A decision to kill caused this terrible tragedy…
more killing cannot repair the damage done.
As members of Pax Christi Florida witness against the execution of Mark Dean Schwab and all state-sponsored killings, we are ever mindful of the unimaginable pain and suffering which the family of Junny Rios-Martinez continues to endure. Please keep the family and friends of this 11-year old victim in your thoughts and prayers.
Florida is one of five states that contribute to more than 65% of the nation’s executions.
After a seven-month moratorium executions have resumed in Florida. As Catholics and as citizens of this state, we are compelled to voice our unequivocal opposition to this practice of State sponsored killing.
Florida’s Catholic Bishops have concurred that the death penalty has been discriminatory toward the poor, the indigent and racial minorities. In their position statement released in January 2002, they stated,
“Capital punishment contributes to the escalating atmosphere of violence in our society and undermines belief of the inherent worth and dignity of human life.”
Take Action! Join Pax Christi Palm Beach in an execution vigil on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. during the execution of Mark Dean Schwab currently scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST.
- Vigil announcement flyer template (pdf)
- Approved Signs
- Florida Catholic Conference Death Penalty Facts (pdf)
For more information, contact Beth Cioffoletti at firstname.lastname@example.org .