Pray Hard. Act Harder. Two Federal Executions Set For This Week.
“If I were queen, there would be no death penalty.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg
This is urgent. The Trump Administration has two federal executions still scheduled for this week. Help us shine the spotlight!
Death Penalty Action is leading the grassroots effort to stop federal executions. Because of you, our efforts are making an impact.
Today I am driving to Washington, DC, and on Tuesday, we’ll host a press conference at the US Capitol with Rep. Adriano Espaillat and other members of congress prepared to take the actions we are calling for in our petition and organizational sign-on letter. Then we’ll vigil at the time of the execution at the Department of InJustice. On Thursday we’ll be back at the federal killing grounds at Terre Haute, Indiana.
Lawyers are fighting in the courts. For the rest of us, our job right now is to shine the spotlight on this issue so that it does not get lost in the midst of racial reckoning, pandemic, fires, hurricanes, floods and God knows what else is coming.
More resources for abolitionists are here.
One thing we do know is this. Together, with your support, Death Penalty Action is making the difference.
I know this issue matters to you. Please give generously right now.
Yours in the Struggle,
Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director, Death Penalty Action
P.S. “I’ve always made the distinction that if I were in the legislature, there’d be no death penalty. If I had been on the court for Furman [v. Georgia, 1972, invalidating the death penalty], I wouldn’t have given us the death penalty back four years later. Stevens and Powell were part of that. I think there wouldn’t have been a big fuss. There was a big fuss initially over the decision that stopped executions. If the court had stayed there, it would have been accepted. That was the golden opportunity. I had to make the decision was I going to be like Brennan and Marshall who took themselves out of the loop [by dissenting in every case upholding the penalty]. There have been some good death penalty decisions. If I took myself out, I couldn’t be any kind of contributor to those.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg