November 7, 2019
Oprah Winfrey spoke today to CBS This Morning, asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to “take a pause” and look at the case of Rodney Reed.
Oprah joins a growing number of activists, lawmakers, and celebrities who are calling on Greg Abbott to stop the execution scheduled for November 20. These now include entertainment icons Beyonce and Rihanna, civil rights activist Shaun King, a bipartisan caucus of 26 Texas Legislators, a group of former and current Texas law enforcement officers, the Austin American-Statesman editorial board, Texas interfaith leaders, Bastrop County’s state representative John Cyrier, and even the European Union. A longer list of supporters is available at the Clemency Supporters page.
Yesterday, Rodney’s brother Rodrick Reed and Rodney’s sister-in-law Uwana Akpan appeared alongside Innocence Project attorney Bryce Benjet on Democracy Now! The video is an excellent summary of the case this far and includes an interview with Alicia Slater, a co-worker of Stacey Stites, who confirms Stacey’s relationship with Rodney.
Anyone is who able should join the Reed family this Saturday, November 9, for a rally outside the Texas Governors Mansion in Austin, Texas. Rodrick Reed and Sandra Reed, Rodney’s mother, will be joined by Shaun King; Heather Campbell Stobbs, cousin of Stacey Stites; Kevin Gannon from A&E’s Dead Again; State Rep. Vikki Goodwin; exonerated prisoners, and more. Details and a speakers list are here.
Please keep circulating petitions and making phone calls to the Texas Governor’s office and the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Time is running out to save Rodney’s life, but we can all be part of the movement to free Rodney Reed!