Together, We Made The Difference…

This is updated from what was sent in the early hours of Friday morning to include links to video clips and news coverage.

Because of YOU and with YOU, Death Penalty Action made an impact in the campaign to #StopThe1500th execution in the United States since 1977. Sadly, Marion Wilson Jr. was executed with a time of death at 9:52pm EDT on June 20, 2019.

The successful effort to raise awareness of the steady decline of capital punishment in the United States in spite of the big round number was led by Death Penalty Action, a non-profit, ACTION-oriented leader in the anti-death penalty movement.

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Your petitions were hand delivered by our team on the ground in Georgia, which was also able to engage in dialog with the staff of the Georgia governor. Co-Director Scott Langley was joined by DPA Advisory Board members Randy Gardner and SueZann Bosler. Despite other long-standing travel plans, Shane Claiborne and Abe Bonowitz inspired visibility and action in the UK and France.

See television coverage here. And if you really want to be outraged, see this video Randy Gardner made of the moment Marion Wilson’s daughter learned her father had been killed.

It is only because of generous financial supporters that Death Penalty Action was able to inspire and support ACTION that increased visibility, concern and protest around the 1500th US execution. Our team in Georgia had tangible IMPACT, and lifting up many of those closest to the center of this horrific milestone. This photograph is Marion Wilson’s wife, pastor and daughter at the prison last night.

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What more can you do?

See our press release, photos and more at and on our Facebook page at and our Twitter page at

Here is a sample social media post you can use:

Thousands said #StopThe1500th execution! The execution was carried out, and that won’t stop us. Raise your voice and rededicate yourself to end executions now! Sign up and chip in at #MarionWilson #DeathPenalty #EndTheDeathPenalty

Chip in:

We do this work without worrying about how needs will be met. Of course, expenses are incurred. Please chip in today to help us meet the very generous offer we received several weeks ago — every dollar donated is matched up to $5,000. Our deadline is June 26th. To-date we have raise just over $4,000 toward this match. Please chip in (again) today at

It’s time for each and every one of us to show up as big as we can. Join us next week 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

Death Penalty Action

PS: A generous supporter is matching the next $5000 we raise! We’re now just over $4K! 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. The info you need is here:

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


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