In the waning hours of protests against the execution on Troy Davis by the state of Georgia last Wednesday, one action drew particular notice: a group of six former wardens and correctional officials pleading for clemency.
The scheduled execution of Troy Davis, despite severe doubts about his guilt, has inspired opposition to his death sentence from a wide variety of prominent people.
Tippa Naphtali is the cousin of Mikey Powell, who died in police custody in 2003. He spoke to Socialist Worker. “We are launching a campaign to call for every police officer involved in arrests to wear body cameras. This would cost significantly less than legal and mitigation fees arising from custody deaths”.
17 March 2011 will mark four years since the death of one of the stalwarts of the campaign movement against deaths in police custody and abuse by police and prison officers in the United Kingdom.
Two imprisoned sisters whose sentences were dropped on the condition that one donate her kidney to the other have been released from jail in Mississippi. The sisters were convicted in 1994 of taking part in a robbery that netted a mere $11 (£7).
On the 17th September 2010, the Pope visited Lambeth Palace, London, while on his state visit to the UK. Campaigning filmmakers Bill Maloney and Lilly Starr (makers of documentary ‘4Ward Forever The Heroes’) have interviews, and in some cases, altercations on their route from Parliament Street to Lambeth Palace.
On 23 September, 40-year-old Teresa Lewis will become the first woman to be executed in the state of Virginia for almost a century. She’ll also be the first woman put to death in the US since 2005. Considering that, in the intervening five years, around 220 men will have been executed, it puts it into perspective: executing women is unusual.
Campaigning filmmaker and supporter of 4WardEver Bill Maloney presented the opening speech at the UK Rally Against Child Abuse held on 7 August in Trafalgar Square London in which he committed ‘treason’ as promised.