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Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

A new relationship is a blank canvas.  What gets painted on the canvas can be a complete surprise. I have been and continue to be completely surprised by the canvas that is my friendship with Rodney. I had no idea that our shared, yet separate journeys in the face of death would bring so much life affirming grace into my life. Thank you, Rodney, Sandra, Julie; all the folks at CEDP: Lily, Randi, Marlene, Mark; and all the other abolitionists and activists I've met along the way for the beauty you each bring to the canvas.


Dead Man Walking

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

I visited Rodney yesterday with his mom, Sandra.  We arrived in the visiting area at 11:30. At 11:45, the visit room C.O. came over to us. She began explaining the "Dead Man Walking" protocol there at the Polunsky Unit. There was an execution - a state sanctioned murder - scheduled for that day. She informed us that once the process of escorting the condemned prisoner is initiated all traffic in the facility stops, everyone stays where they are until notified by the Warden that the prisoner has been escorted out of the building.  The process had begun for Preston Hughes, the 15th human being to be murdered by Governor Rick Perry and the state of Texas this year. The 253rd of Perry's tenure as governor. She informed us that it would be some time before Rodney would be brought out for our visit.


The Human Face

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".


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