Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Meet a walker: Emily Hammargren

Emily Hammargren grew up in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana. After graduating with a degree in Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, she created exhibits for the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. Emily moved to Seattle, Washington in 2000 where she worked as a Broadcast News Assignment Editor. Three years later, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as an Assistant Editor and Editor for various television productions. Emily started anti-death penalty work as a volunteer with Amnesty International during high school and college. She worked as the Office Manager for the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty during her time in Seattle. Currently, Emily is the Southern California Coordinator for California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and Assistant with the Chowchilla Family Express, a free transportation service for family and friends of women serving time at the prisons in Chowchilla, CA. Emily and her husband, John, share their apartment with Shooter the kitty.

Emily will be walking to stop executions.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Meet a walker: Jeff Ghelardi

Jeff Ghelardi was born in London, England in 1937. He immigrated to the United States in 1946. He was raised in San Francisco and then moved to San Diego for his senior year of high school. He earned a B.A. in sociology from San Diego State University in 1964. He was active with the U.S. Marines Corp from '57 thru '59. Jeff did a two year stint with the peace corps in Bolivia with his wife, Suzanne. He has managed a residential rental business since 1972.

Jeff and his wife Suzanne have been death penalty abolitionists since 1959, the year they were married. He continues to be active with the San Diego Chapter of Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith, the Ocean Beach Amnesty International Chapter, and many other civil rights and social justice groups.

Jeff participated in the 1st California walk aimed at educating the public about the death penalty, which occurred in the year 2000.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sign-up to Walk Today

Sign-up to be a walker by emailing the walk organizer at PROUDPOPPA@aol.com.

Please indicate your county, a phone number, and the approximate number of miles you would like to walk.