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In Solidarity

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed

Credit: Anne Szilagyi
By: Caitlin Adams

On Saturday, July 21st people from Bastrop, Austin, Houston and parts unknown came together in solidarity to raise money and awareness for Rodney's plight. The event was full of love, passion, commitment, dedication, great tunes, yummy food, fun, smiles, and laughter—exactly as Rodney had wanted! I want to thank everyone who had anything at all to do with bringing this event into being and in this week's blog share with you all the letter Rodney wrote that was read at the event:


"Power concedes nothing without a demand." Frederick Douglass

Man's Inhumanity to Man

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed

By: Caitlin Adams

Wars, genocide, ethnic cleansing, holocausts, inquisitions, crusades, pogroms, mass incarceration—man’s inhumanity to man seems hell bent on the annihilation of the species.  At times though, I'm completely done in by the everyday inhumanities—the myriad ways we are cruel, unkind to one another when it would have been just as easy to be caring, kind.

On June 18th, Rodney passed out in the rec yard during his hour of outside recreation.  A sergeant came over and was able to rouse him; he was then escorted back to his cell.  Rodney takes medication for high blood pressure and after passing out, he experienced some chest pain, numbness to his left arm, radiating pain to his back and a headache.  All of these symptoms were possible indicators of a life- threatening cardiac event.


Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed

By: Caitlin Adams

On the trip down to see Rodney on Tuesday, July 3, I heard a Teddy Pendergrass song, a song of his I love.  I hadn't heard it in a long time and the song has inspired this week's blog.  "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration."

How I came to believe in Rodney's innocence

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed

By: Caitlin Adams

This is being written with a heavy heart, after just receiving word that Magistrate Judge Austin has recommended against Rodney 's habeas case for relief.  Rodney's case is now in the hands of District Judge Yeakel, who can either agree or disagree with the magistrate's recommendation.  Rodney's defense team is now diligently reviewing Judge Austin's 82 page opinion and preparing objections, identifying errors and oversights, and  arguments to present before Judge Yeakel.

After riding my bike past Rodney's home and noticing the banner hanging from the front porch, which reads “Innocent Man on Death Row Free Rodney Reed”, I had no idea at the time how my life journey would change course.  At that moment, I just knew that I wanted to know more about this man and his story.

Communicating with death row prisoners

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams

Jpays are the mainstay of how I communicate with Rodney.  They are emails that are $.44 per page that are sent through the Jpay company directly to the Polunsky Unit (the unit that houses all Texas Death Row prisoners), where a Texas Department of Criminal Justice staff prints it and delivers it to Rodney.  They are to be delivered within 48 hours, which actually happens most of the time, except weekends when nothing gets delivered!

I write a Jpay everyday and sometimes I'm even able to copy articles from Facebook and Twitter and send those too.  I'm Rodney's favorite jibber jabberer—I like that!  So, I thought for this week's blog that I would share one of my Jpays.


Hi there Anam Cara,

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