Yesterday the state of Georgia issued an execution warrant for Kelly Renee Gissendaner. In 10 days she will die — unless we act now.
Despite the tireless efforts of Kelly Gissendaner’s legal team and the outcry from people of faith all over America, despite Kelly’s powerful story of transformation and redemption, state officials are determined to execute Kelly.
We must convince the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant Kelly a new clemency hearing in order to hear new testimony about why Kelly should live.
As people of faith in Georgia, we aren’t giving up.
We’re putting together a last ditch effort to convince Governor Nathan Deal’s Board of Pardons and Paroles to rethink this terrible decision and commute Kelly’s sentence to life in prison without parole. We’re purchasing ads in local media markets — including the state’s major newspapers — to tell Kelly’s story and remind the State of Georgia that the world is watching.
If we can raise just $10,000, we can make a big splash in Georgia media and make sure the Board of Pardons and Paroles gets our message loud and clear.
You can also take action right now on social media. If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, tweet and post @GovernorDeal and @GA_ParoleBoard using the #KellyOnMyMind hashtag. Remind Governor Deal’s Board of Pardons and Paroles that they must give Kelly a new clemency hearing.
Kelly has expressed deep remorse for her role in the murder of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. And she has reconciled with her children. While they continue to mourn their father’s death, they are asking Georgia to spare their mother’s life.
If they can forgive their mother for killing their father, then surely the state can show mercy.
People every day are waking up to the fact that Kelly’s death would be a great wrong, whether they oppose the death penalty in all cases, or are moved by Kelly’s story of redemption. It is time for people of all political backgrounds to speak up.
Kelly is still alive today because of the power of this movement. Now is the time to pressure Georgia’s decision-makers to do the right thing.
With gratitude and hope,
The Reverend Kimberly S. Jackson, Letitia M. Campbell, and Rev. Dr. Melissa Browning
P.S. If you know anyone who hasn’t heard Kelly’s story, send them to www.kellyonmymind.com to learn more and take action!
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