From 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm
At NYS Capitol, East Side/Assembly Side, 4th floor
Compassion & Choices New York
NOON Press conference: Outside of the Senate Gallery, 3rd floor NYS Capitol
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Interfaith Gathering & Vigil: 4th floor, NYS Capitol, directly above the NYS Assembly Chamber on the East Side, not the side with the public entrance to the gallery.
WHY: To stand in support of the notion that individuals of different values, faiths, and beliefs should be able to make their own decisions about end-of-life care, including the option to request aid in dying from a treating physician if they are terminally ill (with a 6-month prognosis), mentally capable, and able to self-administer the medication at a time of his or her choosing.
Every religious denomination has different views on death and dying; as those views differ from one another, they also differ from views held by people who do not identify themselves as religious. We believe that laws adopted by the state should allow every New Yorker to make their own decision about how they die,
according to their own values, beliefs, and faith.
Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green, Jr., Senior Pastor, Mount Neboh Baptist Church of Harlem & president, Mobilizing Preachers & Communities (MPAC)
Rabbi Dr. David Gordis, Visiting Senior Scholar, University at Albany
Rev. Valerie Ross, Sr Community Minister, Judson Memorial Church, Greenwich Village
Rev. Richard Gilbert, Retired Minister, First Unitarian Church, Rochester
Father Luis Barrios, Episcopalian Priest in Charge of Holyrood Episcopal Church/Iglesia Episcopal Santa Cruz in the Upper West side Manhattan
Supporters of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act
Compassion & Choices NY Campaign Director Corinne Carey