Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day Of Remembrance for Troy Davis

On Saturday, October 1,  a Day of Remembrance,
 in Savannah for Troy Davis’ funeral.
The service is open to the public, but media cameras will not be permitted:

October 1, 11am
“Celebration of Life Service”
Jonesville Baptist Church
5201 Montgomery St., Savannah, Georgia

Let us continue to present the higher side of humanity; stand against all murder. Remember Troy's personal struggle, and continue to do the work. Some of his own very last words,

"The struggle for justice doesn't end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I'm in good spirits and I'm prayerful and at peace."  Troy Davis

Juan Melendez visits Spokane

Kristi and  Juan  in Spokane.(We were blessed to have time with Juan to hear his experiences, discuss Jimmy and Kerry's cases, and pray for them both)
         Kerry Dalton's sister, Victoria, and Mr. Juan Melendez, September 25th, 2011.

Juan was exonerated in 2002, after losing nearly 18 years of his life living on Florida's Death Row. On the day Juan was declared innocent of all charges and set free, the state graciously gave him $100.oo, a new pair of pants and a new shirt. Not even an apology was offered...

Juan's appeal came when it was discovered that the D.A. had the confession of the real killer in his possession - 1 month prior to the Melendez trial; he also had 16 documents to back up that confession. None of that information was revealed during Juan's 2 day trial - sentenced to death on the third day.
Because of immunity over district attorneys, that  D.A was not held accountable. There is no way for Mr. Melendez or any other wrongly convicted person to sue a district attorney who inadvertently or even purposely prosecutes the wrong person.

It seems accountability could probably help avoid unjust convictions - what do you think?

It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet Mr. Melendez. His eventual freedom and the life he lives now are such an encouragement to me in hopes for my own sister's life. Mr. Melendez's life on Death Row has affected him permanently; he can never turn the clock back and undo what he lost and what he experienced. Instead of dwelling on the past, Mr. Melendez is dedicated to the people he left behind. He spreads the word about the flaws in the justice system and works hard to change it to a humane, responsible, JUST one. After all, as he has said, there are many others unjustly imprisoned - and some we have already killed, "they will kill them all," if we don't do something about it.

I admire his spirit and compassion. He is a brave, exceptional man! I pray for more people like Juan Melendez to populate this world.
I thank you from my heart for the sacrifices you make to help abolish the Death Penalty Mr. Melendez!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Troy Davis is Finally Free

God be with and comfort Mr. Davis' family; his 20 years of torture are ended in freedom - not the kind we all dreamed of for him, but no one can hurt him any longer. All this nonesense now makes sense to Troy, he can see the bigger picture.

I pray for his family, that they may be comforted, that Troy's spirit will let them know they can let him go, he'll be at peace now.

I pray for the family of the murdered officer; for their healing and their finally understanding that murdering another human being will not bring back their loved one and most definitly is not justified. Even  killing the actual murderer of the officer would not make things better - let alone killing someone who most likely was totally innocent of the crime.

I pray for the human race that it would grow up one day - soon, and know the meaning of life, love, and truth.
Leave behind vengence, wrath, blind rage. It leaves us with a very crippled world...

I am so sad for all of us. We have not come a very long way afterall.
God must be ashamed...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Troy Anthony Davis' execution set for Sept. 21

Global Solidarity Day for Troy Davis and the abolition of the Death Penalty;  September 16, 2011
Down town Spokane
View 300867_28...jpg in slide showView 304967_28...jpg in slide showView 303257_28...jpg in slide showView 310176_28...jpg in slide showView 316942_28...jpg in slide show The U.S has killed 79 people under the Capital Punishment law from 2010 - Sept. 2011.  What are we telling our children? What kind of message about the value of human life are we sending?
1. The State can kill whom they choose, (those are righteous killings - not murder? )
2. We don't care if it's fair - we just want someone to pay for our fears and pain... (Do you feel better now?)
3. Anyone we can convict - ( it's not about keeping society safe; we let "the bad guys" go everyday - just tell the D.A. what they want to get a conviction and they'll give you a deal!)

Look what happens when you won't compromise your truth; Jessie Misskelley was offered great leniency if he'd testify Damien Echols killed the three 8 year old boys. He didn't want to lie, so spent half his life in prison...

Kerry Lyn Dalton wouldn't take the D.A.'s offer of 2nd degree murder for her testimony against the others
because she didn't kill Ms May. She wasn't going to lie to get a sweet deal, she chose to trust the system would work. 
Kerry Lyn has lost over 16 years of her life adhering to the truth...

This is not justice, it is not even intelligent. The public is not being protected by a system like this.

Wake up.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

There are many types of Cages

The small man
Builds cages for everyone

While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the

-- Hafiz

To hide from the truth is a cage of its own - an ostrich can bury its head in the sand, but that only leaves its butt vulnerable to get kicked.