Save Brenda Andrew

Please read the information below, visit  savebrendaandrew.org, sign the petition and circulate!

Brenda Andrew is the only woman on death row in Oklahoma. She was effectively “sex-shamed” to death after a 2004 trial marred by gender bias and prosecutorial misconduct. Prosecutors called her a “slut puppy,” paraded her underwear before the jury, and berated her as a bad mother. 

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to review her case. This is one of the last opportunities Brenda has for judicial review of her conviction and sentence. If the Court rejects her petition, the state of Oklahoma will likely set an execution date. 
Brenda needs your support. We need to raise awareness of her case and the egregious sex-based stereotyping that sent her to death row.

What can you do? 

Forced Sterilization Survivors Undertake Own Healing After Feeling ‘Silenced Again’ by State

KQED

April 15, 2024

By: Cayla Mihalovich

One morning last spring, Moonlight Pulido called on rituals drawn from her Native American spirituality to confront a painful experience.

She stepped outside of her home in Carson, California, and lit a bundle of white sage that she keeps in an abalone shell by the back door. Pulido, who is Apache, fanned the smoke around her with a feather.

She was preparing to make quilt squares for a project to honor people who were forcibly sterilized at state prisons in California. A survivor herself, she said she was searching for a way to release the hurt and heartache.

Read the full story from KQED.

“To Be Free Is to Free Others”: Formerly Incarcerated Women Urge Decarceration

Avis Lee holds a banner for Let's Get Free, the Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee which helped with her fight for freedom and with which she now organizes to free others.

truthout.org

By: Victoria Law

May 5, 2024

Part of the Series – The Road to Abolition

The fight to free women and end mass incarceration is long and ongoing, but these activists aren’t giving up.

We have a long way to go to bring justice to all the individuals who were harmed by the ‘tough on crime,’ zero-tolerance legislation passed in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s,” says Amy Povah, founder and director of CAN-DO Justice through Clemency, which advocates for people imprisoned on federal drug sentences.

“Many people we are advocating for have served over 25 years and many are elderly and need a second chance,” Povah told Truthout.

Read the full story from Truthout here. 

US senators demand answers on closure plan for California women’s prison where inmates were sexually abused

foxnews.com 

Associated Press
April 25, 2024

  • Nearly all inmates from the troubled women’s prison in California have been transferred out as it is set to be closed down.
  • The closure plan prompted U.S. senators to demand explanations due to reports of chaotic transfers and mistreatment during transport.
  • The Bureau of Prisons claimed to address inmates’ needs with compassion but faced criticism over the handling of the closure.

Nearly all inmates have been transferred out of a troubled women’s prison set to be shut down in California, and U.S. senators on Wednesday demanded an accounting of the rapid closure plan for the facility where sexual abuse by guards was rampant.

As of Tuesday only “a small group” of women were still being held at FCI Dublin, with the majority of its 605 inmates having been sent this week to other federal facilities, said Donald Murphy, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons, or BOP. The unspecified number who remained at the minimum security prison near Oakland were pending release or transfer to halfway houses, he said.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the BOP expressing concern over claims of a chaotic transfer process during which inmates on buses and planes didn’t receive proper medical care and were reportedly subjected to “mistreatment, harassment, neglect, and abuse while in transit.”

Read full story here at Fox News here. 

Read the letter from U.S. Senator’s here

Chaotic Dublin prison closure leads to fighting, crying, cutting, inmates say

mercurynews.com

Closing the women’s federal prison in Dublin was supposed to put a swift end to the abuse and dysfunction of the troubled facility. But inmates say the chaotic and hurried transfer of 600 inmates this past week to prisons as far as Minnesota and Miami has wrought suffering all its own.

Prisoners have been sent on grueling cross-country bus trips and flights — some without medical prescriptions or sanitary products, prisoners say — with little sense of their destination.

“We were all bruised up on our wrists because of the fact that they put the handcuffs on so tight and so long,” inmate Vaudencia Hamilton told the Bay Area News Group in a phone call Tuesday from the Miami prison after a three-day journey by bus and plane. She went without her diabetes medication throughout the trip, she said, and felt “dizzy and sick and nauseated.”

Read more at the Mercury News Group here.