Stop Troy Davis death penalty


This video from the USA is called Happy Birthday to Troy Davis, innocent on Georgia’s death row.

From Amnesty International in the USA:

Urge Clemency for Troy Davis

Take Action On This Issue

Troy Davis came within 24 hours of execution in July, 2007 before receiving a temporary stay of execution. But the Georgia Supreme Court denied Mr. Davis’ motion for a new trial and now he faces execution on September 23.

Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even during the trial. Since then, all but two of the state’s nine 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.

Learn more about Troy Davis here.

See also here.

And here. And here.

Troy Davis stay of execution: here.

14 October 2008 update: here.

16 October 2008 update: here.

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7 thoughts on “Stop Troy Davis death penalty

  1. On Monday, Sept. 22, advocates for Troy Davis kept up the
    fight to stop his pending execution set for 7pm, Tuesday,
    Sept. 23. This case has
    garnered national and international attention.

    A morning press conference called on the warden, prison
    guards, nurses and other medical personnel who will play a
    role in Troy’s death to
    refuse to take the life of an innocent man.

    People occupied the Governor’s Office for most of the day,
    demanding a meeting with Governor Sonny Perdue. Two men,
    Rev. Marvin Morgan and Steve Woodhall were arrested when
    they refused to leave without seeing him.

    Another delegation attempted to deliver a letter to State
    Attorney General Thurbert Baker, detailing the numerous
    witness statements of police coercion and intimidation
    committed by members of the Savannah police department and
    demanding an investigation. His staff not only
    refused to accept the letter, the group’s members
    were”banished” from coming onto the Capitol grounds for
    two weeks.

    Shortly after the news conference, the Georgia Pardons and
    Parole Board re-issued a statement saying it would not
    grant clemency to Davis. The
    Board spokesperson acknowledged the thousands of call,
    letter and e-mails flooding the office. Another avenue of
    relief was close later in the afternoon when the Georgia
    Supreme Court ruled 6-1 not to intervene, saying the
    proper jurisdiction was the US Supreme Court.

    Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty have
    several direct actions planned for Tuesday including a
    demonstration outside the
    offices of Rainbow Medical Associates, a private company
    that provides physicians, nurses and other medical staff
    who for $18.00 an execution
    implement the death order.

    Everyone is urged to not let up on building an
    overwhelming pressure on all those who have the power to
    stop this execution. The direct line to
    the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board is 404.651.6671. Go
    to http://www.gfadp.org and http://www.iacenter.org for other contact
    information.

  2. The following letter was written by Troy Davis on September 22. Two hours before he was to be executed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution to consider his appeal. Their decision is expected soon.
    Stop the execution of Troy Davis!

    To all,

    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.

    Join the fight for justice.

    Troy Davis was sentenced to death despite a tainted case and serious claims of innocence. © Georgia Department of Corrections

    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!

    – Troy Davis

  3. Last night Amnesty International held a Global Day of Action for Troy Davis.
    Today, three days before the scheduled execution, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay!

    I am delighted to share some good news with you! Troy Davis received a stay of execution based on a new last-minute appeal filed this past Wednesday to the federal appeals court in Atlanta. As a result, he will not be executed on Monday, October 27th, as originally scheduled.

    Your action has succeeded in putting a spotlight on Troy’s case worldwide and bringing about this victory. At least 300,000 individuals have written letters in support of Troy. Additionally, prominent leaders such as former President Jimmy Carter, the Pope, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have all called for justice in this case.

    Yesterday, Amnesty International organized a Global Day of Action in which hundreds of activists in dozens of countries around the world came together to stand in solidarity for Troy. From Atlanta to Seattle, New York to Paris and Milan — hundreds of supporters gathered at rallies wearing T-shirts and holding signs that read “I am Troy Davis.” On Wednesday, the European Legislature issued a statement calling for Troy’s execution to be halted.

    While we pause to celebrate this good news, we cannot forget that Troy still faces the very real possibility of execution — despite the fact that no physical evidence tied him to the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, GA, and that 7 of the 9 eyewitnesses have since recanted their testimony.

    This case has taken many twists and turns. On September 12th, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis, and scheduled his execution for September 23rd. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed Davis’ execution just hours before it was scheduled to take place. But in deciding not to hear his case, the court lifted its stay and a new execution date was set for Monday, October 27th.

    Global Day of Action

    On Thursday October 23, in 30 cities around the globe, activists stood up for justice and in support of fairness for Troy Davis.

    We now await the decision of the federal appeals court, which will determine whether Troy’s case warrants a new hearing. We believe their ruling could happen at any time during the next month.

    I want to thank you again for playing such an essential part in Amnesty International’s efforts to bring justice for Troy Davis. That’s why I hope you’ll take a minute right now to join Amnesty International and help us keep up this fight.

    To stay informed about Troy Davis’ case and to find out how to take additional actions, please visit:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis

    In solidarity,

    Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn
    Director, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
    Amnesty International USA

  4. Act NOW to STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!

    EMERGENCY: EXECUTION SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.
    ACT NOW!

    All anti-death penalty activists in the U.S. and worldwide should prepare NOW to organize coordinated actions before Sept. 21. The IAC will send out a proposed date for these actions in conjunction with Georgia activists.

    SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT iacenter.org/troydavis

    National Day of Coordinated Actions to be set soon. Check iacenter.org for updated info

    On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Davis. AND NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.

    TELL THE GEORGIA GOV., LEGISLATURE, PARDONS AND PAROLE BOARD, PRESIDENT OBAMA, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER, CONGRESS AND THE MEDIA:

    STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!

    Please join the online campaign to STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS NOW!
    YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! Click HERE to Sign the Online Petition

    Tell Gov. Deal and the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board:

    STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS!

    On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis, the Savannah, Ga. man whose scheduled execution has been halted three times in the past because of the growing evidence and public belief in his innocence. AND NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.

    Troy Davis is an African American on death row in Georgia. Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of a police officer despite what Amnesty International calls “overwhelming doubts about his guilt.” No physical forensic evidence was presented at Davis’ trial, and 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony, with at least two saying they were pressured by police to finger Davis as the killer.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW to let the Georgia Parole Board, Governor, Legislature, and congressional delegation as well as President Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Congressional leaders and members of the media know you demand No Execution of Troy Davis!

    Your messages will go to hundreds of public officials, including the Governor of Georgia, the entire Georgia legislature, each member of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the full Georgia Congressional delegation, as well as President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional leaders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, and national and local media representatives.

    SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT iacenter.org/troydavis

    The text of the message reads as follows (you will have the opportunity to edit it if you wish):

    To: Governor Deal, Georgia Pardons and Parole Board, Georgia Legislature, Georgia Congressional Delegation, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secretary General Ban

    cc: members of the media

    STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS, NOW SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21!

    On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis, the Savannah, Ga. man whose scheduled execution has been halted three times in the past because of the growing evidence and public belief in his innocence. He was convicted solely on eye witness testimony, and 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have since recanted, several alleging that police coerced them into making false statements.

    I join with millions in the US and around the world in demanding that you stop the execution of Troy Davis. Serious doubt remains. I call on all those with authority and influence in this decision to grant clemency to Troy Anthony Davis and overturn the death sentence.

    Innocence matters to me. Justice matters to everyone.

    I urge you to act now.

    Sincerely,

    SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT iacenter.org/troydavis

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