A Message From Trans(forming) & Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative:
Dear Ky Peterson Supporters,
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles finally handed down its parole decision for Trans(forming) member Ky Peterson on Inauguration Day – January 20, 2017 – though no-one informed Ky. He first learned the devastating news three days later, from us, during a visit. The Board set Ky’s “tentative parole month” (TPM) for July 2021. By then, he will have been locked up nearly 10 years.
No words can describe our immense grief, disappointment, shock, and -yes- anger that Ky is still not free, and continues to be punished for surviving. Our hearts are heavy, and we find no comfort knowing that the Board’s decision could have been even worse.
Despite the profound and ongoing injustice he has faced as an incarcerated Black trans man, Ky has remained deeply committed to his faith, goals, love for his family, and his hope and passion to create a better and more just world- especially for trans people. He told us, “Even if they keep me in here, they can never keep me down!”
We must continue to share his story, intensify our support and demand his release. We ask that you join us in taking the following actions to support Ky and other criminalized survivors of gendered violence:
The FKP is a photo campaign spreading awareness about Ky Peterson, a Black trans man imprisoned for killing his rapist in self defense & the untold stories of Trans Men of Color.
Visit this site for full statement and video update.
January 31, 2016
The #Justice4Rasmea campaign to free Rasmea Odeh announced that her legal team filed a motion to dismiss the new indictment brought against Rasmea in December 2016 after her successful appeal. Excerpt below:
"Today, the lawyers defending Palestinian American activist Rasmea Odeh moved to dismiss the new indictment that was brought against her in December 2016. The motion and supporting brief argue that the government’s “superseding indictment has substantially broadened the scope of the trial and the evidence that will be relevant and at issue.”
It also states that the new indictment, filed well beyond the statute of limitations in immigration law, is so different from the original 2013 indictment that it cannot be accepted by the court. The statute of limitations for the alleged 2004 offense is 10 years. This new indictment tries to bring fundamentally different charges against Rasmea.
Finally, Rasmea’s defense exposes the U.S. Attorney’s filing of the superseding indictment as a retaliatory and vindictive act. The conviction that the prosecutors won in court in 2014 was overturned in 2016 because the court violated Rasmea’s right to a full defense. She was not allowed to present expert testimony that she suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the torture she suffered at the hands of her Israeli captors in Palestine in 1969. Now the desperate prosecution is trying to bring terrorism charges against her. This is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to prejudice the jury by using buzz words such as “terrorism” to paint an unfavorable view of Rasmea."
Read full announcement.
January 27, 2017
Today, after 3 years behind bars and 2 years of house detention, Marissa Alexander was finally released from state confinement. Learn about Marissa's new project, the Marissa Alexander Justice Project.
Free Marissa Now's statement on Marissa Alexander's freedom. Excerpt below:
Since 2012, thousands of people all over the world REFUSED to accept the prosecution and punishment of Marissa Alexander. You wrote to prosecutor Angela Corey & Florida Governor Rick Scott urging them to drop the case, you fundraised over $100,000 to support Marissa’s legal defense fund, you organized community workshops & gatherings to spread the word, you engaged in direct actions in the streets and in front of courthouses, you wrote to Marissa to let her know she was not alone, you produced amazing works of art that spoke to the call for her freedom, you submitted organizational endorsements for her freedom, you sent heartfelt prayers, and you repeatedly boosted all forms of media to make sure your voices were heard. And our voices WERE HEARD. We believe that Angela Corey (now voted out) felt the pressure to offer Marissa another plea deal because you would not let up. We know that Marissa’s pro bono legal team got as far as they did because of the grassroots funds that supported their work. We saw Florida’s state congress pass reform legislation in response to Marissa’s case. And we saw an increase in defense campaigns for survivors all over the country. In short, Marissa Alexander was freed by your efforts of love and resistance that continue to make a difference. We at Free Marissa Now are overcome with gratitude.
No Perfect Victims Network Gathering @ 2017 Allied Media Conference in Detroit
Between 1977 and 2007, the population of U.S women prisoners grew by 800% with an annual growth rate doubling that of men over many years. The vast majority of incarcerated and criminalized women (trans and non-trans) have previous histories of domestic and sexual abuse. This gathering will engage participants on how to pro-actively support and advocate for survivors who live at the intersection of gender violence and criminalization. We will highlight the experiences of grassroots organizations and defense committees in supporting those who don’t fall into the “perfect victim” narrative and we will share a new toolkit for those who want to do similar work. Participants will learn how to use digital organizing to raise awareness, funds and gain supporters for their campaigns. This network gathering is invite only.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Mariame Kaba, Stacy Suh, Tasasha Henderson, and Ash Stephens.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
We are calling for criminalized survivors, formerly incarcerated people, organizers, activists, educators, artists, anti-domestic/sexual violence workers, legal service providers, and others to
join us for discussion and strategizing.
Our vision for this gathering is to:
We encourage our network gathering participants to propose presentations and workshops to Allied Media Conference tracks and practice spaces. This network gathering is limited to 60 participants. To find out more and learn how to register email Mariame Kaba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the #FreeBresha Campaign:
At Bresha Meadows’ hearing today, rather than release Bresha on bond, the court will transfer her from juvenile detention to a “treatment facility.” She will not be able to freely come and go from the facility. How then is this different from being jailed? It is also well-documented that so-called mental health treatment in detention can itself be traumatizing. We remain steadfast in our belief that Bresha has a right to self-defense and should not be criminalized or forcibly confined. We call for Bresha’s release from state detention so that she and her family are free to determine the best course for her recovery and well-being.
As a 14-year-old child pushed to her limits and fearful that she and her family might end up dead at the hands of her father, she did what she had to do to survive. She should not be tried and she most certainly should not continue to be jailed; this is unjust. We call on prosecutors to drop the charges against her and return to her family to begin the long process of healing. Short of this, she should at least be released from all forms of detention while awaiting trial. Bresha is a traumatized child survivor of domestic violence and her trauma has been compounded by her jailing for 175 days and counting.
We thank all of Bresha’s supporters who have organized workshops, protests, written letters, made art, donated money and more calling for her freedom. Bresha knows that you’ve been thinking of her, praying for her, and organizing for her freedom. She and her family have expressed gratitude for your support.
Please continue to agitate and organize in solidarity with Bresha’s family, friends and community. We’ll keep you updated on developments in the case as we learn of them.
Until all of Breshas are free.
From the #FreeBresha campaign:
In solidarity with Bresha Meadows and the campaign to #FreeBresha and decriminalize survival, we are organizing book drives for incarcerated girls and women. Please donate books to the efforts listed here or organize your own book drive!
Los Angeles Area — #FreeBresha Book Drive
To donate books for girls at Central Juvenile Hall in LA and women at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino, please purchase books online, mail book donations in, or drop them off. Thanks to the Youth Justice Coalition, InsideOUT Writers & California Coalition for Women Prisoners for also supporting this effort
Mail book donations to:
Youth Justice Coalition
℅ Kim McGill
PO Box 73688
LA, CA 90003
Drop-off books in sealed envelopes/boxes to:
Chuco’s Justice Center
℅ Kim McGill
1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302
Bay Area — #FreeBresha Book Drive
To donate books to incarcerated youth in Contra Costa County, CA, please purchase books online: http://a.co/c2BGZ1c. Thanks to AnaStacia (@JoliePeauBrune) of ThinkingNext for coordinating this effort!
HOW TO ORGANIZE A BOOK DRIVE FOR INCARCERATED GIRLS & WOMEN
Please reach out if you need further support coordinating a book drive and/or if we can help promote your efforts (email@example.com).
Join S&P for a week of action highlighting the cases of criminalized survivors.
On January 19, 2017, Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old black girl who allegedly killed her abusive father to defend herself and her family, will have a hearing in which her legal team will argue for her release as she awaits a trial.
On January 27, Marissa Alexander, a black mother and domestic violence survivor who was imprisoned for saving her own life by firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive husband, will finally be released from house arrest.
From January 19-27, we will bring attention to the campaigns to free Bresha, Marissa, Tondalao Hall, Ky Peterson, Kelly Ann Savage, Rasmea Odeh, Alisha Walker, and Ny Nourn. Our goal is to support people to take action for their freedom and engage our communities about the broader conditions that lead to the criminalization of survival.
More info here. Learn more about the Jan 19th #FreeBresha Day of Action.
Everyone is invited to participate on 12/14 in an online art exhibition to #FreeBreshaNow. Involve your communities in creating art that can be shared next week on various social media platforms. More details can be found here.
Join chat at the CPEDV facebook page.
Events, case & campaign updates, media, calls to action, and messages from survivors.
#FreeBresha Day of Action
#SurvivedAndPunished Week of Action