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Death Penalty Abolition Week for Ohio Faith Communities

October 8, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Join people of faith across Ohio to stand in solidarity for abolition of the death penalty. Recognizing the injustices in our criminal justice system, we are unwilling to participate in the cruel and inhumane practice of sentencing our fellow neighbors to death.

Register your faith community and learn more here.

Check out these events below. Five are virtual and one is local in Cincinnati. 

Abolish the Death Penalty- Official RAC Ohio Campaign Launch
Thursday, October 7
8:00 PM
Via Zoom – register here 
Join Ohio’s Reform Jewish congregations as we kick-off our Death Penalty Abolition Campaign. Learn about what Judaism has to say about this issue, hear from those directly impacted and find out the next steps to take action to abolish the death penalty in the Buckeye State.

Featured Speakers: Ricky Jackson, Ohio Death Row Exoneree & Dr. Donna Mayerson, Psychologist.

The Death Penalty in Ohio: A Moral Question
Monday, October 11
7:00 PM
Via Zoom – register here
A panel discussion sponsored by The Hunger Network featuring Jonathan Mann and Melinda Dawson, covictims, and Rep. Adam Miller (D), sponsor of H.B. 183

Cincinnati Interfaith Vigil to End the Death Penalty
Tuesday, October 12
5:45 PM
3814 Ledgewood Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45207
Parking Available in the Cintas Center. Please wear a mask.
People of faith across the city will join together in prayer to call for an end to the death penalty. The Cincinnati Interfaith Vigil to End the Death Penalty will be held outside, near Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University, in the North Yard Stage.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Offices of Catholic Social Action and Respect Life, Bellarmine Chapel, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University, and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center.

Justice Gone Wrong
Wednesday, October 13
6:00 PM
Via Zoom – Register here
Can you imagine being sentenced to death for a crime you didn’t commit? 186 people nationwide know what that feels like and the number continues to grow. Join us for a powerful conversation with Phillip Morris, the author of the National Geographic article, “Sentenced to Death but Innocent.”

Sponsored by Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Peace Fellowship.

Virtual Prayer Vigil
Wednesday, October 13
7:00 PM
Via Zoom – Register here
Vigil participants will join in prayer for life-affirming alternatives to capital punishment and learn about the ways that Catholic Ohioans can take action to support death penalty repeal efforts in the Buckeye State.

Sponsored by the Catholic Mobilizing Network.


October 8, 2021
October 17, 2021
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