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For Whom the Bells Toll is a program coordinated by People of Faith Against the Death Penalty to encourage congregations to ring their bells at 6:00 pm for two minutes on the day of an execution in the United States.

To view a current schedule of upcoming executions, please click here.

If bells are not available, a banner can instead be displayed on the day of an execution. We encourage faith communities to share the meaning of tolling their bells in an effort to educate members of their faith community and local media.

Participants in For Whom the Bells Toll join an email list and will receive regular updates about approaching executions in the United States. PFADP can assist with ways to inform the congregation’s broader community about the purpose of the bell ringing.

How to get involved:

If you would like more information about For Whom the Bells Toll please contact Amanda Lattanzio at amanda (at) pfadp (dot) org or 919.933.7567.

Or you can sign-up directly by following this link: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/signUp.jsp?key=5043

The history of the program:

The idea of ringing bells on the day of an execution was developed when Bishop Walter Sullivan of Richmond, Virginia heard about Jaime Cardinal Sin of the Philippines encouraging Catholic churches in the Philippines to toll their bells in response to the execution of a Filipino citizen. Starting on November 9, 1999, Bishop Sullivan encouraged all churches in his diocese to toll their bells on the evening of every execution until the death penalty was abolished in the United States.

Sister Dorothy (Dot) Briggs founded the national program that we know today and PFADP assumed responsibility of the program in 2009. Before PFADP adopted the program, For Whom the Bells Toll was a program of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE).

The history of tolling bells:

The tolling bells will be a reminder to all who hear them that all of us are diminished by continuing acts of state-sponsored murder. The churches, monasteries, abbeys, temples and synagogues that join in this effort will go a long way toward stopping the death penalty in this country. The campaign will continue until the death penalty is abolished in this country.

Throughout history, bells have been used to warn people of dangers such as marauders or approaching storms. They have been used to celebrate happy occasions such as weddings and to mark sorrowful occasions such as deaths.

Bells have been tolled to gather village residents for meetings. In 1945, many church bells tolled to announce the end of World War II.

How to help:

If your place of worship has a bell:
• On the date of an execution, toll the bells at 6:00 p.m. for 2 minutes.

If your place of worship does not have a bell:
• Hang a black drape outside the doors of the building on the day of the execution.
• *Hang our banner either inside or outside your place of worship.
• Tie black ribbons on poles outside the building.
*Banners will be coming soon.

Whether there is a bell or not:
• Include information in your bulletin.
• Encourage others to join the campaign.
• Conduct a prayer vigil or period of silence for the person being executed, the victim(s), and the families of both.
• Explain your activities to local media.
If you need help or advice with anything, do not hesitate to contact us. You can email Amanda Lattanzio at amanda (at) pfadp (dot) org or call 919.933.7567.

If you have not signed up yet to join For Whom the Bells Toll, please do so by following this link: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/signUp.jsp?key=5043

The current execution schedule is as follows:

Last updated July 12, 2013


2013



JULY

15 - Georgia
Warren Hill is scheduled to be killed by the people of Georgia for the murder of Joseph Handspike. He was also convicted of murdering Myra Wright.

16 - Texas
John Quintanilla, Jr. is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for his role in the murder of Victor Billings.

18 - Texas
Vaughn Ross is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for the murders of Viola Ross McVade and Douglas Birdsall.

25 - Alabama
Andrew Lackey is scheduled to be killed by the people of Alabama for the murder of Charles Newman.

31 - Texas
Douglas Feldman is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for the murders of Nicholas Velasquez and Robert Everett.


AUGUST

7 - Ohio
Billy Slagle is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Mari Anne Pope.


SEPTEMBER

10 - Oklahoma
Anthony Banks is scheduled to be killed by the people of Oklahoma for his role in the murder of Sun "Kim" Travis. He was also convicted of killing David Fremin.

19 - Texas
Robert Garza is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for the murders of Maria De La Luz Bazaldua Cobarrubias, Danitzene Lizeth Vasquez Beltran, Celina Linares Sanchez and Lourdes Yesenia Araujo Torres. Mr. Garza was also involved in the murders of rival gang members Jimmy Edward Almendariz, Jerry Eugene Hidalgo, Ray Hidalgo, Juan Delgado Jr., Juan Delgado III, and Ruben Rolando Castillo.

25 - Ohio
Harry Mitts, Jr. is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murders of John Bryant and Sergeant Dennis Glivar.

26 - Texas
Arturo Diaz is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for his role in the murder of Michael Ryan Nichols.


OCTOBER

9 - Texas
Michael Yowell is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for the murder of Johnny and Carol Yowell.


NOVEMBER

12 - Texas
Jamie McCoskey is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for the murder of Michael Dwyer.

14 - Ohio
Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Sheila Marie Evans.


2014


January

15 - Texas
Rigoberto Avila, Jr. is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas for the murder of Nicholas Macias.

16 - Ohio
Dennis McGuire is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Joy Stewart.


MARCH

19 - Ohio
Gregory Lott is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of John McGrath.


MAY

28 - Ohio
Arthur Tyler is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Sander Leach.


AUGUST

4 - Ohio
William Montgomery is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murders of Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher.


OCTOBER

15 - Ohio
Raymond Tibbetts is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murders of Judith Sue Crawford and Fred Hicks.


2015


JANUARY

7 - Ohio
Warren Henness is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Richard Myers.


MARCH

12 - Ohio
Robert Van Hook is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of David Self.


MAY

14 - Ohio
Jeffrey Wogenstahl is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Amber Garrett.


JULY

15 - Ohio
Alva Campbell is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for the murder of Charles Dials.


SEPTEMBER

17 - Ohio
Angelo Fears is scheduled to be killed by the people of Ohio for his role in the murder of Antwan Gilliam.


CONTACT


ALABAMA
Governor Robert Bentley
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OHIO
Governor John Kasich
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Fax: (614) 466-9354
Web form: http://governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

OKLAHOMA
Governor Mary Fallin
State Capitol Building
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Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-2342
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TEXAS
Governor Rick Perry
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
Citizen's Opinion Hotline: 1 (800) 252-9600 [for Texas callers]
Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782 [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]
Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000 [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]
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