Troy Anthony Davis

Executed by the State of Georgia 10:00 PM Sept 21, 2011

Rest In Peace




 

INNOCENCE MATTERS!

FREE TROY DAVIS!

This is a message from Troy Anthony Davis
November 2008 

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.

 I want you to know that the trauma placed on me and my family as I have now faced execution and the death chamber 3 times is more punishment than most can bare; yet as I face this state santioned terror, I realize one constant, my faith is unwavering, the love of my family and friends is massive and the fight for justice and against injustice by activists world-wide has ignited a fire that is raging for Human Rights and Human Dignity. You inspire me, you honor me and as I pray for strength and guidance for my family and loved ones, for the victims family and loved ones, I share with you this struggle, I share with you our triumps, knowing that you add to my strength, my courage and because of that, I share with you my life.

We must 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!

 

Troy is still here but the Fight continues!

 
I just realized after talking to friend that today is the 1 year anniversary of Troy's Clemency hearing before the Georgia Parole Board. It was the second day that my family was ready and prepared to beg for my brother's life. I cannot tell you how sad and frightening that day was and how Amnesty International, the ACLU, NAACP, SCHR, religious organizations and many others were there to support my family, I know who you are but too many to name individually, but I would like to acknowldge Ledra Sullivan-Russell, Toshi Kazama and Robert Nave who went above and beyond to protect and comfort my family. My main thought that day was that my brother may only have 24 hours left and I was sitting in a room listening to people talk about why he should not be killed knowing another group was waiting to come in and say why he should be killed. I had hoped that the courts would do the right thing because I never ever wanted to have the emotions I tried so desperately to hide that day and to look at my mother who I knew was in turmoil, my son who for the first time was emotionally shaken.
 
Then there was my brother who was visiting with family and friends he had not seen in 18 years that were there to comfort and say goodbye to him. After visitation at 3pm we were still at the Parole Board hearing listening to witnesses and Troy who was that afternoon receiving an enema and physical, stripped of all his belongings, to include clothing, given a brand new uniform and flip flops and then placed in the death cell next to the execution chamber.
 
A time had come that I had no control over, but through it all I felt the warmth of Human Rights, love and prayers from all over the world, later that evening at the hotel, around 8pm,
 I received a phone call on my cell phone from a reporter in New York, who simply said, " Martina how do you feel and I said about what she said Troy has a 90 day Stay." before I could reply my mother's cell phone rang it was Troy, the warden allowed him to call from the prison because we could not see him that day, who had no idea and I yelled throughout the room, "Troy got a up to 90 day Stay from Execution, the Parole board wants to have another hearing to explore more witness information." 
 
Upon telling Troy he had only a few words, beautiful words, "Thank you God, Thank you God," then he began to pray and cry. Upon telling the warden and once verified he was immediately moved back to his cell and walking back on death row the inmates were in tears and applauding, saying, "Maybe one of us will get justice." Curtis Osborne was one of those death row inmates and he was executed a few weeks ago. 
 
So I feel like I'm in a state of De'javu, but I realize that because of you all, human rights activists, advocates, and just people who belive in human dignity and fairness, that my family and my brother Troy we are all so much richer, blessed, stronger and thankful to you all.
 
I have said it once and I will say it again, " We Still have Fight in Us and we Will Never Give up!
 
 
Sincerly,
 
Martina Correia 
Sister of Troy Anthony Davis
Georgia's Death Row


Copyright -- Troy Anthony Davis 2004