A sense of outrage, a sense of hope


By: Marlene Martin

In the midst of the Troy Davis fight, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) received an overwhelming number of people visiting NoDeathPenalty.org, our website, and responding to our Troy Davis Facebook page. So many people visited our website that we had to upgrade our host to prevent it from crashing. And over 18,000 people went to our Facebook page.

Some of these people want to try to start up new chapters of the CEDP. Among the cities and states they represent are: Atlanta, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Ithaca, N.Y., Washington, D.C., Florida and Virginia. 

The fight to save Troy became much bigger than we had even imagined it would. We were devastated to have lost Troy, but we were proud to have fought as hard as we possibly could to save him and to expose the death penalty for all its racism and unfairness 

When I spoke to Troy's sister, Martina Correia in the weeks following Troy's funeral, her determination was stronger than ever, despite her heath remaining frail. 

She told me someone in France had e-mailed her to say they were sorry that despite all our protests and rallies for Troy, they had failed. Martina said, "I want people to know that we didn't fail. As long as we keep hammering away at this thing, as long as we refuse to give up, we haven't failed. We'll be doing what Troy would have wanted us to do. Our efforts made an impact and we'll continue to make and impact."

The impact Martina speaks of can be felt in some of the many comments we received from people all over the world who were moved by Troy's struggle. We have printed a few of them here. 

• Never in my life will I forget the love, humanity, trembling, cryout, grief, anger and support I experienced in this group. I'm so proud of you all standing together all around the world. It gave me back what I was going to lose: the belief that there must be more in the human race than evil. We could not save Troy Davis's life, but you all saved mine. Thank you so much.

--Bernhard Wolf 

• I'm now ready to fight to end this barbarism, enough!

--Nicki Angela

• I'm a teacher, and my tutor group sent Christmas cards to Troy last year. It was heartbreaking having to tell them what happened. But I told them they should be very proud that they tried to help and stand up for an innocent man.

--Lisa Hewitt

• Greetings from Portugal, one of the first countries in the world to abolish the death penalty in 1863. May the death penalty be one day only a sad memory of uncivilized times that we are living.

--Arizic da Gama

• I hope this page will continue in Troy's memory long after his funeral. We have beginnings here, the beginning of a larger movement to abolish this barbaric punishment in the only "civilized" country that still employs it. I think by championing others on Death Row, like Hank Skinner, who is scheduled for execution in Texas next month, we will continue to honor the memory of our mutual friend Troy Davis.

--Peggy Brogan 

• I ache, and it just won't go away. I will not rest until we have abolished the atrocity of capital punishment.

--Leah Hammond Dallaire 

• Big support from Paris.

--Astou Seck

• Support from a South African

--Thailys Freites de Valcrcel 

• Love and support from England, I am Troy Davis

--Jackie Crozzers 

• I live in Germany, but my spirit will be with you

--Arend Menssen 

• Love and support from Ghana. I am Troy Davis.

--Sarah Worldchanger Dominique 

• In Nairobi, my support is unfailing. Let's keep the spirit of Troy alive forever until we win real change: Justice for all. Championing others on death row, like Hank Skinner (who is scheduled for execution next month) we will continue to honor the memory of our mutual friend Troy Davis.

--Stephen Mzoori Maina 

• Being Irish, we know all about injustice, but nothing is as barbaric as the death penalty, especially in this day and age. I will look into joining your cause.

--Colette O' Donnell

• From Paris: My genuine thoughts for Troy and his family. And I can't stop thinking that in the USA in 2011, ?barbarian justice still exists.

--Aly Marega 

• Troy Davis' bravery has been a huge less for me. His whole family. I'm in awe and also ready to stand for all of the folks who are in a similar situation. So hopeful, too, to see so many people rally together.

--Melissa Whitaker Dalloul 

• Simply amazing how this one man named Troy Davis has impacted the world.

--Katie Stoddard