May Execution Vigils: May 13th John Marek; May 27th David Johnston

In May, the State of Florida has scheduled to kill two men.

The execution of John Marek is planned for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 for the murder of Adella Simmons.  Gov. Crist has also signed a Death Warrant for David Johnston to be executed at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 for the murder of Mary Hammond.

A decision to kill caused this terrible tragedy…
more killing cannot repair the damage done.

As members of Pax Christi Florida witness against the executions of John Marek and David Johnston and all state-sponsored killings, we are ever mindful of the unimaginable pain and suffering which the families of Adella Simmons and Mary Hammond continue to endure. Please keep the family and friends of these women in your thoughts and prayers.

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 in front of the St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral (9500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens) on Wednesday, May 13th from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. during the execution of John Marek currently scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST.

Join Pax Christi Palm Beach in an execution vigil in front of the St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral (9500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens) on Wednesday, May 27th from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. during the execution of David Johnston currently scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST.

For more information, contact Beth Cioffoletti, 561-267-7288 Email: shoofoolatte@gmail.com

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