This is a community project which is all about holding a vigil outside the US Embassy in London each time a condemned inmate is executed and put to death.
We meet around 5.30pm on the day of the execution outside the US Embassy in Nine Elms Lane, London. The nearest bus stop is the US Embassy in Nine Elms, which is two bus stops away from Vauxhall tube. We cross the road to some public space across the road which is visible to everyone in the US Embassy and Consulate.
A typical vigil lasts for around 2 hours.
We do this for the loved ones and relatives of the prisoner who is to be executed, the ones who never committed the crime, but who stand to lose a father, a son, an uncle, a mother, a daughter, a partner, on some execution gurney in some US prison. We stand in vigil for them. We bring candles. We hold up signs and placards. We take photos. We then post those photos on social media as part of the London Vigil project and a statement of our opposition to the death penalty and capital punishment.
We are not here to debate capital punishment or discuss crimes, guilt or innocence, or whatever. We leave that to the lawyers. We are here as a show of empathy and support for the families and friends of those who are incarcerated on Death Row in the United States.