Archive for the 'Life and Death Matters' Category

Robbie Baldwin attends fourth World Congress to Abolish the Death Penalty

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 by Lisa Harrison

Robert Baldwin, author of Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth about Capital Punishment, published by NewSouth Books, continues his campaign against the death penalty with some high profile events.

In February, he participated in the fourth World Congress to Abolish the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland, where 1,700 people discussed ways to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Speakers included Iranian Nobel Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. Dr. Baldwin made many new contacts and friends from all over the world. As a result of that meeting, he has been invited to be a speaker at an all-day rally supporting death penalty abolition at the United Nations Headquarters on April 30, sponsored by Voices for Death Row Inmates, a non-profit abolitionist organization based in England.

At the London meeting, Dr. Baldwin will also introduce his first CD of contemporary Christian music, entitled, “Simply Jesus.” Proceeds from sale of the CD will benefit prison ministry and efforts to obtain a morartorium on the death penalty in Alabama.

Life and Death Matters is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite retail or online bookseller.

Robert Baldwin to Address Annual Witness to Innocence Convention

Friday, November 13th, 2009 by Lisa Harrison

Life and Death Matters by Robert BaldwinRobert Baldwin, author of Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth About Capital Punishment, will speak at the closing ceremony of the Witness to Innocence annual convention in Birmingham, Alabama on November 15. Dr. Baldwin’s talk, entitled “How I Changed, How You Can Change Others,” describes his personal spiritual journey–from a belief in the legitimacy and social value of execution to his present-day position that the practice is morally and socially wrong.

In his desire to advocate on behalf of those facing death-row sentences, he teams up this month with Witness to Innocence, an organization dedicated to bringing attention to those who have been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit, and later exonerated of the charges. Twenty-five such death-row exonorees and their families will be present at the convention.

Life and Death Matters is also a featured “New Book” on the website of Death Penalty Focus, an organization which seeks alternatives to capital punishment.

Life and Death Matters is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite retail or online book seller.

Robert Baldwin Continues Life and Death Matters Events

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 by Lisa Harrison

Robert Baldwin continues his busy schedule of speaking engagements in connection with the recent publication of his memoir Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth About Capital Punishment.

On April 22 the author will be a featured presenter at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL, where he will speak on the topic, “What it Means to Say ‘Yes’ to Jesus.” Read more about this upcoming event in the April issue of The Canterburian.

Dr. Baldwin will be at Page & Palette in Fairhope for a book signing on April 18 at 12:00 pm. He will speak at the NAACP Centenniel Celebration in Mobile, AL on April 24 on “The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty.”

These events follow a very successful speaking engagement at the Chambers County Library in Valley, AL, where the attentive audience asked several thought-provoking questions, according to program coordinator John Tidwell.

In addition, Dr. Baldwin’s essay “State-sanctioned sin” was published by the Montgomery Advertiser as an Alabama Voices opinion column.

Life and Death Matters is available from NewSouth Books,, or you favorite local or online book retailer.

Alabama Arise Features Life and Death Matters in Anti-Death Penalty Lobbying

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 by Lisa Harrison

Dr. Robert Baldwin’s new memoir Life And Death Matters: Seeking the Truth About Capital Punishment, will be given to every state legislator in Alabama on Thursday, March 26 by the organization Alabama Arise as part of their lobbying effort against the death penalty. A note from Rev. Tom Duley, President of the Board, Arise Citizens Policy Project, and Kimble Forrister, State Coordinator, will accompany the book. From the note:

This book is a gift from Arise Citizens Policy Project. We find that it speaks eloquently on the matter of capital punishment. We hope that it appeals to your heart and mind as it did to ours, and that the information contained therein will inform your decision making on this most important public policy issue.

Dr. Robert Baldwin introduced Life and Death Matters by speaking to a very receptive group of students, faculty and other interested parties at Birmingham Southern College as a featured event in connection with the opening night of the schools’ production of the play Dead Man Walking on January 27. Dr. Baldwin also appeared on the Fox 6 Morning Show in Birmingham and was a guest on popular radio host Don Daily’s show Perspective, airing on stations WNCB, WBPT and WZZK. On January 31, a sizable crowd gathered for a book signing at The Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham. In addition, the Death Penalty Information Center has selected Life and Death Matters as a featured book.

Dr. Baldwin continues to make presentations throughout the state to churches and civic groups. He will be signing copies of Life and Death Matters at Milestone Books in the Vestavia Hills City Cent, Vestavia, AL on February 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Life and Death Matters is available directly from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.