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Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

I have supported many causes, many efforts in my lifetime.  Civil rights, abolition, criminal justice reform, human rights, civil liberties, protecting our environment, keeping our foods safe, fighting poverty, oppression and marginalization and the list does go on.  Being one of millions involved in the promotion of these causes is powerful, heady stuff,  humbling and daunting.  Those of us involved in these struggles are inundated with numbers, percentages, statistics, so much of the time, that I can sometimes forget it's so much more than just a cause or a number.  My advocacy for and friendship with Rodney each and every day,  has provided "The Human Face" to each and every action, each and every petition, email, phone call, letter that I've done over the past 19 months.  And in myriad ways this has changed me as an activist and as a human being.


"Vengeance is mine," saith the USA

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

The Leviathan

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

I've written briefly on this subject in "Why is Rodney Still Locked in a Cell" and in last week's blog as well; I hope you will bear with me, as I process this most recent disappointing development in the fight for Rodney's life. I am experiencing a million different emotions, "Lou" and "What Is" aside, Judge Yeakel's ruling is requiring a great deal of adjustment, so much so that I'm feeling compelled to have a few more words to say about "The Leviathan in the Room".


Are you for abolishing the death penalty but thinking of voting against Proposition 34?

Examining the California SAFE Act


By: Douglas Scott Mickey

A majority yes-vote on Proposition 34 abolishes California's death penalty and replaces it with life in prison without possibility of parole (LWOP)—retroactively for the 729 men and women currently awaiting execution on California's death row. A handful of death row prisoners, family members, associates, and an appellate attorney have been making news by publicly denouncing and/or advocating a no-vote on Prop34. In all the so-called left-wing arguments for why people against the death penalty should cast a no-vote on Proposition 34 there's been a deafening silence about the consequences if this ballot initiative fails to pass: dozens of men and women will be executed long before California gets another opportunity to abolish the death sentence.


In Struggle

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

Yesterday was visit day.  It was going to be a special visit day because finally after six months of trying to get someone in TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) to talk to me, I was going to meet the new warden and he was going to help me. For six months I had been trying to get approval to bring my iPad to visits so that I would have access to my speech assistive app.  Because of Lou (ALS), I am losing my ability to speak; this app will speak for me. Six months of closed doors, messages unanswered, phone calls unreturned, an Ombudsman office investigation that resulted in my request being denied, another fax, a new warden (who happens to have a close friend with Lou and who just happened to meet and speak to Rodney during a recent lockdown), another message left, and finally a call back. Yesterday was the day my iPad got approved and I have an official TDCJ IOC (inter-office communication) to prove it.


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