Tuesday, October 18
Witness to Innocence
First UMC Family Life Center (northwest corner of 13th & Lavaca)- 7PM
The United Methodist Church and Witness to Innocence (www.witnesstoinnocence.org) are co-sponsoring death penalty events across the country in the next several months to engage communities in the debate about the death penalty in America. One of those events will take place right here in Austin on October18, at the First UMC Family Life Center. The featured speakers will be 3 or 4 death row exonerees, who will tell their stories and talk about their experiences in the criminal justice system in our country. Witness to Innocence is the only organization founded by and for exonerated death row survivors. Members of Witness to Innocence bring a powerful voice to the discussion about abolition like no one else can. This program represents an exciting new partnership between United Methodists and Witness to Innocence that can help the church transform and save lives. The speakers, all professionally trained storytellers, will share their journeys from death row to freedom and their take on the current state of the American criminal justice system. MFSA, First UMC, University UMC, and several Austin churches are cosponsoring the event. Anne Mund and Kathy Barrett are organizing the event. Light snacks will be served. The event is free and open to the public.