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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Troy Davis protests today

There are a bunch of events planned today for Troy Davis, the longtime death row inmate scheduled for execution tonight — despite evidence that suggests he might not have killed Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court grants a last-minute stay of execution, Davis will die by lethal injection sometime after 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, Ga.

Here's the run-down of protests, organized by Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Amnesty International:

  • 1:15 p.m. — GFADP organizers and volunteers will meet at Johnny Rocket’s near Underground Atlanta (50 Upper Alabama St.) to stage a nearby “die-in.” According to the group: "This means laying down in front of a particular site as someone holds a sign explaining why people are lying down."
  • 6:30 p.m. (in Jackson) — If there is no stay of execution, protesters will gather outside the site of the execution. Get directions here.
  • 6:30 p.m. (in Atlanta) — Davis' supporters will meet at the Georgia State Capitol downtown, near the corner of MLK Drive and Washington Street, either to protest Davis' death or celebrate a stay of execution.
  • Additional protests are planned in Americus, Athens, Augusta, Clarkesville, Dawson, Marietta and Savannah. Details here.

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