Troy Davis rally report from Denton, TX.


By: Liz Clinton
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Denton, TX – Over 60 people gathered in the Texas heat to demand freedom for death row inmate Troy Davis on June 22nd as part of an international day of action. Davis who has been on death row in Georgia for 18 years is receiving an evidentiary hearing which began on June 23. This hearing was wrestled away from the system by the grassroots movement that supports Troy and his overwhelmingly strong case for innocence.

The event on June 22nd included speakers from Amnesty International, Seeds of Change, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and the International Socialist Organization. Monique Reeves, sister of exonerated death row inmate Ryan Matthews, drew parallels between her brother’s case and Troy’s. Following the speakers there was singing and a candlelight vigil. People held banners which read: “Innocence matters: Free Troy Davis” and “Abolish the Death Penalty”. At one point, participants gathered and held pictures of Troy Davis in front of their own faces to illustrate concretely the slogan “We are all Troy Davis”. A defeat for Troy is a defeat for all of us and a victory for Troy is a victory for all of us.

The message coming from the streets of Denton on June 22nd was clear: we demand that Troy Davis be freed from death row. Furthermore, each of the speakers urged people to join a grassroots organization and fight for an end to the racist death penalty which punishes the poor and for a world free from oppression where fulfilling human need is what drives society forward.

To learn more about Troy’s case and how to get involved go to troyanthonydavis.org.