Watch four videos (below) from All Things Harlem of the Day of Outrage for Troy Davis Sept. 22 in New York City
by Troy Davis
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 firsthand, 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 every day 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 and 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 Davises. 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 was murdered by the state of Georgia at 11:08 p.m. Sept. 21 for the murder of a white off-duty police officer in 1989, when he was 19. During the 19-plus years he’s been on death row, seven of the nine eyewitnesses have contradicted or recanted their testimony, there never was any physical evidence tying Troy to the crime, and the doubt that he committed it is as deep and wide as the ocean. But although more than a million people signed petitions, made phone calls, sent emails and rallied all over the world to save and free Troy, everyone who could have prevented his patently wrongful execution – from the Georgia Board of Pardons to the U.S. Supreme Court – refused. To send his grieving family, who worked so hard for his freedom, your love and condolences, email firstname.lastname@example.org.