A Plea for Troy Davis

Amnesty!  Justice!  Empathy!

Yesterday afternoon I took part in a protest in Athens, Georgia.  It was new territory for me – out of my norm – but I felt strongly about the issue at hand.  A man is scheduled to be put to death in spite of spotty evidence.

I was hesitant to stand in front of UGA’s Arch, camera-vulnerable.  I usually avoid conspicuity at all costs.  But then it occurred to me that I have the choice to be unseen, to blend in to society unnoticed.  Those with dark skin are always conspicuous and always vulnerable to the inequality still pervasive in our justice system.  So in solidarity I made myself visible.

If not proven guilty, innocent! innocent! innocent!

As my left arm grew weary from holding up one side of the “Amnesty International” banner, I gazed blankly at the sharp relief of the downtown Starbucks building against an innocent sky.  Brush-stroked cirrus clouds, color of plaster of Paris, softened the crisp autumn blue.  The handiwork of humans was a tan brick right angle, but from my perspective the angle was obtuse, almost a curve.  If only we could all view the world from another’s point of view.  Wouldn’t the lines blur and the angles blunt?

Press replay and watch the past unfold before your eyes.

Envision yourself an unfortunate man, perhaps, at the wrong place at the wrong time.  One misstep and your precious few years on earth are forfeited.  Imagine yourself innocent, frantically pleading your case, lame-lipped, completely unable to convince anyone that you are not the one they seek.  Perhaps he is the culprit, perhaps he is not, but we must be absolutely certain before punishment is applied.  Even in the case of someone unquestionably guilty, do we have the right to cut life short?

Click here to read about the case.

Please contact Georgia Board of Parole and Pardons
Phone: (404) 656-5651       Fax: (404) 651 8502
webmaster@pap.state.ga.us

Call or fax Larry Chisolm District Attorney
Phone: (912) 652-7308       Fax: (912) 652-7328 or (912) 447-5396.

Ask him to please withdraw his request for Troy Anthony Davis’ execution. You will be asked where you are calling from.

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~ by falleninparadise on September 20, 2011.

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