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Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.
The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.
One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating
Georgia's State Board of Pardons and Paroles has recently rejected Troy Davis' clemency petition. Troy continues to face execution on Wednesday Sept. 21 at 7 pm EDT (midnight Weds night UK time). Please take action before this time.
We cannot let an innocent man die.Please take these two simple actions - asking the Parole Board to reconsider (they can change their mind at any time), and asking that Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm step in and withdraw the death warrant.
Take action here
We can't let them kill an innocent man. This really is Troy's last chance.
Thank you for your support. UPDATE: THE PAROLE BOARD ARE BLOCKING AMNESTY'S EMAILS, BUT YOU CAN STILL TAKE ACTION
Please forward the email below to the Parole Board at
Feel free to personalise the text or chang ethe title of the email. We must keep the pressure on the Board, and let them know that the world is watching. Executing Troy would be an outrageous travesty against justice.
Please grant Troy Davis clemency
Pardons and Paroles webmaster
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
SE Suite 458
Dear Clemency Board members,
I call on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to take all steps necessary to ensure that Troy Anthony Davis is not executed.
You have voted to deny him clemency despite the fact that significant doubts continue to plague his conviction. You must reconsider and
reverse this decision immediately.
Seven of the nine witnesses have changed their story and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. No one should be executed, especially when there are so many doubts about guilt.
This case has generated widespread attention because so many people in Georgia and throughout the world are disturbed by the thought of a man being executed when so much doubt about his guilt remains unresolved.
Nothing can undermine public faith in a criminal justice system faster than an execution when there are still serious doubts about guilt.
Georgia cannot afford to make such a mistake, and I urge you to do everything in your power to prevent this injustice from taking place.
[YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS]
I am pro-gun.
I believe that self defense is a basic human right and I believe that modern firearms are an individuals best choice for self defense. The landmark ruling by the supreme court finally lays to rest the debate in the American public sphere as to the individual nature of the 2nd Amendment. I believe that it is almost universally accepted that there are certain people who should not be allowed access to weapons, IE: violent criminals and the Mentally ill.
I also believe that on either side of the debate in the past there have been two basic agreed upon problems, that being accidental deaths of (especially of minors) with firearms and the rate of violent crime committed with firearms. I believe these two problems exist and should be combated and I believe that whether pro-gun or anti-gun it can be agreed upon that something should be done to mitigate these two occurrences. What has been hotly debated and fought over is what should be done. the two sides in the debate (pro-gun and anti-gun) have fought over what comes down to wether or not the problem should be addressed through legislation (gun bans, gun free zones, restrictions on purchasing amounts, restrictions on ammo purchases) or through education (the eddie egle program etc).
Now that the 2nd Amendment has been confirmed to guarantee an individual right, I believe, we can move to combating directly the two above mentioned problems and the debate, though continuing, has lessened on at least one point.
You cannot ban the ownership of firearms for self defense.
However, the above two problems still need to be addressed and still need to be combated. How do we reduce the number of accidental deaths and criminal usages involving firearms? What information do we need to be able to even make a decision regarding how to go about doing something about these things?
I believe now, may actually be the time to reach across the aisle on this debate and try to form some kind of plan of action on this. I believe that the pro-gun community should now lend it's expertise on the subject of firearms to creating a solution for this. I do not believe that legislating trigger locks or keeping weapons inoperable was the answer. I do however believe (and I am sure I am not alone in this) that proper security of weapons when not in use is important. I also believe that education is the answer rather than legislation.
I know that there is still a large amount of work to be done defending the second amendment, and I know that the work will continuously be needed.
However, now is the time to redouble our efforts into producing solutions to the problems America faces. We are the ones with an intimate understanding of firearms, we are the one who can more readily understand the pitfalls of regulation and of certain strategies. Shouldn't we be the ones to come up with something that actually can work? Should we be the ones to reach across the aisle to our opponents and agree to work on these two problems. To offer our collective knowledge and understanding?
Now we have an opportunity to start with a new understanding and look at these problems with a critical, pragmatic eye to something that can really work. There will be pitfalls, yes, there will be problems, yes, there will be issues of contention that dialog may not be able to assuage. However, I think that it the impetus is on us, as part of the shooting community to take the first steps forward to establish something we really can call a "common sense solution".
Announcing that I'm hosting a local Amnesty Writeathon event - a group letter and petition and holiday card-writing day tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12-4 (drop-in) in the Laurel Meeting Room of the San Mateo Library. 55 Third Street, in the downtown, off of South El Camino. http://www.amnestyusa.org/Individuals_at_Risk/Global_Writeathon/page.do?id=1108452&n1=3&n2=34&n3=65
Designed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, the event involves writing letters, signing petitions, and sending holiday cards to forgotten political prisoners around the world who are persecuted for nonviolently expressing their political or religious or cultural viewpoints. In the past Amnesty has supported democracy activists, environmentalists, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, women's rights activists, and many others. Amnesty is nonpolitical and nonreligious in itself and simply advocates for freedom of expression and against torture, arbitrary jail sentences, the death penalty, etc.
I'll bring cookies, tea, stamps, international Putumayo music, preaddressed envelopes, and some stationery my supervisor gave me today at work to donate to this event.
This is listed on the Amnesty Writeathon web page - already received a couple emails from interested people. All are welcome and we may go out to dinner as a group afterwards if people would like.
In addition to supporting human rights, this event is a great way to network with intelligent, successful professionals! One never knows whose company may be hiring, or who may know of awesome events happening in the SF Bay Area, or who may have great ideas to assist your university's student organization, or who may know someone who knows someone who...etc.
For those unable to make the event in person I can post links in my journal to the letters and petitions we're writing so you can sign on or mail letters of your own (as well as YouTube links of some musical highlights supporting human rights).
Please comment here (or email me) if you are interested and I will keep you posted.
Would be appreciated if some people here helped promote this on Facebook or elsewhere on LJ :)
In support of the Writers' Guild of America's strike for compensation when their work gets streamed on the Internet, sign up here to pledge to read or write yourself instead of watching TV at least one night a week.
Not all Hollywood writers are wealthy and successful - some are "starving artists" who remain unemployed and work second and third jobs between writing gigs. I've personally met some members, actually of the Screenwriters' Guild, and they traveled the country in a trailer performing at poetry slams for extra cash to live on in between gigs - and I'm sure many WGA members are in a similar situation.
Some writers produce content mainly or exclusively intended for the Internet, and the Internet is growing in influence and writers should be compensated for the use of their work.
And - writing/reading on your own will be fun! Whether you produce poetry, a memoir, a novel, short stories, vignettes, even decorated shopping lists - or finally finish that novel you've been meaning to get to someday, you'll open yourself up to new horizons.http://www.thepetitionsite.com/18/support-the-wga-writers---pledge-to-write-or-read-one-night-a-week-instead-of-watching-tv-till-the
You may have heard of the new breakthrough in clean, abundant, natural, rewable fuel research: salt-water, discovered recently by a man who was actually trying to find a cure for cancer. I'd only heard about it today, but it's quite amazing!
SALTWATER BURNS - JOHN KANZIUS
And, yes, by using radio waves to heat ANY combination of water and salt will burn (releasing hydrogen) at temperatures as high as 1500 degrees Celcius (nearly 3000 degrees Fahrenheit).
"Unite against terrorism.
Unite against human rights abuses in the 'war on terror'.
We did not sign up. We do not approve. We unsubscribe."
Amnesty International have recently created a new campaign/movement called 'Unsubscribe!'
You can support it by adding your name at http://www.unsubscribe-me.org/.
That's all you have to do, just add your name.
Oh, and sign up to the LJ group I've created in support of the movement (which is featured on the Amnesty site).http://community.livejournal.com/unsubscribe_me/profile
And tell your friends.
Reposted from ugandacalling
- I would like to invite everyone here to join me in a "virtual walk" where we get together and comment, read links, and send petitions (and fundraise/donate if able) to help those affected by the civil war in Uganda. The official Gulu Walk is October 20th, and I'd love to go in person and help out, but the day is hard for me as it tends to be the same as the Cancer Society's annual breast cancer walk, which I attend with my mom. But I'd love to help raise awareness for ending the Ugandan civil war anyway, please comment if you may be interested in some kind of virtual walk (we can just comment and sign petitions, no pressure to fundraise).
Just received an email from World Vision today encouraging people to keep signing their non-denominational petition for other nations to lend moral and logistical support to the peace talks in Uganda: https://secure2.convio.net/wv/site/Advocacy?page=UserAction&cmd=display&id=128
I also encourage as many people as possible to get involved with their local Gulu Walks, as they support organizations on the ground in Uganda assisting people with health, education, etc. http://www.resolveuganda.org/node/305
Even if you are not able to raise money, there are volunteer positions available on walk day helping people check in, find the route, etc. And just coming out shows support and can help make it more likely that people will organize a Gulu Walk next year in your city. Great project for a volunteer club, even one not specifically focused on Uganda.
I'd also like to see a virtual walk for people who do not live near a city with a Walk! This applies to me as I'm in the SF Bay Area and so far there does not seem to be a San Francisco walk yet. Let me know if anyone's interested in virtually walking, and I will contact the Walk coordinators. We can still fundraise and then email or chat via AIM on that day and all send petitions or something, or promise to walk on our own in the future.
Should you choose to sponsor me, here is my Gulu Walk page: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/personalPage.aspx?EventID=12619&LangPref=en-CA&RegistrationID=351649
I quoted Neo from the Matrix and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings...
Salvation Army Lobbies for Religious DiscriminationIrregular Times, Oct 31, 2006
It’s almost time for those red kettles to go up in front of grocery stores across America, and all across America, people get all rosy cheeked just thinking about doing good.... forgetting about all the organizations that do as much good without making such a big show about it... without thinking about where the money that goes into the red kettle really goes to.
Among other things, the money people give to the Salvation Army goes to pay the salaries of lobbyists in Washington D.C. What, oh what, do those Salvation Army lobbyists lobby for? The Salvation Army lobbies in favor of the political agenda of the Religious Right.
There’s the time, for example, when the Salvation Army leaders met behind closed doors with the Bush White House to come up with a strategy for passing a law that would allow government-funded groups to fire people for refusing to join the religions of their bosses
. Convert and praise Jesus or lose your job, the Salvation Army law said. That was a practice that the Salvation Army was already engaging in, giving religious tests to employees and telling them to take a hike if the responses were not theologically correct, taking government money all the while. The Salvation Army spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of red kettle money on that political project alone.( What else does your red kettle donation pay for?Collapse )____________________________
In response, some at Live Journal have been slipping this fake $3.00 bill to Salvation Army bell ringers:
Want to get even with the Salvation Army
for discrimination in Jesus' name?
Click here to find out how!
At first, I felt that the Salvation Army's discrimination against gays among its employees to be totally wrong. Later I thought about it and I realized that the Salvation Army is, first and foremost, a religious organization which may choose at its discretion who is and is not eligible to serve on its payroll in accordance with religious legislation. I thought about the KKK for reference. It's not necessarily a religious organization, but does it make sense for blacks, Jews, and gays to petition the government to force the Klan to adopt anti-discriminatory hiring practices? I'd think not, yet the organization is allowed to thrive, spreading its message of hate, in accordance with free-speech laws and probably other types of legislation.
The conflict in my mind is overturned again, however, when considering the accessibility of the Salvation Army (i.e., its public service programs) as well as its heavy reliance on government (i.e., public) funding at the federal, state, and local levels; so wether we like it or not we're already supporting them. Still, as the article above states, they could get their funds from private organizations while we endorse, through our tax dollars, some other non-discriminating charity. So I think the issue is resolved for me: I'll keep giving them donations of food, clothes, etc.; but will they volunteer even a single penny out of me? Hell no.
Meanwhile, I may very well just print off a few pages of them there $3.00 bills....EDIT:
I have added the words "NOT LEGAL TENDER" to the bills. Here's a link (Right-click and "Save As" 381kb):http://uploader.chipszone.net/userfiles/101/3bill--4_BILLS--NOT_LEGAL_TENDER.jpg
Did you know that 89 million Americans volunteer?
Better yet, did you know that 46% of 18-24 year olds volunteer 3 or 4 hours a week?
It's true! This shows a dedication to volunteerism and political action beyond what students are generally known for.
This age group is the incoming generation of voters, policy makers and future leaders of America, and absolutely vital to the continuing success of volunteer service in their communities.
S.A.V.E. (Support American Volunteer Efforts) currently has a bill before Congress that if passed would grant up to $2,000 in a tax rebate to people who volunteer for nonprofit organizations. The only way to pass this bill is to let Congress know that Americans support it!
Go to the S.A.V.E. website
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