Convicted of killing a police officer in 1989, based on evidence that has been largely retracted or refuted in the intervening years, Davis’s case has become a rallying point for those fighting against the death penalty. For an up-to-date overview, see this article at Color Lines.
In honor of the day of solidarity, I wanted to share this beautiful work by street art collective Mentalgassi in London. It was created in support of the Amnesty International campaign for Davis in 2010. I find it a haunting image, and the choices of the fence to be a powerful one.
The final hope for Troy Davis’s life lies in the possibility of clemency from the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, who will have a hearing on Monday. You can sign Amnesty’s petition here, and help collect other signatures, or find global solidarity events near you.