May 9, 2008


Death Penalty
With the Supreme Court ruling allowing lethal injection and Georgia's decision to execute William Lynd, the death penalty is back in motion in America. Nevertheless momentum towards abolition continues.

Election officials in Zimbabwe announced that no candidate received 50% of the vote and thus there is not a winner yet. The opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has just agreed to a runoff election.

Second Chance Act
President Bush has signed the Second Chance Act, making rehabilitation a central goal of the federal justice system.

Burger King
"Farm worker advocates sought to present more than 80,000 signatures to Burger King officials urging the fast-food giant boost the wages of Florida tomato pickers and improve working conditions in the fields." "During a Senate hearing on the issue earlier this month, lawmakers called for an investigation into Florida tomato picker conditions."

"Last week, the Colorado legislature passed landmark legislation to phase out gestation crates and veal crates. When Governor Bill Ritter signs the bill -- which he says he'll do -- Colorado will be the fourth state to prohibit gestation crates and the second to prohibit veal crates."

WMC Peace Award
Sister Helen Prejean, spokesperson and advocate against the death penalty has received the 2008 World Methodist Peace Award.

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