Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Join the Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing in Indiana October 4-20, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
By: Bill Pelke
By: Bill Pelke
Join the Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing in Indiana October 4-20, 2013 as we celebrate our 20 year reunion with the World Day Against the Death Penalty Tour!!!
October 10th is World Day Against the Death Penalty. The purpose of World Day Against the Death Penalty is to raise awareness on the inhumanity of the death penalty throughout the entire process, from sentence to execution. World Day is a project of the World Coalition to Against the Death Penalty. The Journey of Hope is proud to be affiliated with the WCADP whose mission is to mobilize for universal abolition.
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, is an alliance of more than 135 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions. The WCADP was created in Rome on 13 May 2002. The aim of the World Coalition is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to obtain the universal abolition of the death penalty. To achieve its goal, the World Coalition advocates for a definitive end to death sentences and executions in those countries where the death penalty is in force. In some countries, it is seeking to obtain a reduction in the use of capital punishment as a first step towards Abolition.
The Indiana Journey of Hope tour is October 4-20. We will travel the state with powerful Journey story tellers. The Journey tour will lead to Indianapolis, the state capital for an Oct 10-13 World Day Against the Death Penalty conference. After the conference Journey speakers will resume their speaking tour throughout the state of Indiana.
The Journey of Hope is very grateful to the Indiana Abolition Coalition for hosting these events. It is our goal to help strengthen the IAC, so that they will continue to grow after we have departed. We will plant the seeds. Everyone is invited to join us for this special World Day Against the Death Penalty Conference and you are also welcome to travel with as we tour.
Bill Babbitt, David Kaczynski, Bud Welch, Randy Steidl, Terri Steinberg, Randy Gardner, George White, SueZann Bosler, Therese Bartholomew, Shujaa Graham, Ruth Andrews, Rev. Walt Everett and his wife Nancy along with many others have committed to joining this reunion tour. Charlie King and Karen Brandow will grace us with song, love and compassion once again. Charlie was with us on the first Journey back in 93 and has been on every major US Journey since then,
Murder Victim’s Families for Human Rights (MVFHR), Murder Victim’s Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), Witness to Innocence, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty(PFADP), Equal Justice USA, Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty (PHADP), and World Without Hate are co-sponsors of the Reunion Tour and Conference. Let me know if you or your organization would like to be a co-sponsor or participant.
Conference highlights include a press conference in the rotunda of the state capitol on October 10, , plenary and workshop sessions, a festival of films, great speakers, good music, informational tables and an awards banquet on Saturday evening.
The Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing will use the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty’s “World Day Against the Death Penalty” as a highway to deliver our message of worldwide abolition to the state of Indiana.
Our message is “Love and compassion for all of humanity”. We show and tell that message with real people and real stories. The Journey of Hope is led by murder victim family members who say in unison “N0 MORE KILLING IN OUR NAME”.
Forgiveness is the core of Journey members who share the loss of their loved ones. We will continue to promote forgiveness and its healing power. This time around we are going to restorative justice on a pedestal for all to see. It is the alternative to retributive justice.
Hope to see you on the Journey.
Love and Peace,
Bill Pelke, President, Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing
Bill@JourneyofHope.org 877-924-4483 Office 305-775-5823 Cell
www.journeyofhope.org PO Box 0390, Anchorage, AK 99521-0390