New Web Video Depicting Davis Story, Which Has Captured Attention of Students Nationwide, Now Available Online
(New York) – Indie rock group State Radio has joined forces with Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) to produce a short, hard-hitting animated Web video about the plight of death row inmate Troy Davis (www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis), released today. Davis has been on death row for 18 years and has received three stays of execution, twice coming within 24 hours of his death, despite a strong claim of innocence that has never been heard in a court of law. The case has captured the attention of people nationwide, particularly Amnesty International university group members.
The genesis of the Web video came when lead singer Chad Stokes, an Amnesty International member, wrote a song about Davis called “State of Georgia.”
“Troy Davis’ case is one example of a major malfunction within the justice system in this country,” said the band. “We believe that every person deserves the right to a fair trial, and because of scenarios like this, we believe the death penalty should be abolished nationwide.”
The band then generously donated their song for the Web video, which was created by brand marketing creative agency Citizen. With stark moving images that illustrate the song’s lyrics, the Web video demonstrates, in bold-face, the disturbing realities of the case: no murder weapon, no physical evidence tying Davis to the crime and witnesses who recanted their testimony, alleging police coercion.
“It is an honor to work with a socially conscious band like State Radio,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA. “We have long seen music’s power to incite change, and we feel State Radio’s fans will quickly join the collective fight to save Davis’ life. The band’s creativity and commitment produced a crucial new tool for this human rights campaign.”
“The band has been following the case for quite some time and even organized their own rallies while touring through Georgia, so this partnership made perfect sense,” added Karen Scott, director of AIUSA’s Music for Human Rights program (www.musicforhumanrights.org).
Davis was convicted in 1991 of killing Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Authorities failed to produce a murder weapon or physical evidence tying Davis to the crime. Seven of the nine original state witnesses have recanted or changed their initial testimonies in sworn affidavits. One of the remaining witnesses is alleged to be the actual perpetrator. Since the launch of its February 2007 report, Where Is the Justice for Me?, Amnesty International has campaigned intensively for a new evidentiary hearing or trial, as well as clemency for Davis, collecting hundreds of thousands of clemency petition signatures and letters from prominent individuals around the world. Davis’ case is now pending before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries who campaign for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
For more information or to view the video, please visit www.amnestyusa.org.