Democrats, We Won't Be Silent!

By: Michal Myers

As we went to press, California anti-death penalty activists were busy protesting outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in mid-August. While pro-death penalty candidate Al Gore received his party's nomination inside, demonstrators outside called for an end to all executions.

At the main demonstration on August 14, abolition of the death penalty was a key demand. Campaign members also joined two other protests - one for Mumia Abu-Jamal and one to protest the abuses of the criminal injustice system.

The Democrats are the party that severely limited death row appeals in 1996, and they stand firmly in the pro-death penalty camp. We abolitionists have to let them know that we won't remain silent!