Last night we saw the 1,496th and 1,497th executions since 1977. Yes, these men are more than numbers. We worked these past few days very closely with many of the people closest to Don Johnson in Tennessee, and stood with them in their grief and their outrage. They are inspired to redouble their efforts. See images and video and a Facebook Live feed of the entire powerful and prayerful vigil outside Riverbend Maximum Security Institution at https://www.facebook.com/deathpenaltyaction/.
Our thanks, respect and admiration also goes to the legal teams in Tennessee and Alabama for last night, and in Florida and Alabama for the next two executions currently set for later this month.
We are now much closer to a troubling and shameful milestone on the road to Abolition. At this writing, the 1500th execution in the post-furman era of the death penalty may be in July, and possibly sooner.
The Death Penalty Information Center has provided some new graphics (current to the 1495th execution earlier this month) to demonstrate trends on the death penalty. Please check those out and grab them for your use at http://deathpenaltyaction.org/1500th
You are invited to help use the fact of the next big round number to continue to build the momentum of our movement AWAY from executions.
- Please sign and share the petition on Change.org to gather opposition. At this writing more than 400 people have signed so far! Here is sample language you can cut and paste into your social media platform(s): Thursday saw the 1496th & 1497th US executions. #StopThe1500th Execution — End the #DeathPenalty Now: Sign the Petition! http://chng.it/45zDshBz via @Change @DeathPenaltyAct
- Help Death Penalty Action create the biggest impact possible with your contribution right now using this link: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/carry-it-further-by-investing-today-2/ or use Paypal at https://www.paypal.me/DeathPenaltyAction
- If you want to be with us on the ground to protest the #1500th execution where and when it happens, drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More soon. Many thanks!
Abe & Scott
Death Penalty Action (is 501c3)
PS: Your donation will help us pay for tracking and preparation. We’ll need to support abolitionists on the ground once it is clear where #1500 may be. This may include last-minute travel, new signage, and other outreach. The more we have to work with, the greater our impact will be. If possible, when you invest, simply check the box at the bottom of the form to make your investment weekly, monthly or even quarterly!