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All are invited to attend a lecture by death row exoneree Juan Melendez of Witness to Innocence on Wednesday (February 9) at 7 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Melendez will share his story of serving nearly 18 years on death row in Florida for a crime he did not commit, then host a question and answer session.  Through Melendez’s story, attendees will hopefully emphasize with the humanity embodied in all, and thus for people to become more compassionate.  He will present an alternative viewpoint to the death penalty and the perhaps unknown reality of our justice system.

This event is being made possible by collaboration between students, faculty and staff, in order to make a firm statement that social justice is an issue that the Canisius College campus not only cares about, but is dedicated to.  Emma Fabian ‘10 is currently serving a year as a Jesuit Volunteer with Witness to Innocence (WTI), the nation’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.

This event is sponsored by Witness to Innocence, JUSTICE, Justice in Action, the Office of Campus Ministry, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Sociology and the Canisius College Chapter of Amnesty International.  For more information, contact TJ Rogers at

Submitted by:  Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, campus ministry