Anti Death Penalty March Through The East

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

An organization focused on abolishing the death penalty in our state is taking their cause to the streets of Eastern Carolina.

Members of "So-Far" plan to walk 300 miles from Raleigh to Goldsboro back to Raleigh before the General Assembly.

The co-founder of the group hopes to prevent another life lost on death row all while providing help and healing to families who've lost someone.

Currently, executions in our state have been on hold while the legislators can enact reforms to Capitol Punishment.

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  • by Lisa Location: Jacksonville on Jul 13, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    I am completely amazed at how in this country we continue to execute people. We are supposed to be civilized and just because someone is convicted of a crime, doesn't necessarily mean they are guilty. There have been too many instances lately of people on death row and other inmates going free because of wrongful convictions. What we really need to do in this country is re-assess our justice system. It is flawed and people have and still could pay for those mistakes with their life. All who feel so strongly for it should imagine if it was them and they were innocent.....would you be so swift for the kill I ask?? Probably not. I just feel we need to be a civilized society and not hypocritical. We happen to be the only civilized country with the death penalty. Revenge is not the way to curb violent crimes. For all the executions there has been only increase in crime, not decline. Why don't we just put our bloodlust aside and see it for what it really is. Only then will things change.
  • by Kris Location: Tarboro on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    Im sure all you "intelligent" people making comments on why these people are marching hate countries like Iran and Pakistan. You know the one thing we have in common with these "backwards" countries? The death penalty. Im sure you all consider yourself Christians but the main lesson I learned from Christ was to love one another and give forgiveness. Not everyone that commits murder is a rapist, torturer, or "sick" person. And for the "smart" peole talking about how much money it waste, look on, the cost to kill someone is substanially more than the cost to keep them in prison for life. They aren't marching to empty the jails, but no one has a right to take a life, even if it is the government. If they have done a crime, they need to face the consequences. And yes, they are stopping by victim's graves, because they are marching against ALL murder. ANY and ALL murders are senseless. And the comment about us as a country not valuing life, what do you think your doing? WWJD?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 17, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    I suggest that each marcher take one of these "death row inmates" into their home providing love, hugs, kisses, food, let them play with your kids and you will be held responsible for all their actions.
  • by Db on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    I agree with why what is wrong with these people. It's ok to murder an unborn child which is alive but its not ok to lethally inject murderers this is ridiculous. They will probaly be the same people crying for justice when one of there family members get shot.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    How in the world can you stand for someone who has KILLED someone and is dangerous enough that they could KILL YOUR FAMILY MEMBER? These people have no sense at all and don't know anything about what helps the economy become better or let alone even care. If they want to do this, then I say this, how about not only arrest every single individual, but have their names on a list that makes then get charged every certain amount of money to help keep paying for the MURDERERS. These are the types of people who apparently are asking us to pay more tax money. This nation is going to hell if all this keeps up. To Carolyn of Ayden, good point! There are some really really really stupid people out here these days. It just amazes me half the time. It's like my granddaddy said, "The world is full of stupid people" and he means that by every place/city/town/nation has stupid people around who will do things like this.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    What more can be said, I agree with all the comments about this group who probably just want everyone to "look at them", giet them some publicity, or maybe generate some cash for their cause/pocket?
  • by Carolyn Location: Ayden on Jun 17, 2009 at 01:40 AM
    I agree with Chris, when one takes the life of another, his/her rights have been forfeited. Wish more people would fight for the right of the unborn. "Dr." Tiller murdered 60,000 babies just prior to being born. One of those babies might have had the cure for cancer. Think about it, 60,000 - the size of some cities. When the USA took away the value of life, we headed in a spiral downhill.
  • by why Location: winterville on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:23 AM
    keep abortions legal but dont execute convicted criminals who took someone elses life. i dont understand
  • by Confused. Location: NC on Jun 16, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    How about doing a March aganist Murder, killing, raping, Stabbing, Drugs, Theft, and lies?? Then we wouldn't have to have the death penalty. Capitol Punishment is put in place to keep killers from repeating and repeating their crimes. What on earth would want this group to want the people who kill to keep repeating their crimes?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 at 09:55 PM
    Maybe one of those marchers will get hit and killed by a drunk driver, then their group can fight for the driver's freedom! I personally have no sympathy for those who fight for the rights of the guilty.
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