Starvin’ For Justice 2019 Speaker Schedule Announced!

Death Penalty Action
4 min readJun 26, 2019

Are YOU Starving’ for Justice?

Whether you can be with us at the US Supreme Court or not, YOU are invited to be in solidarity with “Starvin’ for Justice,” the Abolitionist Action Committee’s (AAC) 26th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty! Abolitionists from across the U.S. and beyond are already headed toward DC for this annual symbolic protest calling for an end to all executions.

​We’ll talk to thousands of students and tourists who come by, inviting them to add their names to petitions and sign up to get involved. We’ll also create moments and stock images for media coverage, like the image to the left, which has been used to illustrate numerous unrelated articles about the death penalty.

If you are in the DC area, come join us for a few hours and/or one of the teach-ins each evening. We’ll learn new perspectives, celebrate our victories and mourn our losses each evening with presentations by individuals with Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty.

All of the details and the general schedule are here, on the AAC’s web page.

BELOW is this years’s speaker schedule for each evening teach-in — subject t to change. If you cannot be there in-person, join us on-line as we stream each evening teach-in using Facebook Live from the Starvin’ for Justice Facebook Page​.

AND, it is not too late to join more than 60 individuals and organizations who are helping by co-sponsoring this year’s Fast & Vigil. Check the sponsorship page here for the full list and to learn how to add your support!

At this point in our movement, It’s time for each and every one of us to show up as big as we can at every opportunity. Please join us one way or another for the 26th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Details are here.

Thank you. Together we are making the difference!

— Scott & Abe

Abolitionist Action Committee // Death Penalty Action

PS: Death Penalty Action manages logistics and organizing for AAC actions. Please chip in whatever makes sense to you using a credit card, Paypal or you can even do it the traditional way and send send a check. We can only do this work because of YOU! The info you need is here:​

SCHEDULE OF SPEAKERS for the 2019 Starvin’ for Justice Evening Teach-Ins (6pm to 8:30pm EDT June 29, 30, July 1 & 2.)

All speakers are confirmed, but unless specifically indicated have not yet been set for a specific night: This schedule subject to change and additional speakers may be added.

To be added to the schedule pending availability information:
* Ari Kohen (invited) — Director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln.
* Musical interludes with Constantine Efantis
* Renny Cushing (invited), House of Representatives, New Hampshire & Founder of Murder Victim’s Families for Human Rights

June 29
Shane Claiborne, Author, Executing Grace & Co-Founder, Red Letter Christians
David Kaczynski, Board Member, Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing and brother of Ted Kaczynski, who faced the death penalty
Roderick & Richard Reed — Brothers of Rodney Reed on Texas Death Row.
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches, Board Chair, Ohioans to Stop Executions

June 30
Live Chat with Abolitionists Celebrating Ten Years of Death Penalty-Free New Mexico!

Perry Cobb — Exonerated Death Row Survivor, Witness to Innocence (Full story. Perry will speak briefly each of the other evenings.)
Hooman Hedayati — American Constitution Society
Tracy Lamourie & Dave Parkinson, Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Bill Pelke — Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing
Marilyn Shankle-Grant — Mother of TX Death Row Prisoner Paul Storey

July 1
Delia Meyer — Sister of Texas Death Row Prisoner Luis Castro Perez
Jerry Givens — Retired Virginia Corrections Officer (executed 62 prisoners)
Gregory Joseph — National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)
Special Film Screening of The Executioners Shadow, Follows by Talk Back with producer Richard Stack (8pm INSIDE United Methodist Church Building. This screening is co-presented by the AAC & the NCADP)

July 2
Rob Dunham, Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
Shujaa Graham — Exonerated Death Row Survivor, Witness to Innocence
Charley Sullivan — Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy — Catholic Mobilizing Network
Others TBD


Please make the most of every opportunity to work for justice this week and every week!




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