23 September 2008

American Sentence (for Troy Davis)

With no evidence blacks don’t walk but on a technicality, die.


Links:
+ Why Am I Not Surprised?
+ Stuff White People Do
+ Troy Anthony Davis
+ A Hundred Death Penalty Mistakes, And Counting

If you can, write an American Sentence for Troy, or about the failure of the justice system in the United States, and post it today on your blog. It may not save Troy from death, but it may raise some awareness about what is wrong with the picture of people dying for no reason. Many people have sent letters to the State Board Of Pardons And Paroles, to no avail. Richard C. Dieter says that
"The decisions about who lives and who dies are being made along racial lines by a nearly all white group of prosecutors. The death penalty presents a stark symbol of the effects of racial discrimination. In individual cases, this racism is reflected in ethnic slurs hurled at black defendants by the prosecution and even by the defense. It results in black jurors being systematically barred from service, and in the devoting of more resources to white victims of homicide at the expense of black victims. And it results in a death penalty in which blacks are frequently put to death for murdering whites, but whites are almost never executed for murdering blacks. Such a system of injustice is not merely unfair and unconstitutional--it tears at the very principles to which this country struggles to adhere."
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More American sentences:
  1. Tara
  2. Jodi
  3. Dana
  4. Christine
  5. Geoffrey
  6. The Villager
  7. Pam
  8. Susan
  9. Cordieb



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12 comments:

paris parfait said...

A powerful American sentence about a subject that's too long plagued the American justice system.

Rethabile said...

Tara,
Really dig your American Sentences (On Paris Parfait), too. Cheers.

Rethabile said...

FAX NUMBERS FOR THE GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF PARDONS & PAROLES:

(404) 651-8502
(404) 651-5282
(404) 463-6627

EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR THE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF PARDONS & PAROLES:

Chairperson L.Gale Buckner-- gale_buckner@pap.state.ga.us
Garland Hunt-- garland_hunt@pap.state.ga.us
Robert Keller-- robert_keller@pap.state.ga.us
Milton Nix-- milton_nix@pap.state.ga.us
Garfield Hammonds-- garfield_hammonds@pap.state.ga.us

The people who fight for liberation and for human rights saved Troy Davis' life last year. Let's work hard this week and save Troy Davis' life and restore his liberty this year. Your letters, when emailed and faxed to the Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles, will support a massive national rally against this planned execution. That rally will be in Atlanta on Thursday. The protests will carry over to the board's hearing on Friday, September 12, 2008. Please join us with your letters and other expressions of support.

Please continue the struggle!

From: http://www.slepton.com/slepton/viewcontent.pl?id=2095

paisley said...

as you have so often done in the past,, you clearly touched my heart and spurred me to write a response to this atrocity ... i have not been able to narrow down my field of vision enough to compose an american sentence,, but you can find the post i did as a result of this post on ...why paisley??? right now

troy anthony davis

christine said...

Rethabile, thanks for bringing this to my attention, especially since Troy lives in my state. This is an American Sentence we must try to overturn. I'll write to the parole board, and later post something here in your comments section.

Rethabile said...

Jodi,
I'm grateful for your reaction and revolt at this. You're great.

Rethabile said...

Christine,
Georgia holds a lot of meaning for me. My favourite bar in the USA is in Atlanta. I kind of met my wife there. Great state, but for this. Muchas graçias.

christine said...

Here's a sentence.

MLK said there's no lie that can live forever – spare Troy Davis.

paisley said...

finally got my thoughts together enough to write an american sentence...

a fair trial....

susan said...

I've shared your post at BES and another community I run. Here's my contribution, an american sentence

cordieb said...

I was lead here by Paisley. It's unbelievable that we have regressed instead of progressed in terms of justice in America. So often, Thanks for bringing this to our attention! I couldn't come up with a seven sylable; however, I was able to write a poem.

cordieb said...

Here is the link. http://cordieb.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/sweet-revenge-turned-to-eternal-regret/