Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Georgia has just killed Troy Anthony Davis"

"After a torturous delay of more than 4 hours, the state of Georgia has just killed Troy Anthony Davis."

  wrote Amnesty International in a Press release just went out few minutes ago..
The state of Georgia may have taken one life tonight, but they cannot stop our struggle for all the Troy Davises of the world.

I just came back from Downtown Amherst... all the joy we've had earlier in the night has gone and replaced by sadness and anger....
A short few hours of hope that not lasted....

let's wipe our tears... and continue the hard work ahead...

Slight Hope: Execution on Hold for Troy Davis

The joy after they heard
the good news

The anger @ 7pm in
downtown Amherst

 "The state of Georgia isn't proceeding with the execution until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Davis' request for a stay. Davis' attorneys filed the request about an hour before Davis' scheduled 7 p.m. execution.

Davis' supporters, who had been chanting, are now letting out cheers as drivers pass and honk their horns. Otherwise, the mood is tense as they wait for a development, Lacey-Bordeaux reports."
In Amherst, MA, a large crowd of students, human rights activists rallied in downtown and forced traffic to slow and blocked the main road at 7pm, the time of the execution.

Ester and the tears of joy

A moment of joy when the good news arrived

Friday, September 16, 2011

Don’t Let Georgia Kill Troy Davis

Posted by: Laura Moye, September 7, 2011 at 1:36 PM
The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution datefor September 21st.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year. But the story remains the same – Troy Davis could very well be innocent.
However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate. In the days before Davis’ execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.
Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.
One juror said in a CNN news interview:“If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”
I know it’s difficult to believe that a system of justice could be so terribly flawed, but keep in mind that Troy has survived three previous execution dates, because people like you kept the justice system in check!
We’ve been bracing for this moment and the time for action is now! Here’s what you can do to join the fight:
1. Sign our petition to the Board of Pardons & Paroles urging them to grant clemency! We’ll deliver your signatures next week.
2. Organize for Troy: Take to the streets with us on Friday, September 16th! Sign up to organize a rally to stop the execution of Troy Davis. And RSVP for the International Day of Solidarity on Facebook.
3. Join our #TooMuchDoubt Twitter campaign: Spread the word about this injustice by tweeting a “Doubt a Day” about Troy’s storyTo Amherst Human Rights Commission, and human rights and justice activists,

Group-128 Action Campaign: This Friday, September 16, Amnesty International, Equal Justice, and other organizations are holding actions around the country to try to stave off the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia. We are looking for individuals and organizations, such as the Amherst Human Rights Commission, to participate. Right now we are thinking of a stand-out in Amherst center and the collection of signatures to FAX imediately afterwards to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole. A time has not been determined but lunchtime, noon to 1:30, let's say, may be appropriate.
You probably know most of the story--- witnesses recanting their trial statements and the fact that there has been no physical evidence connecting Davis to the killing of a police officer. In fact, there have been statements that another person admitted to the crime. Nevertheless, an execution date (the fourth one) has been set for September 21. It would be a grave injustice for this execution to go forward and certainly an indelible blot on the name of Georgia.
Please let me know whether you can be part of a Friday action. And, please forward this email to anyone who cares about justice.

Best regards,