Dear Brothers and Sisters in the struggle for truth, freedom, justice, and equality-- I'm writing this post not in sadness that we lost one of our dear sisters to cancer, but to celebrate an extraordinary life of fighting the mainstream for justice.
Sister Martina Davis Corriea passed onto glory yesterday (Dec 1, 2011) after a long battle with cancer. The battle that really spoke to her legacy had nothing to do with cancer but rather with the battle she so courageously fought -- the battle against the gigantic legal system that had convicted, imprisoned, and sentenced her brother, Troy Anthony Davis, for more than twenty years on death row on circumstancial evidence. Troy Anthony Davis was "executed" on Sept 21, 2011.
Think about that for a moment........ more than 20 years of fighting a multi-billion dollar legal system of judges, attorneys, politicians, wardens, media, courts, etc. A struggle to end the death penalty and a system that would seek to take the life of anyone, especially, when no physical evidence existed but only circumstantial evidence and multiple recanted testimonies of witnesses who lied in court, while a similarly situated White death-row inmate was removed from death row even though physical evidence existed along with a confession.
Fighting the mainstream is one thing, but what happens when your own people join the status quo and fight against you also?
This is struggle our dear Sister Martina faced for so many years.
When so many voices of prominence, from within the Black Community, came out against her cause and struggle for justice--she never gave up.
When Black ministers and so-called Black leaders turned a deaf ear and cowardly walked away from lending their support--- she persisted.
When Black clergy members spoke in her favor "in private meetings" but would NOT speak out with her publically--she simply knocked the dust off of her feet, picked up her cross, and continued the good fight.
Despite Black opposition from so-called Black leaders (and you know who you are) Sister Martina showed through her actions and committment to justice that she "out-led" much of the "recognized status quo-endorsed" Black Leaders. Many times when she and I met, she spoke of her disappointment with the vast majority of "Black Leadership" --- men and women who looked the part and dressed the part but would not stand up to live the part.
This is NOT an attempt to discredit any Black clergy member.
Those few (from the local Savannah Black Community) who gave their support and were not afraid of any backlash from the status quo are to be commended. True leadership is prepared to stand against injustice. However, those Black leaders that chose to remain "safe Negroes" by not going against the mainstream view, well, they just revealed the "Toby" that is still alive and well within their plantation hearts.
Despite much opposition Sister Martina attracted support that reached all around the globe, literally. Locally, The Savannah Chapter of The National Action Network (NAN) led by Sister Alicia Blakely, who was assisted by Brother Ivan Cohen, Sister Solana Plaines, Denise Chaney, and others came to her aid. Also assisting in the struggle were the Daughters of Mary Magdalene founded by Sister Marilyn Jackson, and The Geechee Institute founded by Sister Patt Gunn.
What Are We To Learn From Sister Martina's Work Ethic?
1) Stand Up For Justice
2) Be Bold and Fearless When Facing The Opposition
3) Walk Alone Even When "So-called" Leadership Refuse To Act
4) Stay The Course No Matter How Long The Struggle Might Take
5) Despite Your Own Imperfections, Remain Faithful and True To Our Creator and Savior (Yahweh Elohim Yahshua)
6) Leave a Legacy of Love To Inspire and Enhance Future Generations
7) Receive Your White Robe Along With 7 Of The Most Powerful Words Ever To Be Spoken To A Human Being: "Well Done, My Good And Faithful Servant"
Stay Blessed Sister Martina Davis Correia.
Thank you Father Yahweh Elohim for allowing this Sister-Servant to shine your light upon our lives through her devoted struggle for justice. In a single word that I believe describes her best would have to be......"DETERMINATION."
Sister Martina, you are truly determination personified. Know that the Yahshua University Family will love you always. Through your legacy, may we all be inspired and energized enough to move without fear of the maninstream elite and to never give up.
1Love and Shalom,
Servant Emannu'el Branch
Brothers and Sisters, I ask that you please grace this blog with your expressions of love for a devoted "Sister-Champion For Justice" such as this. I'LL NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!
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Brothers and Sisters, Yahshua Himself said, "When I was in prison you didn't visit me." For those who don't know, that verse also applies to those who are NOT given equal protection under the law. When someone is being put to death on "weak" so-called evidence we are compelled to stand up. If we don't stand up but look the other way to finish shopping at the mall, then don't be surprised if you hear, "When I was in prison you didn't visit me (or stand up for me)" -- Matthew 25: 41-46
On Oct 1, 2011 I traveled to Savannah, Ga for the Troy Davis Homegoing. Troy Davis was a Israelite Brother executed on Sept 21, 2011 without physical evidence and with 7 lying testimonies by so-called witnesses who later recanted their earlier testimonies.
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After the Savannah rally, I returned to the studio to conduct a live online radio broadcast on the Troy Davis mockery of justice. You can hear highlights of the broadcast below.
Brothers and sisters, on the night of August 19, 1989 when Officer Macphail was tragically shot and killed, I was not there. On that night, you were not there. On that night, no other member of the Macphail family was there.
In fact, no physical evidence proved that Troy Davis actually shot Officer MacPhail.
These photos are from the Sept 21, 2011 rally in Savannah, Ga, which began at 5:00 PM--just hours before Troy Davis was to be executed. In the photos is Sister Marilyn Jackson founder of The Daughters of Mary Magdalene and community organizer being interviewed by the mainstream media.
Without any physical evidence, the State of Georgia would seek to kill a man. Such a low threshold should never become the yardstick by which the legal system should use when deciding to take the life of a human being, whether the accused is Black or White.
No smoking gun. No forensic evidence. No fingerprints. No video. No audio. No blood trail. No DNA. No ballistics.
The key factors in convicting Troy Anthony Davis were the damaging testimonies from nine so-called witnesses. Those testimonies carried such an enourmous amount of weight that a guilty verdict was almost guaranteed. The word of these so-called witnessed mattered just that much. But let's take a closer look.
Main Problems With This Case
1) There was NO physical evidence that emphatically linked Troy Davis as the murderer of Officer MacPhail, making this a circumstantial case.
2) Seven of the nine so-called witnesses later recanted their testimony, which means they lied on Troy Davis at trial (fabricated testimony x 7 = injustice)
3) Three of the actual jurors that voted to convict Troy Davis later stated that "Had they known then what they know now that they would NOT have gone for the death penalty."
4) During the same time shoddy circumstantial evidence and fabricated testimonies were being used to kill Troy Davis, a systemic pattern of police corruption and malicious prosecution was already at work within Chatham County (Georgia) against several African Americans.
Even if you are for the death penalty, there should, at least, be a standard of actual physical evidence that places a person at the scene of the crime other than simply not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not even just 5, not 6, but 7 "lying witnesses." After all, the life of a human being is on the line. And when the four factors that are listed above are all a part of the prosecution's strategy, this becomes a legal lynching in 2011.
With this type of testimony, no prosecutor should never seek the highest penalty imaginable--death. This is just common-sense and righteousness.
On September 21, 2011 in support of saving a man's life from a death row conviction based on a lack of physical evidence and an over-abundance of manufactored evidence, I went to Savannah, Ga in front of City Hall to show support in favor of saving a human life that was being swallowed by manufactured evidence.
After this rally, Troy Davis was legally lynched.
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Just imagine if 7 people testified lies against you in a court of law, and there was no physical evidence linking you to the crime that you know that you did not commit, plus the DA was seeking to end your life....... what would you do?
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Shalom and 1Love.
Servant Emannu'el Branch, a son of Yahweh and one of the redeemed of Yahshua the true Messiah. A sign to help all nations and tongues, without regard to race, color, or gender get prepared to meet the original Creator and Son face-to-face and name-to-name. This is my purpose.