Despite growing doubts in the case against Troy Davis, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles decided early Tuesday morning to deny clemency to Mr. Davis. His execution is set for tomorrow, September 21, at 7:00pm.
Both Amnesty International and the NAACP are calling on individuals to contact District Attorney Larry Chisolm and ask him to petition the Judge to withdraw the death warrant against Troy. Please consider speaking out against this injustice and signing both the Amnesty International petition and the NAACP petition. This is Troy’s last hope.
Amnesty International is also organizing a Day of Protest (today) and a Day of Vigil (tomorrow) in support of Troy. See the message below from Laura Moye of Amnesty International for more details. MW
BREAKING: The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denies clemency to Troy Davis
It is with a very heavy heart and a deep sense of outrage that I let you know that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles voted to deny clemency to Troy Davis.
This means that very little is standing in the way of the state of Georgia executing a potentially innocent man this Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm.
The actions of the Board are astounding in the face of so much doubt in the case against Troy Davis. However, we are not prepared to accept the decision and let anyone with the power to stop the execution off the hook.
Join us in calling on the Board to reconsider its decision, and on the Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm to do the right thing. They have until the final moments before Troy’s scheduled execution to put the brakes on this runaway justice system.
We have seen an unprecedented level of support from our members, coalition partners and all sorts of concerned individuals across the political spectrum.
I was blown away as I carried one of the many boxes containing your petition signatures up to the Parole Board office last Thursday. Close to a million signatures have been collected from the many organizations working with us. I looked back as we were marching down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta Friday night and I could not see an end to the crowd. About 3,500 people came out!
The movement here is very alive. It is electric. And I have no doubt that we will raise the volume together against what could be an unthinkable injustice.
Join your voices with us – we will not allow Troy Davis to be executed, not in our names! Troy Davis and his family have counted on us for many years now and we will not let them down. Please take action – human rights and a human life are on the line. Please contact Georgia’s District Attorney and urge him to stop the execution of Troy Davis.
Make the state of Georgia hear you! Tell them that executing Troy Davis will only deepen the cycle of violence and injustice.
Director, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
Amnesty International USA
P.S. We’ll be organizing a Day of Protest today to express our outrage at the recent decision to deny Troy Davis clemency. And on Wednesday (Sept. 21), we’re calling for a Day of Vigil on Troy’s impending execution date. If you are able to organize locally for either of these events, please tell us about your plans.