Host a screening of “At the Death House Door”

March 22, 2008

Abolitionists!

This May, those of us seeking to end the death penalty will have an exciting film that will allow us further to explore the implications of capital punishment. From award-winning directors of Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and Peter Gilbert(“Vietnam: Long Time Coming”, “At the Death House Door” is a personal and intimate look at the death penalty in the state of Texas through the eyes of Pastor Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville. During Pickett’s remarkable career journey, he presided over 95 executions, including the world’s first lethal injection. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of his trip to the death chamber.

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The film also focuses on the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict Pickett counseled and whose execution troubled Pickett more than any other. He firmly believed De Luna was innocent, and the film tracks the investigative efforts of a team of Chicago Tribune reporters who have turned up evidence that strongly suggests he was.

New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty will be giving FREE screenings and discussions of the film before it is released to the general public in May.

***SO, GET INVOLVED AND HOST A FILM SCREENING!*** This is a great way to get people talking and to encourage action. Whether your group has five people or fifty, a personal group of friends or an organized social or faith group, we can provide you with the tools to make the screening a great experience.

HOW? Contact me at Colleen.Eren@yahoo.com, or call 516 849 2363, let me know your ideas and possible venues.

In peace and solidarity,
Colleen Eren

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