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Angela Davis: Stop the execution of Troy Davis, set for Sept. 21

September 12, 2011

Stand strong, stand together on the Global Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis this Friday, Sept. 16!

Short video featuring Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia

by Angela Davis

Atlantans march for Troy Davis in September 2008. – Photo: Michael Schiffman
I urgently appeal to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and to the members of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole – L. Gale Buckner, Robert E. Keller, James E. Donald, Albert Murray and Terry Barnard – to spare the life of Troy Davis, a young African American citizen of your state.

I hope everyone within sight or sound of my words or my voice will likewise urgently call and fax Gov. Neal and the members of the board. Under Georgia law, only they can stop the execution of Troy Davis.

First of all, there is very compelling evidence that Troy Davis may be innocent of the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in 1989 in Savannah. The case against Davis has all but collapsed: Seven of nine witnesses against him have recanted their testimony and said that they were pressured by police to lie, and nine other witnesses have implicated one of the remaining two as the actual killer. No weapon or physical evidence linking Davis to the murder was ever found. No jury has ever heard this new information, and four of the jurors who originally found him guilty have signed statements in support of Mr. Davis.

Angela Davis
More importantly, the planned execution of a likely innocent young Black man in the state of Georgia has become a terrible blot on the status of the United States in the international community of nations. All modern industrial and democratic nations and 16 states within the United States have abolished capital punishment. The fact that the overwhelming majority of the men and women on death rows across the country are Black and other people of color – and are universally poor – severely undermines our country’s standing in the eyes of the people of the world.

Most importantly, the execution of Troy Davis will contribute to an atmosphere of violence and racism and a devaluation of life itself within our country. If we can execute anyone, especially a man who may be innocent of any crime, it fosters disrespect for the law and life itself. This exacerbates every social problem at a time when the people of our country face some of the most difficult challenges regarding our economic security and future.

I urge everyone to join with me in urging Gov. Neal and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole to stay the execution of Troy Davis and commute his death sentence. Give this young man a life and an opportunity to prove his innocence.

Please, call, fax or email today. Stop the execution of Troy Davis!

Legendary freedom fighter Angela Y. Davis, now retired from the U.C. Santa Cruz faculty, is the founder of Critical Resistance, which can be reached at 1904 Franklin St., Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612, phone (510) 444-0484, fax (510) 444-2177, email crnational@criticalresistance.org.

Major organizations condemn the scheduled execution of Troy Davis

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): “After reviewing the evidence, I am convinced that Troy Davis is an innocent man,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “It is appalling to me that with so much doubt surrounding this case, Mr. Davis is set to be executed in 14 days [now only nine days]. Justice will never be served by the state-sanctioned murder of an innocent man.”

From Amnesty International USA: In the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons and 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. One witness said in a CNN news interview, “If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.” 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!

From the International Action Center: On March 28, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis. We join with millions in the U.S. and around the world in demanding that Gov. Deal and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles 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.

How you can help stop the execution of Troy Davis

Take action on the Global Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis, Friday, Sept. 16: On Friday, Sept. 16, everyone is urged to pour out onto the streets to demand justice for Troy Davis. Post pictures, local news stories, Facebook posts, videos, blogs, tweets and re-tweets on Twitter and any other visible signs of solidarity for Troy.

Troy Davis – Photo: AP
This date was chosen because the following Monday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will hold Troy’s final clemency hearing – our final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed. All Troy’s supporters need you there. Troy needs you there.

  • Oakland: Outreach and Rally Friday, Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m., Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay St., near 12th Street-City Center BART. For more information, call (510) 589-6820 or email california@nodeathpenalty.org.
  • Atlanta: March Friday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m., assembling at Woodruff Park, Peachtree and Edgewood, and concluding at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave., with a service featuring national civil rights, community and religious leaders, Martina Correia and other family members of Troy Davis, and exonerated prisoners
  • New York City: Emergency Demonstration Friday, Sept. 16, 4:30-6 p.m., Times Square, 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue.

Organize an event:

  • Visit Amnesty’s ‘Submit Your Event’ page. Add a descriptive title for your event that includes “Troy Davis Event.” In the description, include any details about your event including location, type of event – film screening, rally, vigil etc. – and any special information such as parking.
  • List your local activity at iacenter.org/actions/troydavissept16listlocalaction.

Sign all the petitions:

Troy Davis at his graduation
The growing range of scholars, world leaders and prominent figures who are also demanding justice – including former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Legend, R.E.M., Russell Simmons, Mia Farrow, Indigo Girls, a former governor of Texas and a former member of Congress from Georgia – is simply awe-inspiring.

The outpouring of support you’ve shown for Troy Davis so far has been phenomenal – more than 100,000 of you have signed the petition for clemency and nearly 500 events have popped up in small towns and big cities alike all over the United States. Supporters from countries in the U.K., France, Denmark, Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia have also joined in to lend their voices.

Find many more ways to help stop the execution of Troy Davis and to learn more about his case by visiting

Troy Davis
Write to Troy: Send our brother Troy some love and light. Troy Anthony Davis, 41, has been on death row in Georgia for more than 19 years: Troy A. Davis, 657378, GDCP G-3-79, P.O. Box 3877, Jackson GA 30233.

Innocence matters. Justice matters to everyone. Act now. To make the biggest impact, we all need to join together.

‘When Innocence Isn’t Enough: A Documentary About Troy Anthony Davis’


by Naji Mujahid

In July 2007, while working with the D.C. Radio Co-op/Peoples’ Media Center and reporting for Free Speech Radio News, I went to Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, to cover the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles hearing on the case of Troy Anthony Davis. At the time, Troy was scheduled to be executed but fortunately was granted a stay of execution at the very last minute. Following that decision, I traveled to Troy’s hometown and was able to interview Troy, his mother, Virginia Davis, and others. The documentary, “When Innocence Isn’t Enough: A Documentary About Troy Anthony Davis,” is the product of my research and reporting.

At this critical juncture, I am sending this link out in the hopes that it can be used to increase people’s awareness about his case and support his cause. Please forward this far and wide, post it on your website, download it, copy it, distribute it, play it in part or in whole, giving credit to the author, Naji Mujahid of the D.C. Radio Co-op and Peoples’ Media Center.

Credits: D.C. Radio Co-op/Peoples’ Media Center, Voices With Vision, Pacifica Radio, Naji Mujahid, Ryme Khatkouda, Thomas Ruffin, Martina Correia, Brian Stevenson, Diane Rust-Tierney, Shujaa Graham, Virginia Davis, Kirsten Bridgeford and Marcus Garvin. Special thanks to Free Speech Radio News, WPFW-Pacifica, Monica Lopez, Nathan Moore and Kalonji Changa. Music by Beanie Sigel, Cee-Lo Green, Luci Murphy and Pam Parker.

 

24 thoughts on “Angela Davis: Stop the execution of Troy Davis, set for Sept. 21

  1. Ray Tillman

    just wanna leave comment for troy davis family, may god blessings be upon the davis family.And this is a nother tragedy that the enemy is trying to destroy the mindset of this christian family. so please davis family keep your faith and stand strong, because what god has put together no 1 can take it from.To this davis family please continue to walk in faith,GOD BLESS YOU MR. DAVIS, and I just want you to know that I walked into work this morning a little after 7 am and heard your family talking about this on the radio can I begin to pray for you,we care about this matter and will continue to pray for you.

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  2. deth_bringer

    Who cares what other nations think? I for one in the interests of America and a greater good for all Americans firmly stand by the death penalty. Take a life, give a life. Why would you bring race into this, and then mislead people about your stats of "The fact that the overwhelming majority of the men and women on death rows across the country are Black and other people of color ". Try taking a look at this website, which will give the facts of "color" on death row. http://deathpenaltyinfo.org/race-death-row-inmate…. Are you racist? The reason I bring up this question is that you are the one that has brought up race in the first place. Really, if you are wrong about the stats of the color of people on death row, how wrong are you on the facts of this case?

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    1. KMN

      Sir or Ma'am,

      As an American, you have the right to say whatever you'd like. within the scope of the law. I am a veteran who gave ten years of my life for you to be able to have that right. Despite the fact that I find you rationale utterly reprehensible, I do not propose to take that right away from you. In fact, to this day I would give my life for your right and your life. However, I would ask that you have courtesy enough to mind the boundaries of respect. I'm sure that you can tell this page is dedicated to saving a life that we find has value in this world. Each of us are fighting for this man's life for various reasons – some from the religious stance that all life has value, some from the more civil belief that capital punishment is not a deterant to any crime, some from the racial stance that capital punishment is an arbitrary punishment shown statistically to be exacted upon some demographics over others, and countless other reasons — but no item on this page is geared to stir ugliness, vengence, hatred or debate.

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      1. KMN

        …… This page is not a forum for your agenda or arguements. Please respect the fact that this page is meant to be a source of information for those trying to save a life. Kindly, find your own way of "bringing deth".
        Oh, and you may want to keep in mind that someday, you will answer for your choices too. Here's hoping the one you answer to is not as judgemental as you seem to be.

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    2. woullard lett

      "Try taking a look at this website, which will give the facts of "color" on death row. http://deathpenaltyinfo.org/race-death-row-inmate…. "

      This site reflects the current death row population by race as being over 50% Black and Latino and even higher if you include "other" while whites comprised approximately 44%.

      This appears consistent with the statement that "…. the overwhelming majority of the men and women on death rows across the country are Black and other people of color ".

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    3. Bruce

      "Who cares what other nations think?"

      That, sir, is the typical and textbook frame of mind of the psycopath (a callous disregard for others), which is what I'd expect from someone with your attitude commenting about a death penalty situation in which the guilt of the condemned is highly questionable and in doubt. Numerous witnesses have come forth to disavow their previous testimony in Mr. Davis' case.

      America is a violent nation the greatest export of which is death. It manufactures more armaments — guns, bullets, weaponry of all variety — than any other nation on Earth. We ship these abroad contributing to the violence elsewhere in the world. And here at home, the U.S. remains one of the few nations in the West which hasn't abolished the death penalty. Abolishing the DP is not a matter of "what [other] nations think." It's about having values as a society favoring life over death. It's about having character as a society. Which you, obviously, lack in any and all measure.

      For Mr. Davis: We are pulling for you, sir. Know that millions of Americans are aware of your situation and you're daily in the hearts and minds of those millions.

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  3. Linsdey

    "Most importantly, the execution of Troy Davis will contribute to an atmosphere of violence and racism and a devaluation of life itself within our country." … Using race as a matter of motivation and what appears to be a threat will not gain supporters, but rather lose that of prospect signatures.

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  4. Seamus

    I hope they postpone the execution. What a mess this thing is. I was disturbed to read a second trial was not possible because of an anti-terrorism & execution law initiated after the Oklahoma City bombing. I think a new trial would help shed light, especially since witnesses have allegedly recanted.

    Thanks for your time.

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    1. Ulla Varchmin

      I ask to postpone the exucution of Troy Davis and to start a second trial.
      In my country Germany the death penalty has been abolished and I think the United States of America shoul do the same. The case of Troy Davis is an example of profound injustice.

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  5. Jordan Black

    Can we get some bullet point with why he may or may not be guilty. I need to know their is actual evidence to suggest it one way or the other. The racists will execute him and the overly liberal will let him rot in a cell for the rest of his life while he lives off of tax money.

    So is he guilty or not? What exactly happened? Is it believable?

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    1. KMN

      Please go to the Amnesty International Website and search from Troy Davis. All the information you'll need is there. And yes, it is very believeable that Mr. Davis is innocent. He was convicted SOLELY on the testimony of witness who have since admitted to lying… because of police intimidation. It's a terribly profound injustice that is happening in this case.

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  6. Julie in Austin

    The only question I have is one of actual innocence. I could care less what race, socio-economic class, religion, age, or favorite baseball team someone on death row has. For people who are guilty, I fully support the death penalty. The death penalty is reserved for the worst of crimes, not trivial matters such as shoplifting or stealing a TV from someones house while they are away.

    The facts are that a police officer was killed and contempt for the police cannot be tolerated or we =will= descend into anarchy sooner or later.

    But in the case of Troy Davis, there is simply no physical evidence linking him to the crime. There are no credible witness, only other criminals, no weapon, no prints, no anything. And that is simply not the proper standard for a conviction, much less a death sentence.

    Executing Troy Davis makes a mockery of the criminal justice system. It says that criminals, who would not otherwise be considered a reliable witness, are given more weight than the physical evidence which isn't there. In my opinion, we need the death penalty to act as a deterrent against the worst of crimes, but we need an effective, lawful, and just death penalty, not one that is routinely subject to scorn and ridicule. We need a death penalty in which all but the most dogmatically opposed to the death penalty people would agree the penalty fits both the crime and the convicted. Troy Davis needs to be spared in order to make that possible.

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  7. Tommy Carroll

    …maybe those supporting 'state murder' should witness a loved-one mistakenly and wantonly executed.

    Tommy Carroll
    Liverpool
    UK.

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  8. nurseslt

    "The fact that the overwhelming majority of the men and women on death rows across the country are Black and other people of color ". I can see where this sentence could be misinterpreted. What it probably should say is that blacks make up a much greater percentage of the people on death row than they do in our society. For example, in 2000, blacks were less than 13% of the US population but accounted for 35% of the inmates executed since 1976. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=racial+popula

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    1. guest

      Blacks commit MOST of the violent crimes- thats why they're in prison. I for one would dispose af all of them without loosing a nights sleep

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  9. Tanika

    I live in Savannah and am old enough to remember this case. Your brother shot another man earlier that evening which was proven and the ballistics matched from that shooting and that of the policeman. Troy fled Savannah for Atlanta immediately. It's not hard to ascertain that the actual gun would not be found. DNA testing didn't exist back then. When during his many appeals, the prosecution asked for DNA testing on a blood spattering on a shirt that Troy had on the night of the murder. Although the test couldn't conclude anything because of the time that had lapsed, etc.. if Troy was innocent, why didn't his attorney's order DNA testing? The recantations that have been called into questions are questionable as well. Why should I believe someone now as opposed to when they held their hand on a bible and swore under oath that they were telling the truth? Yes, there are many questions……but those questions in my mind are not that an innocent man may possibly be put to death, but why so many people chose to believe that a guilty man is innocent!

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  10. Justin DeCastro

    The key point to keep in mind right now is that there is a mushrooming international outcry to stop this planned execution. If there is this much doubt in the world as to the guilt of Troy Davis, then prudence and justice dictate that the scheduled execution be halted and that all new information about this case be considered in the same light as all evidence provided to date.

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  11. power of the media

    i tried to send this message, but for some reason it didnt –
    I don't know Troy Davis, but what i do know is, the good lord works his wonders, so i am asking you to stay the execution of Troy Davis and commute his death sentence. WHAT HARM CAN CAN TROY DAVIS DO NOW IF YOU Give this young man a life and an opportunity to prove his innocence,

    if there is pressure on you to send this man Troy Davis to Death, then please look at this another way what if this was
    your child,
    your wife OR PARTNER
    your family or someone you believed in and trusted
    would you not want to know all the facts first or would you want to have sleepless nights for the rest of your life

    from the power of the media UK ENGLAND

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  12. Julie in Austin

    What's the current status of this case? There was supposed to be some news out today, but I've not seen anything yet?

    I think it's very important that everyone, including people who support the death penalty, demand a higher standard of evidence for these cases. Troy Davis' case does NOT meet the standard for evidence in a case where there is no room for "oops!" Let's hope the people in Georgia get that message loud and clear.

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  13. sal thomas

    EXECUTION IS A MAN MADE LAW, AND FOR THOSE WHO PARTAKE IN THIS CAUSE, SHALL ALSO STAND BEFORE THEIR OWN JUDGMENT. THE WORD OF GOD SAYS THOU SHALL NOT MURDER, AND FOR ALL WHO TAKE A LIFE, SHALL BE IN DANGER OF THE JUDGMENT. GOD SAYS VEGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY SAITH THE LORD, THEREFORE WHO ARE WE TO PASS DOWN SUCH A CRUCIAL PUNISHMENT, WHO ARE WE TO TAKE A LIFE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN, ARE YOU GREATER THEN HE? THIS NOT ONLY GO’S FOR THE MURDERERS, BUT THOSE WHO KILL THE MURDERERS, AND THOSE WHO EVEN KILL THOSE ACCUSED OF MURDER WITH NO ACTUAL FACTS, WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TO THAT YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN TAKE A LIFE? EVERYTHING THAT IS DONE HERE UNDER THE SUN WILL HAVE JUDGMENT PASSED ON IT, AND OH HOW GREAT THAT JUDGMENT WILL BE. THOSE IN AUTHORITY THAT ABUSE IT, AND DO WHAT YOU PLEASE BECAUSE OF THE POSITION YOUR IN, YOU TO SHALL STAND BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, YOU WHO POLUTE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM WITH YOUR INJUSTICES, YOU SHALL HAVE YOUR DAY AS WELL, I PRAY THAT GOD ALMIGHTY HAS MERCY ON YOUR SOULS. LOCKING THEM UP FOR LIFE IS MORE EXCEPTABLE THEN MURDER!!!

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