The federal government is attempting to restart the practice of executions for the first time in 17 years. Three executions are scheduled to take place over a five-day span beginning July 13 with a fourth to follow at the end of August.
Please see below for opportunities to educate, advocate, and pray for a halt to the restart in federal executions.
JOIN US: Federal Execution Virtual Prayer Vigils
CMN invites you to join for a series of three virtual vigils lamenting the wrong-headed return to federal executions. Each vigil will be one hour in length and held via Zoom.
Letters to the Editor (LTEs) are critical tools for advocacy, especially when it comes to ending the death penalty. Since the announcement to restart federal executions, the need for high-impact LTEs has become even more urgent. Get started crafting your own letter to the editor with the help of CMN's tools and resources:
Amplify the call to #StopFederalExecutions and say #NoFedExecution on social media. Download and share these attention-grabbing graphics, or scroll down to use CMN's sample tweets to make your voice heard.
Pro-life values are meaningless if they're inconsistent. The federal government needs to act now to #StopFederalExecutions and start honoring the God-given dignity of all life. Learn more: catholicsmobilizing.org/federal-executions #ProLife #Catholic #HopeOverDeath #NoFedExecution Click to Tweet
We cannot build a culture of life in a nation that still puts people to death. That's why the federal government needs to act NOW to #StopFederalExecutions. Learn more: catholicsmobilizing.org/federal-executions #ProLife #Catholic #HopeOverDeath #NoFedExecution Click to Tweet
Times have changed. In the 16 years since the federal government's last execution, the U.S. public has turned away from the #deathpenalty. Only 49% of Americans believe the punishment is applied fairly — a record low. The government needs to respect the will of the people and #StopFederalExecutions NOW. catholicsmobilizing.org/federal-executions #HopeOverDeath #NoFedExecution Click to Tweet
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Hear From Church Leaders
Those in Catholic leadership are speaking out against the return of the federal death penalty. Find out what they are saying:
Intended for use in the days and hours surrounding an execution, CMN's Prayer Vigil for an Execution can be used in groups of various sizes to allow participants to reflect on the themes of forgiveness and mercy in the face of the death penalty.
“I draw the attention of society's leaders to the need to make every effort to eliminate the death penalty and to reform the penal system in a way that ensures respect for the prisoners' human dignity.” -Pope Benedict XVI