Gonzaga College High School students with Governor O'Malley

BY CHRIS KERRMarch 15, 2013

After years of debate, the state of Maryland is set to repeal the death penalty.  The effort has been led by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.).

The Washington Post reports:

The House of Delegates voted 82-56 to repeal Maryland’s death penalty on Friday, making the state the sixth in as many years to abolish executions and delivering a major legislative victory to Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The bill, which passed the Senate last week, now heads to the governor for his signature. O’Malley (D) has lobbied lawmakers for years to end capital punishment, and he put the full weight of his office behind it this session.


The Ignatian Solidarity Network applauds this decision and wishes to highlight the work of some of advocates working to abolish the death penalty in Maryland and beyond:

Greg Callaghan Gonzaga students with Governor O'malley pictured from left to right Matt Gannon, Joseph Biegun, Sr. Seton Cunneen, Alejandro Marquez (back), Daniel Coolidge, Governor Martin O'Malley, Andrew Valentine, Paul Guay (back), Jack Mcginnis, and Grant Hughes. Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
Interview: Greg Callaghan
Nat. Coord. of the Dead Man
Walking School Theater Project
Gonzaga College High School Students join Governor O’Malley to Lobby Against the Death Penalty Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Death
Penalty Activist, to be Honored with ISN’s “Faith Doing Justice” Award

Christopher Kerr

Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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