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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

1998 Alabama June 22 - 25

A caravan led by murder victims' families opposed to the death penalty will leave Louisiana and travel throughout Alabama June 22-25, speaking at legislative headquarters, churches, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The "Journey of Hope...from violence to healing" will be welcomed into Mobile Monday morning at a press conference on the steps of the Federal Courthouse at approximately 11:45.

They will then travel on the Abolition Movin' bus to Montgomery's First Baptist Church at 347 N. Ripley where they plan TO TALK WITH MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES from 5:00-5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon..

Monday evening the public is invited to bring a covered dish to the church on N. Ripley for dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion led by Journey members. The second Montgomery event will be Tuesday morning at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 2911 Woodley Rd., beginning with covered dish breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with presentation concluding by 9:15 when the group leaves for Auburn ( Alabama Journey coordinator, Judy Cumbee, is scheduled to discuss the Alabama Journey on John Hadrick's WXVI 1600 AM Radio program, at approximately 8:30 a.m.,
Monday, June 22. Tuesday from 8:00-9:00 a.m., two Journeyers, a murder victim's family member and a death row inmate's family member are scheduled to speak on the Rob Taylor show on WVAS Radio 8:00-9:00 a.m.).

Members of the "Journey of Hope...from violence to healing" tell their stories of how murder took the lives of their family members, of fury and despair, and the healing which they have found through
reconciliation rather than revenge, stopping the cycle of violence by starting with themselves. Members of the caravan seek everyone's participation in discussing how the U.S. can end the cycle of violence, which often culminates in the death penalty, creating yet more victims, perpetuating more violence. Families of death row inmates are particularly invited to share their pain and struggles. The intent of the Journey is to help bring about reconciliation and healing, both for individuals and society.

Nobel Prize nominee, Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and recent Montgomery speaker, urges "everyone who is concerned about the problems created by violent crime, including the death penalty" to attend Journey events

The "Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing," is an educational and awareness tour traveling across the nation. This year's Journey began in Texas and is moving through Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee, finally stopping at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 29. There they will initiate a five day fast to abolish the death penalty; they will be
joined by thousands of people throughout the country, fasting to draw attention to the futility of state-licensed killing and praying to help end the cycle of violence throughout the land.

The Alabama "Journey of Hope...from violence to healing" is co-sponsored by Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the Alabama Committee to Abolish the Death Penalty. For further information please call (334)-499-2380.


June 22: Mobile welcomes The Journey with an 11:45 a.m. news conference on the steps of the Federal Courthouse Montgomery. 6:30 p.m. potluck at First Baptist Church, 347 N. Ripley; presentation follows at 7:15 p.m. (Church phone: 334 264-6921)
June 23: Montgomery. 7:30 a.m. potluck at Holy Comforter / Episcopal Chruch, 2911 Woodley Rd.; presentation follows at 8:00 a.m.(Church phone:(334-281-1337) Auburn / Noon potluck at St. Dunstan's Episcopal College Center, 136 E. Magnolia; presentation follows at 12:30 p.m. (Church phone:334-887-5657) West Point, GA. 5:30 p.m. (CDT) Potluck / at St. John's Episcopal Church, 501 Ave. C.; presentation follows at 6:15 p.m. (Church phone: 706-645-2156)
June 24: Birmingham. 6:30 p.m. Potluck at Civil Rights Institute; presentation follows at 7:15 p.m. (For details call 205-322-6229)
June 25: Huntsville. Noon. Catered lunch meeting at The Gathering Place of First United Methodist Church on Green St. between Clinton and Randolph. $5 donation requested. Sponsored by Huntsville Church Women United. (For details call: 256-536-6837)