Last night we had the first planning meeting for this year’s anti-death penalty march. The march is sponsored by several anti-death penalty groups working together as a coalition. The first decision we made was to name the event the “10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty”. We also decided to hold the event on October 24 at the Capitol in Austin and to march down Congress Avenue and then return to the Capitol.
The next planning meeting is August 12 at 7.
Here is some recorded video of the first meeting for the 10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty. This was a test of the live streaming system on justin.tv. It worked fairly well, except the sound is a little low, so we need a better mic next time. We plan to have a live stream of the speakers at the actual march on Oct 24. There were about 15 people at the meeting, some of them were behind the camera, so they aren’t in the video.
Each October since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Austin to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. The march started in Austin in 2000. In 2007 and 2008, the march was held in Houston. This year, it is coming back to Austin.
The annual march is organized by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations, including the Austin chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Texas Moratorium Network, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty and Kids Against the Death Penalty. If your organization would like to be a co-sponsor of the 10th Annual March, contact any of the organizations listed above and let them know, so we can list you in future announcements.