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.

 

WELCOME TO STARVIN' FOR JUSTICE 2005

The 12th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty
at the U.S. Supreme Court
June 29th - July 2nd, 2005

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."
-- anon

Fast & Vigil Highlights, including evening speaker series.
Fast & Vigil Full Schedule

EXECUTION WATCH!

If any prisoner-exterminations are scheduled to take place during the Fast & Vigil, they will be noted below. As in the past, The Fast & Vigil will focus attention on each killing around the time scheduled. Please plan to be present at the court at least ten minutes prior to the time specified.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

PLEASE NOTE: Click on a persons name to see background on each speaker featured in the evening Abolition Teach-Ins. Please note that speakers are listed alphabetically and have all been confirmed, but nevertheless are subject to change. The order of speakers will not be determined until the F&V is under way. Other speakers may be added at any time, but we expect that no evening program will go past 9pm. Note that Saturday's program starts at 5:30pm, the others at 6:30pm. Those speakers who have books will be available to sign their books, and the books will be available at the AbolitionWear Table.

June 29Wednesday Marks the 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. F&V starts at 12:01am. NOON HOUR RALLY/MEDIA EVENT. This is the main public media event for this year's Fast & Vigil. Meanwhile, busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them a flier!
Abolition Teach-In from 6:30 to 9pm, featuring Ruth Friedman, Shujaa Graham, Sapna Mirchandani, and Diann Rust-Tierney with interludes by musicians and spoken word artists. .
June 30Thursday Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them a flier! Join the roving vigil by checking out a museum or the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival WHILE WEARING ABOLITIONWEAR and leafletting DC crowds. (These activities can take place throughout the four days of the F&V.)
Abolition Teach-In from 6:30 to 9pm, featuring David Kaczinski, Bill Pelke, and Shari Silberstein , with interludes by musicians and spoken word artists.
Execution vigil at 7pm.
July 1Friday Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them a flier! Abolition Teach-In from 6:30 to 9pm, featuring Celeste Fitzgerald, Dale Recinella, and George White, with interludes by musicians and spoken word artists. Fast & Vigil becomes continuous with those who choose to do so maintaining the vigil overnight.
July 2Saturday Marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Gregg V. Georgia, in which new death penalty laws were upheld and state-sponsored prisoner killings were allowed to resume. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them a flier! Join the roving vigil by checking out a museum or the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival WHILE WEARING ABOLITIONWEAR and leafletting DC crowds. (These activities can take place throughout the four days of the F&V.)
Abolition Teach-In from 5:30 to 9pm, featuring Abe Bonowitz, Rick Halperin, Shakeerah Hameen, and Shabaka WaQlimi, and others to be announced, with interludes by musicians and spoken word artists. Break the fast at midnight!

 
DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE
We are fairly laid back at this event, and as such almost all times are approximate. The times when absolute punctuality will be observed are indicated with an *. Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
 
June 28Tuesday *CCNV is available for check in from 1:00pm.
 
* 9:30pm - Last Supper: The Last Supper will take place at "Taverna The Greek Islands," which is located at 305 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, just down the street from the Library of Congress, and only three blocks from SCOTUS. They know who we are, they like us, we have a reservation, we can order off the menu again this year, there will be plenty of choices for vegetarians, and to quote the boss, "We will take care of you." Plan to spend $8 to $15, not including drinks.

Everyone is welcome, even at the last minute. However space is limited, but we can expand. Please be sure to let us know if you are planning to attend so we can let the restaurant know what to expect.
Thank you for your consideration.

June 29Wednesday 33rd Anniversary of Furman decision....

*12:00am -Opening Gathering at SCOTUS (usually lasts about 30 minutes).
*8:30am -Access to United Methodist Building
*8:30am -Set-up/vigil begins
11:45am -Media availability - Leaders of national abolitionist groups asked to be present to meet the press.
*12 Noon -Rally for Abolition *
6:30pm -Abolition Teach-In - see schedule.
9:30pm -Begin shutting down for the day
June 30Thursday
*8:30am -Access to United Methodist Building
*8:30am -Set-up/vigil begins
*6:30pm - Abolition Teach-In - see schedule
7:00pm - Execution Vigil for Charles Hood, who is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murders of Ronald Williamson and Traci Lynn Wallace.
9:00pm -Begin shutting down for the day.
July 1Friday
*8:30am - Set-up is complete/vigil becomes continuous
*6:30pm - Abolition Teach-In - see schedule
*Vigilers who wish will stay out all night.
July 2Saturday 29th Anniversary of Gregg v. Georgia

5:30pm - Abolition Teach-In - see schedule
11:15pm - Final gathering at SCOTUS
July 3Sunday
*12:01am - Break the Fast, featuring a meal lovingly prepared by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House

*11am -Everyone must be out of CCNV



Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC)
PMB 335
2603 NW 13th (AKA Dr. MLK Jr. Hwy)
Gainesville, FL 32609
800-973-6548   aac@abolition.org

   

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