Activists Gather for the 15th Annual Fast and Vigil

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Activists Gather for the 15th Annual Fast and Vigil

Post  Jennie on Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:41 pm

Spike of Executions Belies National Trends Away From the Death Penalty: Activists Gather for the 15th Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WHO: Activists from more than 17 states, Death Row Survivors, Murder Victim Family Members, and other leaders of various anti-death penalty organizations.

WHAT: Press Conference/Rally

WHEN: NOON, Monday, June 30, 2008

WHERE: On the sidewalk in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

WHY: July 29, 2008 marks the 36th anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision in which the United States Supreme Court struck down all laws allowing executions in the U.S. Persons of interest noted above will join leaders of the anti-death penalty movement in speaking out about recent developments regarding the issue, noting how the death penalty continues to fail as a public policy in the United States.

July 2, 2008 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Gregg v. Georgia decision in which the United States Supreme Court upheld laws written in various states to reinstate the death penalty in the wake of the Furman decision in 1972.

This press conference is part of the Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court, wherein anti-death penalty activists converge on Washington, D.C. from Sunday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 2 for 4 days of activities commemorating the historic 1972 and 1976 Supreme Court rulings that suspended the death penalty in the United States and later allowed executions to resume. This is the 15th year in a row that the Abolitionist Action Committee will hold its annual Fast and Vigil between the dates of these 2 landmark decisions. Activists, many of whom are fasting the entire 4 days, are traveling to Washington D.C. from across the United States and beyond.

Highlights of this highly visual and interactive annual event include live music and evening teach-ins by death row survivors, murder victim family members, and noted activists and scholars. Please see details at

ATTENTION REPORTERS, EDITORS AND PRODUCERS: Consider interviews with activists from your specific state or region. A press conference will be held at Noon on Monday, June 30 on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, but we are available all day and evening on June 29 and 30, and July 1 and 2.

RAIN ALERT: In the event of rain or significant threat thereof, the press conference and other events requiring amplification will take part inside the United Methodist Church Building, immediately adjacent (across Maryland Ave. on 1st St.)

The Abolitionist Action Committee is an ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.

(source: Abolitionist Action Committee)

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