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In 1994, inspired by the words and acts of Justice Blackmun in denouncing the death penalty, The Advocates created the Justice Harry A. Blackmun Education Project. The project is a community-based initiative which seeks to educate school children, the public, the legal community and policy makers about the application of the death penalty in the United States. The Blackmun Project activities have included: developing materials for teaching about the death penalty in schools; providing education and training for the legal community on death penalty issues; reporting on human rights concerns implicated in the administration of capital punishment; and developing public education materials on the death penalty.

From 2003 to 2008, The Advocates for Human Rights and Dorsey & Whitney LLP have co-sponsored a bi-monthly speaker series on the death penalty. Past presentations have addressed issues, such as wrongful convictions, victim-oriented advocacy, mental retardation, mental illness, lethal injection, and the European position against the death penalty. In addition, local attorneys who have represented death row inmates in their post-conviction appeals have also shared their experiences.

Finally, The Advocates for Human Rights has partnered with other organizations, including The Innocence Project of Minnesota, St. Joan of Arc Church and The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, to host educational events. Past events include facilitating talkbacks for The Exonerated, and After Innocence, hosting screenings for At the Death House Door and Judgment at Midnight, as well as co-sponsoring a film series at the St. Paul Public Libraries.