Trial Support Fund for DC 18 - Stop Executions Now!

For: 18 Death Penalty Abolitionists arrested Jan 17, 2017
Washington, DC
Organizer: Abraham Bonowitz
Trial Support Fund for DC 18 - Stop Executions Now! (18 Death Penalty Abolitionists arrested Jan 17, 2017)
$5,131
of $7,500 goal.
Raised by 76 donors
68% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

DC 18 Trial Scheduled for June 28th!

January 17th, 2017, forty years after the first execution under contemporary laws and the day before another execution was to be carried out, 18 death penalty abolitionists were arrested at the U.S. Supreme Court. The group unfurled a 30-foot-long banner that read “STOP EXECUTIONS!” on the steps of the Court. They also carried roses in two colors, a reminder that they are remembering both families of the murdered and families of the executed as they stand together saying, as one banner did, “We Remember the Victims, But Not With More Killing.”

Those arrested include:
Peter Armstrong (Washington, DC)
Leroy Barber (Portland, OR)
Abraham J. Bonowitz (Columbus, OH)
SueZann Bosler (Miami, FL)
Shawn Casselberry (Chicago, IL)
Shane Claiborne (Philadelphia, PA)
John Dear (Santa Fe, NM)
Randy Gardner (Taylorsville, UT)
Lisa Sharon Harper (Washington, DC)
Derrick Jamison (Cincinnati, OH)
Art Laffin (Washington, DC)
Scott Langley (Ghent, NY)
Michael McBride (Oakland, CA)
Tom Muther Jr. (Topeka, KS)
Doug Pagitt (Minneapolis, MN)
Jack Payden-Travers (Lynchburg, VA)
Sam R. Sheppard (Oakland, CA)
Kelton Tupper (Cheverly, MD).

12 of these defendants will stand trial in DC Superior Court starting June 28, 2017. They intend to prove to the Court that this action was lawful free speech in a public forum under the First Amendment  Also, defendants will present evidence that non violent actions are necessary as a moral imperative to save human lives by stopping executions, including the execution of Rick Gray in Virginia on January 18, whose case was pending before the US Supreme Court at that time. 

This fund raising effort will support travel, logistical coordination, lodging, food and publicity-related costs associated with the upcoming trial. It will also assist defendants in paying any fines, court costs and other fees assessed by the Court, should they be convicted. This is NOT a legal support fund and none of the funds raised will be used for legal fees or legal representation, which is being otherwise provided.

Similar actions took place in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012, with convictions occurring in 3 of the four cases. In 2002, the judge acquitted the defendants due to inconsistent testimony by prosecution witnesses.

Get the full story at www.Abolition.org. Thank you for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 10, 2017

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Posted on October 10, 2017


A Message from Shane Claiborne....


Friends!

My apologies - I posted the wrong message to you via this group. This is the corrected message....

Thank you for supporting the DC18 Trial Support Fund. It is clear how committed you are to ending the death penalty and to supporting strong direct action.

Tomorrow I hit the road to Texas for the Texas Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing. See the powerful message from Shane Claiborne about the Texas Journey, here.

There is nothing more powerful to fight the death penalty than putting the Voices of Experience in front of people - both in-person and through the mass media and social media. Death Penalty Action is YOUR boots on the ground where it will make the most difference. On the Texas Journey, our job is handling communications and providing logistical support. And because of YOU we are making an impact.

YOU can add to that impact today with another generous investment in our success. Here is the link to use: https://www.youcaring.com/TXJourneyViolencetoHealing

Thank you!  Everything you need to know about the upcoming #Texas Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing is at http://deathpenaltyaction.org/journeyofhope.


Yours in the Struggle,

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Co-Director/Co-Founder
Death Penalty Action
[email protected]
561-371-5204
@abrahambonowitz
@DeathPenaltyAct


Posted on October 10, 2017

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Posted on October 10, 2017


Friends!

You invested in the launching of Death Penalty Action last Spring. You saw the power of our work when we stepped in to help in Arkansas. Tomorrow I hit the road to Texas for the Texas Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing.

There is nothing more powerful to fight the death penalty than putting the Voices of Experience in front of people - both in-person and through the mass media and social media. Death Penalty Action is YOUR boots on the ground where it will make the most difference. On the Texas Journey, our job is handling communications and providing logistical support. And because of YOU we are making an impact.

YOU can add to that impact today with another generous investment in our success. Here is the link to use: https://www.youcaring.com/TXJourneyViolencetoHealing

Thank you!  Everything you need to know about the upcoming #Texas Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing is at http://deathpenaltyaction.org/journeyofhope.


Yours in the Struggle,

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Co-Director/Co-Founder
Death Penalty Action
[email protected]
561-371-5204
@abrahambonowitz
@DeathPenaltyAct


Posted on August 2, 2017

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Posted on August 2, 2017

We will APPEAL!

Greetings Friends,

On Friday last week (July 28, 2017), we filed 11 notices of appeal, just ahead of the deadline. Now we hurry up and wait. We expect to receive our trial transcript in a month or so. From there we will carve out our arguments and take the next steps on our journey for justice! Meanwhile, thanks to each and every one of your for your support!

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Co-Director/Co-Founder
Death Penalty Action
[email protected]
561-371-5204
@abrahambonowitz
@DeathPenaltyAct

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