Dear Governor Cooper,
We come to you as people of faith living in North Carolina who believe strongly that the death penalty is racist, immoral, and cruel. We stand behind the leaders of every major religion who have asked you to commute the sentences of all 137 people on North Carolina’s death row. State sponsored execution is an archaic and retributive practice that runs counter to our belief that every human being is sacred. Were North Carolina to return to using its execution chamber, the people of our state would be no safer, but we would be morally and spiritually stained. We humbly ask that you use your power to assure that executions will not be carried out in North Carolina. With such an action, you could lead North Carolina to a new vision of justice, mercy, and public safety.
Thank you for considering our important request.