June 29 through July 2, 2010

17th Annual Fast & Vigil

to Abolish the Death Penalty

at the U.S. Supreme Court

in Washington, DC

Read the who, what, when, where, why and how of this important annual abolitionist event by visiting our website.

The four-day Fast & Vigil takes place on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, considered by many to be the heart of the legalized killing machines in this country.

This is a great experience and training ground for people who want to practice, or become very adept, at talking about the death penalty. Tens of thousands of tourists, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, pass by our vigil and table, so the opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a real grass-roots level is invaluable to the movement.

In addition to the strong public witness, this is an excellent opportunity to meet other abolitionists and to “recharge your batteries” while engaging in public outreach and maintaining a physical presence at the Court.

As always, the liquid-only fast is optional, although many do participate and build community around it. This year, the small voluntary registration fee of $20 also includes a free t-shirt and a stainless steel water bottle. Housing within walking distance of the Court is provided at little or no cost. And since this event is a fast, meals are cheap! The only cost to participants is travel to Washington, DC. And even that can be covered by getting your own local sponsors through the pledge sheet on the website.

Please contact us to register, sponsor, or find out more.

The Abolitionist Action Committee can be reached at 800-973-6548 or

The Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) has held a four day vigil at the Supreme Court every summer since 1993, from the dates of June 29 to July 2, to mark two very important court decisions about the death penalty. The AAC is an ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public education for alternatives to the death penalty through non-violent direct action. Visit them online at

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