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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

09-24 Vandalia Drummer News

Victims of violence oppose death penalty

    “The Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing” will be featured Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Vandalia United Methodist Church, 200 S. Dixie Drive.
    Several speakers will share personal experiences of pain, reconciliation and peace during the 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. programs at the church.  It is an educational speaking tour led by family members of murder victims that oppose the death penalty.
    Basically, the speakers stress the message of peace and healing through reconciliation.  They call for alternatives to the death penalty and end the cycle of violence that capital punishment perpetuates.
    The 75-minute morning program on Sept. 28 will feature speakers Eve Malo and George White.  Malo, who was a toddler when her grandmother was murdered, will speak and lead a discussion for adults.  White, who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, will speak and lead a discussion for youth.  White was imprisoned for seven years before authorities uncovered proof of his innocence.
    Moreover, White will facilitate the two-hour evening program on Sept. 28.  He will share his personal story and discuss Ohio’s death penalty law.  The Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing is making a 17-day statewide tour from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12.