Voices for Death Row Inmates Banner of Hope

Voices for Death Row inmates got together with London artist Carrie Riechadrt and came up with the idea of a Hankies for Hope banner ... this banner is made from cotton hankies .. hankies being something we wipe tears of sadness away with. During the time the death penalty was in practice in the United Kingdom, the judge when passing a death sentence would place a black hankie on his head as he did so .
Each hankie represents a soul , a soul awaiting their fate or already executed . The name, prison ID number and State is written on the hankie. There are also birds flying free. Bird cages ,hearts , angels , candl
es , leaves and flowers painted onto the banner, again all symbolic.
They have been stitched together with orange ribbons between each one , orange being the colour of oppression and the colour of the jumpsuit a death row inmate wears when being moved from one place to another ... so this banner is very symbolic in everyway
This banner has grown over the last few months …but we want people to add the names of their loved ones and pen pals to the Banner of Hope.

If you would like to add a name of an inmate who has been executed or is on death row please contact us via our facebook page or via our website
Below see our Banner of Hope SO FAR!! More names will be added soon

The Banner of Hope So far


Friday, 18 January 2013

Honour Dr King and Say NO to the Death Penalty

Last year this great group marched or rode with the Abolition Movement in the MLK Parade. We handed out flyers, talked on the mic and honored Clarence Brandley who lost ten years of his life to the racist justice system in Montgomery County.
It still exists today. Montgomery County is still trying to execute innocent men. This time it is Larry Swearingen and he has an execution date for February 27. Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial. We must stop it!
We invite you to join us this Monday at 9AM a couple of blocks east of Minute Maid Park on Texas Avenue near Chartres or St. Emanuel.
Call 713-503-2633 if you can't find us. Dress in layers as it will warm up to 66 degrees Monday and bring a snack. We will have water.
"As one whose husband and mother-in-law have both died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder." -- Coretta Scott King

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