Rick Halperin Arrested for fight for Human Rights: 7 Protesters Arrested at US Supreme Court 
January 19, 2002

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Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2002 5:57 AM Subject: Arrested for fight for Human Rights: 7 Protesters Arrested at US Supreme Court In case you are wondering why we have not been receiving any mail from Rick Halperin (IBF Human Rights Directorate), this is why:

*************************************************** 7 Protesters Arrested at US Supreme Court Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 12:58:24 -0800


** 7 PROTESTERS ARRESTED ON STEPS OF U.S. SUPREME COURT ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXECUTIONS IN THE U.S.** January 17th, 2002 - Seven protesters were arrested on Thursday after unfurling a 30-foot banner on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on the 25th anniversary of the resumption of executions in the United States.

On January 17th, 1977, the State of Utah executed Gary Gilmore by firing squad after Gilmore declined to pursue his appeals. Since executions were allowed to resume, 752 people have been executed in the United States, with six more executions scheduled by the end of this month alone.

On Thursday, members of the Abolitionist Action Committee called for a halt to executions. "How many more will be killed before the United States recognizes the death penalty for the fiscally irresponsible and flawed public policy that it is?" said Abe Bonowitz, a Florida resident and one of the seven individuals arrested.

"In the 25 years since Gary Gilmore was executed, numerous countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice," said Pam Dyer, a resident of Canada who lives just outside of Montreal. "America has executed 752 human beings. It is enough."

In addition to Bonowitz and Dyer, the other five people arrested were Peggy Connally of Paradise, Texas; Daniel Giffin of Boston; Rick Halperin of Dallas, Texas; Scott Langley of Boston; and Ron Kaz of Charleston, South Carolina.

Peggy Connally, who teaches government, said she tells her students that when all other avenues of protest are closed, civil disobedience is one option for airing views that do not reflect majority opinion. "This is an unpopular opinion, but so was opposition to slavery and support for the right to vote," she said. "You never have to protect majority rights. Majority rights are always protected." Scott Langley, a Catholic worker in Boston, said he is 25 years old "and almost my whole life the country has been executing people. I can no longer sit by passively as the machine of death violates our fundamental rights as human beings. The moral absurdity of the death penalty is great and unendurable. Let us not have such a machine any longer." Daniel Giffin, also of Boston, said the death penalty in the United States has "infected our country with violence and degraded our sense of humanity. The death penalty is barbaric and an insult to our country. I can't bear to keep quiet."

The protesters were arrested after unfurling a 30-foot-long banner that read STOP EXECUTIONS." Immediately after the banner was unfurled, Supreme Court police rushed the protesters and ripped the banner from their hands. The seven are expected to be released from custody on Thursday afternoon or evening. For more information about Thursday's protest, please visit: www.abolition.org

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