The 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will be held in Austin on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Texas Capitol at 11th and Congress Avenue. Contact us if you would like to volunteer or if your organization would like to be listed as a co-sponsor.
The 12th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty was held in Austin on October 22, 2011 at the Texas Capitol at 11th and Congress Avenue. 26 death row exonerees from around the United States came to the Texas Capitol to urge an end to the death penalty.
The 11th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty was held in Austin on October 30, 2010 at the Texas Capitol at 11th and Congress Avenue. Special guests in 2011 included 6 exonerated former death row prisoners Shujaa Graham, Ron Keine, Gary Drinkard, Curtis McCarty, Albert Burrell and Greg Wilhoit. Curtis spent 21 years in prison – including 19 years on death row – in Oklahoma for a crime he did not commit. Shujaa spent 3 years on death row in California for a crime he did not commit. Ron spent two years on death row in New Mexico for a crime he did not commit. Gary spent almost 6 years on death row in Alabama for a crime he did not commit. Albert spent 13 years on death row in Louisiana for a crime he did not commit. Greg spent five years on death row in Oklahoma for a crime he did not commit.
Also speaking was Ron Carlson, whose sister Deborah Ruth Carlson Davis Thornton and Jerry Lynn Dean were murdered in Houston with a pick-ax by Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Ryan Garrett. Ron opposes the death pealty and witnessed Tucker’s execution in Huntsville at her request. Other speakers will be announced later.
“This is fast becoming one of the biggest anti-death penalty events in the country. I’ll be there“, said death row exoneree Ron Keine.
Before his execution, Todd Willingham said,“Please don’t ever stop fighting to vindicate me.” On October 30, you can join the fight by attending the 11th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
The Tenth Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty was Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 2 PM in Austin, Texas at the Texas Capitol on the South Steps at 11th and Congress. Hundreds of people attended the march to show the Willingham family and the world that there are people in Texas convinced of his innocence. Todd said, “Don’t stop fighting to vindicate me”, so people came to the march to help fight to vindicate him.
The Texas State Capitol Building is at (11th and Congress)
Tenth Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty
October 24, 2009 at 2 PM
Texas Capitol South Steps 11th and Congress
Speakers and other confirmed attendees at the march included three innocent, now-exonerated death row prisoners (Shujaa Graham, Curtis McCarty and Ron Keine), Jeff Blackburn (Chief Counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas), Jeanette Popp (a mother whose daughter was murdered but who asked the DA not to seek the death penalty), Elizabeth Gilbert (the penpal of Todd Willingham who first pushed his innocence and helped his family find a fire expert to investigate), Walter Reaves (the last attorney for Todd Willingham, who fought for him through the execution and continues to fight to exonerate him), Terri Been whose brother Jeff Wood is on death row convicted under the Law of Parties even though he did not kill anyone, and Anna Terrell the mother of Reginald Blanton who is scheduled for execution in Texas on Oct 27 three days after the march, plus others to be announced.
Protesters march to call for an end to executions
Recent remarks by Perry fuel anti-death penalty rally.
By Joshunda Sanders
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Death penalty opponents rally at Capitol
Supporters: Innocent put to death in 2004
Published : Saturday, 24 Oct 2009, 9:03 PM CDT
Hundreds Attend Death Penalty Rally at Texas State Capitol
KVUE, October 24, 2009
Hundreds March in Austin calling for a stop to the death penalty
CBS KEYE TV News
October 24, 2009
10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty
Protesters march against death penalty
San Antonio Express News
October 24, 2009
Death penalty opponents rally at Texas Capitol
By JAY ROOT Associated Press Writer © 2009 The Associated Press
Oct. 24, 2009, 5:33PM
Hundreds gather to march against the death penalty
News 8 Austin
October 24, 2009
Texans rally against death penalty
October 25, 2009
Perry Sticks To His Guns
Document Will Stay Private
Jim Grimes The 33 News
October 29, 2009
Below are links to media coverage of the petition delivery Tuesday, October 27, that Curtis and Shujaa participated in.
Death penalty opponents call for a moratorium in Texas – Deliver Petition
October 27, 2009
Exonerated inmates protest Texas death penalty system
October 27, 2009
Activists call for execution freeze
Protestors present death penalty moratorium petition to governor
The Daily Texan
October 28, 2009
By Vidushi Shrimali
6,000 Name Petition Presented to Perry in Hopes to Create Execution Moratorium
KBMT, Beaumont Texas