Practical help with pen pal-
We offer information sheets about prison and mailing standards (state sheets), tips for visiting inmates (travel sheets) and the standards of an execution (execution sheets) for various states where our pen pal live. The sheets are updated by members on a yearly basis and available on our homepage in the members only section.
Our pen pal coordinator is the contact person for both members and prisoners, should problems arise.
Sale of money orders: We sell them at no extra cost. Money orders are otherwise only available in the USA.
Sale of stamps: For members who are permitted to send stamps to their pen pal, we sell US stamps. Stamp and money orders can be ordered with a special form availabe in the members-
A weekly press review is sent out in English via email. Whoever does not want this service can cancel it. The news come from the abolish list and is spread only by lifespark.
A newsletter, which presents different themes and gives advice, is sent out three times a year. Each edition includes the names and addresses of Board members and other active members.
We offer you to forward e-
We regularly update a list of books and films dealing with the death penalty.
In addition to the annual general meeting, different meetings are held, not only for organisational matters, but also for information exchange.
Regular local meetings are held, at which new and old members can get to know each other and talk in an informal atmosphere. All meetings are voluntary.
If there are questions or problems, members can always contact us. We will try to help and may also involve other members of the board and organisation if necessary.
With some of the money from membership fees, we support local activism against the death penalty. Joining lifespark helps fight the death penalty.
We make our own public statements by setting up information stands, by speaking to the press and other activities. Lifespark members can join us in these activities or plan and carry out their own. If you plan your own activity in the name of lifespark please contact us. We are glad to assist you.
Material for stands, school visits and other public activities:
We have suitable materials for information stands, school visits and other public activities and they are available for members to use: Information sheets about lifespark, a lifespark flag, a wooden model of a cell in Texas, etc.
In case you are interviewed by a journalist, we can provide you with an information sheet with tips.
Flyers for a particular pen pal can be sent out to our members, as long as the board has given its permission. The same goes for events, petitions, etc.
In the following sections our members can publish material:
"Reports and interviews": Members or inmates describe experiences with their pen pal, the first visit, the approaching execution, etc.
For those who want to do more than writing letters, there are numerous possibilities with lifespark: writing an article, organising events, contacting the media, starting projects...there are many ideas. Please contact the board.