Troy Davis: Celebration of Life

I Am Troy DavisTomorrow is the Day of Remembrance for Troy Davis. Amnesty staff and volunteers will be present at his funeral to represent you and our executive direct Larry Cox will be speaking on our behalf.

Many of you have spent countless hours collecting signatures on petitions, organizing educational events, telling everyone you know about this remarkable case. And because of it, people are thinking about the death penalty differently. They are coming to understand the reality of this callous system that creates more victims and solves no problems.

The Davis family is deeply thankful for your support. They recognize that many of you come to have a personal connection to Troy Davis and to them. They would like supporters to be able to join them. Because not everyone can come to Savannah, they have asked for the Celebration of Life service to be livestreamed here.

The slogan “I am Troy Davis” has been a powerful rallying call. It has spoken to our common humanity, which is at the core of human rights and why we took a stand in this case and why we oppose the death penalty in all cases.

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30 thoughts on “Troy Davis: Celebration of Life

  1. Good to hear from you Laura,
    And you expressed all my emotions and answered my primary questions of the moment. Just in the nick of time:)
    I have tried for 5 days to find a rideshare but with no luck, everyone else is scrambling as well. So, peace be to you all there, I'll be in the chain. And Georgia must pay for this dearly.
    Hope you see my e-mail/legal 'q' , when you return:)
    iamtroydavis
    Julie Guthrie

  2. Good to hear from you Laura,
    And you expressed all my emotions and answered my primary questions of the moment. Just in the nick of time:)
    I have tried for 5 days to find a rideshare but with no luck, everyone else is scrambling as well. So, peace be to you all there, I’ll be in the chain. And Georgia must pay for this dearly.
    Hope you see my e-mail/legal ‘q’ , when you return:)
    iamtroydavis
    Julie Guthrie

  3. I am in France in body, but in Savannah, Georgia in heart, mind and spirit with all of you. I will do my best to pick up the link with NAACP.org in order to watch, if possible on my laptop (please let it be possible!) the funeral of my sorely, hurtfully missed brave friend Troy. We really are all TROY DAVIS NOW;

  4. I apologise for my seeming lack of support of AIUSA by not becoming a member, but I am a fully paid up member of Amnesty France, and do my best to support AIUSA and AIUK by signing petitions,, sending letters and being part of our local active group here in Sarlat. etc. I wish I could afford to take out three memberships but it's just not possible. I know I don't have to ask you to understand, but I'm sure you will. Thanks. WYnn

  5. I am in France in body, but in Savannah, Georgia in heart, mind and spirit with all of you. I will do my best to pick up the link with NAACP.org in order to watch, if possible on my laptop (please let it be possible!) the funeral of my sorely, hurtfully missed brave friend Troy. We really are all TROY DAVIS NOW;

  6. I apologise for my seeming lack of support of AIUSA by not becoming a member, but I am a fully paid up member of Amnesty France, and do my best to support AIUSA and AIUK by signing petitions,, sending letters and being part of our local active group here in Sarlat. etc. I wish I could afford to take out three memberships but it’s just not possible. I know I don’t have to ask you to understand, but I’m sure you will. Thanks. WYnn

  7. Hi Wynn,
    You are right – there is no need to explain why you are not an AIUSA member. Thank you for all your work to protect human rights worldwide.

    In Solidarity!

  8. The funeral is supposed to be broadcast live but the feed isn't working. Is someone videotaping to put up on web later?

  9. I live in Georgia and I am ashamed of that fact because of this. But please don't hate everything about Georgia…there are so many wonderful people who fought tooth and nail for Troy and the cause. So many of us are actively against the death penalty. Look at what Jimmy Carter did to try and save Troy… a very courageous man. I am saddened today as we bury my friend but happy to have known him and for the many people that Troy brought together so that we may continue the fight for justice and to abolish the DP once and for all. Peace to you all!

  10. This really hit close to home…Although we are not related I feel this sense of loss. Too many people are in the system unjustly. We have to be more vigilant and to our research. We cannot keep letting this kind of injustice persist.
    In the spirit and the memory of Troy Davis, those before him and those still on death row, if there's anything that I can do to make a difference, I'm there!!!

  11. We can learn so much from the true beauty of nature,the gentle breeze,the kindness of animals,the rain as it falls on our upturned faces,we can gently feel the hug of a tree,as it shades you from the sun,and the sun shining bright for you….Yes you can feel:Love Pat~~~>Dedicated to Troy Davis

  12. Hi Wynn,
    You are right – there is no need to explain why you are not an AIUSA member. Thank you for all your work to protect human rights worldwide.

    In Solidarity!

  13. The funeral is supposed to be broadcast live but the feed isn’t working. Is someone videotaping to put up on web later?

  14. I live in Georgia and I am ashamed of that fact because of this. But please don’t hate everything about Georgia…there are so many wonderful people who fought tooth and nail for Troy and the cause. So many of us are actively against the death penalty. Look at what Jimmy Carter did to try and save Troy… a very courageous man. I am saddened today as we bury my friend but happy to have known him and for the many people that Troy brought together so that we may continue the fight for justice and to abolish the DP once and for all. Peace to you all!

  15. This really hit close to home…Although we are not related I feel this sense of loss. Too many people are in the system unjustly. We have to be more vigilant and to our research. We cannot keep letting this kind of injustice persist.
    In the spirit and the memory of Troy Davis, those before him and those still on death row, if there’s anything that I can do to make a difference, I’m there!!!

  16. We can learn so much from the true beauty of nature,the gentle breeze,the kindness of animals,the rain as it falls on our upturned faces,we can gently feel the hug of a tree,as it shades you from the sun,and the sun shining bright for you….Yes you can feel:Love Pat~~~>Dedicated to Troy Davis

  17. Celebration of LIFE? Whose life? The callous murderer who took the life of two innocent men or yourself?

    Patricia Mohammed, you are a complete fool and I'm surprised you have the intelligence to take each breath on your own ….

    Though you fools march, cry, whine and pray for this murderous scum; a piece of evil garbage who murdered two young men, one a police officer, you fail to be consistent with your outrage since you do not have the ability to do so.

    You carry with you a huge amount of guilt … and you feel it will somehow make your feel justified for walking this earth if you worship at the foot of this murderous scum because he was black.

    We DID NOT see you crying, marching, protesting or screaming for the govorners head for the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer. Brewer was executed for the grisly 1998 murder of Mr. James Byrd in Jasper, Texas.

    Lawrence Russell Brewer, like Troy Davis, was nothing more and nothing less than a vicious murderer. And, they both deserved to be executed.

    Where was the outrage from these morons for Brewer? You cannot reasonably answer that except to say Brewer was guilty and Davis was not. Of course we all know that Davis was guilty of mass-murder. But this is not the reason for your illogical reaction. It has to do with race and only race. You fools go as far as to say that Davis was executed because he was a black man and the two innocent men he executed were white. Sad, sad, sad excuse.

    I thank God for allowing troy davis to finally pay for his heinous and evil deeds. Thank you God for executing that murderous scum.

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    Troy Davis has been executed praise God!!

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  18. Celebration of LIFE? Whose life? The callous murderer who took the life of two innocent men or yourself?

    Patricia Mohammed, you are a complete fool and I’m surprised you have the intelligence to take each breath on your own ….

    Though you fools march, cry, whine and pray for this murderous scum; a piece of evil garbage who murdered two young men, one a police officer, you fail to be consistent with your outrage since you do not have the ability to do so.

    You carry with you a huge amount of guilt … and you feel it will somehow make your feel justified for walking this earth if you worship at the foot of this murderous scum because he was black.

    We DID NOT see you crying, marching, protesting or screaming for the govorners head for the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer. Brewer was executed for the grisly 1998 murder of Mr. James Byrd in Jasper, Texas.

    Lawrence Russell Brewer, like Troy Davis, was nothing more and nothing less than a vicious murderer. And, they both deserved to be executed.

    Where was the outrage from these morons for Brewer? You cannot reasonably answer that except to say Brewer was guilty and Davis was not. Of course we all know that Davis was guilty of mass-murder. But this is not the reason for your illogical reaction. It has to do with race and only race. You fools go as far as to say that Davis was executed because he was a black man and the two innocent men he executed were white. Sad, sad, sad excuse.

    I thank God for allowing troy davis to finally pay for his heinous and evil deeds. Thank you God for executing that murderous scum.

    ************************************************

    Troy Davis has been executed praise God!!

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  19. Mr O'Bert Ermillio obviously needs help – I do hope he finds it soon, poor man.

  20. Mr O’Bert Ermillio obviously needs help – I do hope he finds it soon, poor man.

  21. O'bert Ermillio obviously is unaware that Dick Gregory and a son of James Byrd protested the execution of Lawrence Brewer. You can watch an interview with Mr. Gregory in which he explains his objections to the death penalty, whether the executed is guilty or innocent. Unlike the murder of Byrd, in which there was physical evidence, as well as the testimony of co-defendants, that linked him directly to that grisly crime, there was no physical evidence linking Troy Davis to the murder of Mark MacPhail. As much as some people wish to pretend Davis was guilty, he was convicted and executed despite overwhelming evidence pointing not just to reasonable doubt, but to his innocence. The death penalty must be abolished. Capital punishment is not a deterrent; it is not a punishment; as Dick Gregory says, it is nothing more than revenge. It's an expression of hatred, as O'bert Ermillio makes very clear.

  22. O’bert Ermillio obviously is unaware that Dick Gregory and a son of James Byrd protested the execution of Lawrence Brewer. You can watch an interview with Mr. Gregory in which he explains his objections to the death penalty, whether the executed is guilty or innocent. Unlike the murder of Byrd, in which there was physical evidence, as well as the testimony of co-defendants, that linked him directly to that grisly crime, there was no physical evidence linking Troy Davis to the murder of Mark MacPhail. As much as some people wish to pretend Davis was guilty, he was convicted and executed despite overwhelming evidence pointing not just to reasonable doubt, but to his innocence. The death penalty must be abolished. Capital punishment is not a deterrent; it is not a punishment; as Dick Gregory says, it is nothing more than revenge. It’s an expression of hatred, as O’bert Ermillio makes very clear.