February 16, 2012
Fund for Troy Davis's family

nefariousnewt:

numol:

[via Dread Times (link to post)]

AFAICT the new deadline is the 28th [of February].  they’re only at 69% of their goal as of now, please pass this around and donate if possible.

The Davis family has had to bury three warriors for justice in the past seven months. Virginia Davis, the matriarch of the family, passed in April, just two weeks after the US Supreme Court denied Troy’s final appeal, paving the way for the state of Georgia to set a new execution date. According to Martina, her mother died of a broken heart—she couldn’t bear another execution date. Troy was executed on September 21, despite an international outcry over executing a man amid such overwhelming doubt. Troy’s sister Martina succumbed to her decade-long battle with cancer on December 1, exactly two months after her brother Troy’s funeral, leaving behind a teenaged son.

There are still outstanding medical and funeral bills for Martina that the Davis family must pay.

The Davis family has had to bear more tragedy and sorrow than any family should ever have to. Together, we can ensure that the financial aspect of these losses will not be a burden to them.

Any amount will be highly appreciated.

Any questions can be directed to Jen Marlowe at donkeysaddle@gmail.com

ALSO: comment left by Jen Marlowe, with info for mailing checks:

checks should be made out to the “The Martina Davis-Correia fund” and can be sent to:
Kimberly Davis
PO Box 2105
Savannah, GA 31407

ALSO IMPORTANT: the Dread Times post says that after the deadline, donations can be made via Kim Davis’s paypal account, at aug1970@bellsouth.net”.

Do what you can; I know I will. If you can’t do much, re-blog and pass the information on.

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September 22, 2011

laurasthinkingwithportals:

tarynaria:

Troy Davis Rally/March. September 22, 2011.

This is the vigil in Union Square and the start of the march. Those cops are just a fraction of the numbers we saw later.

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September 22, 2011
Back To The Motor League: mixedbyziggy: Reggie Clemons could be the next Troy Davis. From...

schnappsontherocks:

mixedbyziggy:

Reggie Clemons could be the next Troy Davis.

From http://www.justiceforreggie.com:

In 1991, two young women went missing after visiting the abandoned Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis Missouri — a popular hang-out with local teens — with their cousin. The cousin told the police an impossible tale: that the girls had been pushed from the bridge, but he was ordered to jump by an unknown assailant and survived the nearly 80-foot fall into strong currents with no injuries and dry hair. The police were naturally skeptical of his account and, within hours, he confessed to killing the girls.

Yet this man, who is white, has never spent a day in jail. Instead, the police arrested four local youths who were also on the bridge that night. Three of the young men, all African-American, received the death sentence. The fourth young man, who is white, received a 30-year sentence and will be eligible for parole soon.

Reggie Clemons is one of the youths that received the death sentence, even though prosecutors conceded that Reggie neither pushed the women nor planned their deaths. The prosecutor simply theorized that Reggie was an “accomplice” even though there is no physical evidence linking Reggie to the crime for which he received the death penalty: no fingerprints, no DNA, no hair or fiber samples.

Many of Reggie’s claims have never been heard in a court of law because of procedural rules that have barred the presentation of important evidence. After reviewing the evidence, two federal judges voted to overturn his death sentence and found that Reggie was denied a fair trial. But Reggie’s sentence of death remains.

So many people were up in arms yesterday…now that Troy Davis is gone, will you continue to fight or were you just hype for the moment?

Click the link to head to amnesty.org and learn more about Reggie’s case, sign the petition—do something. We have lots more time to act.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-reggie-clemons?id=1691061 Here is a good overview from Amnesty.org

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September 22, 2011
Kathartic Rantings: we're all fine

tarynaria:

laurasthinkingwithportals:

i know it’s long but if you can read and maybe reblog. i have no idea how big it really was or what happened but what i saw was not quiet or minor.

we were at the troy davis vigil in union square, which was possibly around 600 people? extremely…

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September 22, 2011
Here be harlots.: mehreenkasana: I’ll be on BBC’s WHYS to give my thoughts on Troy...

mehreenkasana:

I’ll be on BBC’s WHYS to give my thoughts on Troy Davis’s unjust execution at 21:30 PST. Would love to get your input too. Was this more propelled by an inefficient prosecution system or the fact that there is no constitutional right in the US for innocent inmates waiting…

 The system is stacked against poor people of color. Doesn’t matter if it’s drug possession or murder - if you’re not white and/or made of money, you’re going to get the harshest sentence available under the law. There’s no incentive for attorneys to become public defenders and there are very few good criminal defense attorneys willing to work for pennies. If counsel isn’t willing or able to put up a good defense, it’s all over.

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September 21, 2011
"In a thoughtful essay posted earlier this week, my friend Andrew Cohen writes about why it matters that the death penalty be administered fairly. He asks why “the ‘law’ in capital cases now is mostly used as a weapon” and wonders how it has come to pass that in declining to revisit the claims of actual innocence in the Davis case, Georgia was forced to say “that its interest in the finality of its capital judgments is more important than the accuracy of its capital verdicts.” That question—why and how many of us are willing to tolerate error to achieve finality—is the real dispute here. And it’s why, in the Davis case as in almost all death penalty cases, the two sides have talked past each other for so long."

— Dahlia Lithwick: The Slow Death of Certainty - Will the Troy Davis case be the one that finally turns America against the death penalty? (via pantslessprogressive)

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September 21, 2011
I AM TROY DAVIS.

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September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

ladyfabulous:

esprit-follet:

lillymaidofhighgarden:

thusspakekate:

In case you forgot what a horrible, disgusting, piece of shit ann coulter is.

OK, bitch, now I am fucking trolling your ass.

I feel sick.

She’s a despicable bitch.

Fuck her. She’s not human.

September 21, 2011
I’m probably going to cry at work.

tehblackbird:

I’m going to try not to, but executions make me cry.

And I remember the first time I posted something about Troy Davis. It was on myspace. That’s right. MYSPACE. It was a petition to grant him a new trial.

What will likely happen tonight is the most egregious type of injustice I can think of. The state of Georgia (YES, the state of Georgia) will murder a man because 12 people didn’t hear all the evidence. Because 10 witnesses fucked up his entire life. Because our criminal justice system and particularly our capital punishment system are rife with errors and racism and prejudice against the poor, the Black, the mentally ill, and the unwanted members of society. Because once 12 people decide that someone is guilty, most of this country blindly believes that it must be so. Because once some shitty public defender with 160 cases per year does little to nothing to represent his client, that’s enough justice for us.

For all of these reasons, the blood (even though technically, there shouldn’t be any as we don’t want to see a “messy” or “unpleasant” execution) will be on all of our hands. This injustice is entrenched in a history of racism and oppression that goes back so far, we can no longer see the beginning, and as of now, we can’t see the end.

You may believe that if Troy Davis committed this crime, then he deserves to die. I don’t, and I don’t see any reason how you can. I’ve mentioned before how tired I am of explaining the failure of our system on EVERY IMAGINABLE LEVEL when it comes to the death penalty. And I am exhausted. I have been running my mouth about this for approximately 16 years, to no apparent avail. I have worked with inmates on death row. I have worked in an office that represented a man who was tortured to death in Florida when the machinery of death didn’t work.

There is only so much one person can handle. I am not strong enough to handle what happened in Florida. I know that now. I once believed I was. I once believed I could do SOMETHING to stop this heinous punishment that does absolutely NOTHING to provide closure to victims, that does NOTHING to stop other people from murdering, that does NOTHING to save money for state governments. And I think people are tired of listening. I have a hard time believing that I (or any other person) can do anything about any of this.

Every execution that happens in the United States is a fucking mockery. A travesty. A sham. Whatever you want to call it. It is NOT JUSTICE. It will never be justice.

When you put the ability to decide who lives and who dies in the hands of ordinary people and elected officials, including jurors, prosecutors, governors and judges, you will get human error. Every single time. Make no fucking mistake about that.

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