On the anniversary of the Smith v. Doe decision, which ruled that the registry was not punishment, a vigil was held on the steps of the Supreme Court. The names of many of those who have died as a result of many terrible laws were read. A coffin was carried in by pall bearers, and attendees were dressed as mourners.
On the days preceding the vigil, there were speakers and meetings with staffers from the offices of various legislators. The attendees were surprised to learn that some of the legislators knew next to nothing about the plight of people on the different state sex offense registries.
WAR organized the event which was attended by representatives from NARSOL along with other organizations.
A puny turnout when there’s almost a million registered sex offenders in the United States. Should have advertised the event it on the Florida Action Committee billboard.
Powerful. I salute the efforts of those involved.
I had a hotel room reserved for the event but I had so much else going on that I became overcome by events. Well, my VISA bill came yesterday and I got billed for the room even though I didn’t use it. C’est la vie! I had hoped to attend as I lived next door in Springfield while I was at the Naval Air Systems Command and the Pentagon.