8/13 | Abolish the Federal Death Penalty!

JOIN HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE ADRIANO ESPAILLAT AND A PANEL OF EXPERTS AT ABOLITION DEMOCRACY 8/13 ON JANUARY 21, 2021, AT 12:15PM — DAY 1 OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

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Please join Rep. Espaillat, Lisa Montgomery’s attorney Kelley Henry, death penalty reporter Liliana Segura, psychotherapist Susannah Sheffer, mother of Joseph Nichols Lee Greenwood, and death penalty attorneys Alexis Hoag and Bernard E. Harcourt to discuss the trauma of executions on families of the condemned and the abolition of the federal death penalty.

House Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) has introduced legislation to end the federal death penalty.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who is the incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate, as has Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass-7).

President-elect Joe Biden is committed to supporting the abolition of the federal death penalty.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is continuing its lame duck executions.

The arbitrariness of the death penalty has never been so stark.

The cruelty to the families of woman and men who have been or are scheduled to be executed could not be greater.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

12:15-2:45 pm

Columbia University

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LIVESTREAMED HERE AND ON OUR YouTube Channel.

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In this seminar, we will explore the hidden damage that death sentences and executions wreak on family members of the condemned, wardens and prison guards, attorneys, chaplains, and others. The hidden traumas have, so far, received too little attention in the long struggle to abolish the death penalty. And we turn to the abolition of the federal death penalty under the presidency of Joseph Biden!

“If we think about capital punishment as an inheritance of slavery, its abolition would also involve the creation of those institutions about which DuBois wrote—institutions that still remain to be built one hundred forty years after the end of slavery. If we link the abolition of capital punishment to the abolition of prisons, then we have to be willing to let go of the alternative of life without possibility of parole as the primary alternative.”

— Angela Davis, Abolition Democracy (2005)