The following is a March 17, 2010 interview with AFSC St. Louis staff and volunteers at the Death Penalty Moratorium Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. AFSC is one of 400 organizations in Missouri that are working for a two-year halt in executions while a study is done.
Jon Krieg: What brought you to today’s lobby day for a death penalty moratorium?
Brand new State Representative Hope Whitehead of St. Louis wasn’t even aware of a death penalty moratorium bill until AFSC staff and volunteers walked into her office last month. A former prosecutor who once tried a death penalty case, Rep. Whitehead said she knows there are problems with the death penalty and that a study is needed, but she wasn’t sure about a moratorium.
The AFSC St. Louis Office is taking steps towards becoming part of a new group called “Progressive Voices for Abolition,” whose slogan is “Making Racial Justice a Reality.” The mission is to end the death penalty in Missouri. The main objective is to provide alternative written and spoken views about the death penalty and to involve more people of color in the organizing and outreach efforts.
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