Wednesday, 21 September 2011

International Day of Peace --- and executions

- barring miracles, which we never want to bar...
21 September, the International Day for Peace and the day chosen by the State of Georgia to deliberately and with malice aforethough end the life of Troy Anthony Davis.
This evening we spoke with Sister Helen Prejean - author of Dead Man Walking, and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions moments after she heard the news that Troy Davis' appeal for clemency had been denied.  We entered an unused classroom to avoid being disturbed, I set up the recorder and we sat there sharing a deep deep sadness for the last hours of a man's life. We talked about death row as a form of torture; of the pressure on victims' families to support the death penalty; of the families of victims in New Jersey who stood up and demanded an end to the death penalty in their state because it achieved nothing positive for anyone, least of all help them to get over the deaths of their loved ones. We talked about Christians who oppose abortion yet support the death penalty... well, mostly she talked and I listened. Well worth hearing. Friday live from 4-6 in Newcastle and Gateshead on 102.5, online at and later in the evening (all things being equal) on

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Where did the summer go?

Hard to believe that we haven't posted any news since just before Lulu James came on the show. She just turned 21 last week and is now loaded with bling and handbags :-)
The whole summer (without the sun) flashed by and circumstances haven't given us the chance to sit down and put our feet up - but we made special programmes for George Jackson, and Attica - so many major anniversaries in the past few weeks.

This week's show was dedicated entirely to the impending execution of Troy Davis in Georgia. There are lots of petitions that can be signed to try to save his life. It turns out that the DA also has the power to request the judge to withdraw the execution warrant, so all is not lost. On Monday he will have one more hearing where it is hoped new evidence can be brought in - not least that 7 of 9 witnesses have retracted their testimony which was clearly co-erced by the police.

Here are links for more information and to the petitions:

Please read about Troy's case and sign the petitions - spread the news to your friends. Saying 'oops' afterwards if they execute an innocent man.