Submitted by Sarah on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:50.
The death penalty is in decline all over the world, not just here in the United States. In fact, 70% of the world’s countries have abandoned it in law or practice with 90 countries doing away with it since 1976.
So when EJUSA Campaign Strategist Colleen Cunningham got the invitation from the Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing to participate in the official launch of a new death penalty repeal organization in Uganda, she jumped at the chance to be a part of this growing international momentum.
The Journey of Hope is led by family members of murder victims. They conduct speaking tours highlighting the impact of the death penalty on those at its center – victims’ families, families of people on death row or who have been executed, exonerees, and other activists. Colleen provided logistical support to the Uganda speaking tour, helped launch a new website for Ugandans Against the Death Penalty, met with the Archbishop and other leaders in the Archdiocese of Kampala, and talked about the current state of the U.S. death penalty on a local Catholic radio show.