|The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is the only national membership-driven, chapter-based grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment in the United States. We have active chapters in cities and campuses across the country — from Berkeley, California, to Austin, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. We work hand in hand with those who have experienced the horrors of death row firsthand–death row prisoners themselves their family members–and work to ensure that their voices are at the forefront of our movement. To win abolition, we need to build grassroots struggle. There is no shortcut solution. The truth is, we need more activists involved in order to win. At a time when the rest of the world has all but abandoned capital punishment as barbaric, not only does the United States carry on the practice–it carries it out in a way that echoes the racism and discrimination that the civil rights movement was fought to combat. Abolition will not come from the desks of local politicians or the power brokers in Washington, whose lives have likely never been touched by the death penalty and whose careers have often been bolstered by it. Abolition can only come from organizing within communities and from people demanding change. We need to organize a grassroots fightback made up of ordinary people–including family members and former and current prisoners–to stand up against this system of injustice.