I'm training to run a marathon (26.2 miles) in Walla Walla, Washington on October 16th, 2011 to raise funds for the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP) and increase awareness of the damage that the death penalty does to our society. While the Walla Walla run is small compared to those in big cities, the location is significant in that Walla Walla is the home of Washington's death row for men and the state's execution chamber.
Funds raised go towards WCADP's outreach and education campaigns throughout Washington state.
It's time for Washington to join the growing list of states like New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Illinois that have realized that they can do better than offer victims' families the false promise of haling and closure from the death penalty. This year, Washington was among a dozen states that held hearings on legislative bills to replace the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole.
I hope you will consider joining me in supporting a tremendous organization and an important mission. Please consider making a gift today.
Also, it's not too late to join me in Walla Walla to run the marathon, half marathon, 10K, or to cheer everyone on!
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Comment by Connie P., Sep 21st, 2011 9:48pm
This is really inspiring. Thank you for the blessings of your compassion and strength. Know there are others standing with you in faith and solidarity. I look forward to redoubling my efforts in our abolition struggle out here in CA.
Comment by Peter, Aug 5th, 2011 6:44am
This abolition of the death penalty is based on the Bill of Rights mentality and not God's Word, and that is where this goes wrong. Man does not have rights, God does. We have this mentality that once we have a right, nobody can take it away from us. This life is a privilege, and when certain people see fit to take away someone else's privileges in a violent and evil manner, sometimes destroying whole families, they revoke their own privileges. I believe in forgiveness and compassion, but I also believe in Justice, since I serve a Sovereign God. Government execution is not a pretty thing, killing someone never is. I served my country in a war, and killed in defense, and never does a day go bye that I do not think about that. What of the innocent on death row, you may ask. We are all called by God, to receive Jesus and to live lives that honor Him. That means that some day when you leave this world, now matter how, you will be with God. Nothing else matters. If you and God know the truth, and everyone at sometime in their lives have experienced that, it is enough. If I am for you, who can be against you. Those words to some, even Christians, are hollow and misunderstood. God knows the truth, and because He is Sovereign, the books will be balanced. It is my prayer that you will start running for some better causes, like the child in Africa that dies every 70 seconds from hunger and malnutrition. Since I have written this article that would be about 20 children, and add a couple to that for the time it takes you to read this article.