Sunday, June 28, 2009

Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty - DC

Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty - DC

June 29 - July 2, 2009, All day and into the evening, each day
U.S. Supreme Court Steps

"Starvin, for Justice '09" is the 16th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court. The event is a four day vigil maintaining a presence at SCOTUS, the Supreme Court Of The United States. Some of the participants fast during this time, but fasting is not required. We encounter thousands of visitors to the Court and share our message that no matter how you slice it, the death penalty is BAD PUBLIC POLICY. Much of the time is spent talking to individuals and creating visibilty. Several larger events are held at key times during the event to highlight specific concerns, with a series of speakers each evening to educate, enlighten and entertain.

The who participate in the full event arrive on June 28th and depart on July 3rd. June 29 and July 2 are anniversaries of key death penalty decisions:

June 29th is the anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision in 1972, in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be arbitrary and capricious. More than 600 condemned inmates had their death sentences reduced to life. All states were required to re-write their death penalty laws.

July 2nd is the anniversary of the Gregg v. Georgia decision in 1976 which allowed the resumption of executions in the United States.

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