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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.