The four-day Fast & Vigil takes place on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to join together for public education and outreach on the death penalty.
This year, in 2012, we also mark the 40th anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner.
Tens of thousands of tourists, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, pass by our vigil and table, so the opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a real grass-roots level is invaluable to the movement. In addition to the strong public witness, this is an excellent opportunity to meet other abolitionists and to "recharge your batteries" while engaging in public outreach and maintaining a physical presence at the Court.
As always, the liquid-only fast is optional, although many do participate and build community around it.
Vigil: 8:30 am to 6 pm daily. // Teach-ins: 6 to 8:00 pm daily. // Rally June 29 at noon.