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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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS in 2018...
OUR 25TH YEAR!


June 28 Thursday

ANYTIME - Our housing site, CCNV, is available for check in. For information on housing, please register in advance.

9:00 pm to 11:45pm - Our "Last Supper" at the Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave NE (next door to the Supreme Court). The evening will include dinner, music, art and more to commemorate our 25th anniversary.

Everyone is welcome, including event participants, fasters, non-fasters, supporters, and any guests and friends that you want to invite. This is a catered dinner (Chipotle burrito/taco fare) with non-alcoholic drinks provided. Everyone MUST RSVP through our registration page so we order the correct amount of food. We ask that you bring $10-$20 to help cover the costs. Side dishes and appetizers are welcome, but not necessary. Alcohol is NOT permitted on the premises. Note about parking: there is usually ample on-street parking on Maryland Ave on both sides of the street.

11:55 pm - Head over as a group from the dinner to the Supreme Court for a 12:00 am midnight opening gathering to start the fast together.

 

June 29 Friday

Marks the 46th anniversary of the 1972 Furman v. Georgia decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

12:01 am - Fasting officially starts, with a 30 minute opening gathering at the court to kick off the fast.

9:00 am to 9:30 am - An orientation meeting to hear more about how the vigil works, what to expect, and ways you can be involved over the next four days. Highly recommended for all participants both new and old. Location: Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave NE (next door to the Supreme Court).

9:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

1:00 pm - Media Availability - We are encouraging the media to come out during this time for photo ops and interviews. Please try to be present if possible, especially if you have a compelling story to tell. (see our press release)

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement. We will go live via Facebook starting at 6:00 pm (or a few minutes after). Watch it live, here.

    Musical Interludes with Constantine Efantis, Music Director, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Washington, DC
    Jerry Givens – Retired Virginia corrections officer who oversaw 62 Virginia executions
    Rick Halperin – Professor of History & Human Rights
    David Kaczynski – Brother of the Unabomber
    Ngozi Ndulue - Senior Director of Criminal Justice Programs, NAACP
    Jen Marlowe – Author of I Am Troy Davis
    Rick Wiggs – Husband of Sharon Wiggs, Board Member, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center (org listed for ID purposes only)

*** Speakers are listed alphabetically and not in the order in which they will appear. All evening teach-ins will be on the sidewalk in front of the US Supreme Court unless weather moves us inside the United Methodist Church Building immediately to the north (just across the street). While unexpected, this schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.

June 30 Saturday

8:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement. Speaker line up to be posted in mid-June. We will go live via Facebook starting at 6:00 pm (or a few minutes after). Watch it live, here.

*** Speakers are listed alphabetically and not in the order in which they will appear. All evening teach-ins will be on the sidewalk in front of the US Supreme Court unless weather moves us inside the United Methodist Church Building immediately to the north (just across the street). While unexpected, this schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.

July 1 Sunday

8:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

6:00 to 9:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement. Speaker line up to be posted in mid-June. We will go live via Facebook starting at 6:00 pm (or a few minutes after). Watch it live, here.

    Musical Interludes with Charlie King & Friends (Candace Cassin, Phyllis Prentice, Annie Hallman, Art Laffin and others)
    Randy Gardner – Brother of Ronnie Gardner, executed by firing squad in Utah in 2010
    Lindy Lou – Juror #2 – Special Washington DC advanced screening of this new POV film, which will be aired nationally on PBS on July 16. The screening and talk-back with Lindy Lou will be inside the United Methodist Building immediately adjacent to the Court, starting at approximately 8pm.
    Bill Pelke – Grandson of Ruth, Founder of Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing
    Delia Perez Meyer – Sister of Luis, an innocent man on Texas Death Row
    Marilyn Shankle-Grant – Mother of Paul, a prisoner on Texas Death Row
    Dina Windle – Surviving victim who forgave Marcel Williams and worked to save him before he was executed in Arkansas in 2017

*** Speakers are listed alphabetically and not in the order in which they will appear. All evening teach-ins will be on the sidewalk in front of the US Supreme Court unless weather moves us inside the United Methodist Church Building immediately to the north (just across the street). While unexpected, this schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.

9:30 pm through the next morning - The vigil and presence outside the court becomes continuous with those who choose to do so maintaining the vigil overnight on the sidewalk outside the court. Bring a sleeping bag, mat, or pillow for sidewalk comfort!

The United Methodist Building and its security personnel will remain open all night for those who need indoor nap breaks or restroom facilities.

July 2 Monday

Marks the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1976 decision in Gregg V. Georgia, in which new death penalty laws were upheld and state-sponsored prisoner killings were allowed to resume.

Early AM - Continuing from the all-night sleep-over presence

8:30 am to 6:00 pm - Vigil outside the court, gathering petition signatures, holding signs, and handing out pamphlets. Busloads of tourists just waiting for YOU to hand them some information, and possibly have a conversation! The adjacent United Methodist Building will be open the entire time for air conditioning, bathrooms and for drinks.

6:00 to 8:30 pm - Abolition Teach-In and Q&A, featuring death row exonerees, death row family members, murder victim family members, as well as leaders and organizers in the local and national abolition movement. Speaker line up to be posted in mid-June. We will go live via Facebook starting at 6:00 pm (or a few minutes after). Watch it live, here.

*** Speakers are listed alphabetically and not in the order in which they will appear. All evening teach-ins will be on the sidewalk in front of the US Supreme Court unless weather moves us inside the United Methodist Church Building immediately to the north (just across the street). While unexpected, this schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.

12:00 Midnight - Break the fast together with a free meal, prepared by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, outside the court. A closing circle will begin at 11:15 pm so people can share about their experiences with the group.

Participants are welcome to head out after the midnight meal (some buses and trains depart at this hour) or stay one more night in the CCNV.

July 3 Tuesday

The fast and vigil has ended, and participants may head back home. Unless arrangments have been made in advance, no housing is available after 12:00 pm Noon.

EXECUTION WATCH!



If any state executions are scheduled to take place during the Fast & Vigil, they will be noted above. As in the past, The Fast & Vigil will focus attention on each execution and the victim (or victims) in the case around the time scheduled. Please plan to be present at the court at least ten minutes prior to the time specified.




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

   

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