Upcoming Events

Events updated regularly at : www.facebook.com/texasinjustice/ and www.facebook.com/ReedJusticeInitiative/

Court Hearing and Rally to Stop the Execution
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bastrop County Jail, 200 Jackson St, Bastrop, TX

Join us as we fight to stop this unjust execution, grant Rodney a new fair trial, and free Rodney. We’re also urging Judge Campbell to void this unconstitutional November 20th execution date. This hearing is in regard to the validity of Judge Doug Shaver’s rulings in Rodney’s case. Judge Shaver has just retired after being a “visiting judge” for for nearly five years.

Speakers list includes Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Lee Merritt (full list here). Hearing beings at 1:30 PM

All-Night Vigil for Rodney Reed
Thursday, November 14 – Friday, November 15

Happening in Chicago, Austin, Bastrop, and Washington DC! More details forthcoming.


Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed! Statewide Rally
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Texas Governor’s Mansion, 1010 Colorado St., Austin, TX

We need as many folks as possible to come to Austin and demand that Governor Abbott and the State of Texas STOP THE EXECUTION of Rodney Reed! We are inviting folks from all around Texas and the country to join us to demand justice for Rodney Reed and Stacey Stites. Please mark your calendars and spread the word.
Speakers list here

Banner Drop for Rodney Reed
Friday, November 8, 2019, 3:30 PM
I-35 Bridge at MLK, Austin, TX

Join the University of Texas Amnesty International chapter to spread the word about Rodney Reed’s case and call the public to action! We will be dropping banners on both the North and South sides of the MLK blvd bridge over I-35 during rush hour! Afterwards meet up with activists and former death row prisoners Shujaa Graham and Juan Melendez at Varsity Pizza and Pints (starting around 6) to regroup and discuss upcoming actions. We have the party room reserved from 6-8.
Varsity Pizza is at 3000 Duval St.

Wine & Write for Rodney Reed
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Checkered Past Winery, 1409 S. Lamar St., Ste. 008, Dallas, TX

The Dallas Peace and Justice Center & Rodney Reed is Innocent – Dallas Chapter presents:

Join us at Checkered Past to drink wine (happy hour prices) and write clemency letters for Rodney Reed, an innocent man on death row, with an execution date scheduled for November 20, 2019. We will be writing to Governor Greg Abbott asking him to grant clemency to Rodney.

The Death Penalty: A Conversation with the Family of Rodney Reed
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hamilton 717, Columbia University, New York City, NY

Please join Columbia University Law Review, CU Against the Death Penalty, and Columbia Women of Color Pre-Law Society in discussing the implications and inhumanity of the death penalty and America’s criminal justice system in regards to Rodney’s case. Rodney’s family will be speaking with us in a Q+A panel session where the audience can pose questions, and we will be writing letters to Texas Governor Greg Abbott afterwards to protest Rodney’s execution. We will also screen a short portion of a documentary on Rodney.

Faith Leaders Supporting Rodney Reed Press Conference
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Noon – 1:00 PM
Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4301 Tannehill Ln, Austin, TX

Unified faith leaders will be standing with Pastor Gaylon Clark to ask Governor Abbott to STOP the execution of Rodney Reed
Local news coverage: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/rodney-reed-rally-texas-pastors-protest-his-execution/269-bed1bb53-e91a-454a-aa14-f0ceb3552524?

20th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM
Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Each autumn since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Austin to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. Featuring speeches from members of Witness To Innocence – former death row prisoners who were exonerated and freed. Also, family members of death row prisoners in Texas, including the family of Rodney Reed. Full speakers program available at the facebook event page.

Justice for Rodney Reed: Will Texas Execute an Innocent Man?
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave, New York, NY

Join us for a documentary screening on Rodney Reed’s case followed by a panel discussion with his family and legal team. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Moot Court Room, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Enter the building entrance at the corner of 12th Street and Fifth Avenue. Tell security you are here for the Rodney Reed event. The Moot Court Room is located to the left of the lobby through the double doors.

Plea for Justice Documentary screening
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Busboys & Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St NW, Washington DC

Join us for a documentary screening about Rodney’s case titled A Plea For Justice: Why Texas Will Be Executing An Innocent Man. Come hear from family members Wana and Rodrick Reed and learn what you can do to stop the execution of Rodney Reed. Also joining us will be exonerated death row prisoner and Takoma Park native, Shujaa Graham!

Return to the SCOTUS steps: #StopTheExecution of Rodney Reed
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6;00 PM
US Supreme Court Steps, 1 First St NE, Washington, DC

The Reed family is returning to DC to plead with SCOTUS, once again, this time to #STOPTHEEXECUTION and ensure Rodney has the opportunity to prove HE IS INNOCENT! Guest speakers will include death row exonerees from Witness to Innocence, Reed family members Wana and Rodrick, among many others! Come out to write clemency letters, stand in solidarity with the Reed family & death row exonerees, and join this fight to save Rodney’s life and to free him!

Week of Action
Rally to Face the Forensics: #StopTheExecution of Rodney Reed
Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Texas Governor’s Mansion, 1010 Colorado St, Austin, TX

Please join us for a week of peaceful protest to STOP the execution of #RodneyReed. Rodney’s execution date is scheduled for November 20, 2019. We must continue to demand that Gov. Abbott and the State of Texas stop the execution and grant the DNA testing and day in court that Rodney deserves! With that said, we’re respectfully taking our fight back to the Governor– at his house, the Texas Governor’s Mansion!

We will meet everyday in front of the Governor’s Mansion from 4pm-7pm. On Friday, October 4th- the final day of protest for this week- we will head to the Texas State Capitol from the Governor’s Mansion around 4:45pm to hear from various speakers who are actively supporting the fight to stop Rodney’s execution, to ensure he is granted DNA testing of all the crime scene evidence including the murder weapon itself, to ensure he is granted a fair retrial where all of his witnesses including Dr. Michael Baden are called, and for him to be FREED!

Speakers’ list TBA.

All evidence implicates #JImmyFennell in the murder of #StaceyStites and that he had help from friends who were fellow members of law enforcement.

Please join us to send a loud and clear message to Texas officials including Greg Abbott at the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott, Bastrop County DA Bryan Goertz, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals :

We will have shirts for sale at the rally for $15. All proceeds from the shirts fund the rally itself and our journey across the country to amplify Rodney’s story from Los Angeles to Columbus, OH, to New York City to Washington DC to New Orleans and potentially two other cities,

Rally For Rodney Reed
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Noon – 2:00 pm
West Mall, University of Texas campus, Austin, TX

Join UT Amnesty International and UT students in demonstrating our support for the release of Rodney Reed. Guest speakers will include Reed family members Wana and Rodrick, among others! Come out to write clemency letters, stand in support of the Reed family, and join this fight for justice! There will also be an open mic! If you are interested in speaking, please fill out the short form at the Facebook event page
Daily Texan coverage: http://dailytexanonline.com/2019/10/01/ut-amnesty-international-chaper-holds-rally-for-death-row-inmate-rodney-reed?

Rally to Stop Execution of Rodney Reed and Demand DNA Testing
Friday, September 27, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm
Rosa Parks Plaza, Dallas, TX

Rally for Justice for Rodney! Stop the Execution!
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Kerr Community Center, Bastrop, TX

Please join us for a community event supporting Rodney Reed and his family to STOP the execution, which is scheduled for November 20. We must demand that Gov. Abbott and the State of Texas stop the execution and grant the DNA testing and day in court that Rodney deserves!

We are so honored to welcome Anthony Graves and his mother to this event. Anthony spent 18 years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit before being exonerated and then freed in 2010. 

We will also hear remarks from:
Death Row Exonerees from Witness to Innocence
-Derrick Jamison, spent 20 years on Ohio’s death row for a crime he did not commit
-Albert Burrell, spent 13 years on Louisiana’s death row in Angola Prison for a crime he did not commit
Ron Keine, spent 2 years on New Mexico’s death row for a crime he did not commit

Deke Pierce, law enforcement officer with 28 years of experience
Robert L. Muhammad, leader of Austin Nation of Islam
-Revmichael Simms, pastor at Church Without Borders in Bastrop, TX
-Reverend Byron Greene, pastor at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Elgin, TX
Kevin Gannon, Retired NYPD detective from A&E’S Dead Again
-Sandra Reed, Rodney’s mother
Rodrick Reed, Rodney’s brother
-and other special guests!

Please join us to send a loud and clear message to Texas officials:
Local news coverage: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/rodney-reeds-family-holds-rally-asks-for-re-trial/269-517919f3-b77c-4699-b90e-090f48c4e6de


Letter writing for Rodney
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Cenote Cafe, 6214 Cameron Road, Austin, TX

Join volunteers from the Reed Justice Initiative to write letters to the editor on behalf of Rodney Reed, In 2015 when we won a stay of execution for Rodney, these letters were a part of the campaign, so we hope to see you there!
Local news coverage: https://www.fox7austin.com/news/supporters-of-rodney-reed-write-letters-calling-for-clemency

Rally and Fundraiser for Rodrick Reed’s birthday
Saturday, August 31, 2019, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Kerr Community Center, Bastrop, TX

Rodney August 31 Event Flyer

Message from Rodrick Reed, Rodney’s brother:
“August 31st is my 50th birthday. I am inviting everybody everywhere to the Kerr Community Center in Bastrop, TX on Saturday, August 31st at 4pm to celebrate my 50th with food, drinks, music from live bands and a DJ, and most importantly, a rally to save my brother Rodney’s life! We will band together to demand that this retaliatory November 20, 2019 execution date be dropped and that Rodney be freed!

I haven’t been able to celebrate my birthday with my brother Rodney or hug him since 1997. The state of Texas has robbed my brother of over two decades of his life. That is over two decades that Rodney has not been able to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions with the people who love him. He has not hugged or kissed Mama in over two decades. Our brothers. His children. He has never had the opportunity to hug or kiss his grandchildren. A part of us has been locked away for over two decades, and now, the state of Texas is trying to execute him on November 20th for a crime he did not commit. This is all without DNA testing the murder weapon and ALL the crime scene evidence or granting him a new, fair, just retrial.

The only thing I want for my birthday, for Rodney, for my family, is help to #BRINGRODNEYHOMEALIVE ! All I want is for my family to be whole again so we can start our journey to healing. For Mama to be able to hug and kiss Rodney again. For Rodney to be able to live the rest of his life happy and as a free man, enjoying every remaining moment of his life to the fullest. I just want my family to be able to hold Rodney in our arms again.

My 50th birthday event will be a fundraiser for our cross-country trip across the United States, where we’re travelling from Texas to NYC to LA and several key locations in between, connecting with major media outlets every step of the way, to make sure the whole world knows how Texas is trying to kill my brother Rodney despite
1. the medical examiner whose testimony led to Rodney’s conviction in the first place recanted that erroneous statement back in 2012 https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2012-08-14/bayardo-says-states-case-against-rodney-reed-is-wrong/,
2. despite refusing to DNA test the murder weapon and ALL crime scene evidence, and
3. despite refusing to grant Rodney a fair, just retrial with a jury of his peers and where ALL of his witnesses are called!

Here is a link to our Facebook fundraiser:

(What we’re really needing is a drivable motor home with no mechanical issues).

Another way to help us fund our fight for justice while raising awareness about Rodney’s situation is to purchase one of our conversation starter t-shirts: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/shop/

Come celebrate my 50th birthday with my family and me and join us as we fight to save Rodney’s life!”

There is a carpool from Houston. Meet at S.H.A.P.E. CENTER, 3815 Live Oak, at 2:00PM. Contact Gloria Rubac to secure your space.

Rodney Reed Movie Screening: Death Row Stories
Friday, August 24, 2018, at 7:30PM
Cultivo, 2512 E. 12th St, Austin

Join us for a screening of the CNN episode of “Death Row Stories”. This hour-long special aired April 2018 and details the myriad of problems in the conviction of Rodney.

There will be letter-writing materials on hand to make your voice heard to officials who have the power to do the right thing and FREE RODNEY REED.

Cultivo will offer a special screening menu with gourmet hot dogs, truffle popcorn, and tacos available for purchase. This event is free to attend, but we will be accepting donations for future work around Rodney’s case.

The time is now to get involved!

Saturday, September 8 at 4PM
Kerr Community Center, 1308 Walnut St., Bastrop, TX

Rodney Reed is innocent, yet he sits on Texas’ death row.

Jimmy Fennell is very likely a murderer, yet he is free.

In a new addendum to Rodney’s appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Rodney’s defense team outlines how the scientific evidence used to convict Rodney Reed has been *completely debunked* and that ALL of the evidence points squarely to Jimmy Fennell as who killed his fiancé, Stacey Stites.

Fennell was released (on probation) from prison this year after serving 9.5 years of a 10 year sentence for kidnapping, assault and rape while on duty as a police officer in Georgetown, Texas. He will complete probation in September.

At the time of the crime, Jimmy Fennell was the prime suspect. Then and now, a mountain of evidence has made clear that Fennell is the *only person* who could have killed Stacey – and that Rodney Reed is innocent of this crime! The time of death puts Stacey Stites, with her fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, and ONLY Jimmy Fennell. The wrongful conviction of Rodney has not only left the public vulnerable to Fennell’s continued serial violence, but, it has deprived Rodney of his life, and most importantly, denied justice for Jimmy’s victim, Stacey Stites.

PLEASE join us for a community event supporting Rodney Reed, and his family, advocating for the exoneration of Rodney Reed. We will have BBQ, music, and special guests and speakers. We will march for Rodney, and join together to tell Texas officials, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

#rodneyreed #rodneyreedinnocent #justice4rodneyreed #freerodneyreed #bastrop #texas #bbq #rally #march #innocenceproject #innocent #jimmyfennell #staceystites #truth #justice #freedom

Justice for Rodney Reed – Letter Writing Happy Hour
Friday, July 21, 2017 from 5-8PM at in.gredients (2610 Manor Rd.)

Rodney Reed has been on Texas’ death row since 1998. He was convicted of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in the small town of Bastrop, Texas. Stacey’s brutal murder struck at the very heart of the community, not only for its brutality, but for the sinister chain of events it would set into motion. Rodney’s case is a troubling mixture of prosecutoral misconduct, police corruption, poor defense, and institutional racism. Evidence of Rodney’s innocence is overwhelming and the need for a new trial is indisputable.

For more information about this case, listen to Sword and Scale episode 42 and 43, watch the movie State vs. Reed or the A&E special Dead Man Talking.

Bring your friends and come enjoy in.gredient’s patio with us on your way home from work! One letter can go a long way – we want to be sure that our voices are heard. They can’t ignore us any longer.

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 4:00PM, Bastrop, TX.

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.

Carpool from Houston information here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1696709693914880/

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 4:00PM. Bastrop, TX

Join us in Bastrop for an afternoon of music and BBQ in support of Rodney Reed. Featuring performances by:

Kalu James: http://www.kalujamesmusic.com/
Las Krudas Cubensi: http://www.krudascubensi.com/

Rodney’s cousins will perform an original song written for Rodney. DJ set by Rodney’s brother Richard Reed.

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.

Kerr Community Park, Bastrop, Texas

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:15PM, University of Texas at Austin
Die-In for Rodney Reed

Join us in the West Mall Rally Space  for a die-in action to show our continued support for Rodney Reed!

We will be tabling during the hours leading up to the die-in. At our action we will have a replica of the floor plan of a cell on death row. Those of you who die-in with us will hold posters with messages about Rodney Reed. The rest of you can pass out flyers about our upcoming panel!

Rodney Reed is an innocent man on death row. While the Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay to his former execution date of March 5th, Rodney Reed still lives in solitary confinement 24/7, and remains in a 6X10 foot cell for 23 of those hours. This in and of itself is a travesty!

We MUST continue to put public pressure on the CCA in order to tell them that we demand a fair trial, the testing of DNA evidence, and the freedom for an innocent man who has spent over 18 years of his life locked up for a crime that he did not commit!

UT Campus, West Mall Rally space

Free Rodney Reed! He is Innocent!
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:00PM, University of Texas at Austin

Just days before his scheduled execution date, Rodney was granted a stay by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The court will be examining explosive new evidence regarding Rodney’s innocence. Please join us for a panel event at the University of Texas that will address the latest news regarding the case, the need for ongoing struggle for justice for Rodney, and the fight to end the death penalty altogether.

Rodrick Reed – Rodney’s brother and advocate
Ana Hernandez – Texas Student Area Coordinator for Amnesty International, vice president of UT’s Amnesty chapter and member of the Campus Campaign to Free Rodney Reed.

Moderated by Collin Poirot of the Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed

Stay tuned for more speakers!
UT Campus, Waggener Hall, Room 101

Justice for Rodney Rally
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00PM, Austin, Texas

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) stayed Rodney’s execution while they consider whether or not to hear new evidence in the case. Although grateful for this stay, we wish to remind the CCA that the whole world is still watching!

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Building
201 W 14th St, Austin, TX 78701
(on the northwest side of the Texas Capitol Complex)

Rassemblement à Paris pour dire NON à l’exécution de Rodney Reed !
4 March, 2015 at 6:00PM, Paris

paris protest

Un rassemblement aura lieu le mercredi 4 mars prochain, à partir de 18 heures :
Place de la Concorde
A proximité de l’Ambassade des États-Unis / Rendez-vous angle rue de Rivoli – Jardins des Tuileries
Métro : Concorde


justice pour rodney

Pictures here: https://justice4rodneyreed.org/2015/03/09/protests-for-rodney-reed-in-paris-and-frankfurt/

2015 Texas Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty – Day of Innocence
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM

We will visit legislative officers and ask legislators to support abolishing the death penalty. We will also lobby to build support to stop the scheduled execution of Rodney Reed now set for March 5. Special guests include several people who were sentenced to death and later exonerated, including Ron Keine, Clarence Brandley, and Sabrina Butler from Witness to Innocence. They and other death row exonerees will be honored with a resolution by the Texas House of Representatives. Press conference will be at 10:00AM. Full schedule of the day’s events available here:

Organizations that would like to participate or co-sponsor the Lobby Day can email admin@texasmoratorium.org or call 512-961-6389.

Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Coverage here: https://justice4rodneyreed.org/2015/03/04/death-penalty-opponents-host-day-of-innocence-at-the-texas-state-capitol-featuring-death-row-exonerees/

Stoppt die Hinrichtung von Rodney Reed!
1 March, 2015 at 15:00, Berlin

rally in berlin

Coverage here: https://justice4rodneyreed.org/2015/03/02/496-protest-for-rodney-reed-in-berlin/

Jam 4 Justice
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7:00PM, Austin

jam 4 justice

The People’s Task Force brings you the Jam 4 Justice, a benefit and awareness show for Larry Jackson Jr., an unarmed Black man murdered by the Austin Police Department. Rodney supporters will have a table. With performances by Jae Jax Da MenaceSubKulture PatriotsBLXPLTN, and RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS) . All ages welcome. $5-10 suggested donation at the door. No one will be turned away. Donations are used to pay for fliers, banner materials, and renting space.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374294412887431

Historic Victory Grill, 1104 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Rally in Support of Rodney Reed– HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO RODNEY’S STAY.

Friday, February 27, 2015 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Washington, D.C.

DC rally

10 G St. NE, Washington, D.C. (Texas Office of State-Federal Relations)

All-Night by Candlelight: A Vigil for Rodney Reed
Thursday, February 26 at 9:00PM until Friday, February 27 at 7:00AM, UT Austin 

Join us on Thursday 2/26 for an all-night vigil in support of Rodney Reed. We want UT STUDENTS to TAKE A STAND and show that we support a fair trial for Rodney. We will be there from 9pm on Thursday to 7am on Friday, but you are welcome to join us at any time for as long as you can.

Please bring blankets and snacks, we will have activities all night long and yoga in the morning!

UT Main Mall, UT Campus

Coverage here: http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/02/26/students-camp-out-in-support-of-rodney-reed/24100835/


Table for Rodney
Wednesday, February 25, 20015 at 7:00PM, Washington, D.C.

Supporters will be tabling at  #BlackLivesMatter And The Power of Sports: A Panel with Dr. John Carlos . Stop by and sign a clemency letter and take a solidarity picture. Dr. John Carlos has joined Rodney’s list of clemency supporters.

Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00PM
Organizing Meeting in Austin, TX

On Saturday we had an amazing rally for Rodney in front of the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion. Join us at this meeting to discuss next steps and what we can do in the ten days before the scheduled execution date. Please bring your friends, your ideas, and your desire to fight for justice!

Double Dave’s Pizzaworks (in the Party Room)
3000 Duval Street
Austin, TX  78705

Screening of State v. Reed
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 5:00PM, Washington, D.C.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533184273613490/
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C.

Rally for Justice:
Join us Saturday, February 21, for a rally the Texas State Capitol in Austin at 2:00 PM.


Speakers include:

Rodrick Reed: brother of Rodney Reed
Mark Clements: Burge torture victim, wrongfully imprisoned for 28 years
Shujaa Graham:  Witness to Innocence, Exonerated death row prisoner
Delia Perez Meyer: sister of innocent TX death row prisoner Louis Castro Perez
Lakiza Fowler: sister of Larry Jackson, Jr., shot by Austin Police Department in 2013
Ava Haywood: mother of James Haywood, who died in Elgin police custody in 2011
Brother Robert L. Muhammad: Austin Nation of Islam
Pastor Jim Rigby:  St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Lady Bird: Organizer of Black Lives Matter: Dirge March
Linsdey Todd: Organizer with The People’s Task Force

This rally immediately follows the Black Lives Matter: Dirge March.

There is a carpool from Houston, starting at the SHAPE Center. See https://www.facebook.com/events/728587560592070 for more info

Coverage here: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/28167976/family-of-death-row-prisoner-rodney-reed-beg-for-his-freedom

Call in for Justice:
Participate in the National Call-In day on Friday, February 20!

National call-in days show the Governor and Board of Pardons and Paroles that all eyes are on Texas and there is widespread support for Rodney. Visit the Call In for Justice page for all the information on who to call and what you might say.

Mark Clements speaks on Rodney Reed and the Death Penalty
Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM, UT Austin

mark clements speaks

Come join us for our last campus event this week in support of Rodney Reed, innocent man on death row. Mark Clements will be on the West Mall to help us table to raise awareness for Rodney Reed’s case. Feel free to come out and table with us, or just listen to Mark speak!

Mark Clements was tortured by police in Chicago at the age of 16 until he confessed to crimes that he did not commit. He spent 28 years in prison before being freed. He is now an advocate and activist and is joining us in Austin to help rally support for Rodney.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/616785065089726
West Mall Rally Space, UT Campus

Families Doing Time on Death Row
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00PM, UT Austin

Discussion about the ways that having a loved one on death row can affect family members on the outside. Delia Perez Meyer will speak about her brother Louis Castro Perez, her friendship with Sandra Reed, Rodney’s mother, and other families she’s met in her weekly visits to death row in Livingston. Delia’s commutes are the subject of a documentary film, The Road to Livingston. She is joined by Shujaa Graham from Witness to Innocence.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/730949007020794/?

SAC Ballroom South, UT Campus
Sponsored by the Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed.
Email cpoirot@utexas.edu for more info

Screening of State vs. Reed
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00PM, UT Austin

Join the Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed for a screening of the documentary about Rodney’s case. Immediately after the meeting we will be writing clemency letters

CLA 0.106, UT campus
Sponsored by the Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed.
Email cpoirot@utexas.edu for more info

Flash Mob for Justice
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 12:15 – 12:30 PM, UT Austin

Gregory Gym Plaza, UT Campus
Sponsored by the Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed

Coverage here: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/students-plan-flash-mob-stop-rodney-reed-execution-24180.shtml

UT events

Viewing party of the “Dead Again” episode focused on Rodney Reed
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7:30

Rodney’s case has been dramatized as a special 2-hour episode on A&E’s hit show Dead Again. You can watch a preview here (video has been removed). Check your local listings for time and channel. If you’re in Austin, join us to watch the premiere. We’ll be writing clemency letters before the show airs at 8:00PM

Double Dave’s Pizzaworks, 3000 Duval Street, Austin
Look for us in the “Party Room”

A Friends Meeting in Support of Rodney Reed:
Featuring Sister Helen Prejean
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00PM

The Friends Meeting of Austin are extending an open invitation to the press and public to attend a press conference and meeting in support of Rodney Reed on Sunday, February 15th, from 2:00 PM until 4:30 PM at the Meeting House. Folks should begin to gather at 2PM.

At 2:30PM, there will be brief instruction regarding Quaker Meetings (for Worship, Business, etc.), there will be a five minute silence out of which a list of designated speakers will speak. After each speaker, there will be a short period of silence. Speakers include Sister Helen Prejean (author of Dead Man Walking and friend of our Meeting), lawyers for Rodney Reed, and other Austin clergy. Invited speakers include Reed family members, and members of the family of the victim, Stacey Stites.

Following there will be a chance for attendees to speak in the manner of the Friends Meeting.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/806970449371590/

Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E MLK Blvd, Austin

Coverage here: http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/02/15/family-advocates-fight-to-prevent-reed-execution/23478085/


Table for Rodney
Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10:00AM – 5:00PM

We’ll have a table for Rodney at the Making the Connections: Life, Peace & Justice conference hosted by Consistent Life. Sister Helen Prejean (death penalty activist of Dead Man Walking fame) will be speaking at 2:00PM. Admission fee is $25-$45 sliding scale, $10 for students.

St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Ave, ATX

Gov. Abbott: Have a Heart! Stop the Execution!
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1:00PM

have a heart

This Valentine’s Day, supporters of Rodney Reed will deliver a big valentine to Gov. Greg Abbott asking him to Have a Heart and stop Rodney’s execution! In addition to the big heart, we’ll spread the love by surrounding the mansion with valentines collected from Rodney’s friends all over Texas, the US, and the world.

conversation hearts

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/585352021600985/
Press release here: https://justice4rodneyreed.org/2015/02/11/gov-abbott-have-a-heart-stop-the-execution-of-rodney-reed/
Coverage (with video) here: http://kxan.com/2015/02/14/rodney-reed-supporters-deliver-valentine-to-gov-abbott/

Texas Governor’s Mansion
1010 Colorado St, ATX

Justice for Rodney Reed and Stacey Stites
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00AM, Bastrop

bastop rally 02-13

At the Bastrop County Courthouse
804 Pecan St, Bastrop, TX 78602
email judith_c_morgan@yahoo.com for more details
Statesman photo gallery here: http://www.statesman.com/gallery/news/local/rally-rodney-reed-021315/gCQ3r/#6786461

Friday, February 13, 2015. ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

Rodney’s supporters from across the world are encouraged to call in on Feb.13 and Feb.20. These coordinated call days show the Governor and Board of Pardons and Paroles that all eyes are on Texas and there is widespread support for Rodney. Go to the Call In For Justice page for phone numbers and sample scripts.

Screening of State v. Reed & Framed
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:00PM, Austin

Join us for a screening of the State v. Reed documentary followed by Framed, a short update to the case. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1599972966882370
2318 E 8th St, Austin, TX

Screening of State v. Reed
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00PM, New York City

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five.

Maysles Cinema
343 Malcom X Blvd. New York City

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/343978302471248/

Hearts for Rodney
Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM, UT Austin

Stop by our table and sign a Valentine and Clemency Letter for Rodney!

Gregory Gym Plaza, UT Campus.
Sponsored by the Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed.
Email cpoirot@utexas.edu for more info
(coverage of this event here: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/ut-students-send-valentines-day-notes-governor-save-mans-life-24106.shtml )

Letter writing for Rodney
Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:00PM-6:00PM

“The Austin chapter of Amnesty International will be holding our monthly meeting this Sunday, Feb. 8, from 4-6pm at Central Market North Cafe. We will write letters and discuss any business that needs to be attended to. I hope you will all be able to join us. It’s perfectly okay to come for a little while during that time period if you’re not able to be there for the full two hours.”

Organizing Meeting
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00PM

Immediately following the table, we’ll be meeting at the Center Spot, right next door to Epoch! Join us as we give updates on progress we’re making and get involved in the fight!

Center Spot , 213 West North Loop Blvd, ATX

Table for Rodney
Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11:00AM-1:00PM

Meet Rodney supporters at our informational table. Sign a petition, take a solidarity picture, or purchase a Justice For Rodney Reed tshirt

Epoch Coffee, 221 West North Loop Blvd, ATX
email lily@nodeathpenalty.org for more info

Table for Rodney
Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6:00PM, UT Austin

Supporters will be tabling at “The People Speak: Black Radical Voices”, an event featuring readings from Howard Zinn’s classic book “The People Speak”

UT Campus CAL 100

Ring For Rodney: Make a Phone Call for Justice
Friday, February 6, 2015 from 4:00-6:00PM, UT Austin

Join students at the University of Texas at Austin for a phone banking event. We’ll be making phone calls to the Governor’s office and Board of Pardons and Paroles to ask for clemency for Rodney. Pizza will be provided!

UT Campus GAR 2.124
email cpoirot@utexas.edu for more info
Campus Campaign to Save Rodney Reed meetings will be held every Friday in GAR 2.124

ring for rodney

Screening of State v. Reed
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:00PM, New York City

barnard screening

In Mathematics 520. Sponsored by the Barnard Columbia Socialists. Contact them for details

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 3:00PM
Organizing Meeting in Austin, TX

Last week a group of Rodney’s supporters met to make plans to stop Rodney’s fast approaching March 5 execution. There were tons of great ideas and now it’s time to get busy turning those into action!

Join us as we meet to discuss what we can do for Rodney.
Please bring your friends, your ideas, and your desire to fight for justice!

Double Dave’s Pizzaworks (in the Party Room)
3000 Duval Street
Austin, TX  78705

Organizing Call to Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed
Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00PM CST, Worldwide


Please JOIN US
We need everyone to come on board now to help with efforts to STOP the upcoming execution of Rodney Reed. He is scheduled to be executed in Texas on March 5th.

Recently the courts have denied Rodney’s request to have DNA testing done on the belt used to strangle Stacey and other evidence that has never been tested. Rodney, his family, and activists have been fighting for 17 years to win him justice. Now we need everyone to join with us, raise their voice and stop this execution from going forward!

CALL in # 1-712-432-0460

(Please email marlene  at nodeathpenalty.org if you plan to be on the call, and indicate what state you are from and what organization you are affiliated with if any, thanks!)

Learn about the case and ways you can get involved. We need all justice-loving people to come on board. Forward this message and spread the word

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM, Austin, TX

Rodney Reed’s March 5 execution date is fast approaching. Many people around Austin know that Rodney is innocent, and everyone has something to contribute to the fight to save his life.

Join us as we meet to discuss what we can do for Rodney.
Please bring your friends, your ideas, and your desire to fight for justice!
Terrazas Library
1105 East Cesar Chavez Street, ATX, 78702

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM 

On Jan. 20, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will be sworn in as the 48th Governor of Texas. He will inherit Rick Perry’s bloody legacy of 278 executions, with three executions scheduled for January. Join us at 5:30 in front of the Texas Capitol to demand that Abbott grant clemency for Rodney. Drop the Date! Test the DNA! Justice for Rodney Reed!

For those available during the day, a group of supporters will be meeting at 11:00 AM to be seen and heard during the parade. Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/772378479512645/

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon
Gathering at the MLK Statue at University of Texas Campus (East Mall) at 12PM – marching to Texas State Capitol

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Annual MLK March and Community Festival
Gather at 9AM at MLK Statue at UT, March to Huston-Tillotson College, celebration to follow
We will be hosting an official table at the MLK Day festival on Monday – please stop by and pick up a bumper sticker, t-shirt, take a solidarity photo and sign a petition for Rodney! Or join us behind the table to get the word out!

Rodney’s birthday is December 22. This will be the 17th birthday that he spends behind bars, so let’s show him some love and support. You can send cards to:

Mr. Rodney Reed #999271
Polunsky Unit
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston, TX 77351

or you can send an email through J Pay
(Texas Death Row prisoners cannot receive VideoGrams)


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