The National Black Church Initiative Calls on President Obama to Order Attorney General Holder and Justice Department to Ask the State of Georgia for a Judicial Review of the Case of Troy DavisSeptember 22, 2011 // 0 Comments
Are High Ranking African American Elected Officials Going to Allow the Execution Occur Without a Legal Review?
Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of
34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million
African Americans calls upon President Obama to use his presidential
powers and order Attorney General Holder and Justice Department to
ask the State of Georgia for a Judicial Review of the Case against
Troy Davis. This review will allow the government time to be
satisfied that all the facts are in order before they put to death an
innocent man. NBCI pleas with President Obama to show some moral
backbone and adhere to the teachings of his faith.
Thou shall not kill. God is the author and finisher of life.
This portion of the press release was issued on September 19, 2011 before the Georgia’s
Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Troy Davis
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches
comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans
morally pleads with Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles to
consider the fact that seven key persons have recanted their stories,
which undermines the verdict and conviction of Troy Davis. The Black
Church strongly feels if the state continues on the road to kill this
young man when there is a question of innocence, everyone associated
with this possible execution God will deal with accordingly.
The Supreme Court has granted Davis an opportunity to prove his innocence, but the
trial judge refused to give him a second trial. What are they afraid
of? The law eloquently talks about getting down to the truth and
honoring the rule of law. In this case and many others, the truth is
irrelevant because the trail judge refused to grant Troy Davis a new
trial which would have allowed him access to the Supreme Court to
prove his innocence. The Supreme Court action is unusual; it has
never been done in fifty years. NBCI urges the Parole Board to be a
lover of the truth and to consider all relevant evidence in this case
including the recanting of two of the key witnesses.
Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says “Georgia has to make a decision here –
whether it is going to embrace its cracker path or walk into the
sunlight and make real the Constitution for all of its brothers and
sisters in the South, and prove once and for all that the South has
the same fervor for justice and peace as anywhere else in this
country. Free Troy Davis.”
Southern towns have a cruel, inhumane, and racist history of executing African Americans
on little or no evidence. The cases are many and the tradition is
long. NBCI is hoping that the Georgia Parole Board will do something
unusual that is uncharacteristic of their history and will prove once
and for all that if you are Black and poor that the U.S. Constitution
and the 800,000 who died to preserve during our liberties the Civil
War will protect the life, liberty, and property of the least of
these. God says that he has no respects of persons and the South
professes a profound religious tradition.
NBCI simply asks and pleads that the Georgia Parole Board simply be guided by two
principles – getting down to the truth of this case and considering
Troy Davis’ case as a testament of fairness under the Southern
historic dominated white law tradition and the love for our
Constitution that provides the same rights, privileges, and access to
the law that they have continued to provide for white male
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000
African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial
disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the
environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness
information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the
public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge
solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are
governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies
and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at
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