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 email@example.com
American Friends Service Committee – New York
Amnesty International, human rights organization
Eric Andre, comedian
Joe Allen, author of People wasn’t made to burn: A true story of race, murder, and justice in Chicago
Austin American-Statesman editorial board
Rod Boggs, Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs
Rev. Miles Brandon II at St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church, Austin
Rep. John Bucy III, Texas State Representative, District 136
Busta Rhymes, rapper
John Carlos, 1968 Olympic Medalist and Protester
Frank Chapman, National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression
Chuck D, from Public Enemy
Pastor Gaylon Clark, Greater Mount Zion Church, Austin
Mark Clements, Burge torture victim, wrongfully imprisoned for 28 years.
Read Mark’s letter on the Clemency page.
Dana Cloud, Professor of Communication Studies, Syracuse University
Sen. Ted Cruz, United States Senator
Mark Cuban, entrepreneur
Rep. John Cyrier, Texas State Representative, District 17 (includes Bastrop County)
Dallas Morning News Editorial Board
Ben Davis, art critic and author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class
The European Union
Phil Fornaci, civil rights attorney
Rep. Vikki Goodwin, Texas State Representative, District 47
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
Gigi Hadid, model
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
Moshe Kasher, comedian
Shaun King, civil rights activist
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
LL Cool J, entertainer
Meek Mill, ￼rapper
Dr. Phil McGraw, host of the Dr. Phil show
Joe Moreno, former 1st ward Alderman in Chicago, IL
Fr. Ed Nowak, University Catholic Center, University of Texas at Austin
Pastor Joseph Parker, David Chapel Baptist Church, Austin
Sherwynn Patton, Life Anew
Ted Pearson, National Alliance against Racism and Political Repression
Deke Pierce, Williamson Co., Texas, Constable (and 12 other law enforcement officers)
Video of his statement here
Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking and Death of Innocence
Polk County, Texas, GOP. Texas death row is located in Polk Co.
Rev. Jim Rigby at St. Andrews Presbyterian, Austin
Pastor Aaron Reyes, Hope Community Church, Austin
Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr, Texas State Representative, District 90
Rev. Bud Roland at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, West Lake Hills, Texas
Yusef Salaam, falsely convicted in the Central Park Jogger case; exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002
Susan Sarandon, actor
Yara Shahidi, actor
Snehal Shingavi, Professor of English, University of Texas
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
Texas House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus, 26 members of the Texas Legislature, both Democrats and Republicans
Texas Legislative Black Caucus, 17 Texas State Representatives and 2 State Senators
Etan Thomas, Former NBA player and author Voices of the Future
University of Texas School of Law student organizations: The Public Defense Group, The Student Bar Association Board of Governors, The American Constitution Society, Public Interest Lawyers Association, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy OUTLaw
Rev. Tom VandeStadt at the Congregational Church of Austin
Read Rev. VandeStadt’s letter on the Clemency page.
Greta VanSusteren, TV news anchor
Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Diocese of Austin
Father Bill Wack at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Parish, Austin.
Read Fr. Wack’s letter on the Clemency page.
Sen. Kirk Watson, Texas State Senator, District 14; now joined by 15 other state senators (7 Democrats and 8 Republicans)
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 at The Nation
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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.
This is ridiculous!!! Wake up America! Free this man!!! =
Community Activist Ricky Jason say we all must step up now today for Rodney Reed
Free that man. The only thing they are executing him for was being in a relationship with a white woman in the south(Texas)
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What would be the point in taking an innocent man life , when there are millions of people Praying and asking for clemency.Restore peoples faith in A society with justice and hope, Free Rodney Reed.
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I know that Bastrop police where out to get him ,they tried to make me say i knew him an that he was dangerous, back then i was an addict but still knew better than to get involved so i kept insisting i didn’t know him even though they theatned me. But ive been clean since 07. But i remember them trying to make me say he was the one that had tried to hurt me. BASTROP hasnt changed i live here i have the whole time ive been clean along time but that doesn’t mean im safe