Fourteen-year-old Bresha Meadows
currently incarcerated in the Trumbull County Juvenille Detention Center in Ohio. She is facing a charge of aggravated murder for defending herself and family against her abusive father, who had physically and verbally terrorized Bresha, her mother, and sisters for years. Organizers have learned that she was recently placed on suicide watch
, so rallying support for her is crucial.
Bresha’s case also matters because it is part of a larger pattern
in which women who commit crimes in the act of defending themselves from abuse are prosecuted and incarcerated for doing so, with little consideration for the failures of larger systems and communities to protect them. Survivors are thus doubly punished: first by the abuse they endure and secondly as they attempt to push back against it.
“The incarceration of Bresha Meadows serves no one. Bresha is not a threat to herself, family or community. Instead, it perpetuates the violence against Black women and girls that is inflicted at both the state and interpersonal levels every day. The state failed to protect Bresha. Now, it has chosen to criminalize her. In doing so, it also has chosen to exacerbate the suffering her family already has endured, as they now are separated from their daughter, sister, and niece and must prepare to defend Bresha’s life.”
Here’s a list of ways you can intervene to help Bresha and her family:
SIGN the petition to demand that Trumbull County Prosecutor, Dennis Watkins, drop the charges against Bresha and free her now.
WRITE letters of encouragement and support to Bresha and send to:
Bresha Meadows, c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.,
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., The IMG Center,
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
to the fund to support Bresha Meadows’ freedom and help her family.
ENDORSE the call
to free Bresha Meadows. Urge your campus, organization, union, faith community, or collective to endorse the statement posted by Love & Protect.
And most importantly, join the movement to EDUCATE communities about the criminalization of black girls and survivors of domestic violence! Organize discussions and workshops about domestic and sexual violence, explore community strategies for safety and support, resist the criminalization of our communities. Use the hashtag #FreeBresha in social media posts to amplify your message.
* #FreeBresha curriculum template
* fact sheet on domestic violence and the criminalization of girls
* educational tools at survivedandpunished.organd No Selves to Defend
October 5 — CONNECT Healing Drumming Circle — 6 to 8 pm — 127 W. 127th St. Ste. 432, Harlem, NY 10027
October 6 – BMCC Teach-In and Letter Writing Event – Noon to 3 pm — Borough of Manhattan Community College Cafeteria, 199 Chambers Street (2nd Floor)
October 6 — #FreeBresha Community Dinner — 6 to 7 pm — Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), 30 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217