Yesterday evening (5/23/19) at 6:55pm EDT, 35 years after he was arrested, Robert Long became the 1,498th prisoner executed in the United States since the resumption of executions in 1977.
Long was killed in Florida for the murder of Michelle Denise Simms. Long had a lot of other crimes, but he was more than that. Heading into Memorial Day weekend, it’s worth noting that Long was a veteran who returned from service with little support for a traumatic brain injury. This does not excuse his crimes, but it puts him in a class of vulnerable citizens who end up on death row.
The next execution is set for next Thursday, May 30, in Alabama. Take action here: http://deathpenaltyaction.org/1500th#action
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- Please sign and share the petition on Change.org to help gather opposition to the 1500th execution. At this writing more than 500 people have signed so far! Here is sample language you can cut and paste into your social media platform(s) like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.:
1498 US executions have occurred since 1977. #Enough! #StopThe1500th Execution — End the #DeathPenalty Now: Sign & share the Petition! http://chng.it/45zDshBz via @Change @DeathPenaltyAct
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- If you want to be with us on the ground to protest the #1500th execution where and when it happens, drop us a note to email@example.com.
Learn more and share at http://deathpenaltyaction.org/1500th.
Please make the most of every opportunity to work for justice this week and every week.
More soon. Many thanks!
Abe & Scott
PS: Congratulations to all of our friends in New Hampshire! Also yesterday, the New Hampshire House voted to override Governor Sununu’s veto of the death penalty repeal bill with a two-thirds vote of 247 to 123. Lobbying remains intense on both sides heading toward a final vote in the Senate on Thursday, May 30. If you know anyone in New Hampshire, please urge them to call their state Senator to urge a YES on the override vote!