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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Rachel Lawler

Rachel Lawler first became involved with the Journey of Hope in 2006 when she was captivated and inspired by the stories she heard of murder victim family members and former exonerees at the Fast & Vigil.
After being involved with Amnesty International USA for many years, she focused her efforts on death penalty abolition. In addition to traveling down to Connecticut from Vermont to be present at the march and vigil at Michael Ross’ execution in 2005, she was also involved in the community organizing and mobilizing efforts during Donald Fell’s federal capital trial in Vermont and had the opportunity to observe the entire trial, from voir dire to sentencing a year later.
She is a regular at the Fast & Vigil outside the US Supreme Court - on the steps of which she has been arrested twice, in 2007 and 2012 on the anniversary of Gary Gilmore’s execution, for participating in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience protesting the use of capital punishment.
Rachel is currently a law student at CUNY School of Law in New York City and hopes to pursue a career in capital defense, while consuming immense amounts of hot sauce.

Joined the following journeys

2006 Virginia
2007 Texas
2012 Washington, DC