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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The annual Fast and Vigil is a grassroots, not-for profit effort to reach out to TENS OF THOUSANDS of people who are in Washington DC, promoting our message of abolition. Each year the fast and vigil is one of, if not the most, mutli-organizational, widely supported events in the abolition movement.


Your sponsorship and donation helps support the event in numerous ways. Some of the highlights include:

  • allowing more than 75 participants from more than 20+ different states to attend at no mandatory cost
  • a place for out of town participants to sleep at the Center for Creative Nonviolence (which directly supports the CCNV’s programs to support the homeless in DC)
  • water, juices, Gatorade and ice to keep the fasters and vigilers cool and hydrated
  • travel subsidies for those who can't affort to come to DC otherwise
  • brochures, stickers and buttons to educate both visitors and locals about the death penalty
  • an air conditioned base at the United Methodist Building for bathrooms and breaks from the heat
  • large visible banners which are seen by tens of thousands on the streets of DC
  • a private church space and food for our ceremonial “Last Supper” the night before fasting starts

Thank you in advance for your generous financial support. Without your contribution, this amazing all-volunteer, grassroots witness would not be able to continue in the capacity that it has all these years.

There are two easy ways to donate right now.

  1. Preferred Method: Pay by check (it saves us on credit card processing fees*). Just send a check in along with the sponsorship form that you can download here (.pdf file).
  2. Donate online: If you prefer not to pay by check, visit our secure online donations page. At checkout, please include a note in the “comments” field indicating how the sponsporship listing should appear on our website and materials (i.e.,name of the organization, your individual name(s), anonymous, etc). In addition to the online payment, we ask that you fill out and return the sponsorship form via mail or email so we can give you proper credit and thanks.

* Make your donation go further and pay by check!
Help us to avoid costly credit/debit card processing fees

What do you get out of it?
  • Sponsor's names are listed on a signs at the Fast and Vigil as well as on this web page.
  • The petition we use is copied and each state organization affiliated with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty gets a set that includes those who signed up from their state.

Sponsors in 2017

The Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) would like to thank the participants, individuals and organizations whose contributions have made this event possible each and every year.

Annually, the list of supporters includes anywhere from 60 to 70 cosponsors from many state and national organizations, making the Fast and Vigil perhaps one of the most multi-organizational supported events in the abolition movement.

    Alaskans Against the Death Penalty
    Amnesty International Group 213 of Raleigh NC
    Amnesty International USA
    Baich Dale
    Abe Bonowitz, Beth Wood and Isaac Bonowitz
    Zann Carter
    Catholic Mobilizing Network
    Community for Creative Non-Violence
    Death Penalty Action
    Alison Dieter
    Richard Dieter
    Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
    Entertainment Sound Production
    Equal Justice USA
    Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Susan Gries
    Indiana Abolition Coalition
    Joan Cheever and "Seven Dates with Death" - in honor of Moreese Bickham Furman Class of '72
    Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing
    Kehilla Community Synagogue
    Lifespark (Switzerland)
    Lynchburg Peace Education Center
    Marsha Lyons
    Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
    Margaret McChesney
    Dick and Eileen Melia
    Mirror Image
    National Benedictines for Peace
    Hilary Naylor
    New Hope House
    Next Day Sign Express
    Guy Ottewell
    Phyllis Pautrat
    Pax Christi Phoenix
    Pax Christi USA
    Jack and Chris Payden-Travers
    Bruce and Julie Pearson
    People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
    Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Bill and Debbie Quigley
    Magdaleno Rose-Avila
    Saint Ambrose Catholic Church
    Nancy Scheaffer
    Joanne Schwarz
    Sinsinawa Dominicans
    South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Jessica Stitt
    Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr.
    Scott Taylor
    Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Texas Moratorium Network
    The ELLA Foundation
    United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society
    Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Beth Weinberger
    Witness to Innocence
    Anonymous from Canada
    Anonymous from Kansas
    Anonymous from Maryland

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