Clemency Supporters

Notable supporters of Rodney’s request for clemency include the following people and groups. If you represent a community or faith organization and would like to add your name, please contact


American Friends Service Committee – New York

Amnesty International, human rights organization

Joe Allen, author of People wasn’t made to burn: A true story of race, murder, and justice in Chicago and Vietnam: The (Last) War the US Lost.

Rod Boggs, Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs

Rev. Miles Brandon II at St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church, Austin

John Carlos, 1968 Olympic Medalist and Protester

Frank Chapman, National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression

Todd Chretien, Green Party candidate for US Senate from California, 2006

Mark Clements, Burge torture victim, wrongfully imprisoned for 28 years.
Read Mark’s letter on the Clemency page.

Dana Cloud, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Texas

Chuck D, from Public Enemy

Ben Davis, art critic and author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class

Phil Fornaci, civil rights attorney

Phil Gasper, Ph.D, Madison College, WI

Airickca Gordon-Taylor, cousin of Emmett Till and Executive Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation

Shujaa Graham, Witness to Innocence, Exonerated death row prisoner

Dick Gregory, comedian and legendary civil rights activist

Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, Austin

Howie Hawkins, 2014 Green Party candidate for Governor, New York

Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, All Things Harlem/Still Here Harlem Productions, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

Lawrence Hayes, former NY death row prisoner

Lily Hughes, National Director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Ricky Jason of the award winning documentary film Byrd: The Life & Tragic Death of James Byrd Jr

Brian Jones, 2014 Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor, New York

Mariame Kaba, founding director of Project Nia

William Keach, Professor of English, Brown University

Martin Luther King III

Dennis Kosuth, Union Steward with National Nurses United

Rev. Charles Kullman at St. Austin Catholic Parish, Austin
Read Rev. Kullman’s letter on the Clemency page.

Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Rutgers University

Arun Kundnani, author, The Muslims Are Coming

Alan Maass, Editor of Socialist Worker

Joe Moreno, 1st ward Alderman in Chicago, IL

Fr. Ed Nowak, University Catholic Center, University of Texas at Austin

Ted Pearson, National Alliance against Racism and Political Repression

Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking and Death of Innocence

Melissa Rakestraw, member of the National Association of Letter Carriers

Rev. Jim Rigby at St. Andrews Presbyterian, Austin

Rev. Bud Roland at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, West Lake Hills

Yusef Salaam, falsely convicted in the Central Park Jogger case; exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002

Susan Sarandon, actor

Ahmed Shawki, author of Black Liberation and Socialism

Snehal Shingavi, Professor of English, University of Texas

Sharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire and Women and Socialism

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University

Etan Thomas, Former NBA player and author Voices of the Future

Rev. Tom VandeStadt at the Congregational Church of Austin
Read Rev. VandeStadt’s letter on the Clemency page.

Father Bill Wack at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Parish, Austin.
Read Fr. Wack’s letter on the Clemency page.

Lewis Webb, Jr., New Jim Crow project coordinator for American Friends Service Committee

Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas

Rev. San Williams at University Presbyterian Church, Austin

Dave Zirin, Sports Editor of the Nation


4 thoughts on “Clemency Supporters

  1. Pingback: Dean Smith: On the Passing of a Death Penalty Abolitionist | Free Rodney Reed!

  2. evmm

    Would lawmakers be less likely to ask for death, and governors respond more favorably to pleas for clemency and new trials, if by law, someone in the justice system had to be executed each time there was an exoneration or an executed prisoner was discovered to be not guilty? Only abolition of the death penalty can create a thoughtful justice system.



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