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.


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The annual Fast and Vigil is a grassroots, not-for profit effort to reach out to TENS OF THOUSANDS of people who are in Washington DC, promoting our message of abolition. Each year the fast and vigil is one of, if not the most, mutli-organizational, widely supported events in the abolition movement.


Annually, the list of supporters includes anywhere from 60 to 70 cosponsors from many state and national organizations, making the Fast and Vigil perhaps one of the most multi-organizational supported events in the abolition movement.

Your sponsorship and donation helps support the event in numerous ways. Some of the highlights include:

  • allowing more than 75 participants from more than 20+ different states to attend at no mandatory cost
  • a place for out of town participants to sleep at the Center for Creative Nonviolence (which directly supports the CCNV's programs to support the homeless in DC)
  • water, juices, Gatorade and ice to keep the fasters and vigilers cool and hydrated
  • travel subsidies for those who can't affort to come to DC otherwise
  • brochures, stickers and buttons to educate both visitors and locals about the death penalty
  • an air conditioned base at the United Methodist Building for bathrooms and breaks from the heat
  • large visible banners which are seen by tens of thousands on the streets of DC
  • a private church space and food for our ceremonial "Last Supper" the night before fasting starts

Thank you in advance for your generous financial support. Without your contribution, this amazing all-volunteer, grassroots witness would not be able to continue in the capacity that it has all these years. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE via Death Penalty Action (our fiscal cosponsor).

There are two easy ways to donate right now.

  1. Donate online: Visit our secure online donations page to sponsor by credit/debit card.
  2. Pay by check: Checks made payable to "Death Penalty Action" can be mailed to P.O. Box 89, Ghent, NY 12075. Paying by check helps us avoid credit/debit card processing fees. If mailing a check in 2020, please let us know via email (aac@abolition.org) so we know when to check our PO Box (for COVID safety reasons, trips to the post office box are being minimized).
What do you get out of it?
  • Sponsor's names are listed on a signs at the Fast and Vigil as well as on this web page.
  • The petition we use is copied and each state organization affiliated with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty gets a set that includes those who signed up from their state.

Sponsors in 2020

The Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) would like to thank the participants, individuals and organizations whose contributions have made this event possible each and every year.

Alaskans Against the Death Penalty
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International Group 30 - San Francisco, CA - in solidarity with Kevin Cooper & Jarvis Jay Masters
Amnesty International Group 213 - Raleigh, NC
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
Catholic Mobilizing Network
Child of Grace Books
Clear View Project
Death Penalty Action
Death Penalty Photography Project
Death Row Support Project
Donkey Saddle Projects
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington, DC
Equal Justice USA
Faith in Public Life
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty - Gainesville, FL
German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Indiana Abolition Coalition
Journey of Hope. . . from Violence to Healing
Justice For Julius Jones
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Lifespark (Switzerland)
Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
National Benedictines for Peace
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Pax Christi USA
People Against Executions (PAX) of the Open Door Community
Red Letter Christians
San Diegans Against the Death Penalty
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - in honor of the Reed Justice Initiative
United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society
Uri L'Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Vote Common Good
Witness to Innocence

David Atwood - in honor of The Prison Show
Dale Baich Abraham & Isaac Bonowitz and Beth Wood
Ray W Cage- Veterans For Peace
Lisa Carlon
Zann Carter
Joan Cheever
Chuck Culhane
Fr. Clem Davis
Dick Dieter and Maggie Louden
Pamela Drennan
Jeremy Faust
Celeste Fitzgerald
Jeff Gamso
Susan Gries
Bob Gross
Ken and Geraldine Grunow
Andrea Hall
Viki Harrison
Nancy Haydt
Mary Hendrix
Colleen Hurney
George Kain
Barbara Kincaid
Charlie King
Deborah McEvoy
Dick and Eileen Melia
Ellen Moore
Hilary Naylor
Rev. Dr. Charles Packer
Phyllis Pautrat
Jack & Chris Payden-Travers
Bruce and Julie Pearson
Bill Pelke
Kimber Perrotta
Magdaleno Rose-Avila
Mrs. Nancy Scheaffer
Joanne Schwarz
Kari Lorraine Scott
Lynda and Stuart Smith
Michael and Maureen Smith
Terri Steinberg
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
Scott Taylor
Charles Wilton
Dina Windle
Mr. Jere Wrightsman
Michael Zoosman
Anonymous from Maryland
Anonymous from North Carolina
Anonymous from Ohio
Anonymous from Oklahoma
Anonymous from Virginia

Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC)
P.O. Box 89
Ghent, NY 12075
800-973-6548   aac@abolition.org