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.


FAQ + Basic Info Schedule + Events Register + Participate Sponsor + Donate History + Background Photo + Video Reports Press + Publicity


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. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE via Death Penalty Action (our fiscal cosponsor).

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 go to the “add an additional note” field to indicate how the sponsporship listing should appear on our website and materials (i.e.,name of the organization, your individual name(s), anonymous, etc). If this is your first time cosponsoring or you need to update your contact information with us, we ask that you fill out and return the sponsorship form via mail or email so we can maintain communication with you going forward.

* 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 2019
as of July 2, 2019

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.
    Amnesty International Group 213 Raleigh
    Amnesty International USA
    Dale Baich
    Abe and Isaac Bonowitz and Beth Wood
    Zann Carter
    Community for Creative Non-Violence
    Death Penalty Action
    Death Row Support Project
    Dick Dieter and Maggie Louden
    Dominicans of Sinsinawa
    Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
    Entertainment Sound Production
    Equal Justice USA
    Anné Ní Fhallúin
    Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Susan Gries
    Rachel and Bob Gross
    Viki Harrison
    Indiana Abolition Coalition
    Joan Cheever and "Seven Dates with Death"
    Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing
    Kehilla Community Synagogue
    Charlie King and Candace Cassin
    Lifespark (Switzerland)
    Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
    John F. McDiarmid
    Dick and Eileen Melia
    Mirror Image
    Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    National Benedictines for Peace
    National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Hilary Naylor
    New Hope House
    Next Day Sign Express
    Phyllis Pautrat
    Pax Christi Phoenix
    Pax Christi USA
    Jack and Chris Payden-Travers
    Bruce and Julie Pearson
    People Against Executions (PAX) of the Open Door Community
    Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Bill and Debbie Quigley
    Saint Ambrose Catholic Church
    Nancy Scheaffer
    South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    St. Anne's Episcopal Church - Winston-Salem, NC
    Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
    Scott Taylor
    Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
    United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society
    Lisa Van Poyck
    Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Beth Weinberger
    Witness to Innocence

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