On Friday September 21, 2012 the California NAACP, the YES on 34 Campaign, civil rights and clergy leaders, and community members will come together to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis, an innocent African-American man who was put to death by the state of Georgia.
Those gathered will honor the memory of Troy Davis with a pledge to vote YES on Prop 34, a statewide ballot initiative to replace California’s death penalty with a sentence of life in prison with absolutely no possibility of parole.
Last year on September 21, hundreds of people gathered at Leimert Park to participate in a community vigil to call for a stay of execution for Troy Davis, joining with pleas for clemency from millions of people including former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, former FBI Director William Sessions, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher, former deputy US Attorney Larry Thompson, and former US Attorney and Congressman Bob Barr, many of them staunch supporters of the death penalty. Despite their global calls for a stay of execution and widespread doubts about his guilt, Troy Davis was executed on September 21, 2011.
To honor the memory of Troy Davis and to ensure that California never executes an innocent person, the California NAACP, other civil and human rights organizations and clergy will gather to support Proposition 34 –
Vote Yes on Proposition 34
TROY DAVIS MEMORIAL
Leimert Park (corner of Vernon and Crenshaw)
Friday, September 21, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Proposition 34 is an initiative that will be on the ballot in California in November. Proposition 34 will:
● ELIMINATE the risk of executing an innocent person.
● Replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
● Save $130 million for the state budget every year.
● Create a $100 million fund to help solve more homicide and rape cases at a time when 46% of murders and 56% of reported rapes go unsolved every year in California.
The executions of Troy Davis and other innocent people, like Cameron Todd Willingham and Carlos De Luna, prove that as long as we have the death penalty, we risk executing innocent people. Prop 34 will eliminate that risk by replacing the death penalty with life in prison without parole.