The State of Injustice: International Human Rights Day Death Penalty Convocation

December 8, 2019 was the eve of the first scheduled federal execution since 2003. Fortunately, the courts intervened and federal executions scheduled for December 9, 11 and 13 (and two more in January) were stayed. In anticipation of these executions, a convocation of movement leaders and “voices of experience on the death penalty” was convened on December 8th in Terre Haute, Indiana, the home of the federal; death row and the federal execution chamber.

Press Release

Terre Haute Tribune-Star


Panel #1 — Terre Haute in the Spotlight — Click to watch Video

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· Sister Barbara Battista, Sisters of Providence (Moderator)

· Sylvester Edwards, President, NAACP Terre Haute Branch

· Ashley Kincaid Eve, impacted Indiana activist

· Terry Fear, Vice-President, Inter-Faith Council of the Wabash Valley

· Arthur Feinsod, President, Inter-Faith Council of the Wabash Valley

Panel #2 — The Other Victims/Advocates for Justice — Click to watch video

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· Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Christians (Moderator)

· Chris Brown, Author of Child of Grace

· Charles Keith, brother of former Ohio death row prisoner Kevin Keith

· Roderick Reed & Wana Akpan, family of Rodney Reed — Texas death row prisoner

Panel #3 — On the Path to Abolition — Click to watch video

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· Abraham Bonowitz (Moderator)

· Doug Pagitt, Executive Director, Vote Common Good — Click to watch video

· Stephanie Quiring, Board Chair, Indiana Abolition Coalition

· George Kain, Professor of Justice and Law Administration, Western CT State University

· Emma Tacke, Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty

· John Zokovitch, Pax Christi USA

Panel #4 — Murder Victim Families Say NO to Executions

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· Bill Pelke, Founder, Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing — Click to watch video

· Kimma Gurel — Sister of Nancy Mueller (in-law of William Mueller, Aunt of Sarah Mueller), the victims in Daniel Lee’s federal case - Click to watch video


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A Production of

Death Penalty Action

& Terre Haute Death Penalty Resistance

Special thanks to

St. Benedict Catholic Church

Envisionary Media

All of the speakers & volunteers

Death Penalty Action

Sisters of Providence

Amnesty International USA
Indianapolis Archdiocese Corrections Ministry

Joan Cheever, filmmaker/executive producer of “Seven Dates With Death


Jeff Ghelardi

Phyllis Hatfield

Ashley Kincaid Eve

Anne Feczko & Daniel Flynn

Indiana Catholic Conference
Abolitionist Action Committee
Bernie & Teresa Batto

Karen Burkhart

Death Row Support Project
Angela & Gerhard Glomm

Indiana Abolition Coalition

Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing

Robin Kaye

NAACP Terre Haute Branch

Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, South Bend, IN

Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN

Zann Carter

InterFaith Council of the Wabash Valley

Crystal Garcia Herring

Robert Ohlemiller

Jack & Chris Payden-Travers


· Art Laffin

· Catholic Mobilizing Network

· Dominican Sisters of Peace

· Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

· Episcopal Peace Fellowship

· Franciscan Action Network


· National Capital Crime Assistance Network/National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE

· National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

· Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

· Pax Christi USA

· Red Letter Christians

· Sr. Helen Prejean’s Ministry Against the Death Penalty

· Uri L’Tzedek

· Vote Common Good

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