FADP Update: “Vigils, Protests Mark the Execution Date for William Happ”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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, email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sr. Maureen Kelley, (904) 704-0313, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Peggy DeKeyser, Office of Communications, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, (850) 435-3528, email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com.
“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.
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