Thursday, 22 September 2011

Getting on my soapbox

Shocked, saddened, outraged, disgusted. This is how I feel today upon learning that Georgia went ahead and murdered (sorry, executed) Troy Davis, a man who has been on death row for over 20 years, protesting his innocence the entire time. Convicted based on witness testimony, 7 of the 9 witnesses have recanted, have said they were coerced by police into naming Troy the murderer, some have said they were forced to sign statements implicating Troy they didn't (and couldn't) read (being illiterate), and finally that Troy was "highlighted" in the line up as being the one to pick. Never mind someone else has confessed to the murder of police officer McPhail, never mind the lack of physical evidence and DNA linking Troy to the crime, and the lack of a murder weapon. Somehow the Georgia State Board of Paroles and Pardons thought all of that was inconclusive, and decided to execute him anyway. Guessing they're sleeping soundly in their beds.
This struck a chord with me even more as two years ago when I was interning at Amnesty UK I had the chance to hear Troy's sister Martina and Troy's nephew DeJaun speak, as well as Keane drummer Richard Hughes, who'd just been to visit Troy on death row. I didn't actually think that with so many people behind him, so little proof, so much doubt, it would come to this. But it did. And a potentially innocent man died, with dignity, on a gurney, in Georgia. More info here

We won't give up the fight. There must be an end to the death penalty.


/Gets off the soapbox.




I hate taking indoor outfit shots, we don't have many plain backgrounds and there's so much clutter around particularly as we're in the middle of painting the bathroom (also lots of my mum's plants lurking around). But I rather liked yesterday's outfit (if you follow me on Twitter you'll know several Kilburnians commented on my attire..).



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Shirt: Monki//Jeans: Topshop//Boots: Topshop//Necklace: Primark

An out take, miaow-
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38 comments:

  1. I will join you on your soap box.

    Gorgeous outfit x

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  2. I totally agree with abolishing the death penalty! So someone murders someone, they get put on death row and someone else murders them - so the 'good guys' are no better than the ones they just murdered. errm.....where's the logic in this?? (bloody hypocrites).
    I read a good quote recently 'an eye for an eye...makes the whole world blind' and I think it is so true.
    *rant over*
    sam xx
    P.s I love your top!

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  3. gorgeous outfit, I know am the same, rather take pics outside, but they look fab. And I agree about what you said at the top!! Hope you have a great day!! xx

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  4. your post has definitely made me think.

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  5. That's outrageous about that poor man :(

    Love the outfit (and the bunting in the back ground) x

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  6. I love your shirt! :)
    x

    http://letsputourheartstogether.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks Rachel for your comment on my blog. Haha, driving freaked me out for ages too, I mean I could've started in January, but I just didn't want to, but since seeing my friends drive and hearing what it's like, it's sort of changed my mind. By-the-way, love the outfit :) xx

    http://ohchaarr.blogspot.com

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  8. RIP Troy Davis - all your sentiments are the way I feel about the case too. Capital punishment is a fate deserved by no one. I am thinking of his poor family while they withstand this ordeal. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Love your batwing shirt, that is completely unique and looks so fun to wear :)
    - C x

    ceciliasheart.blogspot.com

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  9. I totally agree with you. The whole case is disgusting. Nothing good comes from the death penalty. It doesn't deter crime (compare states in the US for example), it's more expensive than keeping someone in prison for life due to legal costs and hearings, innocent people may be wrongly executed, and it's just down right inhumane.

    And now on to a lighter subject, I love that necklace with your shirt. Great outfit.

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  10. I was so disgusted that they ended up bringing his execution forward. The Supreme Court seems to have completely disregarded the whole 'proof beyond reasonable doubt' thing. I'm pretty sure 7 people (some of who were on parole and were scared by police into thinking they'd be punished further) retracting their statements brings up some reasonable doubt :|

    Also I know what you mean about taking outfit photos indoors - I'm the same because my house is tiny so there's clutter everywhere!
    Lovely outfit though, that shirt is gorgeous xx

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  11. It's appalling, isn't it? I can't even comprehend the whole thing. I seriously hope these people will be haunted knowing that they made the wrong decision and killed an innocent man. It disgusts me to live in a such place where horrors such as this occur.

    On a lighter note, you do look incredible gorgeous. I love the fun and funky blouse. It looks lovely paired with the red necklace:)

    Have a good weekend Rachel!

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  12. I agree with you. I don't support the death penalty either because there may be a chance that the state would take the life of an innocent, but when the evidence is overwhelmingly stacked in his favour and there seems to be no evidence to suggest he committed it, then that's absolutely appalling!

    On a brighter note, you've done your flat up lovely (from what I can see), and I really like the flag banner and your blouse!

    Sarah
    xo

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  13. what a funky top!
    and I totally agree about that murder/execution....

    Jules

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  14. I am absolutely disgusted too. This is particularly awful, considering the doubt is so strong and the evidence so weak, but I completely agree with you on the general issue too. No matter what crime somebody has committed, a society cannot retain the moral high ground or set a good example to its people if it uses torture or death as punishment. An eye for an eye is not a civilised way to live.

    On a lighter note...your blouse is gorgeous!

    xo Samantha Grace
    xosamanthagrace.com

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  15. It is absolutely awful, I just don't understand it at all. WHY/HOW could they not listen to the blatant facts that he was not guilty? I just cannot get my head round it, it's beyond me. Disgusting.

    On the plus side, lovely blouse! xx

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  16. I have been gone for so long. I miss your blog.
    Your outfit is very cute as always.

    Oh world, it keeps getting worse. I hope Troy finds peace in heaven.



    LOVE!

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  17. I like so much this blog. I hope you can check out mine and follow me if you really like.

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  18. I actually just heard about this case yesterday and I was really shocked about it. Did you see the movie 'The Life of David Gale'? It really focuses on how the only way to get the system stopped is to prove it makes mistakes. It sounds like it's making mistakes. I heard recently that 28 of the 54 British Commonwealth countries still have capital punishment. It seriously scares me.


    On a lighter note, your shirt is so cool. I love it.

    Amy xo

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  19. Like I said last night I think the is a great post and have been totally inspired by you. I agree with all your points above. I just can’t fathom why this happened. I strongly oppose to the death penalty and always have done. As my flatmate said last night “God Bless America!”

    To join you back off the soapbox, that shirt is gorgeous, really unusual, I love the one sleeve bat wing. Are those Topshop Alegra’s too?? I fear I missed the boat on those and now I want them even more. You’re looking mega skinny also!! xx

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  20. You look so stunning, that shirt is so lovely!

    I personally hate everything about the current justice system, it seems to be more flawed than ever.

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  21. I hear you... I can't believe that went through. F&*king barbarians.

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  22. Awesome blog!

    visit my blog too :)
    http://lusciousstyle.blogspot.com/

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  23. It is disgusting! its time for the us to get rid of the death penalty especially in such circumstances. btw love the monki shirt i am a huge monki fan :)

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  24. Oh my gosh that's outrageous! :(
    Thanks for your lovely comment m'dear, I really like your shirt, the design's really fascinating, ooh and I love your bunting in the background, it's so cute. Hope your have a fab weekend!
    x

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  25. Great outfit shots, love the top!

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  26. The death penalty is a pretty extreme measure, especially considering the number of times it's doubtable that the person is actually guilty.

    That shirt is truely something special, I LOVE the asymetric sleeve & the print <3

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  27. I need to read up on the Troy Davis case but what Ive heard sounds out of order. To doubt somoenes innocence but kill them anyway is disgusting and that is why I dont believe in the death penalty. On another note you look gorgeous here and I adore your shirt xxx

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  28. Have a wonderful weekend, dear.


    LOVE!

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  29. I agree, especially if it is a potentially innocent man. Lovely outfit, the shirt looks so very comfy, and your legs look so long in that first picture!

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  30. Just found you blog but I'm so in love! You've an amazing sense of style! Love this outfit :)

    Love,
    http://thefashiondreamcatcher.blogspot.com/

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  31. such a great shirt! i love the pattern :)

    xo zebra and meerkat

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  32. Your shirt is just lovely! And I'm rather in love with your staircase too.
    Completely with you by the way. It's absolutely disgusting.

    Rosie x

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  33. I totally agree with you. This case is disgusting but I hope that it shows how important is human life and truth. I'm sorry for this man. It's nice that you inspire other people with your thoughts. btw. I really love your outfit!
    xoxo
    Evaila

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  34. I don't believe in the death penalty full stop, but it's even worse in this situation! Everyone deserves a second chance.

    On a lighter note, I love your top! It's such a lovely pattern.

    x

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  35. I literally am in love with this outfit! .. and I've just had a whizz through your blog and it's lovely! .. full of some beautiful pieces and I am 100% jealous of your wardrobe! gimmie gimmie gimmie :)

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