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Tags: Amnesty International, Amy Goodman, Campaign To End The Death Penalty, CEDP, cedpnyc, Death Penalty, Due Process, Human Rights, Prison Reform, Troy Davis, Welfare Poets
Categories : Events
You can find out about more local events surrounding prisoner rights, prison reform, and death penalty abolishment by following the NYC Campaign to End The Death Penalty on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cedpnyc
Teach-In For Troy Davis
Please join the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Amnesty International and others in a “teach-in” about Troy’s case, learning the facts behind this shocking injustice, and debating what the next steps are for a movement to stop Troy’s executions – and all executions.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
521 West 126th st
(between Amsterdam and Broadway)
*AMY GOODMAN, host of Democracy Now!
*Michael Letwin, activist, member of the Association of Legal Aid Attorney
Musical groups:? The Welfare Poets
And many others!
Troy Davis — sentenced to death in 1991 — remains on death row despite a compelling case of innocence. With no physical evidence, the case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies event at the time of the trial. All but two of the state’s on-police witnesses have now recanted or contradicted their testimony. This new evidence has never been reviewed in a court of law. His case has become a symbol of the racism and inequality that exists of the U.S. criminal justice system and the death penaty machine, with an international movement of solidarity springing up around him. Public pressure has helped halt his execution three times so far – but today he is nearing the end of his legal options, and could be send to the death chamber as soon as October if the US Supreme Court rules against him.
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Tags: Action & Show, Bill Talen, Detention Centers, Highline Ballroom, Immigrant Rights, Prison Reform, Reverend Billy
Categories : Immigrant Rights, NYC Mayor Race 2009, Prison Reform, Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping
Mayoral candidate Reverend Bill Talen will be making a stop at an unmarked detention center at 201 Varrick Street at Noon on Saturday for a rally. The group will then head to a similar action at a more well known prison in New Jersey.
We are an immigrant country and New York, like Los Angeles and Miami – is an immigrant city. – The Rev
Sunday they’ll dicuss the actions and will hear from immigrant rights activists and former detention center detainees at their Highline Ballroom show at 2pm.
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Tags: Prison Reform, Reverend Billy, Savitri D., Union Square
Categories : Prison Reform, Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping
Reverend Billy and Savitri D. have changed the name of the church fomerly know as “Stop Shopping,” to the Church of Life After Shopping, they announced on their blog recently.
Also, in conjunction with a previous announcement on the Hour of Power that they would tour NYC’s prisons to pray and bring awareness, they have said that they will commence this campaign before their first performance of the new year at the Highline Ballroom on March 8th. Tickets to the event are available here.
This comes on the heels of the news that Billy, maybe symbolically, is running for mayor of NYC. The couple endorses eco-candidate and animals rights advocate Tony Avella for the 2009 race.
Not long ago, in October of last year, Billy himself was featured exiting City Hall on the infamous Court House Confessions blog which interviews attendees leaving court.
Read about that arrest featured previously on Now Public. The protest was in relationship to Rev. & Savitir’s Union Square Campaign.