A message from Troy Davis' sister

From: Kalonji Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008 1:03 PM To all, this message is from Martina Correia, I want everyone to know that we are still fighting for Troy, you have not heard from me in two days because I have been trying to answer so many calls and get rest in between. I went to see Troy yesterday and he is in good spirits, prayerful and saying we can never give up they can take my physical form but nothing else. But this is not the time to think he will be executed we have to fight them and we have to fight hard. I want to first tell you that something strange has taken place with the Parole Board, as we went in the Chair Gale Buckner said they had a lot of information to review and a decision would not be made on Friday. The lawyers presented the additional witnesses who told accounts of police detectives threatening them with guns and the DA threatening with purjury if they changed their testimonies against Troy, most of these people were teenagers, one guy who testified was 15 years old at the time and admitted that he ad he friends were the ones involved in a shooting earlier that night and they threw shell casings near the scene that of course did not have Troy's prints on them. The lawyers showed how they put Troy's picture on wanted posters after Coles ponted the finger at Troy and they took a polaroid out of my mom's house and they only showed the witnesses that photo to identify Troy several days after he had turned himself in. So Troy was never picked out of lineup. The police detectives merely brought the one picture after his face in newspaper etc and said is this the guy. We were so very confident when we left the room it was no way Troy's sentence should not have been commuted. Then less than 30 minutes after DA's side left the Parole Board held a press conference and denied Troy, a reporter said Martina It was like all the air was sucked out of the room no one thought Troy would remain in prison and the Parole Board offered no reason, because they do not have to. The Parole Board in Georgia meets in closed doors, no recorded meetings, no transcripts , no accountability. When Troy got the first stay they said there would be no executions in Georgia when there is some doubt, well with the two hearings there is more than some doubt their is overwhelming doubt of Troy's innocence so why would they deny him without explanation. I think because three of the members are former prosecutors and two are former police from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, some sort of deal was made against Troy. I think they wanted to flex their muscle because they have no one to answer to. WE HAVE TO KEEP FLOODING THEM WITH LETTERS AND FAXES TO RECONSIDER BECAUSE THEY CAN STILL STOP THIS EXECUTION. WE HAVE TO HOLD THEM TO THEIR WORD NO ONE WOULD BE EXECUTED WHEN THERE IS DOUBT. So plan of actions we need done: 1. HOLD ACTIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS WITH MEDIA IN PLACE TO TELL WHAT THE PAROLE BOARD DID AND HOW THEY HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY. 2. CONTINUE TO HAVE PEOPLE SIGN LETTERS TO THE PAROLE BOARD THERE WILL BE A NEW LETTER ON AMNESTY SITE ASKING THE BOARD FOR RECONSIDERATION. YOU CAN ALSO WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER. STATING REASONING IN 100 YEARS OF GEORGIA'S DEATH PENALTY THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A CASE OF 7 RECANTATIONS, NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, NO WEAPON AND YOU SEEK DEATH. 3. MASS LETTERS TO US ATTORNEY GENERAL ASKING FOR IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION IN THIS CASE DUE TO PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT. CC. GEORGIA ATTORNEY GENERAL 4. MASS LETTERS TO WHITE HOUSE ASKING FOR INTERVENTION IN THIS CASE 5. CONTACT EVERY MEDIA OUTLET YOU KNOW MASS LETTERS TO CNN INTERNATIONAL, OTHER NATIONAL MEDIA ND CELEBRITY OUTLETS THAT CAN GIVE US A PLATFORM TO GET WHAT HAPPENED OUT TO MASSES. 6. THERE WILL BE A RALLY IN ATLANTA PROBABLY THURSDAY EVENING CONTACT AMNESTY , JESSICA COHN JCOHN@AIUSA.ORG OR LAURA MOYE LMOYE@AIUSA.ORG . ANOTHER GROUP IS PLANNING PROTEST IN FRONT OF CNN IN ATLANTA ON SATURDAY THE 20TH CONTACT Lawyer Henderson" <<a href="cinemacitypictures@hotmail.com">cinemacitypictures@hotmail.com OR 678-437-6256, 7. THOSE WHO HAVE CONTACTS WITH US SUPREME COURT MEMBERS, OR OP-EDS TO MEMBERS, WE NEED THEM TO ACT EMERGENCY STAY AND IF WE CAN MAKE ENOUGH NOISE, RAISE ENOUGH ATTENTION, HOPEFULLY THEY CAN TAKE TROY'S CASE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE REVIEWED BY THEM ON SEPT 29TH. THE DA IN SAVANNAH MOVED DATE OF EXECUTION UP WHILE US SUPREME COURT WAS ON VACATION. 8. THE LAWYERS THINK IT IS A SLIM CHANCE THE US SUPREME COURT WILL ACT SO WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BY MAKING AS MUCH NOISE AS WE CAN. ANY AND ALL IDEAS YOU HAVE WE HAVE TO GO FOR IT TO SAVE TROY, SO AS ACTIVISTS I SAY DO WHAT YOU DO!!!!! Attorney General, Michael B. Mukasey 202-514-2001 OR Office of the Attorney General - 202-353-1555 AskDOJ@usdoj.gov Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker 404-656-3300 Fax 404-657- 8733 President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Phone Numbers Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461 TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213 E-Mail Please send your comments to comments@whitehouse.gov. People can go on Amnesty Website to sign petitions or fax their own letters. I will send numbers in next email. Or Text the parole board from your cell phone. Go t send message type the name TROY, then send to 90999. We still have Fight in Us and we will FIGHT! Thank you all for everything you are doing TROY SAYS NO MATTER WHAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT BECAUSE THIS IS BIGGER THAN TROY. THIS IS A BATTLE FOR HUMAN TIGHTS AND TRUE JUSTICE AND WE ARE WINNING SMALL BATTLES EVERYDAY! Martina Correia http://www.thesoulplanet.com http://www.myspace.com/kalonji_ftp http://www.myspace.com/ftpmovement "I'm the man you think you are.... If you want to know what I'll do, figure out what you'll do. I'll do the same thing -- only more of it." -Malcolm X

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  • Chicago-Midwest
    Thank you for all you said. Our love and support to Troy and to you.
  • Chicago-Midwest
    If Troy Davis Dies, Blame The Clintons By Skeptical Brotha

    T.R.O.Y..jpgIf anyone has sought to confuse you or just plain insult your intelligence by intimating that the United States has entered into a “post-racial” age of enlightenment, you have this Skeptical Brotha’s permission to curse them out so hard that they beg your forgiveness. All one really has to do, if the aforemetioned is unappealing, is just say two words: Troy Davis.

    I am primitive enough to actually believe in the death penalty despite knowing full well that the way in which it is administered discriminates against people on the basis of race and class. I am also old fashioned enough to want any would be victimizers of me or my family to pay the ultimate price.

    The case against Georgia Death Row Inmate Troy Davis, 38, changes all that for me and it has me reconsidering the fundamentally corrosive nature of prolonged righteous rage brought on by the machinery of death. The family of the murdered police officer is prevented from having closure and so is the family of Troy Davis who are convinced of his innocence.

    Anger and rage are the essential building blocks of any activism for good causes, but they are also the essential tools of the demagogue.

    clintonAD2505_468x448.jpgThis is where Bill and Hillary Clinton come in. In the run up to the 1992 New Hampshire primary, Bill Clinton left the campaign trail and the questions surrounding the revelation of his affair wth Gennifer Flowers to execute a brain damaged brotha, Ricky Ray Rector.

    Christopher Hitchens was blunt:

    "I disliked Clinton because of the Ricky Ray Rector business. He left New Hampshire to go back to Arkansas and execute a man who was essentially unfit to plead–he certainly didn’t understand the charges against him, would have met any ordinary definition of clemency. I don’t think the Chinese execute people who are mentally disabled. Rector was lobotomized. And it was clear that Clinton did what he did to send a racist signal. It was as clear as it could possibly be. The week of Gennifer Flowers he kept saying, “Why don’t we talk about the issues?” So I asked him this: “Isn’t executing a mentally retarded black man for votes a clearer indication of what your morality is than what you do with blondes on the side?” Clinton turned his back on me. Walked away."

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Clintons dipped into the well of racism against Barack Obama having deliberately used the unjustified execution of a black man to make a naked racial appeal to whitefolks back in 1992.

    Once elected, Bill and Hillary Clinton continued turning their backs on justice. Bill signed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

    According to Amnesty International:

    President Bill Clinton signed the AEDPA into law on 24 April 1996. “I have long sought to streamline federal appeals for convicted criminals sentenced to the death penalty,” he said at the signing; “For too long, and in too many cases, endless death row appeals have stood in the way of justice being served.” He added that “from now on, criminals sentenced to death for their vicious crimes will no longer be able to use endless appeals to delay their sentences.”

    The Act placed new, unprecedented restrictions on prisioners raising claims of constitutional violations. It imposed severe time limits on the raising of constitutional claims, restricted the federal courts ability to review state court decisions, placed limits on federal courts granting and conducting evidentiary hearings, and prohibited “successive” appeals except in very narrow circumstances.

    As one leading lawyer has said “The provisions of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 restricting the power of federal courts to correct constitutional error in criminal cases represent a decision tat results are more important than process, that finality is more important than fairness, and that proceeding with executions is more important than determining whether convictions and sentences were obtained fairly and reliably.”

    Under the AEDPA, once Troy Davis’ conviction and death sentence had been upheld by the Georgia Courts, the possibility of relief in the federal courts was curtailed. Federal relief was only permissible if the decision of a state court had “resulted in a decision that was contrary to, or involved in an unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States.” This deferential “reasonableness” standard represented “a remarkable departure from the traditional role of federal courts…to declare what the law is.”

    The amazing thing about the case against Troy Davis is that there is literally no case. There is no physical evidence at all. No DNA, no murder weapon, no fingerprints, no footprints. Nothing. All there was against the brotha was the perjured testimony of coerced witnesses, 7 of whom now say in signed affidavits that one of their number was the real killer and that the combined effects of sloppy police work, prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, and their fear of the real killer, produced this twisted and tragic result.

    The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles delayed this execution for over a year to supposedly investigate the claims of innocence here thoroughly and completely. They still came to the same racist result as the orignial jury and every court of review.

    At the end of the line and with state court appeals exhausted, executive clemency denied, and all federal appeals over, they appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court one last time. The Supremes delayed the execution until next Monday. While a six-day repreive is cause for celebration for some, I am not hopeful. A Supreme Court that would essentially overturn Brown v. Board of Education is a Supreme Court that will come up with some convoluted, racist rationale for the execution of the innocent. Only time will tell.

    The only thing I know for sure is that if Troy Davis dies, you can blame the Clintons for setting him up and sabotaging his legitimate claim of innocence.
    • South
      I do not keep up with criminal justice issues. But, there has never been any doubt in my mind that both Clintons are evil racists who care nothing about African lives. Their history in power is one in which many Africans have died unjustly.
  • NYMetro
    When Troy emerges from this travesty of USA 'justice,' make sure you and he continue our struggle for skin color equity in this racist/colorist country//world!

    Your Sister-in-THE-Struggle,
    (on November 4th, 2008 - 'Election' Day)
    First Black USA Flight Attendant
    Author: THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Black Male Survival in America: Staying Alive & Well in an Institutionally RACIST Society
    Do log on to Discussrace.com and take the Racism Quotient Test and share it!
  • Chicago-Midwest
    thanx for posting this... i have posted it in my Political Prisoners POW's group also... there are so far, 21 discussion lines... several of them are for Troy Davis... with video

    take care,
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