A special appeal from Jeanette Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Stanley Howard. Please make an online contribution to the Costella Cannon Scholarship Fund today. All contributions made by Wednesday, November 8 will be acknowledged on the CEDP's convention program.
I'm reaching out to you today to ask you to help family members of death row prisoners and former prisoners attend the Campaign to End the Death Penalty's sixth annual convention, "Thirty Years is Enough: End the Death Penalty." Once a year, we have the opportunity to come together as a CEDP family here in Chicago where we learn from each other, we support each other and we get inspired to keep up the fight.
You see, about eight years ago my son, Stanley Howard, told me about the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and pushed me to get involved. So I started going to meetings with some of the other mothers, and I've been involved ever since. To this day, I'm grateful that we have the Campaign on our side. The Campaign means so much to me because when I thought that the doors were closing in on us, I heard that little voice inside my head saying 'Don't give up, fight for what you believe in.' The Campaign was the voice on the outside when my son's voice couldn't be heard from the inside.
That's why I'm asking you to make a donation to the Costella Cannon Scholarship Fund. Costella was one of the mothers that used to come to meetings with me. She fought for everyone on death row even after her son died of cancer while he was still on death row. She's gone now, but we set up this fund in her memory. This fund provides scholarships to family members and former prisoners to attend our annual covnention in Chicago. Please help us reach out to more family members by making a donation -- because we all need that little voice saying, 'Don't give up.'
Please make your online donation today. We've made it easy for you to contribute. Just clink on the following link.
As a mother, I thank you for your support and for believing in us.
mother of Stanley Howard and proud member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
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