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Floridians Protest the Killing of Captive Prisoners
4th Execution Date for Marshall Gore – Tuesday, October 1 6PM ET
Florida continues the premeditated and unnecessary killing of captive prisoners. This is the fourth torturous time Gov. Scott has scheduled the obviously mentally ill Marshall Gore to be put to death by the People of the State of Florida for the 1988 killing of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick. The homicide of Marshall Gore is planned for Tuesday, October 1st at 6PM. We grieve with the family of the Susan Roark and Robyn Novick, and mourn their tragic deaths 25 years ago. Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and our allies call for simultaneous execution vigils/protests across the state at the time of executions. Each vigil group in Florida is independent and establishes its activities according to the needs, strategies and resources of its members. Details are often adjusted for each execution. For the most recent prisoner-killings, the following actions were planned. This page will be updated when another state homicide is scheduled. In the event that the next killing has very little lead time, contact the local organizers directly. ALL are welcome to participate at ANY protest and vigil If you do not see your area listed or would like to stage a local visibility action, please contact FADP for advice and materials at 727-215-9646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and our allies call for simultaneous execution vigils/protests across the state at the time of executions. Each vigil group in Florida is independent and establishes its activities according to the needs, strategies and resources of its members. Details are often adjusted for each execution. For the most recent prisoner-killings, the following actions were planned. This page will be updated when another state homicide is scheduled. In the event that the next killing has very little lead time, contact the local organizers directly.
ALL are welcome to participate at ANY protest and vigil
If you do not see your area listed or would like to stage a local visibility action, please contact FADP for advice and materials at 727-215-9646 or email@example.com.
PAX CHRISTI FLORIDA local groups are hosting and participating in execution vigils across the state. For more info, please visit their web site, http://paxchristiflorida.org
THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY:
Choose one, or all three if you can!
- Write letters and call Governor Rick Scott. Ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency to commute the death sentence of Marshall Goreto Life in Prison With No Possibility of Parole. Ask Gov. Scott to suspend ALL executions to conduct a thorough, balanced, and public investigation into Florida’s hugely-expensive government program for the Death Penalty that has wrongfully convicted and sentenced more people to death than any other state.
- Sign up to receive future action alerts and news from Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) at www.fadp.org/esubscribe.html.
- Forward this action to a friend (or five!) and have them contact Governor Scott too!
Gov. Rick Scott
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Note: Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates or feel free to communicate with the vigil/protest contacts listed. Please select your areaSAINT JOHNS COUNTY (SAINT AUGUSTINE)TAMPA BAY AREAFLAGLER COUNTY (BUNNELL)MOUNT DORAPANAMA CITYTALLAHASSEEPINELLAS COUNTYPALM BEACH GARDENSSARASOTA COUNTYMIAMIGAINESVILLE
Please select your area above to see specific information about protests/vigils There will be a Vigil during the execution of John Ferguson, Monday, August 5th in front of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall at the corner of A1A and 16th Street. Time: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Signs provided or bring your own. “We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing.” Contact Nancy O’Byrne at (904) 461-9216 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Spirit FM 90.5 WBVM Tampa will be praying on air Monday, August 5 beginning at 5:50 pm. Spirit FM is also available on the internet (www.spiritfm905.com). Contact: Sabrina Burton Schultz, (727) 344-1611, email@example.com. Stand with us in support of life and dignity within a peaceful vigil in front of the Flagler County
Courthouse. 5:00-6:00 P.M on Monday, August 5th, during the execution of John Ferguson. Join us at the Courthouse on 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bunnell. For information please contact Jackie Morelewicz by email Jackiem@cfl.rr.com or phone (386) 986-3146. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Hwy 441 South, Mount Dora will host a prayer service on Monday, August 5 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Bernard Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org. A holy hour will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Avenue, Panama City on Monday, August 5 at noon (CDST). Contact: (850) 763-1821, email@example.com or Peggy DeKeyser, Office of Communications, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, (850) 435-3528, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty will sponsor a community prayer vigil scheduled for Monday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and an interfaith Service of Remembrance in the Capitol Building Plaza Level Rotunda the day after the execution, Tuesday, August 6 at noon. Contact: Sheila Meehan, (850) 524-0080. email@example.com John Ferguson has been scheduled to be executed. John has been diagnosed many times with psychosis ad schizophrenia over the past 50 years. In spite of his profound mental illness and the fact that is unconstitutional, his execution has been scheduled. Please join us for our protest on Monday, August 5th at 5 PM on the corner of Ulmerton and 49th Street. Many Thanks, Peace, Anne (727) 796-6539. firstname.lastname@example.org
A prayer service will be held on Monday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, followed by a procession and silent vigil in front of the Cathedral from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Contact: Dianne Laubert, (561) 313-2280, email@example.com.
A prayer vigil will be held on Monday, August 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 425 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey (Sarasota County). Contact: Janine Marrone, (941) 497-4917. A prayer vigil will be recited following 11:45 a.m. Mass on August 5 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 9221 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores. Contact: Juan Di Prado, (305) 762-1046, firstname.lastname@example.org. CARPOOL TO PRISON VIGIL: Governor Scott is planning to execute John Ferguson at 6:00 PM this coming Mon, August 5. GCADP will have ONE carpool location, leaving at 4:30pm, from Gainesville: Parking lot of St Augustine’s Catholic Church & Student Center, 1738 W University Ave. Call George Diller, 352-332-9780 for more info (NOTE: The driver is not available for our second carpool location at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship)
Below is additional info from Mark Elliott with Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. You can contact FADP for at 727-215-9646 or email@example.com.
STARKE (Florida State Prison): STARKE (Florida State Prison): Join volunteers from around the state during the execution, across the highway from the Florida State Prison Death Chamber from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact John Linnehan at (904) 504-1004 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gather ACROSS from Florida State Prison starting by 5:00pm. Please bring signs if you have them.
DIRECTIONS to the Vigil/Protest across highway 16 from Florida State Prison:
· From East: SR-16, 8 miles West of Starke, go right (east) into entrance for New River Correctional Institution. FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.
· From North: (Macclenny) SR-121 south approximately 17 miles to SR-16 (before town of Raiford). Turn left onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. Turn left (east) into New River Correctional Institution. FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.
· From South: US-301 north approximately 35 miles north of Gainesville to Starke. Turn left (west) onto SR-16 (Raiford Road), go approximately 8 miles. Turn right (east) into New River Correctional Institution. FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.
· From West (Lake City): SR-100 approximately 23 miles to SR-121 (Lake Butler), turn left, go approximately 6 miles, just past town of Raiford, turn right (east) onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. Turn left (east) into New River Correctional Institution.
NOTES from FADP: Local speed limits strictly enforced. Florida State Prison is on the West side of the road. The designated protest area is on the East side of the road, with the entry road being opposite of the main entry to FSP and designated “New River Correctional Institution”
REGARDING BATHROOMS: Bathroom at SE corner of red brick bldg. is usually open. Sometimes there is a port-a-potty in the designated media area (about 150 yards west of the protest area), but it is not always there and they may decide not to allow protesters access to the media area. Just to the west of the prison (toward Starke) is a Circle K store with a bathroom available to customers. Stop there, if not in Raiford or Starke as you pass through one of those towns.
REGARDING SIGNS: We are unaware of any restrictions on the nature of signs. FADP recommends clear and concise messages, printed boldly, with high contrast between the text and the background. FADP will have some signs available.
ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS: Wear closed shoes and socks to protect yourself from the occasional presence of fire ants.
ALSO: Especially with high profile state killings, airport rules apply – be aware of what you bring and carry, and of your demeanor, and stay within the designated protest area or between that area and the adjacent parking area. You may wish to bring umbrellas (for sun or rain) and bottled water. FADP will help.
Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates or feel free to communicate with the deathwatch vigil contacts listed above.
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP)
2840 W. Bay Drive, #118
Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770