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Georgia State Conference NAACP
& Community Leaders Rally On Janaury 9th
To Execute Death Penalty

On January 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. the Georgia State Conference NAACP; Amnesty International; Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; Concerned Black Clergy; the Coalition for the People's Agenda; the Law Office of the Southern Center for Human Rights; members of the Occupy Atlanta Movement; the Jail and Prison Ministries for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta; the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), and a host of other community leaders and organizations are planning a rally at the State Capitol to demand the execution of the death penalty in Georgia.

Edward O. Dubose, President of the Georgia State Conference NAACP says that, "On September 21st, Georgia took the life of Troy Anthony Davis; a man who many believed-and which evidence strongly suggests-was innocent. Thousands marched alongside, his sister, Martina Davis Correia and family to stop his execution, but the State of Georgia did not listen. We are asking the Georgia General Assembly to join the movement away from capital punishment and execute the death penalty.

In early December, community leaders held a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol to announce plans to hold the mass rally next year. Kathryn Hamoudah, Chair of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty says, "Georgia lawmakers have an incredible opportunity to lead the South to acknowledge the flawed nature of our current criminal justice system and once and for all say no to the death penalty."

State Senator Vincent Fort looks forward to the support and believes the rally is a step in the right direction. "I have put anti-death penalty legislation on the table before and received bi-partisan support for it. In order for it to be successful this time around it will take a concerted effort by the people," says Senator Fort.

The Execute the Death Penalty organizers represent all walks of life. Some represent top religious institutions, like ITC; others are leaders in the Catholic Church, community organizers, local political activists a national leadership. Each is clear that abolishing the death penalty in Georgia will be a long, hard fight and all are working to galvanize community support for the January 9th rally. "We want every concerned citizen of Georgia to come out in mass on the 9th of January to stand with us and proclaim that it‟s time for Georgia to Execute the Death Penalty!" states Dubose.

For more information contact the Georgia State Conference NAACP at 404-577-8977; visit us on Facebook:; or follow us on Twitter (@NAACPGSC)!

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