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Sunday, November 18, 2018

09-24 Xavier University Newswire

Anti-death penalty movement comes to Xavier
By: Melissa Mosko
 
    A large group of murder victims’ family members, inmates freed from death row and family members of death row inmates are touring Ohio for 17 days in hopes of spreading their message across the state for abolishing the death penalty.
    Xavier is hosting three stops along the “Journey of Hope” on Monday, Sept. 29.
    The Journey will kick-off on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Church in West Chester with a speech by Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and abolition expert.  MUSE, the Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, will be performing as well.
    One of the highlights of the events at Xavier University will be held at the Dorothy Day House during their weekly vegetarian meal served on Monday nights.
    The weekly “veg-out,” on the 29th will be joined by Bill Pelke and Shirley Dicks, from Journey of Hope.
    Pelke, an Alaska resident, is the founder of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, and president and co-founder of Journey of Hope.
    Pelke’s grandmother was murdered by a 15-year-old girl, who became the youngest woman on Death Row in America.
    Pelke forgave the woman, and worked on her case for commutation of her death sentence.
    Dicks is the mother of a former death row inmate who was wrongly convicted and charged.  After 22 years on Death Row, her son died of medical neglect while in prison.