972 to 1976, in which the death penalty was deemed unconstitutional by the 1972 Furman ruling and subsequently suspended, serves as the most significant accomplishment achieved toward the goal of death penalty abolition. When we look at the years prior to this brief moratorium on the death penalty, however, it becomes apparent that the dominant strategy by which the death penalty was framed was more legalistic than moralistic in nature.

Martin is an African American studies professor and a civil rights lawyer. He spoke of the tendency of white activists to strategically attach a white face to the public image of death row inmates who have been wrongly convicted. Martin then proceeds to describe a more complex process driving this apparent strategic decision. Political Process Theory 21 The people of the movement feel a need to put a white face or use a white example to describe the problem of the wrongly convicted because they think that will resonate with the American public, as opposed to using an African American or Latino defendant that less people would care about.

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