Category Archives: Protest

TWO YEARS OF WAITING ON THE CCA: march and rally planned in Bastrop

There have been few updates on this site since Rodney Reed won a historic stay of execution in February of 2015. His lawyers have filed motions and his supporters have held rallies. Rodney’s father passed away, his mother’s house flooded, and children and grandchildren have been added to the Reed family. But in TWO YEARS, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has done nothing to look into the DNA evidence that it begrudgingly considered strong enough to warrant delaying an unjust execution. And still Rodney Reed, and innocent man, sits in a tiny cell on Texas death row.

In October 2016, new voices were added to those calling for Reed’s release. Crime Watch Daily reported that one juror who voted to send Reed to death row now she says she has regrets. “I voted guilty,” she says. “I stand by the decision because I based it on the evidence presented and what I knew at the time. Since then there have been a lot of things that I’ve learned in that 20 years, heard about, that have made me wonder if Rodney was framed.”

Rodney’s family and supporters will call attention to these disgraceful two years by holding a march and rally in Bastrop, Texas. Join us for a community cookout on Saturday, March 11, 3:00PM-9:00PM at the Kerr Community Center, 1308 Walnut St, Bastrop. Bring a dish or a cash donation for the potluck.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/185225585299528/?

Updates happen most frequently on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/texasinjustice/

 

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Updated: Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain to show their support. We had our cookout indoors and spirits were high!

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One year later: Rodney Reed, still not freed

March and rally in Bastrop, TX, will demand the Texas courts move forward in the Rodney Reed case

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It’s been one year since the Texas courts issued a stay of execution to Rodney Reed, an innocent man on death row. In that year, the courts have done nothing to correct their injustices while Rodney continues to live in a cage that measures only 60 sq ft, confined alone for 23 hours a day. On the anniversary of last year’s victory, we will remind the small town of Bastrop and the state of Texas that we have not forgotten. Justice for Rodney Reed and Justice for Stacey Stites!

Join Rodney’s family, friends, supporters, and a film crew from A&E for a short march through Rodney’s hometown of Bastrop and a community potluck. We’ll have music, Texas brisket, and a message for the Court of Criminal Appeals: We Demand Justice: Free Rodney Reed!

There will be a carpool for those traveling from Austin to Bastrop. Sign up at https://goo.gl/KN5s4A to become a driver or secure a seat.

Contact lily (at) nodeathpenalty.org for more information.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/948852951860115/ 

JUSTICE JAM: Community BBQ to Free Rodney Reed

Rodney Reed and his supporters are still waiting on a ruling from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). It’s been five months since the CCA put the brakes on Rodney’s scheduled execution while it decides if it will hear the explosive new evidence brought forward by Rodney’s lawyers; it seems that the wheels of Texas justice turn very slowly.

But while the CCA stays silent, Rodney’s legal team and supporters continue our work to win his freedom. Join us in Rodney’s hometown of Bastrop for an afternoon of music and Texas BBQ in support of Rodney Reed. Featuring performances by: Kalu JamesLas Krudas Cubensi, an original song written for Rodney performed by Rodney’s cousins, and a DJ set by Rodney’s brother Richard Reed.

If you can’t make it to Bastrop but would like to support the event,  please make a donation online

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Suggested donation $10 (or more!). Donations are on a sliding scale and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To buy a ticket (or make a donation) online visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-jam-a-community-bbq-for-rodney-reed-tickets-17502129340

Money raised will go to Rodney’s legal defense fund and support campaign materials. See you in the park!

JUSTICE JAM: COMMUNITY BBQ TO FREE RODNEY REED
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 4:00PM. Bastrop, TX
Kerr Community Center, Bastrop, Texas
https://www.facebook.com/events/858037530956659/

Die-in at University of Texas brings attention to Rodney Reed and the horror of solitary confinement on TX death row

Students at the University of Texas at Austin will hold a die-in on Thursday, April 23, to show their continued support of death row prisoner Rodney Reed. The students will table in the hour leading up to the die-in, which starts at 12:15 pm. The event will include a replica of the floor plan of cells on Texas death row to highlight the harsh conditions of death row, as profiled in this report by the ACLU. Texas has some of the most restrictive policies in the nation, with prisoners held in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day, in tiny cells with one small window, no television, no air conditioning, and no contact visits. No prisoners should live in this way, especially not an innocent man like Rodney. Although grateful for his stay of execution, activists say Rodney shouldn’t spend one more day in his 6′ x 10′ cage.  More information about the students’ die-in is available on Facebook.

You can see inside the Polunsky Unit, home to Texas death row, courtesy of this blog post at Minutes Before Six. The pictures were obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request and annotated by a Texas death row prisoner.

A panel discussion on Rodney, featuring Rodney’s brother Rodrick Reed and UT Amnesty International Vice President Ana Hernandez, will take place at UT on Monday, April 27 at 7:00 pm. Details are available here.

The Campus Coordinating Committee to Free Rodney Reed has hosted many actions on UT campus over the past several months, including a flash mob, collecting Valentines for prisoners, and an all-night vigil. Email cpoirot@utexas.edu for more info.

Outside the Court of Criminal Appeals, supporters kneel inside a 6' x 10' area representing the size of cells on Texas death row

Outside the Court of Criminal Appeals, supporters kneel inside a 6′ x 10′ area representing the size of cells on Texas death row

Outside the Court of Criminal Appeals, a supporter kneels inside a 6' x 10' area representing the size of cells on Texas death row

A group of supporters gather outside the Court of Criminal Appeals in the Texas Capitol Complex to demand justice for Rodney

A group of supporters gather outside the Court of Criminal Appeals in the Texas Capitol Complex to demand justice for Rodney, March 28, 2015

Review of Rodney Reed case begins; protest of Court scheduled for Mar.28

Details are few, but Fox reports that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) will begin its review of Rodney’s case. A ruling as to whether the court will accept the affidavits filed on February 12 by Rodney’s defense is expected sometime in April. Rodney’s supporters will remind the CCA that the world is still watching this case with a protest on Saturday, March 28. Protesters will gather outside the CCA building in Austin at 1:00 PM to demand freedom for Rodney Reed.

Rodney Reed was granted a stay by the CCA just ten days before his scheduled execution of March 5th, in a 6-3 vote. This temporary reprieve is a victory for Rodney’s family and the hundreds of thousands of people who believe Rodney’s case is a gross miscarriage of justice. However, Rodney remains on death row, spending 23 hours each day in a 6ft x 10ft cell. Conditions on Texas death row are among the harshest in the United States, with prisoners kept in near solitary confinement. This has been Rodney’s reality for almost 18 years. The CCA has the power to allow DNA testing in Rodney’s case and we must demand they do this, and do it quickly.

Protests for Rodney Reed in Paris and Frankfurt

Last week, supporters of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed held demonstrations in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany. Protesters called for justice for Rodney and an end to all executions.

Supporters in Paris gathered on March 4th at the Place de la Concorde near the US Embassy:

Supporters in Paris demand justice for Rodney and an end to all executions

Supporters in Paris demand justice for Rodney and an end to all executions

Supporters in Paris

Supporters in Paris say: Justice for Rodney Reed. New trial and DNA tests. Free Rodney! 

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Supporter in Paris

Justice for Mumia Abu Jamal and Rodney Reed

Justice for Mumia Abu Jamal and Rodney Reed

Supporters in Frankfurt held a silent vigil on March 5th:

Silent vigil in Frankfurt am Main demanding justice for Rodney Reed, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Leonard Peltier Photo by Free Mumia Coalition, Frankfurt

Silent vigil in Frankfurt am Main demanding justice for Rodney Reed, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Leonard Peltier
Photo by Free Mumia Coalition, Frankfurt

Supporters in Frankfurt. Photo by Free Mumia Coalition, Frankfurt

Supporters in Frankfurt.
Photo by Free Mumia Coalition, Frankfurt

Protesters in Frankfurt am Main demand justice for Rodney Reed, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Leonard Peltier Photo by Free Mumia Coalition, Frankfurt

Protesters in Frankfurt am Main demand justice for Rodney Reed, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Leonard Peltier
Photo by Free Mumia Coalition, Frankfurt

These displays of international solidarity followed a March 1st demonstration in Berlin that drew 80 people.

Thanks to Free Mumia France, Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP), Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (ACAT), Lutte pour la Justice (LPJ), Communauté de Sant’Egidio. SAVE Innocents, Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM), Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), Free Mumia Coalition Frankfurt, Gabs, and Annabelle Gabriel!

Protest for Rodney Reed in Berlin: “Stoppt die Hinrichtung von Rodney Reed”!

On Sunday, March 1, nearly 80 abolitionists protested outside the US Embassy in Berlin, calling for justice for Rodney Reed and an end to the death penalty everywhere. Organizers stressed that Rodney’s recent stay of execution was a result of public pressure put on the Texas courts.

Speakers at the rally discussed the glaring injustices in Rodney’s case and condemned capital punishment entirely. A spokesperson from the Berlin Free Mumia Movement stressed the role of racism in the criminal justice system and referenced the case of Harold Wilson. Wilson was sent to death row in Pennsylvania in 1989 and spent 17 years in prison before being freed by DNA evidence.

A beautiful photo gallery by Uwe Hiksch is here  and video is available here. Read a full report (auf Deutsch) at Indymedia. Many thanks to everyone from Initiative gegen die Todesstrafe, FREE MUMIA Berlin, Rote Hilfe, Anja Kultur, and all who helped to organize this show of international solidarity.  A rally for Rodney is also planned in Paris on March 4.

Protesters in Berlin demand justice for Rodney and an end to the death penalty.  Photo by Uwe Hiksch

Protesters in Berlin demand justice for Rodney and an end to the death penalty.
Photos by Uwe Hiksch

Protesters in Berlin demand justice for Rodney and an end to the death penalty.  Photo by Uwe Hiksch

Protesters in Berlin demand justice for Rodney and an end to the death penalty.  Photo by Uwe Hikschv

Protesters in Berlin demand justice for Rodney and an end to the death penalty.  Photo by Uwe Hiksch

 Protesters outside the Brandenburg Gate

Protesters in Berlin demand justice for Rodney and an end to the death penalty.  Photo by Uwe Hiksch“For a society without prisons! Free Mumia – Free them all!”