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Troy Davis: A Martyr in the Struggle to Abolish the Death Penalty

by Theresa El-Amin

All of the prayers for Troy Davis have been answered. And the answer is: “Troy Davis is a martyr in the struggle to end the death penalty in Georgia.”

As a veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, I will do all that I can to honor Troy and the millions around the world who worked to save his life. Troy Davis understood that he is not the first innocent man to be killed at the hands of the state. His last words forgave his killers. Can DA Chisolm and the Board of Pardons and Paroles forgive themselves?

Eyewitness testimony is the most unreliable evidence that can be provided. Chisolm said, “There are two Troy Davis cases, the legal case and the public relations case.” Unfortunately, Mr. Chisolm couldn’t see that his “legal” case fell apart years ago when seven of the nine witnesses recanted. Unfortunately, Mr. Chisolm was so bent on winning his case that he ignored the fact that his case disintegrated as the whole world watched.

My condolences to the MacPhail and Davis families. For me, the death of a loved one is a wound that somehow never really goes away. I’ve said to my family, “If I’m murdered and they cut my body up in a thousand pieces, don’t kill them for me.”

I’m convinced that a state should not have the right to take a life.

Mourning Njere Alghanee, national leader in the movement for reparations

Inspired by Ms. Alghanee's life and work, Greens reaffirm support for reparations for the descendents of slaves

portrait of NjereWASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders, mourning the recent death of Njere Akosua Aminah Alghanee ('Sister Courage'), national co-chair of National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA), reaffirmed the party's dedication to reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States.

On June 24, Njere Alghanee had just returned from the US Social Forum in Detroit with plans to attend the annual meeting of N'COBRA in New Orleans the next day when her life was taken in a tragic auto accident. June 24, 2010 was her 58th birthday.

"The Green Party, especially the party's Black Caucus, has had a strong alliance with N'COBRA and has supported the demand for reparations. We send our condolences and solidarity with Sister Courage's family, friends, and fellow leaders in N'COBRA. We honor her leadership," said Alfred Molison, candidate for Houston City Council, District C.