The coolest place on the internet, according to this tagline.
AskArchiveFAQ

December 15, 2011

Death penalty: Statistics show significant decline in support, enactment

  • 78 number of death sentences handed out in 2011, which is way down from last year
  • 43 number of executions that happened nationwide this year; that’s down by three
  • 13 number of executions in Texas, the state with the most; they were also down from 2010 source

» A decline in the overall numbers: According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the death sentence number is the smallest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. And public support is starting to fade: According to stats from Gallup, support for the death penalty is at its lowest level in nearly 40 years. Opposition is at its highest level since 1972. Keep this in mind when Rick Perry leads a crowd to cheers during a discussion about the death penalty. Or when cases like Troy Davis' widely-contested execution build support against the death penalty.

Read ShortFormBlogFollow

11:39 // 2 years ago
September 22, 2011
18:45 // 2 years ago
9:43 // 2 years ago
God have mercy on your souls.
Troy Davis speaking to his executioners. They were his final words.  (via officialssay)

(via joshsternberg)

8:46 // 2 years ago

revolutiontrainee says: i want to call attention to your repost of 'what happens tomorrow', in relation to the execution of Troy Davis. to post/repost this suggests that everyday there aren't armies of individuals fighting for justice. yes, there may be some who came to the fight because of Troy or will leave tomorrow, but everyone needs a starting point. who dares to insult any fight for justice, despite its duration. awareness and understanding should be what we promote, not condemnation for engagement.

» SFB says: That post wasn’t for you or your armies. It was for the passive person who grabbed onto the moment. I’ve been on the Internet, I know how it works. We get easily distracted, no matter how awful the travesty is. (How much are we talking about Haiti right now?) If you really wanted to seize the opportunity, instead of taking it as an insult, you’d take it as a call to arms. There’s another time for hurt feelings. That time isn’t now. — Ernie @ SFB

8:33 // 2 years ago
September 21, 2011
kohenari:

A lot of people have been mobilized by the Troy Davis case, especially in the past few days. You called and emailed elected officials; you petitioned political appointees; you demanded that people be held accountable for a decision that put proper procedure ahead of anything else. But what will all of you do tomorrow? Will you dedicate yourselves to putting an end to the system whose flaws became so apparent to so many tonight? Or will you forget about the continued injustice of the death penalty until the next Troy Davis is moved to the death house? You have many other legitimate concerns in your daily lives and many other important issues that demand your attention. But you cared so much this time; do you think you can continue to care about the brokenness of our justice system as you do right now, tonight?

FIxing a broken system requires much thought and consideration and hard work. All this organizing is easy when the emotion is there, but what happens when it comes to the hard work of social change? Ari’s words should be heeded.

kohenari:

A lot of people have been mobilized by the Troy Davis case, especially in the past few days. You called and emailed elected officials; you petitioned political appointees; you demanded that people be held accountable for a decision that put proper procedure ahead of anything else. But what will all of you do tomorrow? Will you dedicate yourselves to putting an end to the system whose flaws became so apparent to so many tonight? Or will you forget about the continued injustice of the death penalty until the next Troy Davis is moved to the death house? You have many other legitimate concerns in your daily lives and many other important issues that demand your attention. But you cared so much this time; do you think you can continue to care about the brokenness of our justice system as you do right now, tonight?

FIxing a broken system requires much thought and consideration and hard work. All this organizing is easy when the emotion is there, but what happens when it comes to the hard work of social change? Ari’s words should be heeded.

(via genericlatino)

23:27 // 3 years ago
The time of death is 11:08.
SPOKESWOMAN for the Georgia Department of Correction, confirming that Troy Davis has been executed. (via inothernews)
23:17 // 3 years ago
the-mtblog:

SCOTUS court order.

All it takes to end a man’s life is 23 words. That’s it. Otherwise it’s radio silence.

the-mtblog:

SCOTUS court order.

All it takes to end a man’s life is 23 words. That’s it. Otherwise it’s radio silence.

(via matthewkeys)

23:06 // 3 years ago

On Troy Davis and our use of the word “bummer”

heshallfromtimetotime said: Understatement of the year.

» SFB says: We’ve gotten a lot of responses about this — with many of you feeling that it perhaps didn’t hit the mark — and ultimately, while a lot of you are understandably angry about the case, I admit that it makes me numb. It is a bummer. And I’m bummed. Bummed about the justice system, about the way that it doesn’t feel like it serves everyone the same way, and in the process, never feels like the right decisions get made; and ultimately, I’m bummed about the way it makes me feel powerless in my own country. For every case like James Byrd, Jr.’s dragging — an open-and-shut case if there ever was one, no matter how you personally feel about the death penalty — there are tons of cases like Troy Davis’. I’m bummed because I’m livid. I’m bummed because I feel powerless, as a citizen of this country. So yes, it is a bummer. And a lot of other things. — Ernie @ SFB

22:47 // 3 years ago
peterfeld:

Family of Troy Davis digests the news that the US Supreme Court has refused to block his execution, via @kimseverenson

peterfeld:

Family of Troy Davis digests the news that the US Supreme Court has refused to block his execution, via @kimseverenson

(via apsies)

22:37 // 3 years ago