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Local Community Opposes The Execution Of Cal Brown

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Community members will gather to oppose the State of Washington's scheduled execution of Cal Brown on Thursday evening, September 9th.  This will be Washington's first execution since 2001.  Members of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane advocate for the abolition of the death penalty as an unjust, unfair, and irrational punishment that does not deter crime and costs more to administer than incarceration for life. A multi-denominational service at Salem Lutheran Church will be followed by a somber and mostly silent candlelight vigil at the Spokane County Courthouse. The candlelight vigil will continue until confirmation of the execution or the granting of a stay.   

Studies show that capital punishment does not prevent crime, costs more than life imprisonment, is racially discriminatory, is random and unfair, and has led to the execution of innocent people.  One hundred and thirty nine countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice leaving the United States as nearly the only modern democracy that still practices the death penalty extensively.  The organizers of the vigil invite members of the public to vigil silently in the spirit of nonviolence.

 The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane is among a number of organizations which have urged members to call and petition Governor Gregoire urging her to commute Brown's death sentence to life in prison without parole. A letter from PJALS to Governor Gregoire is attached.

 MULTI DENOMINATIONAL SERVICE:

WHEN: Thursday September 9, 2010, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm,.

WHERE: Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 West Broadway, Spokane WA 

 Followed by CANDLELIGHT VIGIL:

WHEN: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 9:00 pm until confirmation of execution after midnight

WHERE: Spokane County Courthouse, 1116 West Broadway, Spokane WA

 WHO: The Multi-Denominational Service will be led by Pastor Liv Larson-Andrews. Participants and speakers at the vigil will include members of the Peace and Justice Action League, and other community members. The Peace and Justice Action is a 35-year-old organization dedicated to building a just and nonviolent world.

WHY: "The death penalty makes killers of us all. We don't want this execution committed in our name," said Liz Moore, director of the Peace & Justice Action League. "We're calling on Governor Gregoire to commute Cal Brown's sentence to life in prison."

 

 

 

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