Tennessee’s March4Mercy

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32 Prisoners on Tennessee’s death row have signed and sent a simple letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, inviting him to come to death row to pray with them. As of August 15th, Governor Lee has not accepted the invitation.

On August 10, 2019, the March4Mercy carried the prisoner’s invitation to the state capitol and on August 12, 2019, presented the letter to Mr. Don Johnson, the Governor’s representative, who promised to make sure the letter would be seen by Governor Lee that day. See video here. To-date, no response has been received from Governor Lee.

The March4Mercy is not case-specific and will continue in various forms as long as executions are scheduled in Tennessee, with an action event focus scheduled as appropriate prior to any scheduled execution.

Sign Up to Participate

Until further notice, highly visible direct action is anticipated on the weekend prior to every execution scheduled in Tennessee. To receive updates on plans as they develop, please sign up here.

Also: Text March4Mercy to 33777 to join the March4Mercy text update list!

Get the Postcards

The March4Mercy will update the action postcard after each execution until further notice. Individuals and communities of faith and other groups are urged to order a set, add your own encouragement and to personally sign and mail the postcards to Governor Lee in the postal mail. Click here to order 10, 25, 50 or more FREE of charge for your community to sign and send!

Support the March4Mercy

Your financial support is encouraged. Please contribute generously to help cover the costs of planning, organizing and implementing this ongoing action. Online donations (including PayPal) can be made here. You may also send checks or money orders by mail to our administrative facility: Make checks payable to “Death Penalty Action” with “March4Mercy” in the memo line and mail to PO Box 89, Ghent, NY.

Endorsing Organizations & Individuals

(Individuals listed alphabetically by last name. Add your name by sending an e-mail to info@DeathPenaltyAction.org)

Rev. Jeannie Alexander

Rev. Keith Caldwell, President Nashville NAACP

Shane Claiborne of Red Letter Christians

Maggie Cox

Naomi Drake

Steve Earle

Franklin Community Church

Franklin Community Development 

Harriet Tubman House

Rev. Napoleon Harris

Cheryl Jones

Stefanie Joyce

Rev. Dr Joseph Ingle

Geoff Little

Bethany Mann 

Dan Mann

Rev. Susan Hudson McBride 

Michael McRay

No Exceptions Prison Collective

Marian Ott

Craig E. Philip

Jenny Pigge

Red Letter Christians

Rev. David Reppert

Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs

Wes Yoder

Wm Paul Young

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Text March4Mercy to 33777 to join the March4Mercy text update list!


This is a Tennessee-based initiative. Logistics and organizing support for the March4Mercy is provided by Death Penalty Action.