DIGITAL FREEDOM NETWORK: Human rights and cyber-rights news DFN Hosts Online Meetings with Anti-Death Penalty Activist Ajamu Baraka and Dead Man Walking Author Sr. Helen Prejean Leaders in the Fight Against the Death Penalty to Discuss the Current State of the Abolition and Moratorium Movements DFN CHAT DFN's chat with Sr. Helen Prejean will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM NY time (5:00-6:00 PM GMT). DFN's chat with Sr. Helen Prejean will take place on Wednesday, March 27 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM NY time (8:00-9:00 PM GMT). Both chats will take place at http://dfn.org/chat. (March 18, 2002) In conjunction with Amnesty International's two-week online event focused on stopping the death penalty, the Digital Freedom Network (DFN) will host online meetings with Ajamu Baraka and Sr. Helen Prejean. The online meetings, which free and open to the public, will take place on DFN's Web site at <http://dfn.org/chat>. No registration is required. Anyone may attend the moderated forums and post questions to the guests. The chats will be in English. Currently the director of Amnesty International USA's Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Baraka has worked for 15 years to abolish the death penalty. Last year, Mr. Baraka received the Abolitionist of the Year Award from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He will discuss the current state of the death penalty and why it should be abolished on Thursday, March 21, 2002 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM New York Time (5:00-6:00 PM GMT). To give an additional perspective on the issue and in honor of women working in the field of human rights, Sr. Helen will talk about her work with the Moratorium Campaign on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM New York Time (8:00-9:00 PM GMT). Sister Helen, a native of Louisiana, has been part of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille for 45 years. In 1981, she began her prison ministry and became the spiritual advisor to accused murderer and death row inmate Patrick Sonnier. Her meetings with Sonnier opened her eyes to the issues surrounding the death penalty and prompted her to write about her experiences counseling prisoners awaiting execution in her 1994 bestseller, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The book was made into a major motion picture in 1996 starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. She is the Honorary Chairperson of Moratorium 2000, a group gathering signatures for a national moratorium on the death penalty. The online meeting will be accessible to anyone running a Java-enabled Web browser or an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client application. Those unable to attend the chats can submit questions in advance to Mr. Baraka or Sister Helen using our Web form. More information on Amnesty International USA's online event can be found at http://www.amnestyusa.org/abolish/onlineevent.html. The Digital Freedom Network (DFN) is an international organization that develops and promotes the use of Internet technology for human rights activism. DFN designs online campaigns, makes technical information more readily available to activists, and provides an online voice to those attacked for expressing themselves. DFN's web site is http://dfn.org. Copyright (c) 2002 Digital Freedom Network (http://dfn.org). All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced or redistributed for online not-for-profit use without prior written consent as long as DFN is recognized with this credit. For information about DFN's permissions policy, see <http://dfn.org/about/permissions.htm>. ========== HURIDOCS-Tech listserv ========== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/huridocs-tech/markup/maillist.php To subscribe to the list, send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the following text in the message: subscribe huridocs-tech To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to <email@example.com>, with the following text in the message: unsubscribe huridocs-tech If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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