13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty

Working for alternatives to the death penalty
We’re excited to welcome author Mario Marazziti to California to discuss and sign his new book 13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty. He’ll be at events in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Please join us!APRIL 12, 3 pmHosted by Catholics Against the Death Penalty Southern California

USC Caruso Catholic Center
844 W. 30th Street
Los Angeles

Co-sponsored by USC Catholic Ministry, Pax Christi So Cal, Death Penalty Focus, JustFaith So Cal, Office of Restorative Justice – LA Archdiocese, St. Camillus Center, and California People of Faith Against the Death Penalty.

This event is free.

APRIL 13, 6:30 pm

Hosted by Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute

Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles

Panel discussion with legal and social issues experts and death penalty opponents including Stephen Rohde, vice president of Death Penalty Focus; Cesare Romano, International Human Rights Clinic founder and Professor of Law at Loyola Law School; Sarah Haley, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Sean Kennedy, Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California and Kaplan & Feldman Executive Director, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School.

To RSVP, visit http://conta.cc/1abLyxX

APRIL 14, 12:30 pm

Hosted by Book Passage

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco

Co-sponsored by Death Penalty Focus with an introduction by DPF Executive Director Matt Cherry and in conversation with William Petrocelli.

This event is free.

APRIL 15, 7:30 pm

Hosted by Death Penalty Focus Executive Director Matt Cherry

The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street

$12 advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1337463

Sponsored by KPFA Radio 94.1FM, with American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Amnesty International USA/SF, Death Penalty Focus and California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty


Nation states and communities throughout the world have reached certain decisions about capital punishment: It is the destruction of human life. It is ineffective as a deterrent for crime. It is an instrument the state uses to contain or eliminate its political adversaries. It is a tool of “justice” that disproportionality affects religious, social, and racial minorities. It is a sanction that cannot be fixed if unjustly applied.

Yet the United States—along with countries notorious for human rights abuse—remains an advocate for the death penalty. In these thirteen pieces, Mario Marazziti exposes the profound inhumanity and irrationality of the death penalty in this country, and urges us to join virtually every other industrialized democracy in rendering capital punishment an abandoned practice belonging to a crueler time in human history. A polemical book, yes, yet one that brings together a wide range of stories to compel the heart as well the mind.


Mario Marazziti co-founded the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 2002. He is the longtime spokesperson for the Community of Sant’Egidio, a progressive Catholic NGO based in Rome, in Trastevere. In 2012 he was elected to the lower house of the Italian parliament, where he pursues a broad human-rights portfolio. He lives in Rome.

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