Starvin’ for Justice: Fast & Vigil for Life
Starvin’ for Justice:
12th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish Capital Punishment
Who: A coalition of groups working to abolish the death penalty, coordinated by Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
When: See above.
What: A fast and vigil with major speakers and entertainment.
Why these dates: 29 June is the anniversary of the 1972 case Furman v. Georgia in which the Supreme Court said that the death penalty violated the 8th Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishments” because of the arbitrary and blatantly racist manner in which it was applied. Unfortunately, a few years later in Gregg v. Georgia, the composition of the Court had changed and a majority ruled that new state dp laws COULD apply the death penalty in a fair, and therefore Constitutional, manner. Abolitionists have been attempting ever since to show that Gregg was wrongly decided since the dp is still arbitrary and manifestly unjust.
To register for the event, sponsor it, etc., go to http://www.abolition.org/starvin12.html If you can’t attend try to hold a supporting event in your community. Involve your church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship if you have one. More and more religious communities are opposing the death penalty–essential in this highly religious nation.
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