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Save Troy Davis

Posted by Gerald on July 24, 2007

I’ve made several posts asking for your help in support of Amnesty International’s efforts to save the life of Troy Davis.  This is a summary of the case from Amnesty International.

Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen McPhail in Georgia. 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 nine non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted 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.

A 90-day stay of execution has been granted in this case, but Troy Davis remains in peril of his life.  Even those who believe in the death penalty must grant that a man must not be executed if there is doubt about his trial and the verdict against him.

Unfortunately, Mr. Davis would not be the first African-American to suffer such an unjust end in this country. 

Please follow this link to take action to keep the pressure on the State of Georgia to see that justice is done in this case.

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Please Take Action to Save Troy Davis

Posted by Gerald on June 29, 2007

Troy Davis has been on Georgia’s death row for several years after being convicted for the murder of a police officer.  The problem is that several witnesses have recanted their testimony, there is no physical evidence in the case, and there are irregularities associated with his trial.

Please read more about this situation and if you agree help Amnesty International in its campaign to save Troy Davis’s life.

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Could Guantanamo Bay be Closing?

Posted by Gerald on June 22, 2007

The L.A. Times is saying that the Bush Administration is getting close to shutting down Camp X-Ray. Read it here.

Could it be? Is it possible that this blight on our national soul is finally going to end?  Even more interesting is the idea that this is being done despite ongoing opposition from Cheney and Gonzalez.  Does that maybe signal a shift in power at the cabinet level?

If only.

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Child Soldier Prevention Act

Posted by Gerald on June 15, 2007

The U.S. is currently providing military aid to some countries whose militaries have been implicated in the abduction and use of children as soldiers.  There is a bill before Congress intended to end American support for such governments.  Please take a moment and support Amnesty International in its effort to support the passage of this bill by signing this petition.

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Good News, If It Works

Posted by Gerald on June 12, 2007

Sudan has agreed to a peacekeeping force in Darfur.  Things in this region often do not work out as hoped, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

To help make this work, we need to see that the force is properly funded.  Please support Amnesty International’s work to do just that.

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The America I Believe In…

Posted by Gerald on June 8, 2007

I would also like to urge everyone to sign the America I Believe In Pledge.  It reads, in part:

“The America I believe in doesn’t torture people or use cruel, inhuman treatment… doesn’t hold people without charge, without fair trials, without hope, and without end… doesn’t kidnap people of the street and ship them to nations known for their brutality… doesn’t condone prisoner abuse and excuse high-ranking officials from responsibility for that abuse… doesn’t justify the use of secret prisons… and does not rob people of thier basic dignity”

Please join me in signing this pledge.  You can sign it on-line here.

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Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007

Posted by Gerald on June 8, 2007

Senators Arlen Spector and Patrick Leahy have introduced a bill (S. 185) in the Senate to restore the rights of detainees in Guantanamo Bay to challenge thier imprisonment.  Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Jane Harman have introduced the bill in the House (HR 1416).   The right of Habeas Corpus is one of the most fundamental protections of our liberties and it has been systematically weakened by the current Administration with the assistance of the last few Congresses, most notably throught the passage of the Military Commissions Act last year.  Restoring this right to the detainees helps to protect it for all of us, and would be a small step towards regaining our nation’s reputation for being a place of liberties secured by law.

I’d like to ask anyone who reads this to urge your representatives and Senators to support this legislation.  One way to take action would be through Amnesty International USA.

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