Starvin' For Justice
You can change people's minds about the death penalty, but first you need to create a teachable moment. The ELLA Foundation is proud to sponsor Starvin’ for Justice this year in Washington from June 29th to July 2nd. The event promises to create teachable moments for the thousands of people who pass by the US Supreme Court every week.
Starving for Justice is an annual vigil held in front of the Supreme Court that attracts dialogue between ordinary people and advocates for repealing the death penalty. Participants hail from all over the country. Many have been on death row themselves. These death row exonorees would have been executed, but new evidence was discovered that proved their innocence of a crime they almost died for. Other participants are families of people waiting in death row.
Marilyn Shankle-Grant, an ELLA Foundation friend and client, is the mother of death row inmate Paul Storey. Paul was convicted of involvement in the robbery and murder of the manager of a miniature golf course in Texas. Paul was not the shooter, but he faces the death penalty for his crime. Texas can legally kill Paul even though a deciding juror publicly stated that he erred in voting to condemn Paul to death, and the parents of the murdered man have asked for Paul's life to be spared.
Judy and Glenn Cherry are the parents of Jonas Cherry, the young man who was murdered at the miniature golf course. They wrote to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles saying "Paul Marilyn Shankle-Grant’s execution will not bring our son back, will not atone for the loss of our son and will not bring comfort or closure." (source https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/node/6717) But Paul still remains subject to capital punishment.
Charity Lee, executive director of the ELLA Foudation, will be at Starving for Justice to share her thoughts and story. Charity's 13 year old son Paris was arrested for the murder of his 4 year old sister Ella. The murder was in 2007. A 2005 Supreme Court ruling (Roper v Simmons) made it unconstitutional to execute people for crimes they committed when they were less than 18. This Supreme Court case literally saved Paris's life. If not for the Supreme Court decision in 2005, Charity would have lost her 4 year old daughter to murder by her son Paris, and her 13 year old son to execution by the state.
The ELLA Foundation helps people affected by violence wherever it might occur. Foundation clients include victims and their families as well as the families of those who have committed acts of violence. It is an effort to use Empathy, Love, Lessons and Action (ELLA) to prevent acts of violence and to heal the pain that violence has caused.
The ELLA Foundation is proud to sponsor Starving for Justice as a way to foster dialogue and move our country towards policies that heal violence and restore justice and to move us away from policies that hurt far more than they help.
We invite all readers to join or at lest visit us in Washington, DC in front of the Supreme Court from tk to tk. Please join the ELLA foundation email list to be made aware of this and other opportunities to help stop violence in America through Empathy, Love, Lessons, and Action.