Friday, December 2, 2011

Martina Correia, 1967-2011

Readers of this blog will undoubtedly be familiar with the Troy Davis case. The State of Georgia executed Troy two months ago in spite of overwhelming evidence calling his murder conviction into question. 

One of the reasons Troy's case was the the highly visible catalyst for mobilization it was the tireless involvement of his sister, Martina Correia. At the same time she was leading rallies, talking to journalists, and pursuing every other conceivable strategy to save her brother's life, Marina bravely fought her own breast cancer diagnosis. Eleven years ago, doctors told her she had six months to live. Succumbing yesterday, she survived long enough to pour every inch of herself into Troy's cause, as well as that of death penally abolition.

While I won't overstate my work with Martina, we attended a few meetings and conferences together, her presence in the anti-death penalty movement was palpable and inspiring. It still is. She is living proof that those most intimately connected to the structural violence of mass incarceration and state killing can, should, and indeed must lead the struggles for their abolition.

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