New Commentary By Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Troy Davis: Movement Lessons″ New radio commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded 9-25-11 Listen HERE Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) One thought on “New Commentary By Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Troy Davis: Movement Lessons″” Add yours Troy Davis: Movement Lessons Recorded by Mumia Abu-Jamal on 9/25/11 Transcribed by Amelia Carter on 9/28/2011 The state judicial murder of Troy Davis of Georgia showed both the limits and the successes of the Anti-Death Penalty Movement. It seems silly to speak of successes when a man is poisoned to death by judicial decree but though they were partial, they were successes nonetheless. To obtain the support of people like former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former F.B.I. director, William Sessions, was no small feat; it showed the reach of the movement to procure such support. The movement was also fueled by such revelations as shown by the recantations of people like Anton Williams, who was one of the state’s witnesses. Williams later stated, “After the officers talked to me, they gave me a statement and told me to sign it. I signed it. I did not read it because I cannot read. I felt pressured to point at him.” Was there police coercion in Davis’ case? The D.A. certainly thought so and was quoted as saying “Oh well, they were probably coerced by the defense too so that balances it out and we should still kill him.” Think about that. What power of coercion does the defense posses? Handcuffs? Threats? Jail cells? Criminal charges? Death sentences? That any prosecutor can say something so dopey is, well, nuts. The Troy Davis Movement amassed almost a million signatures on petitions; remarkable. But signatures on paper or online aren’t people in the streets. If a million people were on the march, maybe, maybe he would be alive. Maybe. The limits of the law blockade imposed in part ironically by a former constitutional professor who came to be seen as the first black President, I speak here of Bill Clinton, also denied Troy Davis true redress. Troy Davis’ family and supporters brought much to the anti-death penalty movement. I hope they’re not too disheartened to continue the struggle. Such struggle will ensure that Troy Davis will not be forgotten. From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal. These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.