WASHINGTON - June 28 - With the trend of U.S. States abolishing the death penalty for juveniles and the upcoming re-argument of the juvenile aspect of the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-death penalty activists will converge on Washington, D.C. Tuesday, June 29 through Friday, July 2 for four days of activities commemorating the historic 1972 and 1976 Supreme Court rulings that suspended the death penalty in the United States and later allowed executions to resume. Several programs during the four-day event will specifically address the juvenile death penalty.
June 29 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision suspending executions, while July 2 marks the 28th anniversary of the Gregg v. Georgia ruling allowing executions to resume. Since Gregg, 915 people have been executed in the United States, with three more executions scheduled to take place June 29 and 30, during the course of the four-day protest. This is the eleventh year in a row that the Abolitionist Action Committee has held its annual Fast and Vigil between the dates of these two landmark decisions. Activists, many of whom are fasting the entire four days, are travelling to Washington D.C. from across the United States and beyond.
Highlights of this highly visual and interactive annual event include live music by recording artist Steve Earle, and talks by death row survivors, victims family members, and noted activists. Please see details at http://www.abolition.org/schedule.html
ATTENTION REPORTERS, EDITORS AND PRODUCERS: Consider interviews with activists from your specific state or region. A "media availability" will be held at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 29 on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Among those known to be available at that time: Florida death row survivor Juan Melendez and leaders from various organizations opposing the death penalty. A public rally, complete with interesting visuals, will begin at noon, and musician Steve Earle will perform at an evening rally on July 1.
For more information please visit http://www.abolition.org/annual.html