NAACP Takes Death Penalty Fight to CT
Just two short months ago, NAACP members across the nation rallied to save the life of Troy Davis, a man on Georgia's Death Row despite serious doubts to his guilt.
On Monday, November 21, the NAACP's national fight to end the death penalty hit Stamford, Connecticut as civil rights leaders called for the repeal of Connecticut's death penalty.
NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, Rev. Raphael Warnock of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church and Troy Davis' sister Kim joined Connecticut civil rights activists in Stamford on the two month anniversary of Georgia's execution of Davis.
The notion that Davis' fate was sealed in part because he was a Black man in Georgia is hard to ignore.
"The knowledge that (Death Row inmates) are almost always going to be a poor person -- and usually a black or brown person -- makes our concern that much more personal, because those are the very communites that we represent," said Jealous.
The reality is similar in Connecticut -- three of the four individuals recently exonerated by the state from long prison sentences for murder were people of color, a stark reminder of the failures of the system.
"The injustice in the justice system, we need to bring it to a halt to stop the death penalty," said Davis.
Within the past two years, advocates against the death penalty have successfully abolished the death penalty in Illinois, New Jersey and New Mexico, bringing the total count of states against the death penalty to 16. With 26 states needed for a simple majority - and a reasonable chance at a Supreme Court challenge to the death penalty's constitutionality - there are 10 states left to overturn.
Watch President Jealous and Kim Davis discuss why we need to repeal the death penalty: