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Journey of Hope to share experience with the death penalty across Kentucky next week

journey_of_hopeThe death penalty is bad public policy. But don’t just take KCADP’s word for it.

At events throughout Kentucky Nov. 2-5, listen to Journey of Hope’s voices of experience, such as

  • the grandson of a murder victim
  • an innocent man who spent time on death row before being exonerated
  • the mother of Virginia’s youngest death row inmate

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and KCADP are proud to bring Journey of Hope to Kentucky for seven programs across the commonwealth that are free and open to the public next week.

Please join us.

Journey of Hope is an organization led by murder victim family members joined by death row family members, family members of the executed, the exonerated, and others with stories to tell. It conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty.

Here’s the group’s schedule for its time in Kentucky:

  • University of Louisville–Monday, Nov. 2, 5:30-7 p.m., Elaine Chao Auditorium in the Ekstrom Library
  • Kentucky State University–Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m-12:00 p.m., Hathaway Hall Auditorium, room 123
  • Georgetown College–Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7- 8:30 p.m., Chapel
  • Eastern Kentucky University–Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3:30-5 p.m., Posey Auditorium
  • Transylvania University–Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:30-9 p.m., Carrick Theater of Mitchell Fine Arts Building
  • Bellarmine University–Thursday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Horrigan Hall
  • Western Kentucky University–Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., MMTH

Kentucky’s Journey of Hope will feature the group’s founder Bill Pelke, who, up until his grandmother’s murder, supported the death penalty. The retired steelworker experienced a spiritual transformation in 1986 and worked to save his grandmother’s assailant from execution.

Joining Pelke will be Shujaa Graham, who was exonerated from death row after being framed for the 1973 murder of a prison guard in Stockton, Calif., and Terri Steinberg, the mother of Justin Wolfe, Virginia’s youngest death row inmate.

The Journey of Hope tour is a precursor to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Annual Conference, which will be held in Louisville in January.

For more information contact the ACLU’s Kate Miller at 502-581-9746 or kate@aclu-ky.org.

[Update: Oct. 30, 2009: Sarah Kelley at LEO Weekly previewed the event in her article, “Anti-death penalty activists journey to Louisville.”]

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