May 2008 Issue 45

Articles in this Issue:


How do we make our case?

By: Marlene Martin

Every social movement is faced with the question of how to win its demand.

The fight for my brother Troy

Martina Correia interviewed by Julien Ball

Troy Anthony Davis was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of a white police officer, Mark Allen MacPhail. Ten months ago, Troy came within 24 hours of being executed before winning a stay. Activists were hopeful that the Georgia Supreme Court, having agreed to hear oral arguments, would grant Troy a new trial.

The next stage

Special to the New Abolitionist

By: Mumia Abu-Jamal

As the struggle for abolition seeks to broaden and deepen its appeal, it is, as always, informed by the struggles of the past, and faced with the challenges of the future.

The New Abolitionist, the journal of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, uses, as its official logo, both the visage and the words of that greatest of American abolitionists, Frederick Douglass, whose extraordinary life continues to impact us, well over a century after his passing.

Keeping It Real

Prisoners against the war

By: pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Stanley Howard

Thanks to all the essay writers

I'd like to thank all the prisoners who participated in the Prisoners Against the War (PAW) essay contest, explaining why they are against the war.

The opinions and outrage expressed in the essays are very moving. They reflect the worldwide damning of the atrocities and inhumanities occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan, and why we must bring the troops home now.

Taking on the Texas death machine

By: Hooman Hedayati

As we began 2008, New Jersey abolished the death penalty, and all executions in the U.S went on hold, including in Texas. For the first time in Texas, Rick Reed, one of the candidates for Travis County district attorney, ran for the office on a progressive platform opposing the death penalty.

We in the Austin chapter of Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) took advantage of this opportunity to highlight the flaws of Texas' death penalty system by sponsoring and organizing several different events and workshops.

The death machine restarts

By: Liliana Segura

By the time this issue of the New Abolitionist goes to print, the American death row machinery may have already taken its next victim.

Voices from the Inside

Is being a Muslim a capital crime in Ohio?

By: Siddique Abdullah Hasan

In the aftermath of the 1993 Lucasville prison uprising, the state of Ohio was under enormous political pressure to bring to justice the perpetrators of certain violent crimes, especially the senseless murder of prison guard Robert Vallandingham.

I may face execution again soon

By: Troy Davis

Hi. My name is Troy Davis, and I wanted to thank everyone fighting InJustice. Although I've received national support, I want to keep encouraging others to get involved with organizations that are seeking Justice for all of us struggling to prove our innocence. 

The Georgia Supreme Court recently rejected my plea for a new trial, despite seven of nine witnesses who testified against me signing statements recanting their trial statements admitting they lied.

Voices from the Inside

Trapped in a concrete cemetery

By: Addolfo Davis

I hope that this finds you all in the best of health and spirit. And to the brothers and sisters who are trapped in these concrete necropolises (cemeteries) around the world, hold your head high and know that you are in my prayers. I'm standing strong through this day-to-day struggle--all thanks to the most high.

Highlights Of The Struggle

Reports From Campaign Chapters Around The Country

By: Julien Ball, Rebecca Kurti, Crystal Bybee and David Russitano

By Julien Ball

New trial for Rodney Reed!

By: Bryan McCann

Rodney Reed Demonstration The case of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed once again took center stage throughout Texas last month when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals heard his plea for a new trial on March 19. Rodney has been on Texas' death row since 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas.

Highlights of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty National Convention 2007

Dead man walking: The journey continues

By: Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty held its seventh annual convention on November 10 and 11 in Chicago, with 100 people from across the country attending.

The two-day convention was packed with emotion, sorrow, determination and inspiration from the very beginning, when Kenneth Foster Sr. gave greetings to the convention and read a speech written by his son, Kenneth Foster Jr., who was himself pulled from the clutches of the death penalty's grip just a few months ago.