Twenty Years on Death Row
NEW: Read Jen Marlowe’s article in ColorLines
De’Jaun says. “My uncle is not the only one going through this type of pain … a lot of people really want someone to hear their case but they don’t have the power and resources. I see myself as an activist, helping people.”
When asked where he gets the inner reserves to handle all that is facing him, De’Jaun speaks about his faith in God. And, he says, he has two chief role models for strength, courage, tenacity, humanity and dignity. His mother, Martina, is one. The other: his Uncle Troy.Read Jen Marlowe’s September 2010 article in The Nation.
Jen Marlowe’s short film explains the details of the case:
“This is a matter of conscience and it is urgent.” – Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty.
Troy Davis is on death row for the 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, GA. Troy has always maintained his innocence, and there was never any physical evidence linking him to the crime. 7 out of the 9 non-police witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony. New witnesses have come forth identifying another suspect. Yet, on March 28, the US Supreme Court denied Troy’s final appeal, clearing the way for Georgia to set the execution date.
That execution date could be set any day now. Troy’s life will then be in the hands of Georgia’s Board of Pardon & Paroles, who has the power to grant Troy clemency.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Sign the Amnesty USA petition, asking the GA Board of Pardons & Parole to grant Troy clemency, and forward it to others.
2. Collect signatures on a download-able version of the petition.
3. If you are a lawyer or a legal professional: add your name to the legal professional sign-on letter
4. If you are a member of the clergy: add your name to the clergy sign-on letter.
5. If you have contacts with legal professionals or members of the clergy, forward them the sign-on letters and urge them to sign.
6. If you have contacts in Georgia, urge them to sign the petition or, sign-on letters (if they are legal professionals or members of the clergy.) It is important that the Board know that this issue matter to folks around the country and around the world–but especially that it matters to folks in Georgia.
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Sign the petition for #TroyDavis! www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition