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Troy Davis (URGENT!) April 29, 2009

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Take a minute to read about Troy Davis. This from a letter I received from Amnesty International:

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Amnesty International USA: TAKE ACTION NOW!

While news channels across the country are consumed with counting up to President Obama’s first 100 days in office, Troy Davis has been counting down his last 30 days before a new execution date could be set. Help make these extra days count.
On May 19th help save Troy Davis by putting together any activity, event or creative action that calls attention to his case.

Dear Jonathan ,

The 30-day stay issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals expires on May 15th.

So now is the time for us to organize to save the life of Troy Anthony Davis. We’re asking everybody to come out strong on May 19th – a day marked in human rights calendars across the world as the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis.

Whether you’re holding a “Text TROY to 90999” sign on a busy street or organizing your local Amnesty chapter to hold a public demonstration or vigil, we need everybody to contribute their time on May 19th to make sure that the state of Georgia does not kill a man who may well be innocent. Register your Global Day of Action for Troy Davis activity or event now.

We know that time is short for organizing public events, but an execution date could be set as early as late May, so it is essential that action be taken soon. It’s also really important that we get an accurate count of how many events and activities are taking place on May 19th, so we can share this information with officials in Georgia. Our emails and phone calls have gone a long way in buying Troy some much-needed time, but now we’ve got to take our action to the streets.
Troy Davis with his mother Virginia Davis

We appreciate the tens of thousands of you who have stood in Troy’s corner while heart-stopping scenes have unfolded. On three separate occasions, Troy has been scheduled for execution. And on three separate occasions, his life was saved within a short period of time, even minutes, of his scheduled execution date.

Each time, those last minute stays came after people like you turned out by the thousands to rally in his defense. It was no coincidence. Troy’s sister and long-time Amnesty activist, Martina Correia, has acknowledged Amnesty’s powerful role in saving her brother’s life each of those times.

Now here we are again with the clock winding down. While we can see little opportunity for legal recourse or second chances, we know that your advocacy has a strong record of making amazing things happen.

When we first introduced you to Troy Davis in early 2007, few people outside of Georgia knew about the injustice taking place. In the past two years, countless people have come to see Troy’s case as a prime example of why the death penalty must be abolished – the risk of executing someone for a crime they did not commit is just too high.

We are serious when we say that we need everyone to support Troy Davis on May 19th by organizing their own event or awareness-raising activity.

After all, if you had 30 days left to fight for your life, wouldn’t you want to know that you had thousands standing in your corner?

In Solidarity,

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

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1. jflack4prez - April 30, 2009

haha, i was gonna do a my name is, but i didnt want to take the time either… now i feel bad

They had explained in previous e-mails.

Pretty much he was sentanced to death in 91. The conviction was based on eye witness testimonies only, and since then, many of the crucial witnesses have recanted on their words. There is no physical evidence linking him to the case. Davis has maintained his innocence throughout the case.

He has appealed a few times, and there have been protests and “granting stays” by the Georgia governor. Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, the Pope, and others have asked for a re-trial.

Pretty much this dude should not get executed. At minimum give him a re-trial. The death penalty is given to too many innocent people in this country, even one is too many times.


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