Sister Helen Prejean with Dobie Gillis Williams
Most of us never think about the death
penalty. The act of executing a human being is hidden away, out of the
public eye. And yet these executions are done by the state for your benefit, in your name.
We have found that when people learn about the death penalty, discuss
it and reflect upon it, they are more likely to say “No, don’t do this
on my behalf.” Not everyone comes to that conclusion, but it behooves
each one of us to at least make an informed decision about where we
stand on this most fundamental of civil rights issues.
That is why we invite discourse about the death penalty.
We believe meaningful conversation with those whose opinions differ
from ours makes for a better, more compassionate society. Such
conversations require honesty, commitment and a willingness to probe
and become informed about often difficult issues.
Discourse reflects such qualities of human engagement as respect,
freedom, curiosity, openness, non-competitiveness, trust, and simply the
delight in the free flowing exchange of ideas. Discourse is more than a
conversation because it reflects an engagement with ideas which often
calls for a response – an action to be taken.
We invite you to engage with us:
- Attend a talk by Sister Helen Prejean.
- Read Sister Helen’s books, Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents.
- Get your school or college involved in The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project.
- Help the Moratorium Campaign’s Professional Ethics Initiative to end doctors’ involvement in executions.
- If you’re Catholic, learn more about the Church’s teachings by
visiting the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death