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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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS in 2017

 

June 27 Tuesday

ANYTIME - Our housing site, CCNV, is available for check in. For information on housing, please register in advance.

June 28 Wednesday

9:00 am - Death Penalty on Trial - come to DC Superior Court to support the 12 abolitionist defendants who were arrested in a January protest action in DC. Location: 500 Indiana Avenue NW (Judiciary Square). Sit in the courtroom for an hour, two hours or as long as you can be there. Court closes at 5 pm, and the trial may carry over into June 29th.

ANYTIME - Our housing site, CCNV, is available for check in. For information on housing, please register in advance.

9:30 pm - "Last supper" at The Dubliner, located at 520 N. Capitol St., NW at F Street (one block from Union Station at the Phoenix Park Hotel - see map). Join us in the backroom for a festive start to the Fast and Vigil. The Dubliner is an Irish Pub which will serve a full menu (burgers, fries, fish & chips, sandwiches and salads) until 10:30 pm. After that, a limited late night menu is available. Prices are in the $12-$15 range, and there are vegetarian options as well as a kids menu. Beer and wine are also available. All Fast and Vigil participants are responsible for paying for their own food and drink.

This is a gathering for an evening of food and drink before fasting starts. Everyone is welcome, including event participants, fasters, non-fasters, and guests and friends that you want to invite. While an RSVP in advance is not required, it will greatly help us plan ahead with space considerations. Please RSVP through our registration page so we can prepare.
 

11:40 pm - Head over as a group from the last supper to the Supreme Court for a 12:00 am midnight opening gathering to start the fast together. The Court is a half-mile walk (10 minutes) from the last supper venue. If you cannot walk that distance, there are probably others at the dinner that will share a cab with you.

 

June 29 Thursday

Marks the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Furman v. Georgia decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

12:01 am - Fasting officially starts, with a 30 minute opening gathering at the court to kick off the fast.

9:00 am to 9:30 am - An orientation meeting to hear more about how the vigil works, what to expect, and ways you can be involved over the next four days. Highly recommended for all participants both new and old.

9:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

*** Noon *** - Rally to mark the historic 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Furman v. Georgia. Open to the public and the media. A great line up of speakers from around the United States will speak briefly, including murder victim family members, death row exonerees, and leaders in the national movement.

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement (exact speaker line-up to be announced in June).

June 30 Friday

8:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement (exact speaker line-up to be announced in June).

July 1 Saturday

8:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement (exact speaker line-up to be announced in June).

8:00 pm through the next morning - The vigil and presence outside the court becomes continuous with those who choose to do so maintaining the
vigil overnight on the sidewalk outside the court. Bring a sleeping bag, mat, or pillow for sidewalk comfort!

The United Methodist Building and its security personnel will remain open all night for those who need indoor nap breaks or restroom facilities.

July 2 Sunday

Marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1976 decision in Gregg V. Georgia, in which new death penalty laws were upheld and state-sponsored prisoner killings were allowed to resume.

Early AM - Continuing from the all-night sleep-over presence

8:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement (exact speaker line-up to be announced in June).

12:00 Midnight - Break the fast together with a free meal, prepared by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, outside the court. A closing circle will begin at 11:15 pm so people can share about their experiences with the group.

Participants are welcome to head out after the midnight meal (some buses and trains depart at this hour) or stay one more night in the CCNV.

July 3 Monday

The fast and vigil has ended, and participants may head back home. No housing is available after 12:00 pm Noon.

EXECUTION WATCH!



If any state executions are scheduled to take place during the Fast & Vigil, they will be noted above. As in the past, The Fast & Vigil will focus attention on each execution and the victim (or victims) in the case around the time scheduled. Please plan to be present at the court at least ten minutes prior to the time specified.


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

   

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