BREAKING: ACLU lawsuit filed today

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Breaking news today in our fight against the federal death penalty. The ACLU of Indiana today filed a lawsuit against the Indiana State Police (ISP) on behalf of Death Penalty Action, Indiana Abolition Coalition, Providence of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods Indiana, and individuals like myself, Ashley Kincaid Eve, Bill Pelke, Karen Burkhart and Rev. Bill Breeden who protested the federal executions at the Terre Haute Prison in July.

We’re proud to be part of this lawsuit as we continue our efforts to end the federal death penalty once and for all.

Read news coverage of the lawsuit here and here.

We were attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights by protesting and holding vigil directly outside the front gate of the prison in opposition of the executions planned by the Federal Government. The ISP shutdown roads and placed barricades that forced protesters miles away from the prison.

This was an unlawful violation of our rights and a continuation of the frightening trend we’ve seen of police and the Trump Administration doing everything in their power to quell protests across the country.

That’s why we’re asking you today to stand with us in solidarity by signing on to our letter calling on Congress to end the federal death penalty once and for all.

And, if you’re financially able, a donation today of $50, $25, or even just $10 will go a long way in supporting our efforts.

Donald Trump wants these executions to go forward because he thinks he can use them in his campaign, and he wants to stop people from exercising their First Amendment rights because he can’t stand dissent.

It’s all anti-American, and it all must stop.

Thank you for taking action and supporting our efforts today. Your help makes a big difference.

In Solidarity,

Abe

Abraham Bonowitz

Director

Death Penalty Action

P.S. Tune in for our recurring virtual conversation series “Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty.” The next installment is tomorrow at 2:00 PM EDT with special guests Rob Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. of the Ohio Council of Churches, Sylvester Edwards, President of the Terre Haute branch of the NAACP, and others with hosts Abe Bonowitz, Ashley Kincaid Eve, and Bill Pelke. Click here for more information and to watch the live stream.

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