The 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.

Every 5 years on January 17
in Washington DC at the U.S. Supreme Court
Calling for an End to the Death Penalty

January 17th is the anniversary of the first execution in the United States' modern era, when Gary Gilmore was executed by firing Squad in Utah in 1977. Every 5 years, abolitionists from around the country gather to protest this grim milestone outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, risking arrest by bringing the message of "STOP EXECUTIONS" to the steps and plaza of the court, where protests are not permitted. In 2022 (the most recent action) we also brought the message to the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, where the legislative and execution branches of government also have the power to stop executions.

2022 update:Around 50 people gathered in DC on January 17 to mark the 45th anniversary of the 1977 execution of Gary Gilmore and to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Eleven people were arrested adjacent to the Supreme Court after having rallied outside the Senate offices at the Hart Building. Some of the defendants are pursuing a trial. Details forthcoming.

SPONSOR: Donate TODAY to help support us as we continue to bring the message of abolition into the streets, and now into court to challenge the arrests..

We are continuing to collect petition signatures to demand federal abolition. Please click on the graphic below to sign the petition.

(which was separate from the AAC action on January 17):

Abolitionist Action Committee
Advocates for Friends on Death Row (California)
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International USA - NYC Local Groups 9 & 280
Amnesty International USA Group 30
Association of United States Catholic Priests
David Avolio
Christine Calareso Bleecker
BridgeBuilders, LLC
Campaign to Exonerate Jarvis Jay Masters
Joe Carson
Catholic Mobilizing Network
Sachin Chheda
Christians for Social Action
Allison Cohen
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty
CURE International
Death Penalty Action
Death Row Support Project
Rev. Pat Delahanty, retired executive director of the Catholic Conference of KY
Richard Dieter
The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute
Eighth Amendment Project
Evangelicals 4 Justice
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Equal Justice USA
Fellowship of Reconciliation USA
Fellowship of Women Clergy
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Freedom Road
French Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (Florida)
German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (GCADP)
The Greater NW Area of the United Methodist Church
Susan Gries
Kathy Harris
Hope for Prisoners Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Indiana
Human Rights Action Center
In the Executioners Shadow Documentary
Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing
Justice for Julius Jones Campaign
Kentucky Committee to End Executions
Fr. Davd La Plante
L'chaim: Jews Against the Death Penalty
Live Free USA Network
National Council of Churches
Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty (NVCADP)
New Jersey Association on Correction
Ohio Council of Churches
Ohioans to Stop Executions
Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The Open Door Community
Pax Christi USA
Rev. Dr. Charles A. Packer
Phyllis Pautrat
Poor People's Campaign
Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
Red Letter Christians
Rehumanize International
Repairers of the Breach
School for Conversion
South Carolinians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Southern Methodist University Human Rights Program
Spokane Veterans For Peace #035
Robert Stoughton
Charlie Sullivan
The Voices Project
Unitarian Universalist Association
Vote Common Good
Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP)
Witness to Innocence

Previous Action Archives:
2017 action summary and photos
2012 action article
2012 Associated Press article
2012 Legal Times article
2007 action report

Twitter: @AbolitionAAC
Mail: P.O. Box 89, Ghent New York 12075, USA
Make checks payable to "Death Penalty Action" with "AAC" in the memo

Abolitionist Action Committee
P.O. Box 89
Ghent, NY 12075

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