[Troy Davis]: “No scared of what? I don’t fear the devil. God has blessed me through millions of people.”
[Troy Davis]: “No scared of what? I don’t fear the devil. God has blessed me through millions of people.”
Connecticut just abolished its death penalty on April 25. To do so in California would be an incredible victory for human rights. With the country’s largest electorate, however, California is a difficult state for campaigning. Please post about this and spread the word so California voters know about the decision they have to make later this year.
I just read on ABC news that supposedly the Chatham County DA is “powerless” to retract Troy Davis’ death warrant. So much legal misinformation and confusion out there. I must say, this is one of the many examples in which our education system fails us - is anyone outside of the legal community really sure of how the criminal justice system actually works? Because I’m not, and I asked a lot of questions when I worked at the law school.
While I hate to be a naysayer, I don’t think there is anything else we as supporters can do. The last-minute appeal filed by Troy’s lawyers was denied today. All we can do is bear witness and keep working to fix our justice system so we all can know that Troy will not die in vain.
Edit: I found this article on the Twitter feed @javierabrown regarding to some common questions about who could stop the execution. There appear to be no other options. I’m praying for you and your family, Troy.
I plan to attend the Boston vigil. If anyone else is going, feel free to contact me via my ask box etc.
I am glad to see that Troy’s story is now part of both mainstream and social media news - people are talking about this case. As Troy himself said in his statement on September 10, the fight to abolish the death penalty does not end with him. If we can keep this conversation going, we can keep up the fight.
Troy was found guilty of murdering a police officer 19 years ago, based upon the testimony of 9 witnesses. Today, 7 of those 9 have recanted their testimony entirely, and there are enormous problems with the testimony of the remaining 2 witness accounts. There is NO OTHER EVIDENCE. The murder weapon was never found. There is no DNA to test. Troy is scheduled to die by lethal injection on September 21, 2011.
A message from Troy Anthony Davis
September 10, 2011
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.
I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.
So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.
I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”
Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!
I wrote a blog post about the Troy Davis case with a list of resources for anyone who wants to better understand what is going on.
Has anyone called the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office to ask that he withdraw the death warrant for Troy Davis? How did it go? To be honest, I’m not sure I can keep it together on the phone.
Let me offer one contrasting difference in approaches to the death penalty. In June 2011, Daryl Dedmon, Jr, a 19 year old white Mississippi teen, along with two truckloads of his friends, drove from his hometown of Brandon, MS into Jackson to “go fuck with some niggers.” After locating James Craig Anderson, a plant worker leaving work at 4 in the morning, the teens assaulted him, yelled racial epithets like “white power” at him, and then left him to stagger back to his truck. Dedmon, however, couldn’t leave bad enough alone, and looped back, savagely running over and killing James Anderson. He then called his friends and bragged about it. The national fervor this summer over The Help, a racially romanticized narrative of Jackson, MS, overshadowed James Anderson’s murder, a tragic modern day Jackson, MS tale that would have forced us to confront the racial realities of Black folk in this 2nd decade of the 20th century.
The supreme irony, however, is that last week James Anderson’s family sent a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking them not to seek the death penalty in Dedmon’s case:
“Our opposition to the death penalty is deeply rooted in our religious faith, a faith that was central in James’ life as well,” the letter states. …”We also oppose the death penalty because it historically has been used in Mississippi and the South primarily against people of color for killing whites,” the letter states. “Executing James’ killers will not help to balance the scales. But sparing them may help to spark a dialogue that one day will lead to the elimination of capital punishment.” (source: CNN.com)
I had never heard about that. That should’ve made national news and played on repeat over and over again, more so than reviews and trailers of The fucking Help. Injustice for 1000, Alex.
Just please, for one second, compare this to what the family of Mark McPhail are saying and tell me again why white people have to be scared of black people and not vice versa. Someone explain that shit to me.
Troy Davis was denied clemency this morning. Amnesty has a petition you can sign to the Chatham County District Attorney, pleading the withdrawal of the death warrant. There is still fighting we can do, but today I just feel hopeless and defeated - not just for the life of a man who spent half his life in prison, but that I live in a country that will pursue a bloodthirsty agenda biased according to racist paradigms.
I don’t understand this revenge ideology of the MacPhail family, to be honest. I feel like Officer MacPhail might have wanted the right man to be punished for his murder and justice carried out rather than prevent a potentially innocent man from a new trial. The death penalty’s purpose is not to give the families of victims closure or revenge. I pray for all of the victims in this, especially for the strength the Davis family will need in the coming days.
don’t you think Troy Davis is like Rubin Carter? They are both victims of racism, used as scapegoat by the justice system? Is this a justice you can believe in? A justice which is NOT equal for all?
I agree with you, and I pray that we can work for the abolition of the death penalty over here. In a country where people cheer at the news that Texas governor Rick Perry, who is planning to run for President, has presided over the deaths of 234 people, it’s going to be an uphill climb. Personally, I fail to understand a culture that can support the death penalty even when guilt is not assured. If Troy Davis is executed on Wednesday, then the Georgia criminal justice system has set a dangerous legal precedence based on reactionary convictions and racial judgments.
A Georgia parole board heard a last-ditch appeal Monday from Troy Davis, a convicted murderer just days away from execution whose case has become a global cause celebre for death penalty opponents.
An estimated 150 to 200 demonstrators carried signs outside the hearing of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, saying, “Justice, Free Troy Davis,” and “We are Troy Davis.”
Another placard read: “Too much Doubt. Save Troy Davis.”
The parole board was expected to issue a decision later Monday in what is widely seen as the last chance for Davis, who is set to be executed Wednesday for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer in Savannah, Georgia.
[…]The parole board is made up of five members and it takes just a simple majority to decide a case.
I feel pretty sick.
Me too. I would like to be inspired with hope because the Board has three new members, but I don’t know. The Georgia criminal justice system — in addition to myriad hateful, bloodthirsty people — seem determined to act with ignorance in the fact of facts, or in this case, the lack thereof. After all the petitions signed and letters written, the only thing left for me to do is pray.
Too Much Doubt To Execute!!
Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.
The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.
An execution date for Troy Davis is scheduled for September 21, 2011.
I read some disgusting comments by hateful people on the Troy Davis article on MSNBC last night and they were very upsetting. I want to believe that the Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles will do the right thing by granting him clemency. To execute Troy Davis would be a miscarriage of justice and gross negligence in our criminal justice system.
Damn. So much media coverage—I love it.
STOP TROY DAVIS’ EXECUTION.
I appreciate the quote from Stephen Right at the end of the article — the world is indeed watching, Georgia.