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September 21st marks one year since the execution of Troy Anthony Davis.  Troy’s execution and the movement he inspired compelled hundreds of thousands to take action and exposed the brutal realities of criminal justice practices in the South.

 To honor Troy’s life and legacy, the Communities Organized for Legal Assistance (COLA) Center of Savannah and Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) will convene a three day gathering in Savannah from Friday, 9/21 – Sunday, 9/23.  From Troy to Trayvon:  Empowering Communities to Change Criminal Justice Policies will gather more than 300 of the brightest organizers, advocates, attorneys and community members from across Georgia and the South to reflect on the state of our movement one year later, share skills, strategy and resources and lay out plans to strengthen our communities and transform criminal justice policies in Georgia and throughout our region.


Friday (9/21): 7:00pm-9:00pm Memorial Service to honor the lives of Troy, Martina and Ms. Virginia; First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church; 4370 ACL Blvd, Savannah 31405

Church number: 912-232-2444

Saturday (9/22):  Workshops and Panels to help us build analysis, share skills and strategize about ways to build community power and successfully win our demands.

9:30am-12:00pm  Workshop Block

12:00pm-2:00pm  Plenary& Lunch

2:00pm-4:30pm Workshop Block

7:00pm Low Country Boil 

Sunday (9/23)

9:30-10:30am Self Organized workshops

10:30-1:00pm Peoples Movement Assembly to lay out plans for policy change in the South

1:00-1:30pm Closing


  • Capital Punishment in the Low Country, from the Stono Rebellion to Troy Davis-Facilitator, Kung Li
  • Reverse the Cycle of Incarceration-Facilitator, Marilynn Winn
  • North Carolina Racial Justice Act-Facilitator, Jeremy Collins
  • Organizing for Justice in the Aftermath of Trauma-Facilitator, Xochitl Bervera
  • How do we get Reparations (Justice Healing and Resources) for the Davis family and others?-Facilitators: NCOBRA
  • An Ounce of Prevention: Avoiding the Traps of the Criminal Justice System-Facilitator, Jeric Murphy
  • Peer Advocacy in Savannah: Tools for Empowerment-Facilitator, Rosalyn Rouse
  • The Death Penalty Appeals Process and Lethal Injection in Georgia- Facilitator, Jess Oats
  • Navigating the Georgia Parole Process-Facilitator, Kathryn Hamoudah

Registration Fees:

Conference Registration Fee:  $50

Low income/ Formerly Incarcerated Persons: $15

*Fee includes Access to all events, workshops, and plenaries as well as Lunch on Saturday and Sunday; Continental Breakfast will be provided by the Conference Hotel for participants staying there.

**We welcome additional donations to help subsidize low income participants. If you are able to contribute, please contact Evelyn Lynn at or at 404-602-2856.

The conference will be held at the Savannah Conference Hotel; 301 Governor Treutlen Drive, Pooler, GA 31322

Hotel phone: 912-748-6464


The room rate is $44/night (one or two beds).

When booking your room, let them know that you're part of the Troy to Trayvon conference.


GFADP staff,
Sep 5, 2012, 8:48 AM