Scott Langley is an experienced grassroots organizer on a number of human rights and social justice issues, having primarily focused on the death penalty since 1999. Educated in Texas as a sociologist with an emphasis on criminology and social movements, he moved to Boston after college and volunteered with Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty (MCADP), Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), and Amnesty International USA on mobilizing against death penalty reinstatement legislation, federal death penalty trials in Massachusetts and federal executions in Indiana.
From there, he went to North Carolina in 2004 where he and his wife co-founded the Raleigh Catholic Worker Hospitality House – a support center for families of death row prisoners. There in North Carolina, Scott was a part of the North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium – representing a number of grassroots groups in that legislative effort. Also since 2004, Scott has served as an Amnesty International USA State Death Penalty Coordinator, first for North Carolina and Massachusetts, and now New York State. He also recently served as chair of the board of directors for Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing. Scott currently is lead organizer for the Abolitionist Action Committee – organizing public visibility and direct actions in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Throughout his death penalty organizing work, direct action has been a major part of his efforts. He has extensive experience in planning and carrying actions to resist various U.S. government human rights violations (including, but not limited to, the death penalty, war, and torture) – having been arrested numerous times for non-violent, peaceful protest.
Scott is most notably known for his educational and artistic work on the issue as a trained photojournalist, having documented the death penalty for the last 20 years as part of a long-term project that has been exhibited around the world, and was recently reported on by the BBC and NPR (see www.deathpenaltyphoto.org). Scott currently travels regularly within the U.S. to speak about capital punishment and about his documentary photography project. He is based in upstate New York, and lives with his wife and three children.