staring at the computer in anger sucks. what are we going to do about this?
– Joel Reinstein, from Wednesday night’s open thread
By Arturo R. García
If there was one positive to come out of Wednesday night, it was the sight of all the people rallying on behalf of Troy Davis – not just in Georgia, but at the White House and the Supreme Court; in Europe; and online, where it became just a bit suspicious to some that Twitter seemingly did not recognize the #TroyDavis and #occupywallstreet hashtags. (One explanation I read Wednesday evening was, because there actually is a Troy Davis username on the service, it could not be a trending topic. No word yet on #occupywallstreet.)
But, as Joel mentioned above, the question for many going forward is, what now?
“Social media activism does not take place while you are on Twitter or Facebook,” Alfred Edmond Jr. wrote in Black Enterprise Thursday. It’s about more than turning a cause into a trending topic.”
So, if there’s organizations you can recommend for anybody looking to become more involved in the wake of this week’s events, let’s share them here. Here’s a few to start us off:
- The Innocence Project, which dedicates itself to defending prisoners who can be cleared through DNA testing, has a list of ways you can get connected at the local level.
- Democracy Now!’s coverage Wednesday night was spot-on throughout the evening, with host Amy Goodman literally stayed until authorities kicked her and her team out.
- Both Amnesty International, the ACLU and the NAACP supported Davis throughout his ordeal.
- Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, an organization run by family members of both murder victims and executed prisoners, focuses on victim-advocacy and works with other groups seeking to abolish the death penalty.