Would you deny yourself food and water for justice? For a chance to get the attention of the high court? Even the the highest court in the land? Would you starve to bring attention to the need for criminal justice reform and an end to the death penalty?
For the first time, the NAACP State Conference joined with the Abolition Action Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, Equal Justice USA and more than 50 other organizations to sponsor "Starving for Justice," the 22nd Annual vigil to end the death penalty held in front of the U.S. Supreme Court each year.
What we saw was grassroots activists, from everywhere, from Canada and from all over the United States, who were making personal sacrifices to make a statement about the need to end the death penalty. Murder victim family members were there to say, "the death penalty could never be justice for us." Family members of those on death row were there to say, "the death penalty is prone to error and there is no way to correct the mistake once it is carried out." Faith leaders were there to say, "the death penalty is immoral and against the teachings of God." And, across the board, people of color were there to say that the death penalty is egregiously racist and biased.
Why do we kill people, who kill people, to show that killing people is wrong?
NAACP policy calls on freedom fighters to stand against the death penalty and to work for repeal in their states. We must all work for its abolition in our country and all over the world.
Thought Leader, Strategist, Change Agent, Lytle is a newspaper journalist turned NAACP Freedom Fighter and CO MT WY State Conference President. She was elected Chair of Midwest Region IV for the NAACP 105th Annual Convention. Rosemary first joined the organization at age 16 after winning an Essay Contest sponsored by the Gary Branch NAACP. For 8 years, she served as President of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch. In December, she was appointed to the NAACP President & CEO Search Committee which selected Dr. Cornell William Brooks. Her hot topics: criminal justice reform -- including death penalty abolition & community re-entry for those previously incarcerated, labor & economic justice, climate action, ending the educational achievement gap, LGBTQ equality, health equity, voting rights, ending discrimination in all its forms.