Wednesday, February 15, 2006

MTV and Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break

MTV is interested in covering Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break. Here is what one of their producers wrote about their plans: "When people think of Spring Break the vision of beaches, night clubs and drinking until you drop usually comes to mind. MTVU wants to put a new spin on the typical Spring Break stereotypes by showcasing college students from around the country with alternative plans. The new Spring Break trend has students using their time away from school for more meaningful purposes -- whether volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, helping restore properties affected by Hurricane Katrina or protesting a cause they believe in. We want to showcase these unique Spring Breaks by following students on their adventures. We’ll not only shoot the events they’re partaking in but also get the back stories for why these students chose their plans, how they feel throughout the trip and what they come away from the trip with. It's time to put the spotlight on students who are getting more than a great tan out of their Spring Break!"

If you are planning to come to Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, you may end up on MTVU, which is MTV's university channel. They want to cover a few of the students from beginning to end, in reality tv style.

Plans for other aspects of spring break are also firming up. There will be a bus trip to Huntsville on March 15. Former death house chaplain Rev Carroll Pickett is going to meet with the group at the Texas Prison Museum and talk to us about his experiences ministering to 95 people before their executions. He is now an outspoken opponent of the death penalty and the author of "Within These Walls : Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain". During the executions, Rev Pickett often held onto the ankle of the person being executed in an effort to comfort them, so he was the last human touch many executed people felt.

After Rev. Pickett's talk, we will head over to The Walls Unit (pictured below) to protest the execution of Tommie Hughes.

To register for spring break, visit Texas Students Against the Death Penalty.

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