I am not going to say a whole lot about this right now. One, because I’ll cry. Two, because I am compiling a bunch of things to write a larger piece or pieces about this situation. But I can’t let it go too long with mentioning it to you. As I said, I will further deal with this when I am done thinking and writing about it.
Last summer 7 young black lesbians from Newark, NJ ranging in ages from 19-25 (I think), were walking in Greenwich Village. A man tried to kick it to one of them, they denied his advances. He proceeded to jump off at the mouth. They defended themselves.
I am paraphrasing.
Now, four of those young women were sentenced to anywhere from 5 to 11 years. This story from the New York Times describes the sentencing in the courtroom. It’s a must read.
- Terrain Dandridge, age 20. Sentenced to 3.5 years.
- Venice Brown, age 19. Sentenced to 5 years.
- Renata Hill, age 25. Sentenced to 8 years.
- Patreese Johnson, age 19. Sentenced to 11 years.
Secondly, FIERCE!, the community organizing project for queer and trans youth have been doing most of the support work as an organization for the accused and their families, many of whom are facing financial ruin because of the legal fees associated with defending this case. I want to thank FIERCE! for that. If you want to know what you can do to assist, contact Bran Fenner of FIERCE! at firstname.lastname@example.org.