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"The answer is love and compassion for all humanity."

The Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing will be in Ohio from October 11 to October 20, 2019.

The Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing is led by murder victims' family members who share their experiences to convey that the death penalty has nothing to do with the healing that these families need and deserve. The Ohio Journey is taking place at exactly the time when policy makers and the public are having serious discussions about this difficult issue in Ohio. Journey speakers can help your community shape that conversation.

Journey "storytellers" come from all walks of life and represent the full spectrum and diversity of faith, color and economic situation. We recount our tragedies and struggles to heal as a way of opening dialogue on the death penalty in schools, colleges, churches and other venues, changing hearts and minds. Request a Journey speaking team for your community by completing this form.

Ohio Journey of Hope Schedule

Oct. 11, 7pm: An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean in partnership with Gramercy Books.

Oct 12, 9am to 4pm: Cast No Stones: Standing With Victims to End Executions in Ohio - a day-long conference featuring Sr. Helen Prejean, Shane Claiborne, Rev. Sharon Risher, Dr. Chris Brown, Bill Pelke, Kwame Ajamu, and others.

Oct 12, 7pm to 10pm: The Ohio Journey of Hope Leadership Awards Gala honoring Attorney Adele Shank, Prof. Marge Koosed, Kevin Werner, Chris Keith, Bill Pelke, Witness to Innocence, and others.

Oct 13, AM: Journey speakers in communities of faith throughout Central Ohio (Invite a speaker here.)

Oct 13, 4-6pm: Traveling Mercies: A Journey of Hope Send Off featuring Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. Hosted by Bishop Donald J. Washington at Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church.

Oct 14 - 20: Journey of Hope speakers and volunteers in our communities across the state of Ohio. Bring a Journey speaking team to your community by completing this form.

Supporting Victim Family Members

The Journey of Hope believes in a consistent standard provision of support for the families of homicide victims across all of Ohio's 88 counties, in addition to ending Ohio's Death Penalty. Currently, there is no set minimum standard protocol of available support for murder victim family members, and many families are left without support or answers. The Ohioans to Stop Executions Murder Victim Family Services Project has published a list of recommendations, which if implemented into a statewide minimum standard protocol, would make a significant difference in the healing process of many families of murder victims in Ohio.

The Journey of Hope believes that executions do nothing to stop the pain or heal the loss of a loved one to homicide. We can be safe from dangerous individuals and hold them accountable to their actions without executions. Together, we can heal our communities and end the death penalty in Ohio forever.


Abolitionist Action Committee

Catholic Conference of Ohio

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Death Penalty Action

Equal Justice USA

Faith in Public Life – Ohio

Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center

Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Ohio Council of Churches

Ohio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Ohioans to Stop Executions

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio

Witness to Innocence

To add your organizations' name as an endorsing and supporting organization, and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@journeyofhope.org.

Proceeds support the Ohio Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing and the ongoing public education efforts of Ohioans to Stop Executions and the Ohio Council of Churches. All contributions are deliverable to the Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing, a 501c3 organization. EIN # 35 2022766. Letters will be provided indicating charitable contributions less the value of anything received.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us at info@DeathPenaltyAction.org and 800-973-6548 or 561-371-5204 (text messages accepted).