MCC Student Peace Group Sponsoring Death Penalty Forum

This press release tells of an April 8th meeting at McHenry County College on the death penalty sponsored by the McHenry County College Student Peach Action Network:


The McHenry County College Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) will host an informational seminar on

“Legal Murder: Exposing Flaws and Injustices in the Death Penalty”

at 7 p.m. April 8 in the college’s conference center.

The event will feature three speakers, including Jeremy Schroeder, executive director of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP) and Gary Gauger, a wrongfully convicted McHenry County resident and Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, member of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights.

Schroeder leads the fight to remove the death penalty from the Illinois Criminal Code. After 13 death row inmates were exonerated, former Governor Ryan declared a moratorium on executions.

Gary Gauger, an innocent victim of a failed system, will share his personal nightmare. He’s been interviewed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “60 Minutes,” 20/20,” “CNN,” “A&E Investigative Reports,” and “Court TV.” The acclaimed play, “The Exonerated,” includes Gary’s profile.

In the recently released book, “In Spite of the System,” Gary tells his harrowing story. A representative from Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights will explain why they oppose the death penalty and work for its global abolition.

The event is part of SPAN’s Current American Issues Information Seminar Series. SPAN is made up of students promoting peace nationally and locally through action and education.

The event is co-sponsored by The McHenry County Peace Coalition.

The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the MCC Student Activities Office at (815) 455-8772.

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