RESIST THE FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY
Act to Stop the Federal Executions
This summer, President Trump ordered U.S. Attorney General William Barr to set five federal execution dates. Due to various court orders, all five have been stayed until further notice. These stays are expected to remain in place until further notice. Please watch for updates on this in the coming days.
In the meantime, we are still moving forward with plans for the December 8th Convocation in Terre Haute, and still seeking signatures on the petitions to the U.S. Congress (petition here) and President Trump (petition here).
BACKGROUND: Over the last 56 years, there have only been three federal executions carried out, and the last one was in 2003. To resume federal executions once again is an affront to the progress this country has made in eliminating the death penalty state-by-state and bringing us in-line with international human rights standards.
Along with the local group Terre Haute Death Penalty Resistance and other allies, Death Penalty Action will be holding a peaceful vigil outside at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana in advance of, and during, each of the executions if they ultimately are permitted by the courts. Other activities are also planned. See below for information. We also encourage people to organize local events in their communities – both in the U.S. and abroad.
Learn more about the federal death penalty from the Death Penalty Information Center.
Actions and Events
*** Please note that the December 8th Convocation will take place regardless of the status of the executions dates. ***
Sunday, December 8, 2019
The State of Injustice:
International Human Rights Day Death Penalty Forum
St. Benedict Catholic Church, Hellmann Hall
111 S. 9th St., Terre Haute, Indiana
Noon to 1:00 pm – Doors and registration open
1:00 to 5:00 pm – Speakers forum (see below)
5:00 pm-ish (or at the close of the forum) – a short march to the Federal Courthouse nearby, followed by a candlelight vigil
7:00 pm – Food and fellowship back at St. Benedict Catholic Church
*** The following execution vigil plans are currently on hold, due to the various court orders. If the stay remains, no execution vigils will be held. ***
Monday, December 9, 2019
& Friday, December 13, 2019
Execution Vigil and Protest
Everyone is encouraged to attend the silent witness vigil outside the prison in Terre Haute. All executions are scheduled for 8:00 am. The Federal Bureau of Prisons will bus protestors from Fairbanks Park to the prison grounds from 4:30 am to 5:30 am, and that is the ONLY way to gain entry to the prison vigil. You must arrive prior to 5:30 am to attend the vigil. For those who prefer a later, warmer vigil, a concurrent indoor vigil will be held at the Sisters of Providence Church in nearby St Mary-of-the-Woods, IN. Church doors will open at 7:00 am, with a vigil beginning at 7:30 am. All are invited to attend either vigil presence.
Can't make it to Terre Haute?
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Coming to Terre Haute?
HOUSING: If the executions go forward, a church floor will be provided to those who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVEL: For those booking flights, the nearest airport is in Indianapolis, which is just over a one-hour drive from Terre Haute. Plan departure flights anytime after 1:00 pm on December 9. If you prefer to not rent a car, email us and we can arrange for a volunteer to pick you up, as there no convenient bus or train options.
Come hear death penalty experts, national leaders, and voices of experience.
Speakers to include:
Sister Barbara Battista, Sisters of Providence
Abraham Bonowitz, Death Penalty Action
Chris Brown, Author of Child of Grace
Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Christians
Melinda Elkins Dawson, murder victim family member
Robert Dunham, Death Penalty Information Center (Organization listed for informational purposes only. DPIC does not take a position on the death penalty)
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
Kimma and/or Lance Gurel - family of the victims in Daniel Lee's federal case
George Kain, Professor of Justice and Law Administration, Western CT State University
Charles Keith, brother of former Ohio death row prisoner Kevin Keith
Doug Pagitt, Executive Director, Vote Common Good
Bill Pelke, Founder, Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing
Stephanie Quiring, Board Chair, Indiana Abolition Coalition
Roderick Reed & Wana Akpan, family of Rodney Reed
Emma Tacke, Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty
John Zokovitch, Pax Christi USA
Endorsers include the financial sponsors listed below, as well as the following:
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
Vote Common Good
If you or your organization would like to simply endorse this event by listing your name and promoting action in opposition to the federal death penalty, please let us know at email@example.com, and we'll send you the sharing resources.
These events are made possible by the resource and financial support of the following sponsors:
Champions ($5,000 level)
Death Penalty Action
Diamond ($1,000 level)
Platinum ($500 level)
Gold ($250 level)
Ashley Kincaid Eve
Anne Feczko & Daniel Flynn
Indiana Catholic Conference
Silver ($100 level)
Abolitionist Action Committee
Bernie & Teresa Batto
Death Row Support Project
Angela & Gerhard Glomm
Bronze ($50 level)
InterFaith Council of the Wabash Valley
Crystal Garcia Herring
Jack & Chris Payden-Travers
Financial sponsors will be listed on this web page and more prominently on signage at the event. Sponsors will also be featured on the professionally produced live-stream video from the Dec. 8 convocation. We invite you to sponsor the opposition to federal executions in Terre Haute. Visit our sponsorship levels page, then click on "tickets" to choose your level.