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"I do not think God approves the death penalty for any crime - rape and murder included. Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God".
- Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Pastor, Pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement
Just Answer 16 Questions and Send the Filled-in Questionnaire to Member Secretary, Law Commission of India, Hindustan Times House, 14th Floor, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110 001. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The names of Death Row inmates are available in some of the websites of the organizations that work to abolish death penalty. Write a letter of moral support to an inmate or send that person a card. Send a birthday card. Let the inmate know that he or she is included in your prayers.
In your own prayers remember those who are on death row and their families as well as the victims of violence. There is so much suffering, please offer your own prayers to ease the pain of all involved. The following is the suggested prayer for abolishing death penalty. Please modify this prayer, so that you could be say individual-specific prayer.
A Prayer To Abolish The Death Penalty:
By Helen Prejean, csj
God of Compassion, You let your rain fall on the just and the unjust.
Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as You love, even those among us who have caused the greatest pain by taking life.
For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance as we fill up death rows and kill the killers in the name of justice, in the name of peace.
Jesus, our brother, you suffered execution at the hands of the state but you did not let hatred overcome you.
Help us to reach out to victims of violence so that our enduring love may help them heal.
Holy Spirit of God, You strengthen us in the struggle for justice.
Help us to work tirelessly for the abolition of state-sanctioned death and to renew our society in its very heart so that violence will be no more.
There are many good books, brochures and websites with information in support of abolishing the death penalty. Read all you can to educate yourself. There are interest groups in Facebook and become member of such groups working to abolish death penalty. As you come across stories or facts of interest, share it with others. Keep the flow of interest going. The following are some of the resources:
On the actual day of executions at specific time organize a Prayer Vigils in your area. Sing Amazing Grace for them. The Instrumental on Amazing Garce is available for Download:
There are many form letters available on the Internet, but a personal letter straight from your heart is the best. Call or write your legislators (Members of Parliament (MPs) / Senator & Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and do it regularly. The contact details of Indian MPs are available in the following link:
Let your letter have the following requests:
Contact your priest, minister or rabbi about hosting a program. Guest speakers through a variety of organizations are often available. If you can’t find anyone, present the information yourself.
The following are some of the Guest Speakers, you could call. For their contact details, please contact us.
Collect signatures yourself and send them to your legislators (MPs / Senator). Together our voices will be heard.
The Indians could get the address of the Members of the Parliament from the following links:
Those who are from India, could use the following Model Letter:
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