Candles for Clemency Rally at the Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church Parking lot. (https://goo.gl/maps/fSRcAQdTS2m) After the rally, we will walk from the train station to the home of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo with lit candles.
Governor Cuomo has repeatedly promised to grant clemencies to prisoners who have changed their lives, shown remorse, and paid their debt to society. Despite his promises, he has only issued two such clemencies. But he still has an opportunity to show mercy, courage, and wisdom.
On behalf of all concerned citizens of New York State, Candles for Clemency urges the Governor to keep his promises: Provide full and effective pardons to eligible youthful offenders, and clemency that restores freedom to deserving prisoners and gives them the opportunity to live productive lives and contribute to society.
Candles for Clemency is an organization of New Yorkers working for reform of our prisons and criminal justice system. Candles has organized a number of vigils in the past several years, including three in front of Governor Cuomo’s mansion in Westchester.
We will return in even greater numbers to protest outside his mansion on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, to remind him that mercy has a place in today’s Industrial Prison Complex.
Comfortable buses will leave from 10th Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets at 5pm sharp and return after the vigil. Round trip suggested donation is $15. We ask those who can help us to defray costs to pay more. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
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