Death Penalty and Execution Protest Photos, Photographs and Images
Starvin' for Justice: Fast and Vigil to End the Death Penalty
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC
June 29 - July 2, 2005

For four days, activists, former death row prisoners, community leaders, murder victim family members, and others fast and vigil outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. The Abolitionist Action Committee sponsors the annual event to mark the anniversary of two important court rulings in 1972 and 1976.


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Abe Bonowitz passes out flyers to people passing by the vigil.
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Art Laffin gathers with other murder victim family members. Art Laffin, a murder victim family member whose brother was murdered, speaks out along with Bill Pelke (left) and George White (right). Diann Rust-Tierney from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) speaks at an evening teach-in.
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Diann Rust-Tierney. Diann Rust-Tierney.
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Shujaa Graham, formerly on California's death row in the 1970s. Shujaa Graham, an exonerated death row prisoner from CA, speaks during an evening teach-in. Shujaa Graham speaks during the evening teach-in.
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Peggy Kandies, whose son is on death row in NC, hugs Shujaa Graham, a former death row prisoner. The U.S. Supreme Court. Sheila Stumph, co-founder of the Raleigh Catholic Worker house for death row families.
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A young Amnesty activist. The U.S. Supreme Court.
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Sign: "We remember the victims... but not with more killing." Passer-bys get flyers about the vigil. Katie of MA listens to George White's story of serving a prisoner sentence for the murder of his wife. White was found innocent and exonerated.
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Supreme Court police confront vigilers about signs touching the ground. Flyers and merchandise for abolition. An abolitionist from Canada, Bob Walker, educates a DC resisdent about the death penalty.
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A tourist at the Supreme Court signs a petition for a "time out" on executions.
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Taking a break by the water coolers. David Kaczynski, from New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, whose brother, "The Uni-Bomber" almost received a death sentence.

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