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.


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.

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 afford 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).

Alternately, you may donate by check, made payable to "Death Penalty Action" and mailed to P.O. Box 89, Ghent, NY 12075. 

SPONSORS IN 2022 (2023 coming soon)

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

Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International USA - Group 213 Raleigh
Dale Baich
Abe and Isaac Bonowitz and Beth Wood
Kathy Boylan of Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
Building Bridges
Dr. Chris Brown, DBA Child of Grace Books
Zann Carter
Catholic Mobilizing Network
Clear View Project
Death Penalty Action
Death Penalty Photography Project
Dick Dieter and Maggie Louden
Dominicans Sisters of Sinsinawa, WI
Donkeysaddle Projects
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington, DC
Pamela Drennan
Amy and Steve Duncan
Equal Justice USA
Daniel Flynn and Anne Feczko - in memory of Dan Wilson
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Jeffrey Gamso
German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Susan Gries
Rachel and Bob Gross
Andrea Hall
Kathy Harris
Viki Harrison
John Holden and Mary Beaudoin
Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Charlie King and Candace Cassin
L'chaim! Jews Against the Death Penalty
Mary Langley
Law Office of Nancy Haydt, JD
Phyllis Lawrence - Independant Mitigation Specialist
Lifespark - Movement Against the Death Penalty (Switzerland)
Faith Lockwood
Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Margaret McChesney - Pax Christi Arizona
Tony Masalonis
Amber Mason
Dick and Eileen Melia - in memory of Renny Cushing
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Phyllis Pautrat, LCSW
Rev. Dr. Charles A. Packer
Pax Christi USA
Jack and Chris Payden-Travers
Mikhaela Payden-Travers
Julia Pearson
Kimber and Frank Perrotta
Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
Red Letter Christians
Rehumanize International
Sinsinawa Dominicans
South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Southern Methodist University Human Rights Program
St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC - Outreach Committee
Marilyn Stark
Scott Taylor
The Open Door Community
United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society
Charlie Wilton
Dina Windle
Witness to Innocence
John Zemblidge

Sponsorships in memory of:
Renny Cushing
Amelia Koffman
Bill Pelke
Dan Wilson

Anonymous sponsors include:
Anonymous from Alabama
Anonymous from California
Anonymous from Florida
Anonymous from Kentucky
Anonymous from Louisiana
Anonymous from Montana
Anonymous from New York
Anonymous from Maryland
Anonymous from Ohio
Anonymous from Virginia

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