For Harriet interviews Mariame Kaba; excerpt below: In the case of Bresha in particular, when you are a victim of domestic violence, and you end up in these kinds of circumstances, it’s incredibly retriggering and re-traumatizing. In the case of girls, particularly, who find themselves in the system, overwhelmingly they come from families where family … More 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows is a Black Girl Who Needs Your Help
Victoria Law @ Rewire; excerpt below: At the treatment center, Bresha was allowed to wear her own clothes rather than a jail uniform. She was allowed to go outside, though the center’s policy dictated that all children be accompanied by a staff member when they did so. She was allowed to make phone calls twice … More After Brief Time in Treatment Facility, Bresha Meadows Is Returned to Await Trial in Juvenile Detention Center
In this special bonus segment of Rustbelt Abolition Radio, we speak with long-time prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba about the Free Bresha Campaign. The campaign is asking supporters to organize teach-ins to #FreeBresha during the week of April 10th-April 17th to raise awareness about connections between sexual violence and criminalization.
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
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
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
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
Kelly Hayes & Benji Hart @ TruthOut; excerpt below: Bresha and her family are truly deserving of healing, yet it is unlikely that such healing can come from any tentacle of the carceral system. It is next to impossible that true healing can result from anything short of Bresha being actually, truthfully set free. There … More OUR DREAMS FOR BRESHA MEADOWS BEGIN WITH FREEDOM
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.