Campaign receives Ford grant

By: Marlene Martin

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is extremely proud to announce that it is a recipient of one of the Ford Foundation’s 2004 Leadership for a Changing World Awards. Out of nearly 1,000 groups, we were selected to receive this award to commend our efforts in fighting to abolish the death penalty. The award was given specifically in recognition of the work of four Campaigners in Illinois: Greta Holmes, Alice Kim, Noreen McNulty and Joan Parkin.

The awardees along with their guests--who included pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley--traveled to New York for an awards dinner that recognized all of this year’s recipients. The awardees also took part in a weeklong program of events that involved networking with other recipients, as well as strategizing and exchanging ideas for social change and activism in our various areas of work.

For the CEDP, this award will enable us to bring on a much needed full-time organizer--Alice Kim--as well as help bolster our resources for our struggle. This is a very important step forward for the Campaign to End the Death Penalty--and a wonderful way for us to begin our fight in the New Year. Onwards to abolition!