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education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.
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Each day of the Fast and Vigil's four-days in 2020 featured four different streamed presentations by powerful speakers on a number of topics. You can watch all 16 programs on our Facebook Page (Facebook is not needed to view).
Speakers and Topics Included:
Legal Panel: Perspectives on Furman V. Georgia (and what's up with the feds?) - Featuring Pat Clark (Program and Operations Director for the Fund for Nonviolence), Richard Dieter (former Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center), Eric Freedman (Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights), Maurice A. Deane (School of Law at Hofstra University)
Abolition in the States - Leaders from state anti-death penalty organizations share their latest wins, struggles and how you can help going forward. Participants include leaders from California, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and possibly others.
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty - Panelists include: Kylie Taylor (CCATDP WY State Coordinator), Wyoming State Representative Jared Olsen (repeal bill sponsor), and Colorado State Senator Jack Tate. Convened by CCATDP's Hannah Cox.
Julius Jones Campaign (Innocent OK Death Row Prisoner) - Featuring Cece Jones-Davis (Campaign Coordinator not related to Julius Jones), Jimmy Lawson (Julius's best friend), Madeline & Anthony Jones (Julius's parents), Antoinette (Julius's sister), Herman Lindsay (Exonerated Florida death row survivor, representing "Represent Justice")
Extra-Judicial Executions: International Law & Police Brutality in the United States - Featuring Krissy Roth, Director of Amnesty International USA's Criminal Justice Program. Facilitated by Jotaka Eaddy, Full Circle Strategies, LLC
Witness to Innocence - Featuring a panel of members of Witness to Innocence, the organization of exonerated death row survivors from across the United States. Exonerees will include: Herman Lindsey, Juan Melendez, Kwame Ajamu, Derrick Jamison, Shujaa Graham, and Lawyer Johnson.
Police Bombings Are Nothing New: The MOVE Story, with an update on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal - Facilitated by Sandra Joy, with Mike Africa and others
Death Penalty Information Center - Sneak Peak of DPIC's New Report on Race & the Death Penalty in the United States - Featuring: Ngozi Ndulue, Senior Director of Research and Special Projects & Rob Dunham, Executive Director
Journalists & Executions: Voices from the Front Pages - Featuring: Keri Blakinger (The Marshall Project), Liliana Segura (The Intercept), and Alan Johnson (Retired from the Columbus Dispatch)
In the Executioners Shadow - A film discussion and panel with former prison officials who had a role in carrying out executions and joined the movement to end the death penalty upon retiring. This panel will be moderated by Rick Stack and Maggie Stogner, Producers of the film "In the Executioners Shadow." Additional panelists include Ron McAndrew (former warden of Florida State Prison), Frank Thompson (Retired Oregon Prisons Supervisor), and a family member of Jerry Givens (former executioner in Virginia who died of COVID-19 in March).
Faith Perspectives on the Death Penalty - Featuring: Rev. Aundreia Alexander (Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace at National Council of Churches), SueZann Bosler (Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing), Shane Claiborne (Red Letter Christians), Brother Dale S. Recinella, JD, MTS (Founder and President of I Was in Prison Outreach Ministry, Catholic Correctional Chaplain Florida Death Row, Author of The Biblical truth About America's Death Penalty), Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. (Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Churches) and Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz (Uri L;Tzedek - Orthodox Social Justice)
The Troy Davis Experience: A microcosm for everything that must be fixed in our legal system - Facilitated by Cherrell Brown (Donkey Saddle Projects) - with DeJaun Correia, nephew of Troy Davis, and others
... and an additional four different "Voices of Experience On the Death Penalty" programs - Featuring musicians and story tellers with direct experience on the death penalty, including a powerful mix of murder victim family members, death row family members, exonerated death row survivors, former executioners, legal professionals, activists and others.