Rep. Ayanna Pressley Speaks Out Against Federal Executions
“We have to pass my bill to abolish the death penalty. No more killing.”
As the federal execution of Keith Nelson was taking place on Friday, Death Penalty Action was in leadership both at the killing grounds in Terre Haute, Indiana and also in front of the Department of inJustice in Washington, DC, with simultaneous demonstrations. In Washington, we were joined by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (pictured), who urged us on in our work to end the federal death penalty.
“…So I want to say thanks to all of you. Thank you for being justice seekers. […] Thank you for being activists, organizers, disrupters. We know, just by coming together in this way, to denounce the cruelty of capital punishment, and to [..] the experiences of people on death row makes many people uncomfortable. Good. We have got to stay uncomfortable, so that we are never complacent in this movement, and we have to be willing to make other people uncomfortable in pursuit of progress, and true justice. So I am honored to be a sister in solidarity. We have to pass my bill to abolish the death penalty. No more killing. Thank you.” -Rep. Ayanna Pressley (See full remarks and video here.)
There is so much more to share, but I want to keep today’s message brief. Please check our social media platforms for more videos and news coverage from last week’s executions. Twitter, Facebook, and we’re now on Instagram too!
What else can you do?
- Sign and share the petition to Congress
- Visit our federal executions resource page for a list of action opportunities
- Have your faith community, club, team, business, civic group, etc. sign the organizational sign-on letter to congress, here
- Sign petitions on state cases here
- Click here to get t-shirts, masks, and ANNOUNCING, now you can also order yard signs like those in the photo above, and others, here.
Death Penalty Action is building the coalition to support legislation to end federal executions. Your donation today enhances our capacity today and this week. Please help now.
Abraham J. Bonowitz
PS: Visit this site to see a list of additional actions you can take today and this week: http://deathpenaltyaction.org/federal-death-penalty