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The Journey of Hope, an nationwide network dedicated to advocating against the death penalty, is in the midst of its 20th anniversary road trip tour. The group returns to Indiana to celebrate the milestone — after hosting its first event here in 1993. One opportunity remains to catch a Journey of Hope event in Indy: A pitch-in beginning at 6 p.m. will precede the 7 p.m. presentation at Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd. East Drive Organizers note: "This is the final stop on the Indiana Journey of Hope Tour and will feature murder victim family member and Journey co-founder, Bill Pelke; Bill Babbitt and Randy Gardner, who both had brothers executed; exonerated death row inmates Juan Melendez (from Florida) and Edward Mpagi (from Uganda); and Tracey Spirko, whose husband is on death row in Ohio." The event is free and open to the public. More information on the abolition movement in Indiana is available at indianaabolition.org.