Opportunities for Direct Action on the East Coast
Commutation in Virginia
Thank Gov. Kaine
A Note About Strategy
March from NC to DC starts Sunday!
Annual Fast & Vigil at the US Supreme Court
Save the Date for NCADP’s Annual Conference
THANK YOU very much to all who took action over the weekend and yesterday to ask Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to commute the death sentence of Percy Walton, who was scheduled to be executed tonight (6/10/08) at 9pm for his murders of Jessie Kendrick, Elizabeth Kendrick and Archie Moore. Late yesterday afternoon, Governor Kaine commuted Percy Walton’s death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole, citing Walton’s severe mental illness. You can read the Governor’s statement here.
Please take a moment to thank Governor Kaine for this action.
Gov. Tim Kaine
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
You can e-mail Gov. Kaine via his web page.
A NOTE ABOUT GRASSROOTS CLEMENCY ACTION STRATEGY
One person wrote me on Friday asking why we did not put the e-mail contact info in the action alert. We did refer to it knowing that some folks might look it up for themselves, but in order to stress the urgency of this matter we felt the more personal/tangible contact of a fax and/or a phone call would have greater impact. Some person in the office would be forced to deal with it. E-mail is much easier to dispense with, or to disregard altogether. Therefore, if given the choice, we will always recommend (in order of perceived impact) first a hand written note sent in the postal mail, and when time is short, a fax and a phone call. One person can triple their impact by doing all three!
OTHER UPCOMING EXECUTIONS
Texas is expected to resume executions tomorrow night, and several others are scheduled this month. Visit http://www.NCADP.org for a schedule of upcoming executions and action opportunities.
NOTE: Virginia’s 100th execution is now expected on June 25th. More information about special actions you can take will be posted on our web page shortly.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIRECT ACTION ON THE EAST COAST
Have you been looking for an opportunity to engage in (or support) symbolic public education activities which reach people with our message both directly and via coverage in the media? We’re not talking about candle holding outside a prison, although that has its place too. If you are willing to sweat, get wet, bake in the sun, and have some fun while meeting and working with other committed abolitionists, consider joining me at part or all of the following two events.
OR… if a little suffering for the cause is not your cup of tea, or these events don’t fit your availability, then please become a co-sponsor and help spread the word to others you know who might want to participate.
First, starting June 15:
Pilgrimage and Walk of Remembrance 2008:
"Making Strides toward Abolition and Reconciliation"
Please join with and/or co-sponsor this 300-mile walk from Raleigh to Washington, DC organized by Nazareth House, a Catholic Worker house ministering to the families of people on death row. It is a spiritual pilgrimage and walk of remembrance – remembering murder victims and their families, people on death row and their families, persons executed and their families and calling for abolition of the death penalty.
Begins in Raleigh on June 15th.
Concludes in Washington, DC on June 29th.
To learn how you can help and participate click the link here.
And that walk is schedule to arrive at the start of….
Starvin’ For Justice: the 15th Annual Fast and Vigil
to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court
June 29 – July 2, 2008, All day and into the evening, each day on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Starvin, for Justice ’08" is the 15th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court. The event is a four day fast & vigil maintaining a presence at SCOTUS, the Supreme Court Of The United States. Some of the participants fast during this time, but fasting is not required. We encounter thousands of visitors to the Court and share our message that no matter how you slice it, the death penalty is BAD PUBLIC POLICY. Much of the time is spent talking to individuals and creating visibility. Several larger events are held at key times during the event to highlight specific concerns, with a series of speakers each evening to educate, enlighten and entertain.
Those who participate in the full event arrive on June 28th and depart on July 3rd. June 29 and July 2 are anniversaries of key death penalty decisions: June 29th is the anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision in 1972, in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be arbitrary and capricious. More than 600 condemned inmates had their death sentences reduced to life. All states were required to re-write their death penalty laws. July 2nd is the anniversary of the Gregg v. Georgia decision in 1976 which allowed the resumption of executions in the United States.
See photos and videos from past years and get more information, CLICK HERE.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for NCADP’s 2009 Annual Conference!
SAVE THE DATE: January 22 – 25, 2009 in Harrisburg, PA
Click here for details and room reservations.
Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty