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Sign the I Dream a World Petition to End the Death Penalty!

"The movement to abolish the death penalty needs the religious community because the heart of religion is about compassion, human rights, and the indivisible dignity of each human person made in the image of God."
-Sister Helen Prejean
-Arun Gandhi


  "Having lost my father and grandmother to gun violence, I will understand the deep hurt and anger felt by the loved ones of those who have been murdered. Yet I can't accept the judgement that their killers deserve to be executed. This merely perpetuates the tragic, unending cycle of violence that destroys our hope for a decent society."
-Rev. Bernice King

Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty's

Most of the world is moving swiftly toward complete rejection of the death penalty. But as country after country abolishes state-sanctioned killing, the United States continues to ignore this international trend.

In a nation that many consider the standard bearer of human rights, more than 3,500 men and women sit on death row. Nearly all of them are poor. Many suffer from mental illness or mental retardation. A disproportionate number are people of color. And some are innocent of the crimes for which they have been condemned to die.

Nearly every large religious body in the United States has a strong statement condemning the death penalty. But many religious people are unaware that their group has adopted such a statement. And very few have been challenged to discuss the issue.

As people of faith, it is our moral obligation to bring the death penalty to the forefront of the religious community's agenda. As people of faith, we believe each of us must ask ourselves several fundamental moral questions:

How many more people will be put to death by a government that considers itself the standard bearer of human rights?

How much longer will the faceless thousands languish on our nation's death rows, anxiously awaiting their fate?

When will the needs of murder victims' families, so long ignored by a society obsessed with vengeful and violent "solutions," finally be addressed so that true healing may occur?
The Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty Project was created to galvanize and empower the religious community in the United States to work against capital punishment. Coordinated by the American Friends Service Committee's criminal justice program, the Project provides people of faith with the tools and resources they need to become effective advocates for abolition.

We invite you to join us.

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