October 22, 2008

Stop State Sponsored Murder

The state of Georgia and the Supreme Court are about to murder an innocent man. It will come as no surprise that this man is a working class African American. Democracy Now! has covered this story in great detail, which you can find here (http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2008925amy_goodmans_new_column_troy_davis_and_the_supreme_decision). Today, the European Parliament condemned it (see AP story below). Remember: A rich, white man has NEVER been executed by the state in America!

Rally For Troy Davis

Thursday, October 23 5:30 p.m.
33rd Street and 8th Avenue, (SE corner)
New York City, NY

Stand Firm For Justice! Rally For Troy Davis In New York City

Join fellow activists in a rally to demand justice for Troy Davis

On Oct 14 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Troy Davis?s petition and the State of Georgia has set an execution date of October 27, ignoring overwhelming evidence of his innocence. People throughout the United States are seriously disturbed by the thought of a possibly innocent man being executed. Nothing can undermine public faith in a criminal justice system faster than an execution when there are still serious doubts about guilt.

Join fellow New Yorkers on Thursday Oct. 23 as we call for the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant justice to Troy Davis and stop his execution.

For more information contact Alyce Stark, asce4@earthlink.net or Jamie Wood, jwood@aiusa.org


Here is the AP story:

EU legislature protests US death sentence

2 hours ago

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European parliament is strongly protesting plans to execute a man in the United States who has been sentenced to death for killing a police officer.

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed in Georgia on Oct. 27, despite calls from his supporters to reconsider because seven of nine key witnesses against him have recanted their testimony. [my bold]

EU parliament head Hans-Gert Poettering says all executions are violations of human rights. He says the condemned American symbolizes the fate of all death row inmates, and vows the EU legislature "will fight against the death penalty under any circumstances everywhere in the world."

The 40-year-old Davis was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of 27-year-old Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. His case has also attracted support from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and South Africa Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


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