Social Media Gone Political to Save a Life

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For more than 12 hours tweeters have fought with their fingers to save the life of Troy Davis who is set to be executed Sept. 21 in Georgia in spite of what NAACP President Benjamin Jealous calls ‘too much doubt,” which has also become the battle cry and hashtag on Twitter.

“We still have a chance to save his life, but only if people are willing to speak out against injustice,” tweets Miss PharmDee. “Send it to your friends and family, retweet the message, whatever. Each effort means a more united front for justice.”

Update: Click here to read "Troy Davis Has Much Support, Little Hope"

Which is just what Jealous hoped for when he issued the call to Facebookers and all others who take advantage of social media for networking, family and friend connections and good old gossip. It also works for the important things, as seen in the recent uprisings abroad.

Troy Davis was convicted in 1991 of murdering a white Georgia police officer, and remains on death row two decades later.

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‘Even though seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their statements, a judge labeled his own ruling as ‘not ironclad’ and the original prosecutor has voiced reservations about Davis’ guilt, the state of Georgia is set to execute Troy anyway,” Jealous said in a statement.

According to Amnesty International’s website, “One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.”

Calling the public ‘Troy’s only hope,” Jealous offered three ways to help:
1. A letter of support to action.naacp.org/letters of support.
2. Sign the name wall at action.naacp.org/name-Wall
3. Spread the word on facebook and twitter.

Pamelafgordon tweeted, “Execution is finality! Are you sure? Or is there #TooMuchDoubt.


To read an update click here: Washington D.C. Area Residents, Students Rally to Delay the Wednesday “Judgment Day” for Troy Anthony Davis