Catherine Buchaniec is a graduate student studying journalism at Northwestern University in Washington, D.C.

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Death Penalty Protesters Want to ‘Break the Cycle of Violence'

by Catherine Buchaniec 01-18-2022

Abraham Bonowitz, director of Death Penalty Action, calls for Congress to pass legislation prohibiting the death penalty at the federal level in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2022. Catherine Buchaniec for Sojourners.

The Abolitionist Action Committee was marking the 45th anniversary of the first execution in the modern era: Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad on Jan. 17, 1977; he had been convicted of murdering two men in Utah in 1976, and the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty legal that same year.