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Cities For Life: Cities Against the Death Penalty 2016

    Friday, November 25, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00

    Cities For Life: Cities Against the Death Penalty 2016

    Amnesty International Toronto’s 10th annual Cities For Life: Cities Against the Death Penalty event returns to St James Cathedral on November 25th, 2016.

    This is Canada’s largest annual anti-death penalty event.

    The event is being organized by the Amnesty International Group at the University of Toronto St George campus and the Amnesty International St James Cathedral Action Circle.

    Keynote speaker: Marina Nemat , human rights activist, author and former political prisoner in Iran

    Host : James Lockyer,  Director, Innocence Canada

    Guest SpeakerHamid Ghassemi-Shall (Canadian citizen released from death row in Evin Prison, Iran).

    There will be musical performances and a spoken word performance, as well as letter-writing actions and petitions to speak up for those currently facing execution and others affected by the death penalty.

    All are welcome and this event is free (donations will be accepted for Amnesty International).

    At the end of November 2016, over 2,000 cities around the world will speak in a common voice to demand an end to the death penalty. The movement began in 2002 in Tuscany, Italy and is a highlight of the year for many Toronto area Amnesty members. Toronto joined this movement in 2007 and has seen speakers such as human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam, political leaders Jack Layton, David Miller and Bob Rae the author of Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean. 

    This year, Cities for Life will be hosted by Amnesty International's student chapter at the University of Toronto. 

    The event will conclude with a final illumination at the front of the cathedral.

    For more details please contact Aubrey Harris, Coordinator, Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International Canada (ES):  

    For updated information please check regularly our Facebook event page: 

    We are grateful also to the Criminal Lawyers Association for their generous support of this event.

    WHERE: Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church Street (the cathedral is at the corner of King St E and Church St). Entrance is free and open to all.



    Cathedral Church of St. James
    65 Church St
    M5C 2E9 Toronto, Ontario