Sunday, August 13, 2006

Upcoming Vigils for Sammy

Vigils & Prayer Services Planned for
Scheduled Execution of Sammy Flippen

From People of Faith Against the Death Penalty

On Aug. 18, North Carolina plans to execute Samuel “Sammy” Flippen for the 1994 death of his two-year old step-daughter, Britnie Hutton.

North Carolinians around the state are preparing prayer services and vigils to say that the state does not kill in their names.

Please let us know if your event is not listed, or if you need help planning a service or vigil. Call PFADP at (919) 933-7567 or e-mail for more information on these events.

Vigils and services as as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 17

The Western North Carolina chapter of PFADP will hold a vigil at the Vance Monument in Asheville from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Monika Wengler, (828) 658-9442.

The Gaston Coalition for a Moratorium Now will sponsor a vigil in front of Belmont City Hall, 115 N. Main St., 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. The meeting may be followed by a short meeting of the coalition in a nearby restaurant. Contact George Burazer, (704) 822-6350.

There will be a prayer service in the Chapel of the Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Patty Hanneman, Community Church intern minister will lead the service. Tom Loflin, a member of Sammy Flippen’s defense team; retired UNC Law Professor Dan Pollitt, and the Rev. Charles Howe, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and an activist in the death penalty abolition movement, will speak. The Newman Center is located at 218 Pittsboro St.; parking is available behind the building.

There will be a vigil at Marshall Park, located between Second and Third streets in downtown Charlotte at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Trish Pegram at (704) 522-7733, ext. 2.

The Catawba Valley Chapter of PFADP will hold a prayer meeting at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, Newton. For more information, call Rebecca Inglefield at if you have any questions at (828) 324-8845. There will be a brief meeting of the chapter after the service. All are invited.

There will be a prayer service at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, at 7:30 p.m. After the service, participants will process with candlelight to Central Prison for a vigil that is expected to last until about 2:30 a.m. However, participants are welcome to come and go as needed.

There will be a vigil in the Weaverville town square, where Merrimon Avenue meets Main Street, 7-8 p.m. Contact Greg Yost, (828) 680-9415