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by Michael Myers
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000 at 1:03 PM
Statement from the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, which protests and organizes to stop state and federal death penalty legislation.
The Campaign To End The Death Penalty was founded in 1995 and now has many chapters across the country. We're based on the idea that everyone who opposes capital punishment needs to come together to organize meetings, petitioning, pickets and protests to stop the death penalty. Like the civil rights and anti-war activists of the 1960s, we need to start now to build a groundswell of opposition that is vocal and visible and that brings new people into the fight.
We're protesting the Democratic National Convention because many Democrats, led by Clinton/Gore, have fully embraced the death penalty despite the fact that it is racist, targets the poor, doesn't deter crime, is barbaric, and can and has killed the innocent.
All of our chapters stress grassroots organizing, especially to win support for prisoners currently on death row. Some of our members are death row inmates, and we nationally have built "Live From Death Row" meetings that allow prisoners to speak out about their cases and the death penalty in general. We publish "The New Abolitionist," an anti-death penalty journal, with articles written by activists, prisoners and prisoner's families.
Last year the Campaign chapter in Boston was successful in its fight against the reimposition of the deathy penalty in Massachusetts. In Illinois, we played an important role in winning a moratorium. We also have been honored to present forums featuring many former death row prisoners and family members, including Rolando Cruz, Dennis Williams, Hayes, Delbert Tibbs and Bobby Joe Leaster.
You may have seen our "Abolish The Death Penalty" in prote4sts across the country to save Shaka Sankofa-a battle we lost but that helped shift public opinion in favor of a death penalty moratorium. We need your participation-in any way you can-to help stop the death penalty. Now is the time! Our local Los Angeles number is (213) 250-2940; our national web site is: nodeathpenalty.org
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