Prisons, Compassion and Peace Project

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EUGENE, Ore. — A city wide project happening this month is bringing opportunities to meet the woman who’s inspired national dialogue on the death penalty.

The Prisons, Compassion and Peace Project offers many events including lectures, readings and workshops.  A key player in this project is author and activist Sr. Helen Prejean, who’s her real-life inspired the book, Dead Man Walking.

Dead Man Walking traces the steps Sr. Prejean took in 1982, when she started corresponding with a death row inmate Patrick Sonner. She was there for his execution.

“I never watched a human being made defenseless, strapped down before my eyes and I remember thinking there in the dark, American people are never going to get close to this,” said Sr. Prejean.

The culmination of the project is the Dead Man Walking opera based on Sr. Helen’s experience. The Pacific Northwest debut of the opera is Friday, March 15th at the Hult Center.

“My aria is my journey and everybody is going to be on journey to the heart of this mystery of what does this really mean to do this?” Sr. Prejean said.

Sr. Prejean’s goal is simply get people re-exam the death penalty.

Sr. Prejean will be at the Eugene Library at 2 p.m. Saturday at 100 W. 10th Ave.  The event is free.

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