DATE: October 13, 2017
CONTACT: Toni Perry (202) 331-4090
Death Penalty Abolitionists Gather in Washington DC for Annual Awards:
Democracy Alliance President Gara LaMarche, Lush Cosmetics, and Arkansas Coalition Honored
Washington, DC: The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will recognize those who have had a major impact in shifting the momentum away from capital punishment.
The Annual Awards Reception hosted by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) takes place on October 17 at the historic Mott House in Washington, DC. The event recognizes those who have made groundbreaking, game changing contributions to the struggle to end capital punishment in the United States.
This year’s recipient of the Hugo Adam Bedau Visionary Leadership Award is Gara LaMarche, President of the Democracy Alliance.
“This year we honor a committed activist, a brilliant strategist, and thought leader. Gara has been on the front lines fighting to end the death penalty and for human rights. He has organized, written, spoken eloquently and marshalled the considerable resources necessary for the abolition movement to be successful,” said Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
North American-based soap and body care company Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will receive the inaugural NCADP Corporate Leadership Award, presented to acknowledge Lush’s call to abolish the death penalty in the United States. In May 2017, Lush announced its Death ≠ Justice campaign, which was featured in all of Lush’s 200 U.S. shops and included a limited-edition product that raised over $130,000 to support abolition efforts.
“The Lush Cosmetics Company’s unique and innovative model for partnering with human rights and environment organizations across the country is a powerful force for good”, said Rust-Tierney. “They bring their entire team of marketing, communications, campaigning professionals and in-store leadership to the table. They have been the wind beneath the wings of this struggle.”
Furonda Brasfield, the Executive Director of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, will also be recognized for her exceptional work. Under the extraordinary pressure of eight executions in 10 days in April 2017, Furonda shined the spotlight on the travesty of justice taking place in Arkansas and forced a national debate. Working closely with national organizations and the legal community, four of the eight lives were spared. Some of the proceeds from this event will support Furonda’s work and the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
This is what we do: We celebrate those who make the commitment to advance human rights, and we bring more people to this struggle to help build the resources to be successful.
Karen Yarborough, co-chair of the 90 Million Strong Campaign and lead sponsor of legislation that repealed the death penalty in Illinois was the first recipient of the Hugo Adam Bedau Visionary Leadership Award in 2016.
The reception on October 17th will start at 6:00 pm at the historic Mott House located at 122 Maryland Avenue N.E., Washington, DC. Award presentations begin at 6:30.
Information and registration is available online by clicking here.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.