Hi everyone, I'm not that well known on the forums, but I do post here and there.
I'm actually a student leader for an organization called Amnesty International. Most of you have probably heard the name, but basically, Amnesty is one of the most well known and globally recognized human rights organizations.
I'm here to ask you to sign a petition. This petition is going out for a man named Troy Davis, who is sentenced to be executed on September 21, 2011. 20 years ago, he was convicted of killing a white police officer in the state of Georgia. Since then, seven of the nine witnesses have either retracted or recanted their statements, claiming that police officers pressured and coerced them into signing statements against Davis. In addition, no physical evidence was ever found, leaving Davis' case on extremely shaky ground.
I'm not here to debate whether the death penalty is ethical, I don't want to argue whether he is guilty or not. All I want is for him is to receive justice. Is that too much to ask for?
If you're interested in how else you can help, let me know, and I will get try to get you in contact with your local Amnesty International USA leader. Rallies are happening all over the United States, and we are hoping to get enough attention to prevent this execution.
Hey, thanks to everyone who's signed. We've still got a week to save this man's life. Here's a message that Amnesty received from him. Its addressed to Seattle, because I work in the Seattle area.
"I want to personally thank each and every one of you in Seattle. You lift my spirits everyday single day. When I wake up and feel helpless, I thank God there are people like you taking on My Cause. I am asking you to do this for me on September 16th, raise your voice LOUD because I cannot. Raise your voice so VERY LOUD that you are heard all the way here to Georgia. I've done enough time for someone else's crime, I'm ready to be a free man. Raise your voice for me, for my freedom. Thank you so very much and God Bless You."
I also want you to know that Troy is in a very good place. He is calm and peaceful. He still has his sense of humor and is sleeping well at night. Unfortunately, 90% of his "usual" DR rights have been taken away now that he is in the medical ward on 24/7 surveillance. I mail him TONS of perfume samples from magazines so that he can smell something nice, something other than stale prison air. He told me that on monday he received my 30 samples as usual (the mens cologne samples he uses for himself, he loves that), and he was told by the guards that he could smell the samples right then and there and then had to throw them in the garbage. (He said he took a loooong time smelling them.) They wont even give him the simple pleasure of smelling something pleasant right now...