Thousands of people are on death row in the USA. The death sentence is barbaric. More and more countries are abolishing it. The US however has more people in prisons than ever before (1.6 million) and is the last major industrialised nation to still put people to death. The electric chair, poison injection, firing squad and gallows are used disproportionately against black and poor people.
In May this year Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin, US anarchist and ex-Black Panther, spoke in Dublin on behalf of the Ad-hoc Coalition against Racism & the Death Penalty. He spent 17 years as a political prisoner in the USA and explained "the death penalty is an instrument of racial oppression and class injustice. No rich man has ever been executed in this country in a capital case, no matter how many workers he has killed. In addition, very few whites [even Klan members] have been put to death for the murder of a black person; and yet racial "minorities" are disproportionately represented on death rows nationwide."
In the US over 50 organisations are making July 4th a day of action demanding an across the board moratorium on all death penalties as the first step to abolition of the death penalty. Several organisations and individuals including the WSM are picketing the US Embassy on July 4th in solidarity with their demand. Similar protests are also taking place in the U. S, Canada, France, Belgium, Netherlands, England and Scotland. The US government are sensitive to their image abroad and support from people around the world will be of vital assistance to those who are campaigning for a moratorium. Join the picket of the embassy on July 4th and let your voice be heard
Workers Solidarity Movement, PO Box 1528,Dublin 8, Ireland