The Community of Sant'Egidio strongly believes that the death penalty is the denial of a universal right to life. The Community got involved in the campaign against the death penalty through a friendship with Texas death row inmate Dominique Green.
While the state of Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, Governor Mitt Romney has plans to reinstate it. Citizens of the state are also still subject to execution by the federal government.
Read more on the Community's actions around the world.
Read about Texas death row inmate Pablo Melendez.
|Sr. Helen Prejean spoke on her work against the death penalty. Rabbi Ruth Langer and Professor Steve Pope chaired a panel on the Christian and Jewish faiths, scripture, and the death penalty.|
|March 22-26, 2004|
|Signatures were collected for a petition calling for a moratorium on the federal death penalty. Milton Jones and Attorney David Ruhnke spoke against the death penalty.|
|April 7-11, 2003|
|Signatures for a petition calling for a worldwide moratorium were collected. Professor Alan Rogers, Lou Jones, Jamie Bissonnette, Tom Lowenstein, Kate Lowenstein, and Scott Langley spoke against the death penalty.|
|February 5, 2003|
|Judge Sheila Murphy, who represented Texas death row inmate Dominique Green, Tom Lowenstein, Paola Piscitelli, and Scott Langley explained why they stand against the death penalty.|
|April 23-25, 2002|
|The Community and the Harvard Catholic Students Association collected signatures on campus for a international moratorium on the death penalty.|
|April 16-18, 2002|
|The Community collected signatures on campus for a international moratorium on the death penalty.|
|April 24-26, 2001|
|The week began with a Prayer for Life on Death Row at Andover Chapel on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Kate Lowenstein of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation led a discussion. On Thursday, Claudio Betti of the Community of Sant'Egidio led a vigil dedicated to the international movement for a death penalty moratorium.|