While supporters of Georgia Death Row inmate Troy Davis prepare to take their call to halt his scheduled execution to the streets today at 6 p.m., members of Atlanta's independent music scene have been carrying out their own unique call to action.
In the past week, local activists, producers and DJs have collaborated to add over 500 audible voices, proclaiming "I Am Troy Davis," to the to the growing list of more than 600,000 petitioners seeking clemency for Davis.
Using free technology and grassroots social media marketing, the "I Am Troy Davis" e-blast campaign has compiled seven music-backed tracks featuring calls of solidarity from such supporters as Martina Correia (sister of Troy Davis and founder of the Free Troy Davis Movement), Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. (son of slain Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton), Public Enemy's Professor Griff, Stic.man of Dead Prez, Atlanta-based visual artist Fahamu Pecou, Wize Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, FunkJazz Kafé founder Jason Orr, as well as a host of local musicians and artists.
But calls of support have also come from as faraway as Mexico, Thailand, the UK, Nigeria, Jamaica, Eritrea, Tanzania, Canada, and the Netherlands. The campaign was sparked by activist organization FTP Movement in conjunction with Tenisio Seanima of 89.3 (WRFG-FM) and Amond Jackson of Salem Psalms, who's used some of the same call-in techniques and production methods to create past projects such as Soil: The Warrior Lessons, Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go, Food Clothes Shelter: The Street Album and The Official 2011 SXSW Mixtape.
"People are calling from all over the world in support of preventing the execution of Troy Davis," Jackson stated in a press release. "We process the files and then apply them to music. We then post the music and its contained messages online for anyone to listen to, learn from, and share with other people. That music is not only being shared online, its showing up on radio shows and radio interviews."
The campaign will continue until Davis' scheduled Sept. 21 execution date, or until clemency is granted. So if you want to voice your support but can't make it to today's 6 p.m. rally and march from Woodruff Park to Ebenezer Baptist Church, go viral:
Call 404-913-3767 and with passion say "this is (your name) from (your location in the world) and I Am Troy Davis!" A real-time developing compilation of the drops placed over dope music will be e-blasted every 12 hours on Facebook, U.S.R. Press League:theshrine.podomatic.com, and Our Soil: oursoil.bandcamp.com until September 21st, Troy's scheduled date of execution, which this campaign is against.
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