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Death Sentence 2002, a state-wide gathering of death penalty
abolitionists will take place on March 9 - 10th at DePaul
On March 9th and 10th, thousands of death penalty abolistionists will converge at DePaul University for DEATH
SENTENCE 2002. The state-wide event will bring together
students, political organizers, politicians, several
exonerated death row inmates, representatives from faith
communities and death row family members. The goal of the
weekend gathering is to create enough political and moral
momentum to abolish the death penalty in Illinois by passage
of House Bill 576 (the Cunningham bill).

The weekend will commence with an Opening Plenary session
at St. Vincent De Paul Church (1010 W. Webster Ave.) from
1:00 - 2:30 PM. Among the speakers at the plenary will be
Jane Bohman, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and U.S. Senator Russ Feingold

The conference will take an activist turn in the late afternoon with over 20 workshops at the Schmitt Academic Center (2320 N. Kenmore). The first series of workshops will be from 3:00-3:55 PM and then be repeated from 4:05-5:00 PM. The workshops include: Innocent Men Sentenced to Death, Faith Communities Perspective, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, Death Penalty-A Human Rights Violation, Lobbying, Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment, Live from Death Row, Families of Death Row Inmates, Profiling Death Row Inmates, GLBT People and the Death Penalty, Why the Death Penalty Cannot be Reformed, Confessions by Torture, Poety Reading, Devising Effective Advocacy Messages, Domestic Repression-Police Brutality & the Death Penalty, the Case of Marilyn Lemak and more.

There will be a dinner in the sudent center with room for
400 people from 5:30-7:00 PM. Following the dinner there will be entertaiment and a rally from 7:00-10:30 PM with
several celebrities that have taken a strong position against the death penalty including actor Mike Farell(star of M*A*S*H*) and actor - activist Danny Glover (invited).

DEATH SENTENCE 2002 will conclude on Sunday, March 10th at
St. Josaphat Church (2311 N. Southport) with an interfaith
service from 1:30-4:30 PM. Sister Helen Prejean, author of
Dead Man Walking, will address the gathering. Francis Cardinal George will also speak at the concluding session

A complete schedule for DEATH SENTENCE 2002 can be located



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