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The Long Walk to Abolish the Death Penalty


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Denis Paul, Reverend Kathy McAdams and Susan Witka.  Source: Sarah Olson

Denis Paul, Reverend Kathy McAdams and Susan Witka. Source: Sarah Olson

Opposition to the death penalty comes in many forms, but few individuals express their opposition as fervently as a group of California religious leaders who walk – rain or shine – 25 miles for every state held execution. This time they walk for Michael Morales and Terry Winchell. Morales was convicted of raping and murdering 18-year-old Winchell in 1983.

On this edition, Making Contact‘s Sarah Olson takes us on this 25-mile journey on a cool, sunny day on February 20th. The walk begins near the Presidio in San Francisco… crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge… winding through Marin County… and ending up at the gates of San Quentin prison. It’s a walk of protest, peace, and compassion.


Lyle Grosjean, Retired Episcopal priest from the diocese of California; Mark Mitchell, poet, writer and wine merchant; Denis Paul, Unitarian Universalists ministry student; Reverend Kathy McAdams; Mary Lindauer, Warren Youtee and Kathleen Bergie, Seniors for Peace; Christopher Craethnenn, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley; Ruth Enero, rape survivor; Reverend Christopher Martin, Joan Peterson and Chuck Carleson, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio.
Making Contact correspondent: Sarah Olson.

For more information:

Walk for Abolition of the Death Penalty
Rev. Lyle Grosjean

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – San Rafael, CA

Mill Valley Seniors for Peace – Mill Valley, CA

ACLU of Northern California – San Francisco, CA

Death Penalty page

Michael Morales Web page

Death Penalty Information Center – Washington, DC

Death Penalty Focus – San Francisco, CA

Campaign to End the Death Penalty – Chicago, IL

Author: Radio Project

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