Sep 16 2011

LA Times: Planned execution of Troy Davis sends activists into the streets

With time running out for Troy Davis — the condemned man convicted of killing a Savannah, Ga., police officer — activists are planning to take to the streets of Atlanta on Friday night to demand that his execution be stayed.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous will lead a 6 p.m. march from Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. There, they will pray and hear from death row exonerees, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, and folk duo the Indigo Girls, among others.

Davis is to be executed Wednesday. This week, Amnesty International said it delivered more than 500,000 signatures to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, which will hold a clemency hearing for Davis on Monday.

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