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The internationally known anti-death penalty organization, Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing, announces the appointment of Mr. Bob Gross as its Executive Director. Gross, a recognized and experienced death penalty abolitionist who resides in North Manchester, IN, will serve as the first ever executive director in the 25-year history of the United States-based, victim families-led body. He assumed his duties on August 1, 2018.

Gross has an extensive track record in the anti-death penalty movement and related concerns. He has served as Associate Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and was the primary organizer of the first Journey of Hope, which took place in Indiana and surrounding cities.

Gross also served as the Executive Director of North Manchester-based Education for Conflict Resolution, Inc., and of On Earth Peace Assembly, the national peace and justice arm of the Church of the Brethren. In three decades of leadership in the areas of nonviolent conflict resolution, group facilitation and mediation, he has led over 250 workshops and has consulted with more than 70 religious, nonprofit, and educational groups.  

"Bob Gross is the perfect fit to be the Journey of Hope's first Executive Director,” remarked Journey of Hope President and Co-Founder Bill Pelke of Anchorage, Alaska. “He will take the Journey to a higher level in our movement to abolish the death penalty.”

Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing is an educational speaking tour led by murder victim families and joined by death row exonerees, death row family members including relatives of the executed, and other activists with death penalty expertise.  Journey members promote love and compassion for all of humanity as they seek to dismantle the death penalty. Speakers promote forgiveness as a way of healing, and restorative justice as a way of life.

For more information, contact Bill Pelke

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