Join us for the 20th Anniversary March to Abolish the Death Penalty! Featuring speeches from members of Witness To Innocence – former death row prisoners who were exonerated and freed. Also, family members of death row prisoners in Texas, including the family of Rodney Reed, who is scheduled to be executed on November 20 this year.
Each autumn since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Austin to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. The march is a coming together of activists, family members of those on death row, community leaders, exonerated death row survivors and all those calling for abolition. The march started in Austin in 2000. In 2007 and 2008, the march was held in Houston. It came back to Austin for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. It was in Houston again in 2014 and back in Austin in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
The annual march is organized as a joint project by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations working together with leading national organizations: Texas Moratorium Network, Austin Abolitionists, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center, Kids Against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International – UT chapter, and national organizations including Journey of Hope … from Violence to Healing, and Witness to Innocence.