Yesterday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was asked if it is time for Ohio to consider abandoning the death penalty. His answer? “That would be a discussion the General Assembly would need to have.”
Death Penalty Action has been working with allies in Ohio to set the stage for exactly that discussion. Last week we concluded an Ohio Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing, which features Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty to lift up the message that Ohio’s death penalty is broken and does not serve the needs of murder victim families.
Journey presentations generated excellent media coverage across the state. Among the many stories generated, check the Dispatch, the Chronicle-Telegram (Oberlin/Elyria — see photo above), and especially this amazing coverage of our day of presentations at Bishop Hartley high school by WSYX!
The consistent response we had at all of our events — at schools, churches, and community centers — was a the realization at how powerfully effective it is to hear from live voices of people who have experienced the trauma of some aspect of the death penalty. That, and “when can you come back?”
Help keep the Journey going in Ohio! We set a goal to raise $100,000 by November 4th, and we’re more than half way there. Please click here to chip in generously today. Together we can end executions in Ohio and across the United States.
Thank you. Yours in the Struggle,
— Abe & Scott
Co-Directors, Death Penalty Action.
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