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Event: World Premiere of “The Gathering” in Washington, DC
Event Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Event Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Event Location: The French Embassy in Washington, DC
Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information:

To commemorate World Day Against the Death Penalty, YOU are invited to the world premiere of a new film about death row exonerees from the U.S, “The Gathering.” The Delegation of the European Union and the Embassy of France will host this “EU Rendez-Vous” on Monday, October 17 at the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

RSVP is required. Register here.

“The Gathering” follows death row exonerees at an annual gathering of Witness to Innocence, the nation’s only national death penalty abolition organization composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors. The film captures their voices and the power of their stories as well as the resilience of their family and friends.

Following the film, exonerees, advocates, and diplomats will participate in a discussion about the death penalty the the U.S. and around the world.

More info here: https://www.eventbrite.com

Can’t make the event? You can follow along by following @franceintheus, @EUintheUS, and #abolishDP on Twitter.


Event: World Day Against the Death Penalty
Event Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Event Time:  
Event Location: St. Clarence Church, 30106 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information: Join WTI on World Day Against the Death Penalty for a day-long conference of workshops and events in conjunction with our annual Gathering of exonerees and loved ones. See the back for more info about the conference. ​

Featuring 25 exonerees from around the country. Murder Victim Family Member Sam Reese Sheppard. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo. And former MASH star, actor and president Death Penalty Focus Mike Farrell.

Speaker: Gregory Bayne (filmaker) and Kirk Bloodsworth (film's subject)
Event Date: Tuesday, October 20th
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Event Location: Father O'Connell Hall, Catholic University of America
Co-sponsor(s): The European Union Delegation to the United States, together with the Catholic University of America
Additional Information: The documentary: "Bloodsworth: an Innocent Man", tells the story of Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States. He had been wrongly convicted of rape and murder of a 9 year-old girl, Dawn Hamilton, in 1984. After serving nine years in jail, including several in death row, Kirk has been released and pardoned in 1993 thanks to DNA evidence. See further information here.

Please RSVP before October 19th.

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Friday, July 31
Event Time: 11:00 am
Event Location: Coconut Point, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Florida Public Defender Association, Inc.
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham and Phyllis Prentice
Event Date: Thursday, July 23
Event Time: 3:15 pm
Event Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Co-sponsor(s): DC Street Law Program for high school students
Additional Information: Visit www.abolition.org for further details

 

Speaker: Ray Krone
Event Date: Saturday, June 11
Event Time: 9:00 am
Event Location: Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): DUI Defense Lawyers Association National Conference
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham & Phyllis Prentice
Event Date: Friday, July 10
Event Time: 12:00 pm
Event Location: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Co-sponsor(s): "Life Beyond Tragedy" Summer Institute
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Lawyer Johnson, Harold Wilson, Magdaleno Rose-Avila & Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Tuesday, June 10 - Thursday, July 2
Event Time: Various
Event Location: Front of the US Supreme Court, Washington, DC
Co-sponsor(s): Starvin' for Justice: Annual Fast and Vigil
Additional Information: Visit www.abolition.org for further details

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Wednesday, June 24
Event Time: 3:15 pm
Event Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Co-sponsor(s): Street Law Clinic for high school students, Georgetown Law School
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Event Location: Lewis University, Albuquerque, NM
Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Joe D'Ambrosio & Father Neil Kookoothe
Event Date: Monday, May 18
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Event Location: Beaverdam Mennonite Church, Correy, PA
Co-sponsor(s): Beaverdam Mennonite Church
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez & Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Monday, April 27
Event Time: 5:00 pm
Event Location: St. John's University, Queens, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Criminal Justice Association, Campus Ministry, Academic Lecture Series, and Legal Society
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Nate Fields
Event Date: Thursday, April 23
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location: Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Co-sponsor(s): School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Wednesday, April 22
Event Time: 2:00 pm
Event Location: St. John's College High School, Washington, DC
Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Kirk Bloodsworth
Event Date: Tuesday, April 21
Event Time: 5:00 pm
Event Location: St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
Co-sponsor(s): Magis Program, Campus Ministry
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Tuesday, April 21 & Wednesday, April 22
Event Time: Various times
Event Location: Various venues at Texas Technical University, Lubbock, TX
Co-sponsor(s): Cross-cultural Advancement Center, Phi Alpha Delta, Criminal Law Society, Black Law Student Association, Hispanic Law Student Association
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Nate Fields
Event Date: Monday, April 20
Event Time: 7:30 pm
Event Location: University of Minnesota Duluth
Co-sponsor(s): Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Sabrina Butler and Kirk Bloodsworth
Event Date: Tuesday, April 14 & Wednesday, April 15
Event Time: 7:30 pm
Event Location: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Vandervort Room, Geneva, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Department of Anthropology and Sociology; Office of the Provost
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Friday, April 10
Event Time:  
Event Location:

Aspen, CO

Co-sponsor(s): Four Corners Young Lawyers Regional Summit (American Bar Association)
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham & Phyllis Prentice
Event Date: Wednesday, April 8
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:

Chestnut Hill College, East Parlor (St. Joseph Hall), 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Co-sponsor(s): Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Additional Information: Part of CHC's Third Annual Forgiveness Day

 

Speaker: Kirk Bloodsworth & Harold Wilson
Event Date: Tuesday, April 7
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Event Location:

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Co-sponsor(s): Eastern State Penitentiary
Additional Information: Part of the Searchlight Series: "Conversations About Crime, Justice, and the American Prison System"

 

Speaker: Sabrina Butler
Event Date: Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10
Event Time: Various
Event Location:

Various

Co-sponsor(s): ACLU of Kentucky & Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Additional Information: For a list of events, click here.

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, April 2
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Event Location:

Captiol Heights Presbyterian Church, 1100 Fillmore St., Denver, CO

Co-sponsor(s): Communities United Against Mass Incarceration
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, April 2
Event Time: 3:00 pm
Event Location:

Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

Co-sponsor(s): Office of Student Life
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, April 2
Event Time: 10:00 am
Event Location:

 

Co-sponsor(s): Colorado State Public Defenders Office, Denver, CO
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Ray Krone
Event Date: Tuesday, March 31
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Event Location:

Creighton University, Ballroom of the Harper Center, Omaha, NE

Co-sponsor(s): Creighton Young Americans for Liberty, Creighton Students for Life & Nebraska Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Shareef Cousin
Event Date: Tuesday, March 31
Event Time: 4:00 pm
Event Location:

Milton Academy, Milton, MA

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Gary Drinkard
Event Date: Tuesday, March 31
Event Time: 12:00 noon
Event Location:

University of Arkansas School of Law, Rm. 342

Co-sponsor(s): National Lawyers Guld, UA student chapter
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Kirk Bloodsworth
Event Date: Tuesday, March 26
Event Time: 7:30 pm
Event Location:

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Blackington Hall, Rm. 134

Co-sponsor(s): Psychology Club, College Republicans, Student Government Association, History Club & Young Americans for Liberty
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, March 26
Event Time: 12:00 noon
Event Location:

Denver University School of Law

Co-sponsor(s): Student chapters, Amnesty International & American Constitution Society
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Wednesday, March 25
Event Time: 12:00 noon
Event Location:

Shattuck Hall, Illiff School of Theology, Denver CO

Co-sponsor(s): Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Ray Krone
Event Date: Tuesday, March 24
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:

University of Pikeville, Pikeville, KY

Co-sponsor(s): Office of Spiritual Life
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Tuesday, March 24
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:

Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

Co-sponsor(s): Human Rights Awareness, The Agape Center
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Joe D'Ambrosio & Father Neil Kookoothe
Event Date: Thursday, March 19
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:

Mercyhurst University, Taylor Little Theatre, Erie, PA

Co-sponsor(s): Criminal Justice Department, Administration of Justice Graduate Program
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Nate Fields
Event Date: Wednesday, March 18
Event Time: 6:30 pm
Event Location:

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, March 12
Event Time: 11:44 am
Event Location:

Garfield High School, Los Angeles, CA

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information: Closed to the public

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Wednesday, March 11
Event Time: 4:30 pm
Event Location:

University of California at Irvine, Newkirk Alumni Center, Conference Room B, 450 Alumni Court, Irvine, CA

Co-sponsor(s): The Newkirk Center for Science and Society
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Wednesday, March 11
Event Time: 11:45 am
Event Location:

Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Room 147, Chapman University, One University Dr., Orange, CA

Co-sponsor(s): National Lawyers Guild student chapter
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Tuesday, March 10
Event Time: 4:00 pm
Event Location:

University of California, Fullerton, TSU Pavilion B

Co-sponsor(s):

 

Additional Information: Part of all-day "Symposium on Wrongful Conviction," sponsored by the Division of Politics, Administration & Justice - full schedule here

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, March 5
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:

Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, Oviedo, FL

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Gary Drinkard, Dave Keaton & Juan Melendez
Event Date: Thursday, March 5
Event Time: 9:30 am
Event Location:

Caribe Royale Hotel & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Co-sponsor(s): Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
Additional Information: Presidential Seminar on Innocence & the Death Penalty - open to registered participants only

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Saturday, February 28
Event Time: 10:30 am
Event Location:

University of Pennsylvania

Co-sponsor(s): United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia
Additional Information: Rule of Law Conference for high school students

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Thursday, February 26
Event Time: 1:00 pm
Event Location:

Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19, Community College of Philadelphia, PA

Co-sponsor(s): Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society
Additional Information: Part of "Law and Society Week" at CCP

 

Speaker: Harold Wilson
Event Date: Sunday, February 22
Event Time: 3:00 pm
Event Location:

The Living Church at Zion Lutheran, 5307 N. Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19120 

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information:
Join Rev. Christopher Neilson, his church, and the Philadelphia Campaign of Witness to Innocence for a service event in honor of Black History Month. The Philadelphia Campaign will present a workshop that ties to the Bible Study being conducted by Rev. Neilson and his partner churches. As the Bible Study grapples with passages in the Bible dealing with the relationship between authority and minority communities, We will look at the specific relationship between challenging the death penalty and authority. 

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Wednesday, February 18
Event Time: 4:30 pm
Event Location:

Montoya Campus - Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Ron Keine
Event Date: Monday, February 9
Event Time: 1:00 pm
Event Location:

Duke University

Co-sponsor(s):  
Additional Information: Video classroom chat

 

Speaker: Ron Keine
Event Date: Thursday, February 5
Event Time: 5:30 pm
Event Location:

University of Wyoming College of Law, Room 178, Laramie, WY

Co-sponsor(s): Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice, American Constitution Society, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association - Student Chapter, Potter Club, ACLU of Wyoming
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Kirk Bloodsworth
Event Date: February 2–5
Event Time: Various
Event Location:

Various

Co-sponsor(s): Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty & ACLU of Kentucky
Additional Information: "Witness to Innocence Tour:" Full schedule of speaking events here.

 

Speaker: Juan Melendez
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21
Event Time: 12:00 pm
Event Location:

University of New Mexico School of Law

Co-sponsor(s): American Constitution Society
Additional Information:  

 

Speaker: Shujaa Graham
Event Date: Thursday, January 15
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:

Friends Meeting of Washington, DC

Co-sponsor(s): American Friends Service Committee & the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Friends Meeting of Washington, DC
Additional Information: Panel discussion: "Race, Violence and Policing: Eliminating Racism and Improving Community-Police Relations"

 

 


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