Troy Davis

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I know this is not our usual kind of post but I would feel irresponsible by ignoring what happened last night. If you don’t know about his trial read about it here. Below is Troy Davis’s letter to the people before he was unjustly executed by the state of Georgia.
To All: I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime. As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail. I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist. So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country. I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing, ” I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!” Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!
 
I feel like this is appropriate. from myLOC.gov: via sedrick miles. 
In conjunction with the anti-lynching campaign, in 1920 the NAACP began flying a flag from the windows of its headquarters at 69 Fifth Avenue when a lynching occurred. The words on the flag were “a man was lynched yesterday.” The threat of losing its lease forced the NAACP to discontinue the practice in 1938. The original canvas flag is housed with the NAACP Records in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. 
Troy Davis’ last words before he was executed were: “May God have mercy on your souls.”
-Antoinette

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  1. adulterers should be stenod to death, and demanded to know what Jesus had to say. Presumably, they thought they had Jesus trapped no matter which way he responded. If he agreed that she should be stenod, that would undermine his teachings about forgiveness. If he said to spare her, they could accuse him of not upholding biblical law.Jesus refused to play their game, but when he said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,” he was referring to the Deuteronomy 17 provision (found in verses 2-7) 2If there is found among you, in one of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, and transgresses his covenant 3by going to serve other gods and worshiping them—whether the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden— 4and if it is reported to you or you hear of it, and you make a thorough inquiry, and the charge is proved true that such an abhorrent thing has occurred in Israel, 5then you shall bring out to your gates that man or that woman who has committed this crime and you shall stone the man or woman to death. 6On the evidence of two or three witnesses the death sentence shall be executed; a person must not be put to death on the evidence of only one witness. 7The hands of the witnesses shall be the first raised against the person to execute the death penalty, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.that the witnesses should throw the first stones in an execution. In so saying, he saved the woman’s life, because none of her accusers could claim sinlessness. At the same time, we should note that Jesus, in effect, does decline to affirm the death penalty for this woman. The Mosaic Law clearly says, “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death” (Leviticus 20:10). Questions: We note, and certainly Jesus did too, that only the adulterous woman had been brought before him, and not the adulterous man. What might his response have been if both parties in this liaison had been charged? What might Jesus have said about the execution of Troy Davis? What might Jesus say about any case where a death sentence is issued?

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