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I turn 50 on August 31st.  I am inviting everybody everywhere to the Kerr Community Center in Bastrop, TX on Saturday, August 31st at 4pm to celebrate my 50th with food, drinks, music from live bands and a DJ, and most importantly, a rally to save my brother Rodney’s life! We will band together to demand that this retaliatory November 20, 2019 execution date be dropped and that Rodney be freed!

I haven’t been able to celebrate my birthday with my brother Rodney or hug him since 1997.  The state of Texas has robbed my brother of over two decades of his life.  That is over two decades that Rodney has not been able to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions with the people who love him.  He has not hugged or kissed Mama in over two decades.  Our brothers.  His children.  He has never had the opportunity to hug or kiss his grandchildren.  A part of us has been locked away for over two decades, and now, the state of Texas is trying to execute him on November 20th for a crime he did not commit.  This is all without DNA testing the murder weapon and ALL the crime scene evidence or granting him a new, fair, just retrial. 

The only thing I want for my birthday, for Rodney, for my family, is help to #BRINGRODNEYHOMEALIVE ! All I want is for my family to be whole again so we can start our journey to healing. For Mama to be able to hug and kiss Rodney again. For Rodney to be able to live the rest of his life happy and as a free man, enjoying every remaining moment of his life to the fullest. I just want my family to be able to hold Rodney in our arms again.

My 50th birthday event will be a fundraiser for our cross-country trip across the United States, where we’re travelling from Texas to NYC to LA and several key locations in between, connecting with major media outlets every step of the way, to make sure the whole world knows how Texas is trying to kill my brother Rodney despite
1. the medical examiner whose testimony led to Rodney’s conviction in the first place recanted that erroneous statement back in 2012 https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2012-08-14/bayardo-says-states-case-against-rodney-reed-is-wrong/,
2. despite refusing to DNA test the murder weapon and ALL crime scene evidence, and
3. despite refusing to grant Rodney a fair, just retrial with a jury of his peers and where ALL of his witnesses are called!

Here is a link to our GoFundMe for the cross-country trip: https://www.gofundme.com/the-change-mobile-and-journey-to-bringrodneyhome  (What we’re really needing is a drivable motor home with no mechanical issues).  Another way to help us fund our fight for justice while raising awareness about Rodney’s situation is to purchase one of our conversation starter t-shirts: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/shop/  

Confirmed speakers for my 50th birthday celebration:
Mama (Sandra Reed)
Anthony Graves – death row exoneree #138
A surprise, very special guest!
And several other speakers who we’re awaiting their confirmation of attendance
List of other speakers and live music performers TBA!

Come celebrate my 50th birthday with my family and me and join us as we fight to save Rodney’s life!

Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/687759088369198/

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Here is info about some of what we’ll be yelling all across America:

Three world-renowned forensic experts have submitted affidavits stating that it is “medically impossible” that Ms. Stites had been killed when the state said she was (They say Ms. Stites was actually murdered before midnight).
https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf
a. Michael M. Baden, M.D. (pages 39 – 44)
b. Werner U. Spitz, M.D., FCAP (pages 79 – 82)
c. LeRoy Riddick, M.D. (pages 115 – 123)

This alone exonerates my brother Rodney.  The State hasn’t contradicted this either. In fact, the State’s three expert witnesses agree with this. 

Former Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo, M.D. stated the following about his findings regarding evidence of rape: 1. he was wrong and 2. parts of his testimony were misinterpreted by the prosecution. https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf(pages 10-13) 

The testimonies of the state’s other witnesses – DPS Serologist Karen Blakely and Labcorp Serologist Meghan Clement- were also later repudiated.

It was Bayardo’s testimony that led to Rodney’s conviction, so the fact that Bayardo recanted his erroneous statement back in 2012 means THERE HAS BEEN NO CASE AGAINST RODNEY SINCE 2012!  This alone exonerates Rodney. There is too much reasonable doubt to execute my brother. Rodney should be exonerated, not executed.

Read #Psalm64 and also #Matthew18:19-20 !
#RODNEYREEDISINNOCENT !
#TESTTHEDNA for #RodneyReed and #GRANTRODNEYREEDANEWTRIAL so he can show the world HE IS INNOCENT !
#FREERODNEYREED so we can
#BRINGRODNEYHOME !
We’re going to #BRINGRODNEYHOMEALIVE !

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Join me in spending an evening with brother Anthony Graves, Death Row Exoneree #138, on April 25th from 6pm-7:30pm

Anthony Graves, Death Row Exoneree #138, speaking at his Smart Justice Speaker's Bureau event.

Family, I want y’all to join my immediate family and me on Thursday, April 25th from 6pm-7:30pm as we support our brother in solidarity Mr. Anthony Graves- United States Death Row Exoneree #138- at his event “Abolish the Death Penalty: an Evening with Anthony Graves”.

RSVP here: https://action.aclu.org/webform/tx-abolish-deathpenalty (or to the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2157286261018813 )

Anthony and Rodney were on Texas Death Row at the same time for many years. Anthony spent 18 ½ years incarcerated for a murder he didn’t even know anything about. Twelve of those years were spent in hellish conditions on Texas Death Row. Rodney and Anthony also had the same prosecuting judge (Judge Harold Towslee), the same court appointed defense attorneys, the same Travis County Medical Examiner (Dr. Roberto Bayardo), and the same judge’s daughter (Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett) presiding over their appeals. Rodney and Anthony both were given execution dates.

We recognize Anthony as one of the most powerful advocates we have in this fight to free and exonerate Rodney. We are incredibly Blessed to have him as part of our extended family and are excited about collaborating with him more in the coming months! I can’t wait to see how God plans to work through Anthony to see to it that Rodney is freed and exonerated!

Anthony is doing God’s work, using his painful experiences and turning them around to do good. The work he is doing is beautiful and powerful!! Anthony founded an organization, the Anthony Graves Foundation, which provides training to people directly affected by flaws in the criminal justice system so they can effectively tell their unique stories for the purpose of creating change. Wana, RJ, and myself recently went to his “Telling Our Stories for Smart Justice” event this past Tuesday where people gave powerful testimonies of their pain and their trauma and their overcoming and how they’re using their own stories to effect necessary changes to our justice system and our society. Here is a link to the Anthony Graves Foundation: https://www.anthonygravesfoundation.org/

If you’re not familiar with this brother, this is a link to the Emmy Award-winning documentary Grave Injustice about his story:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m61xZ1zaAJs

Let’s go show our brother in solidarity our love and support! Let’s also see how we can all collaborate to abolish the death penalty. If you’re in Bastrop and plan to go, call me (but you’re more likely to reach me by text) at 512- two seven zero -1596. I hope to see you at 902 East 5th Street, Unit 105, Austin, TX 78702 at 6pm on Thursday, April 25th!