A Weekly Presence in Dover Until the Death Penalty is Repealed
We learned last week that the Moral Monday movement has come to Delaware—and its focus is on changing legislators’ minds about the death penalty in our state. It’s goal is repeal of capital punishment during the current legislative session.
An article in the News-Journal described the protest.
A bill to end the death penalty passed the State Senate last year and failed by a few votes in the House in January. SB 40 will be brought back to the House floor in March for a second vote. Many death penalty opponents believe that this time, with enough public pressure, it will pass.
Members of Movement for a Culture of Peace heard yesterday from civil rights attorney Jeremy Collins of Delaware Repeal, which has teamed up with Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty to organize the Moral Monday protests at Legislative Hall. Movement for a Culture of Peace has committed to making death penalty repeal the topic of its March 5 forum (details to be announced).
Creating a culture of peace requires the end of state-sponsored killing.
What can members of First Unitarian Church do? First and foremost, join the Moral Monday protests in Dover. Help grow this presence until it cannot be ignored by members of the House of Representatives. Each week, more of us should go to Dover: EVERY MONDAY 11am-1pm at Legislative Hall. Meet at Wesley UMC, (parking lot), 209 S. State St., Dover, DE. March to Legislative Hall.
Second, find out how your representative voted in January and contact them. If your representative voted “yes,” then email to offer praise and support. If he or she voted “no,” call to find out why. An easy way to email members of the House is to use this tool at Delaware Repeal.
What is Moral Monday?
The Moral Monday Movement was started in North Carolina in 2013 and has spread to several other states since. This article in UU World describes the growth of this new form of “fusion politics,” which many UU congregations have joined.