FADP Update: “Vigils, Protests Mark the Execution Date for William Happ”

FADP Update

Vigils, Protests Mark the Execution Date for William Happ – Tuesday Oct. 15 at 6 PM ET  

Florida continues the premeditated and unnecessary killing of captive prisoners. Gov. Scott has scheduled William Happ to be put to death by the People of the State of Florida for the 1986 killing of Angela Crowley. The homicide of William Happ is planned for Tues., Oct. 15th at 6PM.  


It is not too late to contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Clemency to commute the William Happ’s death sentence. Tell him to suspend ALL executions.

Governor Rick Scott: Phone: (850) 488-7146 Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com Bishops of Florida call for mercy for the condemned; Hopeful that growing opposition to the death penalty will lead to the end of its use

“Florida Changing Lethal Injection Cocktail” (note – there are now conflicting reports on when the new drug will be used). 

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 COASTOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church: Governor Rick Scott has signed a Death Warrant for the execution of William Happ to take place on Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm.  We will be traveling to Starke to pray for William Happ and his victims on Tuesday, October 15.  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 William Happ is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15th at 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 carpool 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.  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. More info at: www.AmnestyOrlando.org.


GAINESVILLE – CARPOOL TO PRISON VIGIL: Governor Scott is planning to execute William Happ at 6:00 PM this coming Tues, Oct 15. William is to be executed for the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley
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.


FLORIDA STATE PRISON: Join volunteers from around the state during the execution, across the highway from the Florida State Prison Death Chamber from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact John Linnehan at (904) 504-1004 or metanoia.mx@gmail.com

Gather ACROSS from Florida State Prison starting by 5:00pm. Please bring signs if you have them.

DIRECTIONS to the Vigil/Protest across highway 16 from Florida State Prison:

·         From East: SR-16, 8 miles West of Starke, go right (east) into entrance for New River Correctional Institution.  FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.

·         From North: (Macclenny) SR-121 south approximately 17 miles to SR-16 (before town of Raiford). Turn left onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. Turn left (east) into New River Correctional Institution. FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.

·         From South: US-301 north approximately 35 miles north of Gainesville to Starke. Turn left (west) onto SR-16 (Raiford Road), go approximately 8 miles. Turn right (east) into New River Correctional Institution.  FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.

·         From West (Lake City): SR-100 approximately 23 miles to SR-121 (Lake Butler), turn left, go approximately 6 miles, just past town of Raiford, turn right (east) onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. Turn left (east) into New River Correctional Institution.

NOTES from FADP:  Local speed limits strictly enforced. Florida State Prison is on the West side of the road. The designated protest area is on the East side of the road, with the entry road being opposite of the main entry to FSP and designated “New River Correctional Institution”

REGARDING BATHROOMS: Bathroom at SE corner of red brick bldg. is usually open. Sometimes there is a port-a-potty in the designated media area (about 150 yards west of the protest area), but it is not always there and they may decide not to allow protesters access to the media area. Just to the west of the prison (toward Starke) is a Circle K store with a bathroom available to customers. Stop there, if not in Raiford or Starke as you pass through one of those towns.

REGARDING SIGNS: We are unaware of any restrictions on the nature of signs. FADP recommends clear and concise messages, printed boldly, with high contrast between the text and the background. FADP will have some signs available.

ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS: Wear closed shoes and socks to protect yourself from the occasional presence of fire ants.

ALSO: Especially with high profile state killings, airport rules apply – be aware of what you bring and carry, and of your demeanor, and stay within the designated protest area or between that area and the adjacent parking area. You may wish to bring umbrellas (for sun or rain) and bottled water. FADP will help.

BRANDON: Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon will hold a prayer service on Sunday, October 13 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, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Contact: Maria, (239) 540-7096, maria1403@juno.com 

DUVAL COUNTY: Come pray with us at a Vigil during the execution of William Happ, Tuesday, October 15, 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 15 during the execution of William Happ. 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.


FT. LAUDERDALE: Broward FADP will have an Execution Vigil on Tuesday October 15, from 5 to 6 pm for the state`s killing of William Happ. We will gather in front of the Federal Building on the Northwest corner of East Broward Blvd. and NE 3 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Signs provided. FMI: Steve Jens-Rochow stevejensrochow@gmail.com (954) 647- 8379.


MIAMI: A prayer vigil will be recited following 11:45 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, October 15 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 15 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Bernard Welch, blwmm@embarqmail.com.

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 15 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, October 14 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:  Governor Rick Scott and the state of Florida are planning to execute two human beings within two weeks.  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 15 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 William Happ, Tuesday, October 15, 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) 4619216 or obyrnen@bellsouth.net


SARASOTA: Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the execution of William Happ Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm ET. William is to be killed for the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley, whose death we mourn with great sadness

A protest and prayer vigil against the death penalty will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 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. 15 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. 16 at noon. Contact: Sheila Meehan, (850) 524-0080. sheilameehan36@gmail.com. FMI: tcadp.net.

TAMPA BAY AREA: Spirit FM 90.5 WBVM Tampa will be praying on air Tuesday, October 15 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, Olof Palme Prize Winner 2000.


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 AIUSA 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


2 thoughts on “FADP Update: “Vigils, Protests Mark the Execution Date for William Happ”

  1. Those of you against the death penalty make me sick! God forbid any of you should have to go through what poor Angie Crowley’s family went through! I guarantee that you would want justice! The punishment absolutely fits the crime. Even the Bible says an” eye for an eye”. It’s not murder, it’s justice! If you could talk to the young innocent victim, Angie, I’m sure she would feel the same!


    1. Dear Angel, thank You for commenting that article.
      I want to send some thoughts of Bishop Tom Brown – he could much better explain what I feel and what
      I want to tell You:

      Left-Handed Warriors
      by Tom Brown

      Are you ready to go to a higher level? I believe God has a word for you.

      “Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred chosen men who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss” (Judg 20:16).

      What is so significant about these left-handed warriors? These men were not simply left-handed at birth. These men became left handed because their right hand was injured. Somewhere in the battle they got hurt. Perhaps it was an injury to one finger; or maybe their right elbow got damaged; or maybe they simply tore a muscle in their right arm. The point is they got injured significantly that they had to use their left hand.

      In those times if someone got injured they had the option of going home or staying in the battle. Today, an injury in battle would automatically send a soldier home. These left-hand soldiers, however, chose to stay in the battle. This is what made them such valiant heroes. They refused to go home. Instead they made up their minds to get proficient with their left hand. They became so good at slinging stones that they could hit the target from 50 yards away. The target was a horse’s hair hung from a tree. Wow! That is a good shot.

      If you ever lost use of your good hand, perhaps you broke it, then you know how difficult it was to get use of your “other’ hand. To simply sign your name was hard. Try it, and see how difficult it is.

      Yet these left-handed warriors became better at their left hand than most were at their right hand. I believe if you are to go to a higher level you will have to get over your past injuries.

      This means you will have to get over the abuse you experienced at home. You might have been molested as a child, and it hurts, but if you want to go to a higher level with God, you will have to get over the hurt. You must move on. You can’t be crying over the past.

      Maybe you got hurt at your last church. The pastor may not have been trustworthy. Perhaps he or someone in the church let you down. It hurt your spirit badly. What are you going to do? Limp off and complain that all Christians are hypocrites. As a result you decided to quit church. You are NOT a left-handed warrior. You have allowed past hurts to cause you to retire from serving God in a church. Don’t make excuses. Don’t bother to claim you can serve God in the same passion being away from church than if you were in one. No! You allowed an injury to keep you out of the battle.

      You might have been discriminated at school. Because of it you developed a chip on your shoulder or insecurities. At any rate, you have allowed the bullies at school to affect your love walk in the battle. You will never be a valiant solider in God’s army holding on to anger or hate. You have to let it go. God has called you to put on the “breastplate of love” (1 Thess 5:8). You never thought that love was a weapon! It is. Satan wants you to give up on loving others. Past injuries can do this. But instead of allowing other people’s meanness to affect you, decide you will do just the opposite: you will develop the love walk better than most.

      I can see a ex-spouse bruised over a bitter-fought divorce. The divorce has really affected you. You feel rejected. You do not think you are worthy to serve in God’s army. You feel like God has rejected you like your ex. But He has not. If you will forgive, forgive the ex and yourself, and decide to be merciful toward others, you can become a left-handed warrior. Your next marriage can be filled with bliss. It’s up to you—if you want to get better or bitter over the past.

      People are losing their jobs left and right. You might be one of them. You can either allow the lay-off to get your down, or you can use it to get trained in something better. It all depends based on your attitude. Some just stay home and whine about the economy; others decide to make something good out of the lost job. Why not be the latter. Do something with your “left-hand.” You might never know the kind of prosperity God could give you without the loss of your job. Your job lost could have been the best thing that could have happened to you. This is the time to make something of your loss.

      I Put in My Time

      I had dinner with a veteran minister. He immediately began to ask me about all that I was going through in my city such as the recall of our city mayor and representatives, and because of righteousness, the mayor sued my church and me. I told him how difficult that last two years had been in my life and ministry, yet God has been faithful. Despite the many bruising battles, our ministry has been flourishing nevertheless.

      He looked at me and said, “I am not interested in getting involved in those types of battles. I just want to preach Jesus and mind my own business. I have already been through those types of battles and it is my turn to rest.”

      I thought for a moment. He had been injured in many ways in his walk with Christ. But instead of determining to become a better warrior, he made the conscious decision to get out of the battle. There is no such thing as “preaching Jesus” and not be involved in spiritual warfare. Preaching the Word is using the sword of the Spirit. Swords are used in war. We will be fighting until Jesus returns.

      Many Christians are like this minister. They have been hurt so badly that they are in a protective posture. They don’t want to fight anymore. They just want to cruise through life until they finish their life.

      You can either finish your life or finish your race. There is a difference. All of us will die and thus our life will be finished. But Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7). Paul was still fighting till he had finished the race. You don’t stop fighting and expect to finish the race. You may very well finish your life, but you may have never completed your race. You cannot complete your race unless you continue fighting the good fight.

      Small in Your Strength

      “If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Prov 24:10). We will all go through troubles. Every one of us. No one is exempt. However, if you falter, which means stumble even a little, simply because of the troubles, then your strength is small.

      Horatio Spafford wrote the classic hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.” Many however don’t know his story. He was married and had children, but his only son died in 1871. Shortly after that the infamous Chicago fire ruined his law practice and sent him nearly to bankruptcy. He didn’t give up though. He had planned to travel with his family to Europe, but had to stay in Chicago to tend to his business affairs because of the fire. So his wife and four daughters boarded the SS Ville Havre. While crossing the Atlantic the ship collided with a sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and all of his four daughters drowned. His wife, Anna survive and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved Alone.”

      These three tragedies would have been enough to destroy any Christian, but Horatio became a “left-handed” warrior. Instead of turning against God, he made it his purpose to serve Him more faithfully. He moved his family, including his two new daughters, to Israel, where he founded the American Colony, a charity group committed to serving the poor in Jerusalem. The mission organization became the subject of the Nobel prize winning book Jerusalem by Swedish novelist, Selma Lagerlof. He did more in the latter part of his life than he did in the beginning. He became a left-handed warrior.

      I am concern for western Christians—Americans, Canadians, Europeans—because they have life too easy. They expect comfort. They want, not just retails stores to cater to them, but their churches too. When the pastor calls for sacrifice, many of these wimpy believers look for another church. They don’t want to enter spiritual warfare. They want more of a country-club church than a boot camp church. This is why we have lost ground in the west. But if we had become “left-handed” warriors we could have taken the west for Christ. Unfortunately we haven’t. Western Christians have lost influence over their culture. They lost it because they don’t want to fight.

      I do believe God is raising up Christians who will fight, and if they get injured they will decide to become better at their left hand than their right.

      Self Inflicted Wound

      Perhaps there is nothing more embarrassing than to wound yourself. My step-father, Red, served in the Air force in Alaska. One day he was wearing a pistol. He proudly went to the beach and shot everything in sight, until he had only one round of ammunition left. Just as he was about to go home, he saw a seagull flying overhead. He quickly tried to pull out his pistol from his holster when the gun went off, shooting himself in the leg. It was an embarrassing moment. I think that many have gotten wounded in spiritual battle not because others wounded them, but because they blew it.

      You may be one of those soldiers. You were not the one who was jilted, but you abandoned your spouse. As you look back, you realize your mistake; it was your fault. Maybe you are a pastor who fell into sin. You can’t blame your congregation for your loss of members. You brought it on yourself. You want to kick yourself for your bad judgment. Maybe you went broke, not because of the economy, but through bad investments or wild spending. The devil did not rob you; you rob yourself of financial stability.

      Look! All of us have stories to tell. Sometimes those stories involve our own mistakes. But listen, I do not think that all 700 left-hand warriors got injured by others. Surely some injured themselves. Maybe they were sharpening their swords when they accidently cut themselves. Perhaps someone was throwing a rock without first warming up and they hurt their arm. Not everyone that lost use of their right hand were hurt in battle. Some of them may have hurt themselves over an accident or something foolish.

      It doesn’t matter how you got hurt, only that you get better. Under the Old covenant if someone had sinned, they brought a lamb to the priest for forgiveness. The priest did not examine the man to see what he had done or how often he had sinned. He did not even need to know who the man was, whether he was himself a priest or simply an ordinary person. He only needed to know if the lamb was without blemish. The priest inspected the lamb, not the man.

      Friend, when you come to God for forgiveness, He doesn’t inspect you; He inspects the Lamb of God. Jesus is without defect. Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. If you will plead your case by looking to Jesus, then all your sins can be forgiven. It’s time to let the past go. Forgive others. Receive forgiveness for yourself. And make up your mind that the battle is worth fighting for. Your country is worth fighting for. Your family is worth fighting for. Your church is worth fighting for.

      Don’t leave the battle because you injured your right hand. Start using your left hand, and become better after your injury. Become a left-hand warrior.
      God bless You, Angel


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