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
Melissa Jeltsen @ The Huffington Post; excerpt below: “I am relieved that prosecutors decided not to try Bresha as an adult. She is not an adult. She is still a child,” said Mariame Kaba, an organizer working with the #FreeBresha campaign, a group of individuals and organizations raising awareness about her case and the intersection … More 15-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Allegedly Abusive Father Won’t Face Life Sentence
Goldie Taylor @ The Daily Beast; excerpt below: Before the shooting, Officer Martina Latessa said Bresha ran away from home and opened up about her father’s brutality. She reportedly told her aunt that her father had beaten her mother and “threatened to kill the entire family.” Bresha, she said, was “suicidal.” “We didn’t know for … More Bresha Meadows Isn’t a Murderer. She’s a Hero.
Victoria Law @ Rewire; excerpt below: On Thursday, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows learned that she no longer faces the possibility of life in prison. Bresha has been held in juvenile detention for the past four months. As reported earlier by Rewire, she was arrested on July 28 after allegedly shooting her father, who had subjected his … More Behind Bars Since July, 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows No Longer Faces a Life Sentence
We were anxiously awaiting Bresha Meadows’s preliminary hearing scheduled for today. We had hoped that she might be released. Her original hearing date was supposed to be October 6th 2016. It was postponed to today. Yesterday, we heard that the hearing was postponed again this time to January 20th 2017. As of today, Bresha has … More Statement on Another Postponement of Bresha’s Preliminary Hearing
On October 6, 2016, Lifted Voices, Kuumba Lynx and local artists Tasha Viets-VanLear and FM Supreme came together with community members to lift up Bresha Meadows’ name as part of the National days of action to #FreeBresha. Special thanks to local artists Vicko Alvarez Vega and Naimah Thomas for so powerfully expressing Bresha’s story through … More #FreeBresha: A Night of Abolitionist Art and Action
Bresha Meadows has an updated address! Please mail letters of support, love, and solidarity to: Bresha Meadows Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center 220 Main Street SW Warren, OH 44481
Our coalition to #FreeBresha recently learned from Bresha Meadows’ mother that Bresha is now on suicide watch at Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center in Ohio. We are devastated and enraged but not surprised to hear that incarcerating Bresha is further endangering her life. The domination and isolation of incarceration mirror conditions of domestic violence and … More Bresha Meadows is on Suicide Watch
Victoria Law @ Rewire; excerpt below: At her first pre-trial hearing on August 30, the judge did not release Bresha [Meadows]. She will remain in detention until at least her October 6 hearing. More than 30 people, including friends from school and church as well as anti-domestic violence advocates, showed up at the courtroom, but were not allowed inside. … More What Bresha Meadows, Arrested for Shooting Her Father After Reported Abuse, Faces Next