Troy Davis Execution Halted

On Monday, the Court postponed, until September, a decision on granting “habeas corpus” to Troy Davis. That’s at least a temporary victory for you, me, and the tens of thousands of other people who have been working so hard to stop the execution of a man who’s likely innocent.

On Monday morning, the NAACP and a diverse group of religious and civic leaders delivered over 10,000 hand-signed petitions from Chatham County residents to District Attorney Larry Chisolm, urging him to stop the execution and reopen the case. Another 50,000 petitions from around the nation were also delivered. Now, we have all summer to persuade the DA to reopen this case.

So all summer I am going to be wearing an “I am Troy” t-shirt to publicize the case and recruit more folks to work for Troy’s freedom.

Would you like to wear a Troy t-shirt like mine? You can, when you donate $25 or more to the NAACP.

As you know, Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. There is no physical evidence tying him to the crime and seven out of nine witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony. New evidence and new testimony have been presented to the Georgia courts, but the justice system refuses to consider this evidence — evidence we believe could save Troy’s life.

As I write, our top grassroots organizers are on the ground in Georgia, meeting with lawmakers and ministers, mobilizing law students, and reaching out to District Attorney Larry Chisolm and others who could reopen the investigation and save Troy’s life.

Your tax-deductible donation today will help pay for grassroots organizers, media advertising, and other expenses of our campaign to save Troy. Plus, with your gift of $25 or more, we’ll send you a free “I Am Troy” t-shirt so that you can wear your support of Troy.

Like me, I’m sure you want to hold those who commit violent crimes accountable and keep our communities safe. But executing a man who might well be innocent won’t accomplish this.

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