Tennessee's March4Mercy

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32 Prisoners on Tennessee's death row have sent a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, inviting him to come to death row to pray with them. In August, 2019, the March4Mercy carried the prisoners' invitation to officials at the state capitol (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.

Action Opportunities

Highly visible direct action is anticipated on the weekend prior to every execution scheduled in Tennessee.  

The next march is tentatively set for November 29, 2020, the Sunday before the execution of Purvis Payne, scheduled for December 3rd. (We anticipate this execution will be stayed due to the pandemic, if not due to litigation by the Innocence Project.)

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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 12075.

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

Brian Gray

Harriet Tubman House

Rev. Napoleon Harris

Cheryl Jones

Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing

Stefanie Joyce

Rev. Dr Joseph Ingle

Art Laffin

Geoff Little

Bethany Mann

Dan Mann

Rev. Susan Hudson McBride

Michael McRay

No Exceptions Prison Collective

Marian Ott

Bill Pelke

Craig E. Philip

Jenny Pigge

Red Letter Christians

Rev. David Reppert

Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs

Wes Yoder

Wm Paul Young

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