June 29 – July 2 brings a Vigil against the Death Penalty to Washington, DC
At the end of June through the beginning of July, the Abolitionist Action Committee is holding a four-day vigil in front of the Supreme Court, marking opposition to the death penalty. The Supreme Court marks a fitting place for such a vigil, and these four days mark an appropriate time. On June 29 1972, the Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty is unconstitutional. The majority opinion stoutly read, “The imposition and carrying out of the death penalty in these cases constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.” On July 2 1976, on the other hand, Gregg v. Georgia reinstated the death penalty and allowed executions of prisoners in the United States to begin again.
If you are interested in participating in the vigil (during which some but not all will fast), the Abolitionist Action Committee asks that you register so they have a good idea who will be coming and how many to prepare for. The vigil will be relatively small — so the addition of one more person is that much more meaningful.