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EXHIBITION Debut June 4 | Dead Wrong: International Posters Against the Death Penalty

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

While most of the world has banned capital punishment, the United States, Japan, and South Korea are the only established democracies in the world to continue executions. The posters in this exhibition show how racism, poverty, and unpopular politcal beliefs impact sentencing. Studies also show that at least 4% of those sentenced to death in the U.S. are innocent, yet the courts continue to condemn and kill people with poison gas, electrocution, firing squad, or lethal injection. State sanctioned murder is still murder. End the Death Penalty!

June 4, 2022 - July 31, 2022






Saturday, June 4 \ 2-3 pm

Educational Panel (online webinar only)*

Saturday, June 11 \ 1-4 pm

Art Making Workshop @ Mercado La Paloma

Led by Ernesto Vazquez

Saturday, July 9 \ 1-4 pm

Quilt Making Workshop @ Mercado La Paloma

Led by Gary Tyler

*Panelist Information:

Abraham Bonowitz is co-founder and executive director of Death Penalty Action, a national group shining a spotlight on executions in the US and empowering individuals to vigorously oppose the death penalty.

Mona Cadena works with Equal Justice USA staff and partners implementing death penalty repeal and violence reduction campaigns across the country. She uses her expertise in community based organizing to provide training, strategic guidance, and hands-on assistance to state legislative campaigns across the country. Before joining EJUSA in 2019, Mona spent 10 years with Amnesty International, supporting human rights campaigners across the globe to build grassroots power, educate, and implement human rights centered policy.

Mike Farrell, best known as BJ Hunnicutt in M*A*S*H, is president of the board of Death Penalty Focus, one of the nation’s premier abolition organizations, and Co-Chair Emeritus of Human Rights Watch, California.

Gary Tyler; In April 2016, Gary Tyler was finally released from Louisiana State Prison (ANGOLA) after serving 41 years for a crime of murder he did not commit. In October 1974, he was 16 yrs old, charged with 1st Degree Murder, tried as an adult, convicted and automatically sentenced to be executed in LA Electric Chair. He was the youngest person on Death Row in the United States at the time and spent 8 years in solitary confinement. In 1981, a federal appeals court said that Tyler was "denied a fundamentally fair trial", but refused to order a new trial for him. While his death sentence was deemed unconstitutional and overturned, he remained unjustly in prison for 4 decades.

Carol A. Wells is the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. She earned her B.A. in History and M.A. in Art History at UCLA. She taught the history of art and architecture for thirteen years at California State University, Fullerton. Wells has published numerous articles and catalogue essays on political poster art and has produced over 100 political poster exhibitions since 1981.

All events are free. Space is limited for workshops.

RSVP: 310-397-3100


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