Floridians for Alternatives to Death Penalty call for simultaneous execution vigils/protests at the time of executions

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Vigils, Protests Mark the 4th Execution Date for Marshall Gore – Tuesday October 1 at 6 PM ET  


Florida continues the premeditated and unnecessary killing of captive prisoners. This is the fourth torturous time Gov. Scott has scheduled the obviously mentally ill Marshall Gore to be put to death by the People of the State of Florida for the 1988 killing of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick. The homicide of Marshall Gore is planned for Tuesday, October 1st at 6PM.

Please contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Clemency to commute Marshall Gore’s death sentence. Tell him to suspend ALL executions.

Governor Rick Scott: Phone: (850) 488-7146 Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

Florida Catholic Bishops Oppose Execution Oct. 1

Amnesty International Urgent Action: Stop the Execution of Marshall Gore

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and our allies call for simultaneous execution vigils/protests across the state at the time of executions. Each vigil group in Florida is independent and establishes its activities according to the needs, strategies and resources of its members. ALL are welcome to participate at ANY protest and vigil  If you do not see your area listed or would like to organize a local action, please contact FADP at 727-215-9646 or fadp@fadp.org. List of some Florida actions beginning with bus and carpools:

DAYTONA BEACH/ORMOND BEACH/PALM COAST:  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church: Governor Rick Scott has signed a Death Warrant for the execution of Marshall Gore to take place on Tuesday, October 1 at 6pm.  We will be traveling to Starke to pray for Marshall Gore and his victims on Tuesday, October 1.  Our bus leaves at 2:30PM.  Our prayerful presence makes the statement that all killing is wrong and the State of Florida does not kill in our name.  We encourage all, no matter their personal feelings about capital punishment, to join us as believers in the sanctity of all life.  If you would like to join us, please call the parish office 386.255.0433 or Contact: Office of Advocacy and Justice, (407) 246-4819, advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org. For more information about what we as Catholics teach about the death penalty, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/deathpenalty. Please pack a snack.

2:30 PM – Bus leaves parking lot Our Lady of Lourdes, 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach.

3:00 PM – Bus Pick up at Destination Daytona, 1635 U.S. Highway 1, Ormond  Beach.

3:30 PM – Bus Pick up at WinnDixie on SR 100 in Palm Coast, just off of I95.

ORLANDO: The execution for Marshall Gore is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1st 6pm at Florida State Prison near Starke, FL.  With help from the national Amnesty International Death Penalty Abolition Campaign and the new Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, we are planning a trip from the Orlando area to the prison to participate in the vigil.  The prison is approximately 2.5 hours away from Orlando.  We will leave Orlando between 1:30pm – 2:30pm (depending on pickup location(s)) and return around 10:00pm.  Depending on the demand, a bus or van can be rented. If you are available and interested in joining us, please contact Alicia Koutsoulieris, Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaigner, as soon as possible. email:  Akoutsoulieris@aol.com. Please bring a snack.

GAINESVILLE – CARPOOL TO PRISON VIGIL: Governor Scott is planning to execute Marshall Lee Gore at 6:00 PM this coming Tues, Oct 1. Gore is to be executed for the 1988 murder of Robyn Novick and the 1990 murder of Susan Roark.
We have 2 carpool locations, both leaving at 4:30pm, from Gainesville: 1) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St, Call Amy Jo Smith for more info: 352-284-1749 2) Parking lot of St Augustine’s Catholic Church & Student Center, 1738 W University Ave. Call George Diller, 352-332-9780 for more info.

BRADENTON: Deathwatch prayer vigil service: A deathwatch and prayer service will take place on Monday, August 5th.  A silent protest with signs will begin at 5:30 PM at the corner of 26th St. West and 30th Avenue, opposite St. Joseph’s Church in Bradenton.   A prayer service will begin at 6:00PM.  This event is sponsored by Pax Christi – Manasota. FMI: (941) 748-6855.

BRANDON: Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon will hold a prayer service on September 30 from 7 to 8 pm in the Nativity Chapel

CAPE CORAL: A prayer vigil will be held in the Chapel at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1922 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral on Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Contact: (239) 283-9501.

DUVAL COUNTY: Come pray with us at a Vigil during the execution of Marshall Gore, Tuesday, October 1 ,in front of the new Duval County Unified Courthouse located at 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville. Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Signs provided or bring your own. new Duval County Unified Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact: Jackie Gunning, (904) 449-3328, jacqueline.gunning@bmcjax.com or Sr. Maureen Kelley, (904) 704-0313, mkelleyop@att.net

FLAGLER COUNTY: Stand with us in support of life and dignity within a peaceful vigil in front of the Flagler County Courthouse. 5:00-6:00 P.M on Tuesday, October 1 during the execution of Marshall Gore. Join us at the Courthouse on 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bunnell. For information please contact Jackie Morelewicz by email Jackiem@cfl.rr.com or phone (386) 986-3146. 

INVERNESS: Our Lady of Fatima Church in Inverness will have a prayer vigil from

5:30 to 6:30, Tuesday, October 1.

MIAMI: A prayer vigil will be recited following 11:45 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, October 1  at St. Martha Catholic Church, 9221 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores. Contact: Juan Di Prado, (305) 762-1046, jdiprado@theadom.org.
MOUNT DORA: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Hwy 441 South, Mount Dora will host a prayer service on Tuesday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Bernard Welch, blwmm@embarqmail.com.

OSPREY: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 425 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey will hold a prayer vigil on Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact: Janine Marrone, (941) 497-4917.

PALM BEACH GARDENS: Catholic Charities Respect Life Office in partnership with the Diocese of Palm Beach and Pax Christi will host a prayer service on Tuesday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. The service will be followed by a procession and silent vigil in front of the Cathedral from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Contact: Dianne Laubert, (561) 313-2280, dlaubert@diocesepb.org.

PANAMA CITY: A holy hour will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Avenue, Panama City on Monday, September 30 at 7:00 pm (CDST). Contact: (850) 763-1821, stj.office@knology.net or Peggy DeKeyser, Office of Communications, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, (850) 435-3528, dekeyserp@ptdiocese.org.

PINELLAS COUNTY: TWO EXECUTIONS:  Governor Rick Scott and the state of Florida are planning to execute two human beings within two weeks. Scott has scheduled the execution of Marshall Lee Gore for 6:00 PM this coming Tuesday, October 1.  Gore is to be executed for the 1988 murder of Robyn Novick and the 1990 murder of Susan Roark.  Scott has scheduled the execution of William Happ for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 15.  Happ is to be executed for the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley.    Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 1 at an anti-death penalty vigil at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County.  There will also be a demonstration on Tuesday, October 15 at the same time and place.  These demonstrations will be at the site of past vigils.  Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often change—the previous execution date for Marshall Gore was changed so it would not conflict with a re-election fundraiser for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi–please check the media for updates and changes.  The vigil occurs during the actual execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the vigil will be rescheduled. FMI: sjstew@gte.net or (727) 492-1590.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY: There will be a Vigil during the execution of Marshall Gore, Tuesday, October 1, in front of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall at the corner of A1A and 16th Street. Time: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Signs provided or bring your own. “We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing.” Contact Nancy O’Byrne at (904) 461-9216 or obyrnen@bellsouth.net.

SARASOTA: Gov. Rick Scott has pushed back the execution of Marshall Gore to Tuesday, October 1 at 6pm ET. This is Marshall’s fourth execution date. He is to be killed for the 1988 murder of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick, whose deaths we mourn with great sadness

A protest and prayer vigil against the death penalty will take place on Tuesday, October 1, starting at 5:30 PM with a silent protest with signs along Beneva Road just north of Golden Gate Blvd, on the front lawn of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road in Sarasota.  (NOTE: This location is a change from past vigils.) The prayer service will begin at 6:00 PM.  This event is an activity of Pax Christi USA–Manasota Chapter, St. Andrew Church of Christ and the inclusive Catholic Community of Mary, Mother of Jesus.  FMI: (941) 748-6855 or Rjbanner@verizon.net

TALLAHASSEE: Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty will sponsor a community prayer vigil scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and an interfaith Service of Remembrance in the Capitol Building Plaza Level Rotunda the day after the execution, Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon. Contact: Sheila Meehan, (850) 524-0080. sheilameehan36@gmail.com FMI: tcadp.net.

Vigil and Service of Remembrance

  • There will be a Vigil for Marshall Gore  on Tuesday, October 1 at 6 pm in front of the Governor’s mansion.
  • There will be a Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, October 2nd at 12 noon at the Rotunda of the Capitol.
  • Herman Lindsey, who knew Marshall Gore when he was on Death Row, will be attending the Vigil and the Service. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

·    TCADP Annual Meeting — Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
Herman Lindsey 

·       Herman Lindsey spent 3 years on Florida’s Death Row for a crime he did not commit. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Florida acquitted Mr. Lindsey who was convicted in 2006 for a crime that occurred 12 years earlier.  The court noted that the case was based completely on circumstantial evidence and wrote, “The State failed to produce any evidence in this case placing Lindsey at the scene of the crime at the time of the murder.”  Justice Quince went on to say, “The prosecution’s comments were not only improper, but were also prejudicial and made with the apparent goal of inflaming the jury.”  More prisoners have been exonerated in Florida than in any other state.  Join us on October 1st and hear Herman Lindsey tell his story on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 N. Adams Street, Tallahassee. (corner of Park and Adams)
Annual Meeting – Election of Officers Mary Anne Hoffman, chair of the Nominating Committee, offers the following slate of nominees: Chair – Sheila Meehan Chair Elect – Pastor Marda Messick Secretary – Mary Anne Hoffman Treasurer – Terry Farley

March for Life and Justice Kurt Wasdworth, Jr. organizer of the 2000 mile march to end the death penalty, has announced a demonstration at the Florida State Capitol on Saturday, September 28th at 1 p.m. You can find more information  here: https://www.facebook.com/MarchforLifeandJustice

TAMPA BAY AREA: Spirit FM 90.5 WBVM Tampa will be praying on air Tuesday, October 1 beginning at 5:50 pm. Spirit FM is also available on the internet (www.spiritfm905.com). Contact: Sabrina Burton Schultz, (727) 344-1611, sab@dosp.org.

“Only in a society where state governments are intoxicated with the power to kill would you view a sentence of life imprisonment without parole as a lenient sentence.” – Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama.

Please support the Florida statewide coalition effort to end executions. “It is not about what those on Death Row may have done…it is about US and what WE do”.

Please “like” and share the FADP Facebook page, the Justice4Jacksonville Facebook page, and the new Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Facebook page.

Shine the light,


Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 82943

                           THE CATHOLIC CHURCH PRAY FOR ALL THEY DIED WITH THESE WORDS…          we pray …… and for all about whose faith nobody knows, Lord, only You know. 

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