Who is Troy Davis?

I did not know who Troy Davis was until a couple of days ago when my friend Iresha mentioned that she would be attending a rally for this man on Friday, September 16 at City Hall.

Troy Davis is a black man from Georgia who is scheduled to be executed on September 21st.  Controversy around his case has galvanized people across the U.S. to demand a new trial.

Davis was convicted in 1991 of murdering a police officer in Georgia.  The trial was based all on witness testimony, but since then, seven of nine witnesses have retracted their testimony against him, and two other witnesses have implicated another individual as the murderer.

According to Amnesty International, next week the Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles “will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.”

A movement against the execution of Troy Davis is growing and on Friday, September 16, people in cities across the US demonstrated. Above is some footage I shot at yesterday’s rally in Philadelphia.

To get involved, contact:
Gov. Deal of Georgia: 404-656-1776
State Board of Pardons and Paroles:  404-656-5651
Sign Amnesty International’s Online Petition

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Rally pictures courtesy of Iresha Picot.

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About Nuala Cabral

Nuala Cabral is an educator, activist, filmmaker and co-founder of FAAN Mail, a media literacy and activist project based in Philadelphia.
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