Tennessee's March4Mercy


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.

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

The next march will be set for the Sunday before the next scheduled Tennessee execution. Executions in Tennessee have recently been stayed due to the pandemic.

To receive updates on plans as they develop, please sign up here. Additionally, 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 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
Craig E. Philip
Jenny Pigge
Red Letter Christians
Rev. David Reppert
Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs
Wes Yoder
Wm Paul Young

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.