Walk protesting death penalty heads through East Bay

Protesters against the death penalty will begin the Contra Costa County leg of a 500-mile walk from San Diego to the state capitol today with a noon rally at the Contra Costa Superior Court in Richmond.

The event is one part of a walk that began Sept. 15 in Southern California and has continued with participants walking several days at atime and then staying in hotels and with friends to rest, according to organizers.

The protesters hope to encourage district attorneys to avoid seeking the death penalty. In a statement released by the organization, “When district attorneys pursue death sentences, the lengthy and complex legal proceedings not only perpetuate the suffering of the survivors, but also focus all the attention on the accused instead of the victims.”

Organizers from sponsoring groups, including Death Penalty Focus, Amnesty International, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, and the American Civil Liberties Union, estimate that between 10 and 15 people walk at a time during portions of the trip.

The walk will end at the state Capitol building in Sacramento. Organizers hope their efforts will grant them a meeting with State Attorney General Jerry Brown to discuss the end to capital punishment.

Walkers participating today will meet for a rally at noon at the Contra Costa Superior Court, at 100 37th St., Richmond.

— Bay City News

Just Posted

Faced with safety fears in Chinese community, Breed pins blame on Board of Supervisors

San Francisco’s Chinese community is deeply worried about crime, and Mayor London… Continue reading

Jurors replaced and deliberations set to begin again in Ghost Ship trial

Three jurors have been dismissed Monday in the trial of Ghost Ship… Continue reading

Suspect in Embarcadero attack surrenders to authorities on new allegations

Austin James Vincent has landed at the center of a battle over plans to build a homeless shelter

Rocks off! Rolling Stones sound great in Santa Clara

No Filter tour serves up classic hits

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill setting new standards for police use of force

Here’s how ‘Stephon Clark’s law’ sets California rules

Most Read