Wednesday, June 24, 2009

March Against Wrongful Convictions

The State of Texas has actively joined in efforts to clear wrongfully convicted persons by letting DNA evidence be examined to determine accuracy of the convictions in Dallas County. On June 27, it will participate in Freedom March held this year in honor of freeing wrongfully convicted prisoners. At the website, you can determine if your state has organized an event, and join in.

From the website:

Today, Freedom Marchers have a new agenda. It is awareness for wrongful convictions and an end to the archaic practice of putting our nation’s offenders to death. On June 27, 2009 at 10 am C.S.T., it is our dream to see every State Capitol in the nation filled with the cries of concerned citizens; a unified voice for freedom. The members of are organizing a nationwide March for to date, the response has been overwhelming. However, volunteers and coordinators are needed in every state in the nation to make this March for Freedom a success.

Shall we continue to lock away people who could possibly be innocent? Clearly, many of those who are in prison are mothers. How many children are being raised without a parent due to wrongful convictions? Shall we continue to put to death those who may have been wrongfully convicted? Nationwide coverage is needed to bring attention to this injustice. Ask yourself, as a society, are we to stand by, quietly thinking "someone else" will bring awareness to wrongful convictions?

Do your part to effect change for a better America. Volunteer! Don’t let another innocent person’s blood be spilled or years of a life stolen by a justice system that continues to put political agendas above the lives of our nation’s people.

On June 27, 2009 marchers will walk approximately one mile to their state capitols with signs containing statistics and the names of those who have been wrongfully convicted. Once marchers reach their capitol steps, there will be educational speeches and booths handing out information on wrongful convictions.

In its recent decision to keep DNA out of the hands of defense teams seeking to determine the accuracy of convictions, the Roberts' coathanger court offended the very principle of freedom. The Supremes should be a particular object of contempt for their offenses against our country and its most precious principles.

(h/t Talkleft)

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