Tag: death penalty
Mine was no ordinary Thanksgiving. It was my first following the death of my mother three months ago. I have also lost a friend and my favorite uncle. Last week another friend hovered between life and our loss of her. Sunday she passed away. But a story, juxtaposed to this week of heavy-hearted sorrow moved me in ways that, however briefly, made my spirit soar. It is the story of love and overcoming overwhelming injustice. And it is the story of forgiveness and transcendence.
I saw this. Story on "Democracy Now." Sonia (Sunny) Jacobs wed Peter Pringle this past week. This is a different story of life and death (and love) that could make you more thankful than ever, as it did me. They each spent a decade-and-a-half on death row-for crimes they never committed. Sonia's first husband was even executed before he was exonerated. His was the famous case whose head caught fire during his electrocution. You probably read about it. How do we live with ourselves, I wonder?
The story of how Sunny endured and even grew during her horrendous isolation in solitary confinement, the only woman in the US on death row, is one about truly loving woman, embracing life in all its sometimes awfulness, and staying strong both physically and mentally.