Ten Years Ago This Week…

Ten years ago on Monday, I woke up and pinched myself. “Did we really just abolish the death penalty?”

I served as the Field Manager and a member of the Executive Committee for New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Ten years ago this week, New Jersey became the first state to legislatively repeal its death penalty since 1964. It’s such a thrill when they pass your bill — especially after you and many others worked so hard to make it happen!

Sunday, December 17th, is the anniversary of the date that Governor Corzine signed the bill. The Colosseum in Rome was lit up to celebrate this important declaration — that “life is stronger than death” — as Sr. Helen Prejean said at the bill signing ceremony.

Click Here to see a short video compiled from the clips I made on my little hand-held camera ten years ago this week.

  • Relive the amazing final vote on the tally board in the New Jersey Assembly, and the hugs and hand shakes that followed.
  • See the bill signing and Sr. Helen’s powerful remarks celebrating the people — every day people like you and me — who got the job done.
  • AND… learn how YOU can get one of the few remaining commemorative posters that were made to celebrate the victory.

There’s also information about the special celebration set for Sunday in New Jersey. I’m going, and I hope you will buy a ticket and join me there — This Sunday, Dec. 17 — in Newark.

All of the information is here: DeathPenaltyAction.org/NJAnniversary

We’ve come a long way since 2007, and the job is not quite done. When we celebrate our victories along the way on the road to abolition, we recommit ourselves to our ultimate goal — ending executions. Congratulations New Jersey!

Yours in the Struggle,

— abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz, Co-Director


PS: One other way to get the poster that’s not listed on the web page. While they last, when you sign up as a monthly sustainer with Death Penalty Action with your recurring investment of $5/month or more, We’ll send you one of the few remaining posters celebrating the NJ Victory. Click here and check the box at the bottom of the form. Thank you!