New Toolkit for Organizing Defense Campaigns

National grassroots organization, Survived and Punished, just released a new downloadable toolkit for organizing defense campaigns for survivors who are criminalized.  Excerpt: ​#SurvivedAndPunished: Survivor Defense as Abolitionist Praxis is a collection of tools, tips, lessons and resources developed through our own experiences. It is also an effort to document and reflect on our own movement … More New Toolkit for Organizing Defense Campaigns

‘Does the Incarceration of This 14-Year-Old Girl Make Us Safer?’

Jenna Barnett @ Sojourners. Description of audio report below: When 14-year-old Bresha Meadows shot her father after allegedly enduring a lifetime of his abuse, she could have just been one more girl processed through what’s become known as the abuse-to-prison pipeline. But instead, the #FreeBresha movement arrived to question the harsh, punitive nature of our … More ‘Does the Incarceration of This 14-Year-Old Girl Make Us Safer?’

Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui Reportedly Donates $3,000 to Bresha Meadows

De Elizabeth @ Teen Vogue; excerpt below: An online campaign dedicated to helping 15-year-old Bresha Meadows just exceeded its goal, seemingly thanks to Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Jauregui. Bresha, who had been accused of fatally shooting her allegedly abusive father, recently accepted a plea deal, which would enable her to spend six months in a mental … More Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui Reportedly Donates $3,000 to Bresha Meadows

Bresha Meadows to serve 6-months in Cleveland treatment facility following plea deal in shooting death of her father

Andrea Simakis @ The Plain Dealer; excerpt below: At a tense and emotional hearing in Trumbull County Juvenile Court Monday, prosecutor Stanley Elkins amended the charges to involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony. Bresha, her hair in braids and gathered into a puffy topknot, answered “true” to those charges, the language used by those adjudicated in … More Bresha Meadows to serve 6-months in Cleveland treatment facility following plea deal in shooting death of her father

Bresha Meadows’s Hearing Resulted in a Plea Deal

#FreeBresha campaign member, Mariame Kaba, reports on what she witnessed at Bresha Meadows’ May 22, 2017 court appearance when Bresha’s plea deal was finalized. Article @ Teen Vogue; excerpt below: For her entire life, Bresha witnessed her father’s brutal violence against her mother and siblings, according to family members. Bresha herself was also abused emotionally … More Bresha Meadows’s Hearing Resulted in a Plea Deal

Love Poems for Bresha

Love Poems for Bresha is a national action coordinated with local activists in partnership with FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, an artist collective dedicated to building public healing spaces for survivors. Help us build a powerful space of love for all Black girls fighting to live in a world that doesn’t see us, and send love to … More Love Poems for Bresha

Black Girl Altar Project

We invite supporters of Bresha Meadows to create Black girl altars in advance of Bresha’s next hearing on May 22nd. Let us know if you organizer an altar. Download resources below: TOOLKIT: #DefendingBlackWomanhood: A Toolkit for a Community Altar Building Project for Black Women and Girls, by Black Feminist Future CURRICULUM: Four Black Girl Altar Rituals for … More Black Girl Altar Project

#FreeBresha Campaign Statement on Proposed Plea Deal

May 8, 2017 15-year-old domestic violence survivor, Bresha Meadows, was offered a plea deal at a pretrial hearing this morning at the Trumbull County Juvenile Court in Ohio. While the details of the proposed deal have not been finalized, our understanding of the terms is that Bresha will be under state control for a total … More #FreeBresha Campaign Statement on Proposed Plea Deal

Family rallies in support of 15-year-old accused of killing her father

Jasmine Monroe @ WKYC; excerpt below: Bresha Meadows, who is facing a murder charge, is being tried as a minor in juvenile court. If she is convicted, she could be held in a juvenile facility until she is 21. Police say she took a gun and shot her father in the head while he was … More Family rallies in support of 15-year-old accused of killing her father