By Laura Moye, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Director
This is just a quick note from Savannah, Georgia, where I am right now with a wonderful delegation of folks from the UK who are here visiting to support Troy Davis.
Many Amnesty International activists around the world have been working hard on the Troy Davis campaign. AI UK is one of the sections that has made Troy’s case a priority. They wanted to send a team here to visit Troy and offer their solidarity for our struggle. Their anti-death penalty campaigner, Kim Manning-Cooper, is here with Alistair Carmichael, a Member of Parliament, and Richard Hughes, drummer for popular British band Keane.
On Friday, September 25, we had meetings with three members of Congress’ offices and European embassy staffers. All of these public servants have been invested in work to abolish the death penalty and create a more fair justice system. It was wonderful to exchange perspectives and discuss strategies for a global effort to end the death penalty. That night, we flew to Atlanta. We drove down to Jackson Saturday morning along with Troy’s mother, Virginia, and sister, Martina. We entered the maximum security facility, lined with tall fences covered in multiple coils of concertina wire and guard towers at every corner.