The NAACP will be holding “America’s Journey for Justice,” an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama., to Washington, D.C., taking place August 1, 2015 – September 15, 2015. The march coincides with the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
The NAACP describes this historic event as follows:
“America’s Journey for Justice…will mobilize activists and advance a focused national policy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.”
During the march, various teach-ins and rallies will be held, satellite events will occur around the nation and a #JusticeSummer social media campaign will be launched. The Journey for Justice will culminate in Washington, D.C., with a rally and advocacy day.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty proudly joins this event, as it stands for the principles of justice to which we must hold our country accountable. The National Caoliation to Abolish the Death Penalty will join coalition partners including the NAACP, the National Action Network, the National Bar Association, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and more to call for a fairer criminal justice system.
“We are part of this broad coalition of because we see the need to refocus this nation’s priorities. We must create more opportunity and more fairness-- and the result will be more justice,” said Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
“Our focus should be citizen engagement and enfranchisement, jobs that pay living wages, schools that educate all of our children for the future these are things that create safe, healthy neighborhoods and communities. When these important things are ignored, communities suffer.
“Ending capital punishment is a critical part of this equation. The death penalty does not to enhance public safety. Murder rates are lowest in the Northeast where we see the lowest number of executions. In contrast, murder rates are highest in the South which carries out the most executions of any region. We need to take a closer look at what works and what doesn’t and take a common-sense approach to improving public safety. That’s what we hope the Journey for Justice will encourage our nation’s leadership to do.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty envisions a world with:
Accountability for offenders that is just and acknowledges the possibility of self-transformation, grace and redemption.
Dignity of all touched by the criminal justice system including those working in our judicial and prison systems.
Policies that are rational; based on empirical evidence and government accountability.
“The continued existence and use of the death penalty undermines our ability to make that vision a reality,” continued Rust-Tierney. “It divides us, distracts us and derails us from building that kind of society that respects and values all.
“We are proud to stand with the NAACP and citizens from across the country ready and willing to work to ensure that our country lives up to our values and this nation’s ideals. We are encouraging all our members and supporters to join us and the NAACP on America’s Journey for Justice!”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.
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