Robert Meeropol spoke; I found this especially affecting as his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed in 1953. He was three when they were arrested, and six when they were executed. He asked who studies or follows up on the children left behind by the thousands of parents executed by the state?
Perhaps the best words to end my plea for the ending of the death penalty in this country come from Bartolomeo Vanzetti:
?I champion the weak, the poor, the oppressed, the simple and the persecuted. I maintain that whosoever benefits or hurts a man benefits or hurts the whole species. I sought my liberty and the liberty of all, my happiness and the happiness of all. I wanted a roof for every family, bread for every mouth, education for every heart, light for every intellect. I am convinced that human history has not yet begun, that we find ourselves in the last period of the prehistoric. I see with the eyes of my soul how the sky is diffused with the rays of the new millennium.? ? Bartolomeo Vanzetti.