The Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) 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. The primary focus on the AAC is engaging people outside the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably through the annual "Starvin' for Justice: Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty" each summer, and an every-five-year action of non-violent civil disobedience in January to mark the anniversary of the first U.S. execution in the modern era of the death penalty, January 17, 1977.
The informal committee of activists was founded in Dallas, Texas. in 1994 by human rights historian Dr. Rick Halperin and two murder victim family members, Bill Pelke and Marietta Jaeger-Lane. Since 2017, Death Penalty Action has managed the events of the AAC as one of its programs.
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The actions of the AAC are a program of Death Penalty Action, which have even more opportunities for engagement on the issue. Go here for more.