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The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday is The Pilgrimage for Abolition

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  This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6pm at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I’ve encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.   In early 2000, Raphael was partnered with Tami Wilkerson. Together, they lived in a secluded log cabin in Madison County […]

The Invincible Love of the Garzas

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  Once a month, I make the trip down to Livingston. The roads are long and lonely. Upon arrival, I go through numerous checkpoints and searches. When I finally get to the cold and sterile visitation room, I sit down in front of the thick plate glass window and wait. In the ensuing between moments, […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 15

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I was not too far over the Brazos County line when a Sheriff’s Deputy rolled up.  Jumping out of the car, the Deputy started a line of call and response with me, “Where are you going?”  “To Austin”  “Walking?”  “Yes, I am walking from Livingston to Austin in protest of the death penalty.”  “Ok…”  Then […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12 and 13

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Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps growing in my humanity.  There […]

On the Eve of Pilgrimage: Contemplating Walking 200 miles from Livingston to Austin in Opposition to Execution

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Community leaders of the day stood with their stones ready.  The law said that the woman caught in adultery was to be killed.  Everyone looked up to see what Jesus would do.  Joining the woman in the dirt, Jesus used his body to save her.  Without the body of Jesus, the woman would have perished. […]

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