March 1, Death Penalty Abolition Day, marks the anniversary of the date in 1847 in which the State of Michigan officially became the first English-speaking territory in the world to abolish capital punishment. It is a day to remember the victims of violent crime and their survivors; it is a day to remember those killed by state-sanctioned violence — guilty or not — and their survivors; and it is a day for intensified education and action for alternatives to the death penalty.

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This history was compiled by Marietta Jaeger-Lane*, co-founder, Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing. Marietta’s powerful story of moving from fury to forgiveness in the aftermath of her daughter’s murder has touched millions of people who have heard her speak in-person or who have otherwise been touched by her amazing spirit. (* with a few updates in 2019 by Abraham Bonowitz.)

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Death Penalty Action provides high visibility resources, leadership and support in order to stop executions.

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