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Plunder Blog! Let's make Troy Davis an act of accuse of the Imperial rule of law.

Adversary legalism, what Professor Kagan calls in a very giod book, the American way of law is the structural form that the rule of law takes in its worldwide expansion. Plunder finds in this structure its most fertile ground. To resists such expansion we should point at the tragic outcomes of this adversary ideal when aplied in severe power unbalance. The case of Troy Davis, as that of Mumia Abu jamal before him is a most tragic outcome of this distorted model.
We should do all what we can to stop this barbarial legal system from murdering again!

Please read below and suggest what we could do on may 19.

While news channels across the country are consumed with counting up to President Obama's first 100 days in office, Troy Davis has been counting down his last 30 days before a new execution date could be set. Help make these extra days count.
On May 19th help save Troy Davis by putting together any activity, event or creative action that calls attention to his case.

The 30-day stay issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals expires on May 15th.

So now is the time for us to organize to save the life of Troy Anthony Davis. We're asking everybody to come out strong on May 19th – a day marked in human rights calendars across the world as the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis.

Whether you're holding a "Text TROY to 90999" sign on a busy street or organizing your local Amnesty chapter to hold a public demonstration or vigil, we need everybody to contribute their time on May 19th to make sure that the state of Georgia does not kill a man who may well be innocent. Register your Global Day of Action for Troy Davis activity or event now.

We know that time is short for organizing public events, but an execution date could be set as early as late May, so it is essential that action be taken soon. It's also really important that we get an accurate count of how many events and activities are taking place on May 19th, so we can share this information with officials in Georgia. Our emails and phone calls have gone a long way in buying Troy some much-needed time, but now we've got to take our action to the streets.

We appreciate the tens of thousands of you who have stood in Troy's corner while heart-stopping scenes have unfolded. On three separate occasions, Troy has been scheduled for execution. And on three separate occasions, his life was saved within a short period of time, even minutes, of his scheduled execution date.

Each time, those last minute stays came after people like you turned out by the thousands to rally in his defense. It was no coincidence. Troy's sister and long-time Amnesty activist, Martina Correia, has acknowledged Amnesty's powerful role in saving her brother's life each of those times.

Now here we are again with the clock winding down. While we can see little opportunity for legal recourse or second chances, we know that your advocacy has a strong record of making amazing things happen.

When we first introduced you to Troy Davis in early 2007, few people outside of Georgia knew about the injustice taking place. In the past two years, countless people have come to see Troy's case as a prime example of why the death penalty must be abolished – the risk of executing someone for a crime they did not commit is just too high.

We are serious when we say that we need everyone to support Troy Davis on May 19th by organizing their own event or awareness-raising activity.

After all, if you had 30 days left to fight for your life, wouldn't you want to know that you had thousands standing in your corner?

In Solidarity,

Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn
Director, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
Amnesty International USA

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I was recently reading The

I was recently reading The Neighbor by Santner, Reinhold and Zizek. They speak about the biblical idea of 'love your neighbor as yourself'. Drawing from Freud they give a very different analysis: As "creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness, ... their neighbor is for them not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cuase him pain, to torture and to kill him."

In many ways the death penalty, like torture, is a place for this to be carried out and evokes similar feelings. To what extent does the death penalty only secondarily have something to do with race, class, etcetera, but rather its staying power is that it provides an outlet for aggression, that if not channelled through the state, might instead turn on the state? Troy's case seems like a clear cut example of racism and incompetance - but in the face of so much counter evidence that would suggest staying his execution, what can it be other than those with official power exerting their strength over another life just for the sake of feeding their own sense of power/worth/aggression, and so on? What could be more god-like, than to be able to say, yes you deserve to live, but we will make you suffer/die anyway and your blood will be sanctioned by the law... To go back to the Bible where the quote originally got us going, perhaps the first and great sin really is, that humans try to aspire to be God.

Hope everyone is participating, at least in signing a petition, for Troy.

jdh