Monday, August 30, 2010

Tonight on Atlanta Radio: Update on Troy Davis' Death Row Appeal

Mondays, 6pm - 7pm EST ----- WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FM
Join us tonight for an update on the case of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whom many now believe to be innocent of the crime for which he is on death row, i.e. the killing of Savannah police officer Mark McPhail.  Davis has been spared from execution three times, as his attorneys continued to struggle within the legal system over the years to present new evidence, primarily the changed or recanted testimony of 7 out of the 9 witnesses who testified at Davis' original trial and the possibility that the real killer was among the original nine witnesses.  Last year, the Supreme Court finally ordered a rare hearing of the new evidence and in June of this year, U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. heard two days of testimony from witnesses.  Last Tuesday, August 24th, however, Judge Moore ruled against Troy Davis once again.  We will speak tonight with E. RED, rap artist and boyhood friend of Troy Davis, as well as with Sara Totonchi, Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, and Kathryn Hamoudah, Chairperson of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Sara Totonchi joined the Southern Center for Human Rights in 2001 as the Public Policy Director and was promoted to Executive Director this past January, 2010. She represents SCHR at the Georgia General Assembly on a full range of criminal justice and public safety issues. She collaborates with attorneys to galvanize public support of SCHR's litigation through strategic media outreach.  Totonchi has led coalition efforts and legislative advocacy for criminal justice reform with concerned citizens including family members of people in prison, attorneys, faith-based communities, survivors of crime and mental health advocates.

Kathryn Hamoudah is the Chairperson of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, our statewide anti-death penalty coalition. She serves as Amnesty International's Southern Regional Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator and is employed as the Public Policy Associate at the Southern Center for Human Rights. In addition, she is an organizer for a local Palestine Solidarity organization. Previously, she worked at the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities.

E. Red is a rap artist who grew up in Savannah, Georgia, alongside Troy Davis.  He remembers learning about Davis' arrest and has been an advocate for his innocence ever since.  E. RED now lives in Atlanta with his family.  A multi-talented artist fueled by a deep passion for his music, he wears many hats in the industry, doing everything from production and songwriting to arranging and engineering. With more than 10 years in the game, his lyrics are hardcore and direct and his songs have serious subject matter. Frustrated by many different labels trying to stifle his creative abilities and turn him into someone else, E. RED decided to start his own label, Port City Muzic, in order to put out the music that he loves. He endeavors to play a role in the development of other artists as well.  E. RED has had the opportunity to work with some veterans in the game, such as K.T. and Fred G., formerly of ATL’s own Hard Boys and Kujo Goodie. He has also worked with producers DJ Brad of the Legion of Doom, Flame “Fame” Miller, and Tom Slick of Collipark Music.

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