Strategically smart messages toward abolishing the death penalty

Building a movement to abolish the death penalty – both through changing public opinion and then through passing legislation – requires strategically smart messaging.

Below I’m attaching something I wrote that uses 3 smart steps to help people recognize that the status quo is broken and to decide we can abolish the death penalty without sacrificing public safety:

Fact #1:  The death penalty does not deliver what it promises.

Fact #2:  The death penalty makes existing problems worse and it causes more problems.

Fact #3:  We can let go of the death penalty and still be safe.


I wrote this into an article, which I attached here:

Death Penalty Fails its Promises — Causes More Problems Instead

I summarized this 3-step flow into testimony to a state legislative committee, which I attached here:

TESTIMONY 2018.01.22


I hope you will find this approach useful.








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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093