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education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.

 


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SCHEDULE FOR 2021


2022's schedule includes a mix of in-person vigils and daily on-line teach ins. The tentative schedule is below, with specifics being posted after June 1.



June 28 Tuesday

9:00 pm to 11:30 pm - Our "Last Supper" together before fasting starts. Location to be determined. Participants are responsible for paying for their own food and drink. While everyone is welcome (including event participants, fasters, non-fasters, supporters, and any guests and friends that you want to invite), we need to know who is attending in advance in order to reserve the correct number of tables. Email scott@abolition.org to let us know.

11:55 pm - Meet after dinner at the Supreme Court for a 12:00 am midnight opening gathering to start the fast together.

June 29 Wednesday

Marks the 50th 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.

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.

June 30 Thursday

9:00 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.

July 1 Friday

9:00 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.

8:30 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 Saturday

Marks the 46th 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

9:00 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.

12:00 Midnight - Break the fast together with a free meal 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 DC.

July 3 Sunday

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.



MISSED THE TEACH-INS 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).

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