Welcome home, Bresha. In this post, #FreeBresha organizers Colby Lenz and Mariame Kaba review how #FreeBresha successfully advocated for Bresha Meadows, an Ohio teen who was jailed after killing her father in self-defense. (Originally published at Teen Vogue) Bresha Meadows was released to return to her family on February 4, after surviving juvenile and mental health incarceration since her … More Bresha Meadows Returns Home After Collective Organizing Efforts
Bresha Meadows: Survived and Punished Bresha Meadows was 14 years old in July 2016 when she allegedly used the gun that her father had brandished for years against her and her family (terrorizing and abusing them) to shoot him in his sleep. Bresha long learned to fear her father who had repeatedly made threats to … More #FreeBresha Video
May 22, 2017 The #FreeBresha campaign is infuriated that 15-year-old domestic violence survivor, Bresha Meadows, has been forced by Ohio prosecutors to submit to a plea deal that would keep her in juvenile detention for a full year (which includes 10 months of time served) and an additional 6 months of incarceration in a “treatment … More Statement on Bresha Meadows’ 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
Bresha Meadows’ trial and crucial court hearings are in May. We call on supporters and all those who believe in social justice to help free Bresha Meadows! Below are dates and actions for people who are local to Warren, OH and for supporters everywhere. IMPORTANT DATES: (All events at Trumbull County Family Court unless otherwise … More #FreeBresha Court Actions – Local & Everywhere!
Bresha Meadows’ attorney has announced that he will call for the immediate release of Bresha citing the “Cruel & Unusual Impact of Detention.” This hearing is scheduled for May 3rd at 8:30am at Trumbull County Family Court. Court Watch & Postcard Action: If prosecutors do not drop their charges (which we continue to demand), Bresha’s pretrial … More Court Updates
From Vindy.com: WARREN — An international audience will tune in to watch the murder trial of Bresha Meadows, 15, of Warren, charged with killing her father last year. It is scheduled the week of May 22 in Trumbull County Family Court before Judge Pamela Rintala. Scott Bombeck, family court administrator, said he’s had phone calls … More International audience expected to view Bresha Meadows’ murder trial
Join the campaign to poster the planet with #FreeBresha posters to raise awareness as we organize for Bresha Meadows’ trial in May! Hang the posters in public spaces to create high-level visibility about Bresha Meadows’ case in our communities. Posters in public spaces is also an organizing strategy to raise awareness about the connections between surviving domestic/sexual violence and … More Poster Action: Raise Awareness with Free Bresha Posters!
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!
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