Troy Davis Likely to be executed September 21st 7pm despite lack of evidence

Facts about the case:

1) Of the nine original witnesses in the case, seven have either recanted or contradicted their original stories

2) Of the two witnesses who have not recanted, one of them was a suspect in the murder, Sylvester Coles. A witness even claimed that Coles bragged at a party about having killed an off-duty police officer.

3) Nine individuals have signed affidavits indicting that the murder was committed by Sylvester Coles

4) The list of people asking that the Georgia parole board offer clemency included Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 51 members of Congress and death penalty supporters including William S. Sessions.

5) The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles has originally stated that the execution would only take place if there is “no doubt” about the guilt of the man they are killing. We argue that there is tremendous doubt in the case of Troy Davis.

Source: Amnesty International

How could a man be executed on these grounds? Who are the members of this awful board and where in this world were they taught about justice to sign off on this man’s execution despite the lack of evidence?

Here is the board that denied Troy clemency.

I wonder what they have to say of the lack of phyiscal evidence pointing to Mr. Davis as the killer and the witnesses who have recanted their story, the very witnesses in which the case against Mr. Davis was orginally built upon? I am baffled at how they can come to this decision, do they know something we don’t and why won’t they share the smoking gun evidence that warrents Mr. Davis’ execution with the rest of us?

We all want justice for the family of the innocent police man that was killed, but justice can not be served by killing a man on faulty evidence! This is insane and it’s being done in front of the entire Nation. I am hoping for a large protest and civil action against the state of Georgia! This is an outrage to me.

Troy Davis’ sister Kimberly Davis spoke to Democracy Now about the ongoing effort to save her brother’s life and said: “We’re not only fighting for justice for Troy; we’re fighting for the Troy Davises that came before him, for the Troy Davises that are going to come after him. The fight for Troy Davis has brought a whole new family to us…all over the world.”

I pray your family gets justice Mrs. Davis and this “justice” system that kills so many black and poor men is revised.


Flying while Brown

I found this on my MSN homepage, clicked on and enjoyed reading this piece, although sad, the writer eloquently captures the terrible ordeal she went through, because of the color of her skin. Reminds me of the racism African American’s endured for so long (and still continue to endure), ie being pulled over for “driving while black”. Same racist shit, different story!

“Before I knew it, about 10 cops, some in what looked like military fatigues, were running toward the plane carrying the biggest machine guns I have ever seen–bigger than what the guards carry at French train stations.

My last tweet:

Majorly armed cops coming aboard

Someone shouted for us to place our hands on the seats in front of us, heads down. The cops ran down the aisle, stopped at my row and yelled at the three of us to get up. “Can I bring my phone?” I asked, of course. What a cliffhanger for my Twitter followers! No, one of the cops said, grabbing my arm a little harder than I would have liked. He slapped metal cuffs on my wrists and pushed me off the plane. The three of us, two Indian men living in the Detroit metro area, and me, a half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife living in suburban Ohio, were being detained.

The cops brought us to a parked squad car next to the plane, had us spread our legs and arms. Mine asked me if I was wearing any explosives. “No,” I said, holding my tongue to not let out a snarky response. I wasn’t sure what I could and could not say, and all that came out was “What’s going on?”

No one would answer me. They put me in the back of the car. It’s a plastic seat, for all you out there who have never been tossed into the back of a police car. It’s hard, it’s hot, and it’s humiliating. The Indian man who had sat next to me on the plane was already in the backseat. I turned to him, shocked, and asked him if he knew what was going on. I asked him if he knew the other man that had been in our row, and he said he had just met him. I said, it’s because of what we look like. They’re doing this because of what we look like. And I couldn’t believe that I was being arrested and taken away.

When the Patriot Act was passed after 9/11 and Arabs and Arab-looking people were being harassed all over the country, my Saudi Arabian dad became nervous. A bit of a conspiracy theorist at heart, he knew the government was watching him and at any time could come and take him away. It was happening all over. Men were being taken on suspicion of terrorist activities and held and questioned–sometimes abused–for long periods of time. Our country had a civil rights issue on its hands. And, in the name of patriotism we lost a lot of our liberty, especially those who look like me.”

Read more at the writer’s blog (copy and paste url):

The New Jim Crow: Michelle Alexander

This is one book I really want to read!