On Saturday, while a mob of protestors marched through downtown Spokane to honor the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Movement, a dozen people stood outside River Park Square in shackles, with bruises painted on their faces and signs hanging around their neck, bearing the names of those killed on death row.
“Would you like information on the death penalty?” Victoria Thorpe and other volunteers asked as shoppers exited the mall, eyeing the prisoners.
Some shook their heads waving the advocates away. Others accepted the fliers they were handing out. Some even signed petitions that the group — members of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane's Inland Northwest Penalty Abolition Group — would be sending to state legislatures.
Thorpe, author of “Cages,” said the street theater display (which can be seen in other places through Spokane this week) is designed to raise awareness about the death penalty and to let people know about this week's panel discussion on the issue.
On Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane will host a panel discussion on why the death penalty should be abolished in Washington State.
PJALS is also planning a Death Penalty Fall Film Series and will be showing free films on the death penalty beginning Sept. 24 at the Gonzaga University School of Law.
Death Penalty Fall Film Series
- “Conviction,” 7 p.m., Sept. 24, GU Law School, free
- “Meeting with a Killer,” 7 p.m., Oct. 22, GU Law School, free
- “Into the Abyss,” 7 p.m., Nov. 26, TBA, free
For information visit www.pjals.org.