March 21, 2010
I’m sorry for the long delay since my last letter. I had actually begun to write one shortly before Christmas, but one thing led to another and I ended up not finishing it. School has also become extremely time consuming, and that combined with the SAT and after school activities has taken up more time than I would’ve liked. But don’t think that I forgot about you; you’ve still been very much in my mind since I last saw you in September. A little over a month ago, I created an Amnesty International chapter at my school. We’re currently working on a petition for you, and our goal is to get 1000 signatures from around the school and the local community. At first, I was a bit discouraged that the group was so small, but now I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter how big the group is but how committed its members are. It’s heartening to see the enthusiasm that some of the people in the group have for creating the petition and promoting your cause, even though none of them have met you and most of them didn’t know about your case until the group began a few months ago.
Some of my friends who know about the case ask me, “Gautam, what’s new with Troy Davis?” or, “How’s the Troy Davis case going?” and I always have to respond with, “Nothing new has happened to my knowledge” or, “I don’t know”. It seems like the whole legal process has been some sort of waiting game. I remember in August, after the Supreme Court ordered a federal court to review the case, people had speculated that they would come to a decision by November or December at the latest. Now, eight months later, it is March, and no word has come from any court. I’m not sure when we’ll next from any of the courts, but just know that I and thousands of others will be behind you all the way.
In the past one or two years, I’ve changed a lot. I’m now at the age where people begin to explore and discover themselves and try to figure out what path they will follow for the rest of their lives. It’s no understatement to say that meeting you and talking with you and interacting with you has gotten me a great deal closer to figuring out what kind of person I am and what kind of person I want to be. It has also helped me find my spiritual path as a person. Although it seems like I’m a bit young to say this, I feel like I know spiritually where I want to go in life, and that knowledge is in no small part thanks to you and the influence you’ve had on me over these past eighteen months. Before I met you, I was a weak supporter of the death penalty; now I am strongly against it. Before I met you, I was not too involved in human rights activism; now I am an Amnesty International member and will intern at their office during the summer. Before I met you, I wasn’t completely sure what kind of person I wanted to be, and now I am. I am truly grateful to have met you.
I hope you are still working on writing a book. Once this whole affair is over and you walk out a free man, you can use the material you have written and publish it. I think the world needs to know what went on in your case, what goes on in prison, and what observations you have on society, to tell the world all the things you have told me. I think it is something the world needs to hear. The benefit of working on it now is you can have all your ideas and thoughts written as soon as they come to you, rather than afterwards when they may become hazy.
I was also saddened to hear that your injury still persists, and everyone here wishes you a quick recovery.
With best regards,
April 9, 2010
Thank you for your letter. How have you been holding up lately? Give my best to everyone in the family for me. Make sure you give Priya hug from Uncle Troy for me.
Congrats on your SAT test. I’m so proud of you but I know you’ll show them your perfect score next time. =P I want you to start making more time to spend with your little sister to help her with the situations she goes through in life.
I’ve enclosed a letter to the Amnesty group as you requested. It’s rather long so please edit it should you feel the need to. It’s been a long time since we have talked or seen each other. Hopefully that will change soon,.
I have so much to share with all of you once I see you again. I’m going to keep this short but I’ve also enclosed visitation forms for all of you to fill out.
Priya is still under 16 if I remember correctly so she doesn’t need to fill out one. You will since you are already 16 years old. I don’t know what I was thinking because she’s about 2 years younger than you. =P Take care and I hope to see you all soon.
Uncle Troy A. Davis