DONATE TO SEND A SIGN TO STOP EXECUTIONS
You can Send a Sign to Stop Executions. Your sign will be shared near the Supreme Court on January 17, 2017.
We invite you to SPONSOR A SIGN via PayPal. You can help fund this campaign by giving $40 as an individual or $400 as an institution or sponsoring organization.
On Jan. 17, 2017, faith leaders and activists will join families of the executed, and family members of the murdered, along with survivors of death row (people wrongfully-convicted and sentenced to die). We will carry 40 signs, one for each year since executions resumed in this country in on January 17, 1977 with the execution of Gary Gilmore.
Each sign will display the year and the list of names of each person killed that year by our government via execution. There have been 1441 executions since Gary Gilmore’s execution on January 17, 1977.
These 40 signs will be part of a processional on the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court in conjunction with www.Abolition.org.
The sign processional will be taking place in conjunction with a direct action by some who will raise a banner on the steps reading “STOP EXECUTIONS”. This action will result of some of these people risking arrest.
The signs with the names, that we are asking you to support, will not be part of any illegal activity. They will be used in the lawful processional taking place on the public sidewalk in front of the court. And are a powerful way for you to add your voice and send a sign to our nation to stop executions.
Gather your family, faith community, or business and join the movement to stop executions in America.
We also invite you to come carry your sign if you are able to join us in DC. We expect this to be one of the largest public demonstrations against capital punishment in recent history. If you want more information or plan to be there, fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch with details.
Click below to make your contribution via PayPal.
Contributions will be processed via Solomon’s Porch, a Minneapolis based church where Doug Pagitt, one of the Send a Sign organizers, is the pastor.
You will receive a receipt for you tax-deductible contribution from Solomon’s Porch.
Thanks for making history with us. Thanks for making capital punishment history.
CALL TO ACTION on January 17
January 17, 2017... Join hundreds of faith leaders and activists on the steps of the Supreme Court as we call for an end to the death penalty.
January 17 will be the 40th anniversary of the first "modern-era" execution, after our courts ruled in favor of the death penalty following a decade-long moratorium. On January 17, 1977, Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah in revenge for his murders of Max Jenson and Ben Bushnell.
Over the years since 1977, January 17 has become an iconic day for people seeking alternatives to the death penalty and a halt to all executions.
This year, our day of action falls between Martin Luther King Day (Jan.16) and the Presidential inauguration (Jan.20). It will be a powerful convergence of faith leaders, activists, clergy, murder victim's family members, families of the executed, and folks exonerated after being wrongfully-sentenced to death. I hope you will join the action.
If you are interested in participating in this public witness, please look at the declaration below which includes our commitment to nonviolence, and then register online and indicate what role you intend to have (i.e. whether you will be risking arrest). Tell us you're coming by filling out the form below, and we will be in touch with all the details.
JANUARY 17, 2017: Day of Action to End the Death Penalty
As people of faith and conscience, we are deeply troubled by the continued practice of the death penalty in America. And we are committed to making 2017 a year of LIFE. By signing this petition, we are expressing our opposition to the death penalty, and many of us are willing to go to jail for participating in nonviolent, civil disobedience.
Most of the world has abolished the death penalty. Only a few countries continue to execute with the regularity of the United States – China, Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. We believe that this is a critical moment for the United States when it comes to capital punishment.
The death penalty is dying in America.
Death sentences are the lowest they’ve been in 40 years, and executions are the lowest they’ve been in 25 years. In 2016, nearly all the executions in the US have been in only 2 states.
But every execution is an unnecessary mistake. We can do better than killing to show that killing is wrong. For the first time in decades, a majority of Americans are ready to find alternatives to the death penalty.
We want to be the generation to end the death penalty, once and for all.
Some of us, though not all of us, will be risking arrest as we gather on January 17, 2017. We will be participating in the rich tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience… a recurring theme throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, a common practice of Christians and others over the centuries, and something that we have seen shape history – from the fall of Apartheid in South Africa to Gandhi’s movement in India, to the Civil Rights Movement and Underground Railroad here in the United States.
ALL PARTICIPANTS – both those who plan to risk arrest and those who do not plan to risk arrest – as we sign below, we are indicating our participation and our commitment nonviolence.
The pledge below is based on the one used by Dr. King and others in the Civil Rights Movement, which became known as the “10 Commandments” of the movement. This pledge is a way of affirming the values at the heart of the movement and protecting the environment in the streets on the day of action. It is a useful tool to ground us, keep us safe, and sustain our witness as we stand in solidarity against all violence, both legal and illegal.
I hereby pledge myself – my person and my body – to nonviolence, peace, and justice for all people everywhere.
Therefore I will keep the following commandments:
I will meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus and other champions of nonviolence.
I will remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
I will walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
I will pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.
I will sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.
I will observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
I will seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
I will refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
I will strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
I will listen with respect to those who love and teach me.
Thank you for signing and participating in the public witness to end the death penalty at the Supreme Court on January 17, 2017. We will be in touch with further details.