"The Dying Is Going To Have To Stop Somewhere"

Abby Zimet

Death penalty opponents at the execution scene.

Convicted of stabbing to death four of his young nephews and nieces in 1990, Henry "Curtis" Jackson, 47, was executed last night by the state of Mississippi despite the pleas of his two sisters - the mothers of the victims - to spare him because they "just can't take any more killing." Regina Jackson, who lost two children and survived five stab wounds to her neck, had written Gov. Phil Bryant seeking clemency, declaring, "We are the victims in this case. We are not asking you to take pity on Curtis - we're asking you to show US mercy. We have been through enough."

"So I stand before you today and say, God is love. And I love my brother Curtis because of who he was not because of the man he became that night...God said in his word to forgive each other... So let us come together as a nation with love towards sisters and brothers." - Regina Jackson after the execution of her brother.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Won't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: