“Cities for Life”: Global Cities Day of Action against the Death Penalty on November 30th
The “Cities for Life” or “Cities for Life – Cities against the Death Penalty” campaign has been taking place on November 30 for 21 years, making it the twenty-second time this year.
The Catholic-Christian lay movement Community of Sant’Egidio, with its headquarters in Rome and around 50,000 members in more than 70 countries worldwide, launched the project in 2002, in which cities from over 100 nations are now participating.
On November 30, hundreds of cities will illuminate a central or characteristic building in a special way to draw attention to the death penalty and call for its abolition – from the Colosseum in Rome to the Obelisk in Buenos Aires. In the many years since November 30 was established as the “Cities for Life” day of action, over 2,500 cities have already taken part in the campaign – including more than 70 capital cities.
“Cities for Life” in Germany
Germany was and is represented by around 280 cities. Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Bremen, Cologne, Leipzig, Schwerin, Rostock, Nuremberg, Hanover, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Würzburg and Munich are just the best known of a long list of cities that are currently participating or have at least participated in the past.
In addition to the lighting of the respective building, there are usually accompanying campaigns by human rights groups in many cities that specifically want to raise awareness of the death penalty. The date was chosen because the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was the first European state to abolish the death penalty on November 30, 1786. With the exception of Belarus, the death penalty no longer exists throughout Europe.
Actions of the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is once again working with Amnesty International in Wiesbaden this year. Instead of the usual illumination of the Bonifatiuskirche, which is currently covered in scaffolding due to construction work, this year the Ringkirche will once again be wrapped in blue light and decorated with the text “Wiesbaden says NO to the death penalty!”. In addition, posters from the youth art competition “Draw Me The Abolition” on the abolition of the death penalty will be exhibited in the Ringkirche until December 10, International Human Rights Day.
The German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is also taking part in an event in Saarbrücken together with Amnesty International to mark “Cities for Life”: A themed evening will use literary, musical and artistic means to draw attention to the situation of people on death row around the world.
Although Hamburg is also committed to the “Cities for Life” and the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Amnesty International wanted to take action there too, the city of Hamburg disappointingly canceled this year’s illumination at short notice.
Further information on events in…
- Kirchheim under Teck