Oppose Another Florida Execution – VIGIL

The above flyer was made for Allendale Methodist church. Feel free to download from the folllowing links and post and distribute.

The 8×11 flyer is meant to be posted:

The two per page is intended for passing out to individuals.

At 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 12, the state of Florida is planning to executeLouis Gaskin.  Here are some actions opposing the execution,including a vigil during which we will be joined by Herman Lindsey, the 23rdinnocent man to be released from Florida’s death row:   

Join Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) and otherdeath penalty opponents for a vigil during the execution from 5:00-6:00 PM onWednesday, April 12 at the northwest corner of Ulmerton Road and 49thStreet North in mid-Pinellas County.  This site is close to the jail andcourt complex and is at an intersection with heavy traffic.  It is wheredeath penalty opponents have gathered during executions for decades, including in February, when they opposed the execution of Donald Dillbeck. Park in the vacant lot behind the Checkers.

Special guest at the vigil will be Herman Lindsey, Executive Directorof  Witness to Innocence, an activist group made up entirely of innocentpersons who survived the trauma of being sentenced to death. In 2006 he waswrongly convicted and spent three years on Florida’s death row. He wasexonerated by a unanimous Florida Supreme Court verdict which ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict him of any crime,  and that he did notreceive a fair trial.

Please come hear Herman’s story and support his work to end the death penalty. Feel free to bring signs, or organizers will provide them.  Reply to thisemail or call (727) 492-1590 for more information.  If the execution iscommuted or postponed, we will not hold the vigil.

 FADP has started a petition to the Florida Executive ClemencyBoard and Governor Ron DeSantis to stay the execution and commute LouisGaskin’s sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stay-the-execution-of-louis-gaskin/Click here to sign the petition. This link also features a summary of the detailsof Gaskin’s case and why his sentence should be commuted.

*  Contact Governor Ron DeSantis at (850) 488-7146 or  email theGovernor (flgov.com). Prepare for your call or email with  FADP’s excellent  Florida Death Penalty Fact Sheet, a summary of reasons to oppose executions in Florida.  https://www.fadp.org/florida-death-penalty-fact-sheet/ 

The  FADP website has other excellent information, including updates ondeath penalty legislation currently in the Florida legislature. Here is a linkto a brief history of the death penalty in Florida.


Author: Hilton Kean Jones

Composer and performer, retired college music professor, lyricist.

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