15th anniversary celebration

November 15th, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Witness to Innocence celebrated its 15th anniversary by honoring the courage and commitment of United States death row exonerees and the powerful partnerships that have fueled our fight.

We hosted two events in Center City Philadelphia:

From Death Row to Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Justice

America's Death Row Exonerees & Allies Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

The National Constitution Center

Featured Speakers:

Kwame Ajamu, WTI Board Chair
Kirk Bloodsworth, WTI Deputy Director
Dearbhla Doyle, European Union
Rob Dunham, Death Penalty Information Center
Henderson Hill, 8th Amendment Project
Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney
Kathleen Lucas, PA for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean, WTI Co-Founder

Ray Krone, WTI Co-Founder
Barry Scheck, Innocence Project

Exonerees on stage
Exonerees on stage

Derrick Jamison
Derrick Jamison

Gary Drinkard and Nancy Vollertsen
Gary Drinkard and Nancy Vollertsen

Exonerees on stage
Exonerees on stage

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Click here to read about special media coverage of our events, including an interview on WHYY 's Radio Times.

OVERHEARD ON NOVEMBER 15TH

"We are celebrating hope for our country... There is hope in the American people. We must take the fire in our hearts to bring the struggle forward so that no person is sentenced to death."

—  Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

15th Anniversary Evening Celebration

Death Row Exonerees Changing the World

Honoring 15 Powerful Partnerships in WTI's first 15 years

Special Guests:

Larry Krasner, Sister Helen Prejean, Barry Scheck, and over 20 death row exonerees

Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean

Kwame Ajamu
Kwame Ajamu

Kirk Bloodsworth and LaShawn Ajamu
Kirk Bloodsworth and LaShawn Ajamu

Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean

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Look through photos above, watch a brief segment of our feature film showed at the event, and scroll through our digital program book below.

with special thanks to:

OUR HONOREES

Sister Helen Prejean & Ray Krone, co-founders of WTI

Kurt Rosenberg, Executive Director who built WTI

 

Freddie Lee Pitts, Randy Steidl, Nate Field & Kwame Ajamu; WTI Board Chairs

 

Dr. Jay Smith, Delbert Tibbs, Greg Wilhoit, Dave Keaton, John Thompson & Clarence Brandley; members we have lost

 

Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, authors of "The Exonerated"

 

Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Gathering Facilitator & Acting Co-Director

 

Nancy Vollertsen, first WTI Treasurer & Volunteer Staff Person

 

Elizabeth Zitrin, fierce advocate who placed WTI on a global stage

 

8th Amendment Project

 

Center on Wrongful Convictions

 

Death Penalty Information Center

 

Equal Justice USA

 

European Union

 

Innocence Project

 

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

OUR SPONSORS

Witness Level

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Ally Level
Richard Dieter & Marjorie Roswell
Frank Denny Memorial Fund
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OUR HOST COMMITTEE

Leonard Bernstein
Abraham Bonowitz
Laura Burstein
Karen Clark
Michael Coard
Dana Cook
Maddy deLone
John Holloway
Kathleen Lucas
Nina Morrison
Russell Neufeld
Sue Osthoff
David Rudovsky
Reggie Shuford
Rob Warden
Saundra Westervelt