Today we are writing to ask you to join us in a creative and fun effort to publicize the case of Troy Anthony Davis, a person on Georgia's death row who many of us believe to be innocent.
Troy was sentenced to die despite the fact that seven of the nine people who testified against him at trial have recanted their testimony. (An 8th "witness" is missing, while the ninth is thought to be the real killer. No physical evidence whatsoever tied Troy to the crime.)
Troy has an important appeal before the Georgia Supreme Court this fall in his quest to secure a new trial. He narrowly escaped execution earlier this summer.
Today we are asking you to take part in the Troy Davis Innocence Matters Video Project
October 9th is Troy Anthony Davis' birthday and in celebration of this occasion we're asking all of his supporters worldwide to send him a video birthday message and to post that message on YouTube.
The Troy video project is simple. Using a webcam, camera phone, camcorder or any other recording device, simply record a positive video of 60-seconds or less wishing Troy a 'Happy Birthday' while reaffirming to the state of Georgia that innocence matters.
With so many Troy supporters around the world, we want these messages to be lively and creative. Feel free to sing it, rap it, play it, draw it, dance it, paint it, shout it from the roof-tops. What you say or how you say it isn't important. What's important is that you just say it!
Please keep these messages positive and refrain from bad language and controversial statements that could be viewed as inflammatory. We don't want to upset people - we just want to show the world that Troy has global support in his fight for justice.
After you've recorded this message, please post it on YouTube using this link:
Let's not only give Troy a "Happy Birthday," let us also speak loud and clear in one voice that innocence matters!
Please note that even if you are unable to record a video for Troy, you can help our campaign by visiting our YouTube site and watching some of the videos. So far, we've had more than 2,000 views and we really want to demonstrate to the world through the site's popularity that, yes, innocence matters!
Best to all. And onward to abolition!
State Policy Director