#FreeBresha: The murder trial of a 15-year-old girl has become a movement

Isobel Yeung @ Vice; excerpt below: In Ohio, the average length of pretrial detention is 10 to 12 days, but Bresha was detained for more than six months. Her many online advocates say that the pretrial detention of a minor is an egregious violation of human rights. Thirty percent of the 20,000 minors detained every … More #FreeBresha: The murder trial of a 15-year-old girl has become a movement

Apr 10-17: #FreeBresha Week of Action!

Dear #FreeBresha supporters, Bresha Meadows’ next court hearing is scheduled for April 17, 2017 has been rescheduled to May 8th. Bresha is still incarcerated and facing serious charges for defending herself and her family against deadly abuse. Please continue to share the petition demanding her immediate release. We are asking supporters to organize teach-ins to #FreeBresha during … More Apr 10-17: #FreeBresha Week of Action!

When Surviving Childhood Means Killing Your Father

Melissa Jeltsen @ Huffington Post; Excerpt below: Kathleen Heide, a professor at the University of South Florida who studies parricide, estimates there are only about 50 children under 18 who kill their parents each year in the U.S. Most of them are victims of severe child abuse and neglect, she said, and act out of … More When Surviving Childhood Means Killing Your Father

‘I’ll Be Able to Lay in the Grass’: Bresha Meadows To Be Transferred to Treatment Facility

Victoria Law @ Rewire. Excerpt below: Instead, after conferring with Bresha [Meadows] and the attorneys in her chambers, the juvenile court judge announced that Bresha will be transferred to an adolescent treatment facility for a mental health evaluation. …In an earlier interview with Rewire, Erin Davies, executive director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition, stated that the … More ‘I’ll Be Able to Lay in the Grass’: Bresha Meadows To Be Transferred to Treatment Facility

How We Can Work Together To Keep Our Nation’s Youth Out Of The Prison System

Lakin Starling interviews Mariame Kaba @ Fader. Excerpt below: Young girls are increasingly being convicted for crimes that they’ve had to commit in self-defense, or in response to violence that they’ve experienced. It then trickles into the abuse-to-prison pipeline, but specifically with black and brown girls in comparison to white girls. How often is this … More How We Can Work Together To Keep Our Nation’s Youth Out Of The Prison System

Open Letter to the Prosecutors #40

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins Trumbull County Administration Building, 4th Floor 160 High Street NW Warren, OH 44481 Dear Prosecutor Dennis Watkins and Attorney Stanley Elkins, Imagine yourself in Bresha Meadows’ shoes. Imagine if your father was constantly abusing your family and threatening you with a gun. What would you do? It would be his life or … More Open Letter to the Prosecutors #40

#FreeBresha Campaign Statement on January 2017 Bond Hearing

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 … More #FreeBresha Campaign Statement on January 2017 Bond Hearing

#FreeBresha Book Drives

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 … More #FreeBresha Book Drives