BIOGRAPHIES OF ARRESTEES
JANUARY 17 DEATH PENALTY ACTION
Beth Brockman, from Durham, NC, is the mother of two children, ages 10 and 5. She is a member of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and has been arrested four times in the last year for trespassing outside of Central Prison in Raleigh while attempting to stop executions from taking place. She is active in the movement on various local and international human rights issues including abolition of the death penalty, nuclear weapons and torture.
Brian Buckley, 34, lives in Charlottesville, VA and he fancies himself as a handyman.
Frank Dew is a 55-year old Presbyterian pastor from Greensboro, NC. Frank has been pastor at the New Creation Community Presbyterian Church for 21 years and is a member of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, where he served as president of the Greensboro chapter. Frank has also been past president of organizations like the Greensboro Habitat for Humanity Board and the Servant Leadership School. He is former chairman of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission. Frank grew up in Lumberton, NC and graduated from Wake Forest and Duke Divinity School.
Ron Kaz is a 53-year-old carpenter from Chas, SC. He is a lifelong abolitionist and one of the founding members of Charleston Peace in the 1980s. Ron is also a core member of groups such as Amnesty International, CAFE, the SC Progressive Network, and the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry. Ron was arrested at the Supreme Court on January 17, 2002 as part of the action to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Gilmore execution.
Scott Langley is a 30-year old community activist who currently resides outside of Raleigh, NC at the Silk Hope Catholic Worker with his wife and 3 month-old daughter. Scott is an active member of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and Amnesty International. He has been working on a death penalty photo documentary since 1999 and has had images from the exhibit published worldwide. Scott is a 24 year native of Texas, where he started his work as an abolitionist. Scott came to DC in a car that runs on used vegetable oil from a restaurant.
Rachel Lawler lives in Montpelier, VT where she is studying Pre-Law at Woodbury College and is a team member of the C.O.S.A. re-entry program at the Montpelier Community Justice Center. She is a founding member of Vermonters Against the Death Penalty. Rachel has been actively involved against the death penalty in numerous states including Vermont, Connecticut, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina. She has an undying love for hot sauce.
Thomas W. Muther, Jr. is a 56 year-old psychiatric RN from Topeka, KS. A past vice-president of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, he first became active in the abolition movement in 1994, the year Kansas reinstated capital punishment. In 1997, he was one of the DC-18 who was arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court for peacefully demonstrating against the DP. He has also been active as an opponent of child-abuse -- advocating for legislation that would outlaw corporal punishment -- as well as other human rights and environmental issues. He is the proud uncle of 9 nieces and nephews and is a movie fanatic.
Jack Payden-Travers is Director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Since the late 1960s he has been active in the movement for peace and social justice. Since leaving his position as a history professor in 2002, Jack has worked solely on the death penalty, and also now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Jack and his family presently reside in Lynchburg, VA where he has volunteered with Gateway, a residential treatment program for men in recovery and with Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen. He is past chair of the Local Human Rights Committee of Central VA.
Anna Shockley, a 52-year-old mother of two grown daughters, immigrated to this country in 1973 and lives in South Carolina's Francis Marion National Forest with her husband and several retired farm animals. She works as a research assistant at South Carolina State University and is a student at the College of Charleston. She is a member of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment and the Webmaster of Charleston Peace.