[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE MENTION, ABUSE, POLICE BRUTALITY, RACISM]
Here's something you might not have heard about yet that you could actually help with. Rodney Reed, a black man, was charged with rape and murder and sentenced to death. According to a growing campaign to stop his execution, evidence that the real perpetrator was actually the victim's abusive fiance, a cop, was withheld from an all-white jury.
The website makes a compelling case, but if you have any hesitation, remember that capital punishment is inherently immoral, has killed innocent people in the past, and disproportionately targets black men. And it's just wrong for the state to kill people. Even if he is guilty, Reed should not be executed. But I don't think he is guilty.
You can go to the website for full instructions on how you can help. There's an easy online petition to sign, plus a long list of public figures you can contact. This includes calls as well as sending letters, which is a great option for those of us with phone anxiety. You can also send faxes for free to members of Congress and governors with faxZero.
Help save a man's life, feel good about yourself!
Here's a full list of people you could possibly contact in case you can't access the Free Rodney Reed website for some reason:
Luis Saenz, Governor’s Chief of Staff:
Kim Snyder, Governor’s Scheduler
Jordan Hale, Administration Director
Peggy Venable, Appointments Director
Walter Fisher, Legislative Director
Matt Hirsch, Communications Director
John Colyandro, Sr Advisor and Policy Director
Sarah Hicks, Senior Advisor
Greg Davidson, Constituent Communications
Jeff Oldham, General Counsel
District Attorney Brian Goertz
(512) 581-7125 ( ask to withdraw petition to execute )
Members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles
David Gutiérrez - Chair
254-865-8870 (Chairman's Office: 254-404-2701)
Staff at the Board of Pardons and Paroles
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Dillard - Board Administrator
Bettie Wells - General Counsel
(512) 406-5353 / (512) 463-1702
Rachel Alderete - Director of Hearing Operations
Raymond Estrada - Director of Public Information
Barry Bertocki - Clemency Director
Veronica Muraira- Director of Administrative Support
Libby Hamilton - Victim Liaison
Texas House Corrections Committee
Rep. James White - Chair
Rep Alma Allen - Vice Chair
Rep. Ernest Bailes
Rep. Rhetta Bowers
Rep. Jay Dean
Rep. Christina Morales
Rep. Victoria Neave
Rep. Clark Sherman Sr.
Rep. Phil Stephenson