For Immediate Release: Contact: Rose Caldwell
March 18, 2010 210.355.4322 |SDPTruth@Gmail.com
San Antonio’s 1st Intercollegiate Protest for Death Penalty Truth
San Antonio, Texas – On Friday, March 26, 2010, “Students for Death Penalty Truth” will stage a mass intercollegiate protest against the death penalty. San Antonio-area students from UTSA, Incarnate Word, Trinity, St. Mary’s, and Our Lady of the Lake will all unite to be a voice for the 450 people who have been executed in Texas since 1982. The protest’s aim is to inform the public about the horrible disparities seen with the death penalty and to promote repeal. Texas has executed over 450 people, accounting for over 40% of those executed in the U.S. The protest will also raise awareness of such key issues as capital sentencing cost, deterrence and racial prejudice. Also, most importantly, this protest will focus on the numerous cases, like that of Cameron Todd Willingham, that have shown compelling evidence that Texas has already executed innocent people.
At this event, each student will read the last statement of an executed Texas inmate from a microphone at Main Plaza. After reading the statement, the student will then solemnly proceed to lie down on the ground. Then the next student will read a last statement and lie down, and the next, etc. The protest should last about an hour.
Students from every university in San Antonio, TX plan to participate in this event. A short press conference will take place approximately 15 minutes before the formal program begins to discuss the protest’s purpose and intention.
WHO: San Antonio, Texas- Students for Death Penalty Truth
WHAT: Intercollegiate Protest Against the Death Penalty in Texas
WHEN: Friday, March 26th at 5pm (press conference at 4:45)
WHERE: Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205