In 2011, Recorder Karen Yarbrough (then State Representative), helped make history by guiding Illinois’ death penalty abolition legislation from introduction into law. Her work has earned her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and recently, the first-ever Hugo Adam Bedau Visionary Leadership Award from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, which will be presented to her on October 20 in Washington, D.C.
Below is more information about the event from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty:
“We hope you’ll join the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in celebrating our 40th Anniversary and preparing to exponentially ramp up our 90 Million Strong Campaign!
In 40 years we’ve made a lot of progress. The tide of public opinion is definitely turning against the death penalty. It’s practically history in most places in the United States. To make it actual history, we need to ramp up our efforts to bring more powerful organizations to the struggle and train and support more citizen activists to organize and raise public awareness in their communities.
Save the Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Mott House
122 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
We will present, for the first time, the Hugo Adam Bedau Visionary Leadership Award, named for distinguished scholar, philosopher, national leader, and founding member of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
90 Million Strong co-chair Karen Yarbrough and sponsor of the Illinois death penalty repeal law will be presented with this very special award. Additional awardees will be announced.
As part of our celebration, jazz pianist Joel Forrester and his trio will be performing. Forrester is the composer of the theme for the NPR show Fresh Air with Terry Gross and is a mainstay on the jazz scene in New York and around the world.
And there are likely to be more surprises! You don’t want to miss this. Stay tuned. If you’re interested in joining the Host Committee, please contact Tamara Thompson at email@example.com, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.”