The news of Troy Davis’s execution date has put the community in a bit of frenzy. Davis was sentenced to die for the killing of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah police officer at the time. The high profile case suggest that Davis was accused of crime he didn’t commit, a crime he has spent 20 years on death row for and a crime he is scheduled to be executed for in a matter of a week.
New evidence and testimony has been presented to the Georgia courts that indicate that Davis is an innocent man. Seven of the nine witnesses against Troy have recanted or contradicted their testimony and three of those witnesses now claim their testimony was coerced. In addition, two other witnesses have stated they never saw the murder and that their testimony was false.
With the execution set for Sept. 21, there is very little that can be done but the NAACP is not letting this man go down without a fight. Thankfully, technology is at our disposal and could potentially be what helps saves a life. The NAACP has created a mobile petition. They are encouraging the community to text “TROY” to 62227 to add their name to the petition to save Troy Davis’ life.
Being that it is physically impossible to reach the masses in person, using mobile broadband is the best way to reach a large group in a short amount of time. As indicated in reports, African-Americans are one of the leading groups to use their mobile devices. Texting is something people do all day every day, therefore sending a simple text in for the petition could be a great success.
Social media is playing a part in this too. The community is hearing about this through various social networks and blogs. The official Twitter hashtag to spread the word is: #TOOMUCHDOUBT. Let’s see just how powerful technology and unity can be.
Visit NAACP.org to find out more information on how to support this cause.Category: Featured, News | Tags: crime, execution, Law, mobile brandband, mobilization, NAACP, petition, social media, texting, troy davis, twitter