Monday, November 5, 2012

Vigil Nov 8, 2012 in Protest of Execution of Hubert Michael

Unless there is a last-minute stay, Hubert Michael will be executed by the state of Pennsylvania. His execution will be the first of a non-volunteer (someone who has chosen to abandon the appeals to which he is entitled) in 50 years, and the first execution in 13 years. We invite you to join us for a vigil tomorrow evening.

We will be gathering outside of SCI Rockview at 5PM for a candle light vigil in protest of Hubert Michael's execution. Please come and stand in solidarity with us. We are organizing car pools from the York/Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas. Please contact Kathleen at if you are able to offer a ride or if you need one. We would like to have a group from Pittsburgh join us as well. Please contact Kathleen if you are willing to help organize a car pool.

More detailed information about the vigil:

  • The state of Pennsylvania is back in the killing business. The first execution in 50 years of a non-volunteer is scheduled for November 8, 2012 to begin at 5 PM. Please stand with us outside the death house on the evening of Michael Hubert's execution. The vigil will take place regardless of weather. Here is a list of items you may want to bring along:

    • Layers of clothing and, if rain is predicted, umbrellas.
    • Candles as symbols of shining a light of hope for ending the death penalty in PA and throughout the world.
    • Folding chairs
    • Some snacks to share
    • Musical instruments
    • Flashlight
    • Signs (we will also have some made in advance)
    • Camera/Video camera

    There is no parking on the road outside the prison so we will be relying on shuttle service by the generous Penn State students using their personal vehicles. Please park in the Nittany Mall in State College outside of Sears and look for a group of vehicles which will be clearly marked with signs calling for abolition of the death penalty and white fabric strips hanging out their windows. 

    Speakers will include Reverend Walter Everett, whose son was murdered, Ashlee Shelton, former head of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and a spokesperson for Hubert's spiritual advisor, Sister Barbara.

    Please spread the word far and wide about this vigil and encourage everyone to join us. Pennsylvania must be shown that we do not want the state to kill in our names. Invited speakers will include leaders of Amnesty International, Pennsylvania Prison Society, murder victims' family members, faith leaders, and representatives from other organizations. If your organization is interested in this speaking opportunity, please contact me at .

    Yours in Solidarity and Hope,

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