SWOP Behind Bars and D/17 celebrate your clemency, and wish you a wonderful new life
And now an update from: Colors of Change
After over 14 years of serving a life sentence, the work Cyntoia put into securing her own freedom has paid off, the work that so many organizers and advocates put into pressuring the gatekeepers of the criminal legal system has paid off, and the work that you put in making phone calls, writing letters, and making sure everyone knew her story has paid off. We joined forces with Black Lives Matter-Nashville, the Highlander Center for Research and Education and MeToo Movement and showed what’s possible when we work together. We are powerful beyond measure.
Let’s be clear: Cyntoia should have never been put in a cage for daring to survive in the first place. She now faces 10 years of supervision upon release–and that’s not justice. But it brings us hope to know that she will soon be home with her family, and that the other Cyntoia Browns out there, who are fighting for their own freedom, can see that nothing is impossible. We can end the criminalization of Black girls who survive and stop the system from locking Black children in cages and throwing away the key before they even get their lives started. We have a lot more work to do–both to support Cyntoia until she is officially free, and to keep the fight going for other women and girls just like her.
Here’s what you can do to make sure the work to protect survivors doesn’t end here:
- Write Cyntoia Brown a letter. Or put money on her books. Cyntoia won’t be released until August 7th–she still needs to feel the support and love until she’s out.
- You can write a letter here and we’ll send it in the mail.
- To put money on Cyntoia’s books via JPay or Moneygram:
- JPay: Visit JPay.com. Enter Tennessee for state and use ID #00410593. If you receive an error saying payment didn’t go through, try again later or give via Moneygram.
- Moneygram: Go to a physical Moneygram location. Request to “Pay a Bill”. Have the agent enter 6188 for Tennessee Department of Corrections. Use her name, “Cyntoia Brown” and account number, “410593Brown”.
2. Support the work to free other survivors like Cyntoia. We’ve joined forces with Survived and Punished, to end the criminalization of survival with clemency campaign in New York demanding that Gov. Cuomo take action to free survivors of sexual and domestic violence from unjust prison sentences by granting clemency. Sign the petition and learn more about how you can support these survivors too.
Together, we can do anything. This win wouldn’t have been possible without you and we remain both grateful and inspired by the courage and spirit of this fight. We must remain committed to a world where Black women and girls’ lives matter and are supported and protected rather than abused and criminalized. We know it is possible. We just can’t ever give up.
Until justice is real,
Color Of Change, Black Lives Matter-Nashville, MeToo Movement, and the Highlander Research and Education Center