Troy Davis Rally report from DC

By: Bruce Wolfe
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rally in Support of Troy Anthony Davis, Death Row Prisoner

            Busy intersection of 14 Street and Park Road NW, amidst the noise and confusion of road repair, an estimated 25 opponents of the death penalty rallied  in support of the death row prisoner, Troy Anthony Davis. Davis, who was convicted of murder in a Georgia court in 1991 has been fighting for his life for twenty years. On Wednesday June 23, Davis will get still another review of his trial, once again in a Georgia courtroom.
           Despite 90 degree temperature, members of Amnesty International, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and others picketed and chanted for nearly an hour before walking, together and still chanting, to St. Stephens Church to hear speakers from Amnesty International, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, an ACLU attorney, and former death row prisoner Harold Wilson.
           The members of Amnesty International wore blue shirts with the logo, "I AM TROY DAVIS". The picketers, holding signs, chanted "Death Row! Hell No!", "They say Death/We say No/The Death Penalty has got to go!", and "Obama! Just face it. The Death Penalty is racist."
           Rallies like this one were taking place all over the country and around the world. Thousands gathered, marched, and demanded justice for Troy Davis, railroaded by a class and racially prejudiced judicial system that falsely convicts and incarcerates thousands of working people every year--some of whom end up on death row and execution by the state.
           At St. Stephens, Mike Stark of Campaign to End the Death Penalty, made it clear that the case of Troy Davis is historically important to the long struggle to stop state sanctioned killing. He said that this is a struggle for human rights, human dignity, and basic fairness. When the whole power of the state is marshaled against the individual, this is not justice.
           The basic story of Troy Davis may be heard over various media outlets but the important story, of the many thousands who took time out of their personal lives to protest the infamy of capital punishment and demand justice and freedom for Troy Anthony Davis is too often missed.
 
Bruce Wolfe