Group against the death penalty walks through Tri-Cities
A group of people walking across Washington state make it through the Tri-Cities today.
Members of the Fellowship of Peace Foundation are walking across Washington to raise awareness about the death penalty and try to gain support to end it.
Three members of the group say they are on a peace journey, walking from Spokane to Olympia.
They left Spokane on September 3rd, and they arrived in the Tri-Cities today.
This morning, they spent some time at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, speaking with students about the death penalty.
Foundation members say the death penalty is not openly discussed very much and they want people to start talking about it more.
They say the death penalty is very expensive, and states can still house violent people safely, without killing them.
"And it tells something significant about us that we kill our own people, and we kill them to say that killing is wrong, even if we are sure, we think we are sure that they have killed someone or done something heinous. What does it say about us to turn around and kill them in return?" said Victoria Thorpe, Fellowship of Peace Foundation.
This issue is very personal to Thorpe - she has a sister in California who has been on death row for the past 18 years.
She says her sister's appeal of her conviction still has not been heard.
Group members are not walking the entire way to Olympia.
They're walking about 10 miles a day, then driving the rest.
They plan to make it to Olympia on September 21st - which is the International Day of Peace.
They say if you want to speak out on this issue, you can join their walk or talk with your legislator.