AAC is an ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public
education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.

 


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WELCOME TO STARVIN' FOR JUSTICE

The Annual Fast & Vigil in Washington, DC
June 29th - July 2nd

Welcome to the home page of the Fast and Vigil, an annual event in Washington, DC.


After monitoring the pandemic and security situation in Washington, DC, we are excited to announce that we will be continuing for our 28th year in 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this summer's vigil will be scaled down for the ease and safety of all those involved. Read more about the 2021 plan here in this letter - including both in-person and on-line opportunities to engage. After you have read the document, please pre-register so we can keep you informed directly of how things will look as we approach the start in June.

WHAT IS THE FAST AND VIGIL? For four days, death penalty abolitionists from around the country will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. It is an energizing grassroots week of training, advocacy, action, community and education. Tens of thousands of tourists and locals, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, pass by our vigil and table, so the opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a real grass-roots level is invaluable to the movement.

Additionally, each evening we hear stories from murder victim family members, death row exonerees, death row families and leaders in the national abolition movement.

We hope you will consider joining the more than 75 anti-death penalty activists who come regularly from across the U.S. and Canada - from Florida to California and everywhere inbetween - to join together for public education and outreach at the steps of the Supreme Court.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support the annual event that reaches tens-of-thousands of people on the streets of DC, donations are greatly appreciated to make this effort possible. See our sponorship page for details. And as always, help spread the word to your networks, groups, and local media.

Did you miss our virtual gathering in 2020? Each day of the Fast and Vigil's four-days in 2020 featured four different streamed presentations by powerful speakers on a number of topics. You can watch all 16 programs on our Facebook Page. (Facebook is not needed to view)

The pages of this website will cover the nitty gritty of what you need to know to participate, and how you can make the most of your participation. Please be sure to register, and let us know that you are coming. Please also read the history of this event and the court decisions that precipitated it. We're looking forward to Starvin' with ya!

Check out the latest photos and videos on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @AbolitionAAC.


Visit our fiscal sponsor, Death Penalty Action, for more action opportunities
( download a print-quality postcard)


"As a student at Xavier University, Ohioans to Stop Executions sponsored me to attend the Fast & Vigil. There, I formed relationships that continue today. My experience at the Fast & Vigil lit a fire in me to devote myself to the abolition of the death penalty."

~ Anne Feczko, Board Member of Journey of Hope and volunteer for the Catholic Mobilizing Network



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Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC)
P.O. Box 89
Ghent, NY 12075
800-973-6548   aac@abolition.org