|Troy Davis artwork by Amnesty International|
Mr. Davis, 42, and his legal team will have an opportunity to go before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to plea for clemency in a hearing set for Sept. 19. All of his appeals have been exhausted, however, his family and supporters are refusing to go away silently.
“Troy is in good spirits. He is prayed up and he says that they will not be able to detour him because he knows whatever happens is Allah’s Will for him,” Martina Correia, his sister, told me in a phone conversation. “Since they gave the execution date, Troy has been calling home about twice a day. He believes he can never die because his name has touched the lives of so many around the world."
Ms. Correia said a global day of action is scheduled for Sept. 16 in Atlanta, wherein they will invite thousands to march in solidarity and to host simultaneous gatherings in many states and across seas. On Sept. 17, a prayer vigil and rally will take place at the Atlanta-based First African Baptist Church. Additionally, groups such as Amnesty International, the NAACP, and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty are circulating online petitions, Facebook messages and Twitter action alerts in what could be Mr. Davis’ last chance. Read more of my report in an upcoming edition of The Final Call Newspaper.
According to Amnesty International's website, you can take the following actions right now:
1. Sign the petition to the Board of Pardons & Paroles urging them to grant clemency! They will deliver your signatures next week.
2. Organize locally for Troy: Take to the streets with us. Sign up now to rally in the coming days to stop the execution of Troy Davis.
3. Join the #TooMuchDoubt Twitter campaign: Spread the word about this injustice by tweeting a “Doubt a Day” about Troy’s story. Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
Georgia plans to execute #TroyDavis even though 10 witnesses say another man committed the crime http://bit.ly/TroyPetition #TooMuchDoubt
Juror: “If I knew then what I know now #TroyDavis would not be on death row.” http://bit.ly/TroyPetition #TooMuchDoubt
9 witnesses have signed affidavits implicating another suspect, not #TroyDavis. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
75% of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA had witness misidentifications. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition #TooMuchDoubt
No physical evidence directly linked #TroyDavis to the murder. The weapon was never found. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition #TooMuchDoubt
For more info on the case of Troy Anthony Davis go tohttp://troyanthonydavis.org/
Free Troy Davis!
Free Troy Davis!