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 signs at the Fast and Vigil, on our social media platforms, on any virtual online programming, 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 2021

The Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) would like to thank the more-than 80 participants, individuals and organizations whose contributions have made this event possible each and every year.

Abolitionist Action Committee
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International Group 213 Raleigh
David Atwood
Dale Baich - Justice for Julius Jones
Abe and Isaac Bonowitz and Beth Wood
David Campbell
Zann Carter
Catholic Mobilizing Network
Death Penalty Action
Death Row Support Project
Democrats For Life of America
Alison Dieter
Dick Dieter and Maggie Louden
Dominicans Sisters of Sinsinawa, WI
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington, DC
Amy and Steve Duncan
Equal Justice USA
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Jeffrey Gamso
German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Susan Gries
Rachel and Bob Gross
Andrea Hall
John Holden and Mary Beaudoin
Barbara Hood & Dirk Sisson
Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing
Amelia Koffman, in memoriam
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Phyllis Lawrence
L'chaim! Jews Against the Death Penalty
Lifespark (Switzerland)
Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Death Penalty Abolition and Restorative Justice Issue Team
Kathleen McKeown
Dick and Eileen Melia
Mirror Image
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
National Benedictines for Peace
Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Phyllis Pautrat
Jack and Chris Payden-Travers
Mikhaela Payden-Travers
Bruce and Julie Pearson
People Against Executions (PAX) of the Open Door Community
Kimber and Frank Perrotta
Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
Bill and Debbie Quigley of New Orleans
Rehumanize International
Carolyn and Leno Rose-Avila
Mrs. Nancy Scheaffer
Joanne Schwarz
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, LA
Amy Jo Smith
South Carolinians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Southern Methodist University Human Rights Program
Terri Steinberg
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
Scott Taylor
Rev. Rebecca Tollefson
Stephen Trost
United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Charlie Wilton
Dina Windle
Witness to Innocence

Anonymous from Arizona
Anonymous from Maryland
Anonymous from Nevada
Anonymous from New Jersey
Anonymous from Ohio
Anonymous from Washington

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