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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 !

Rally to Reveal the Truth for Rodney Reed at Governor Abbott’s

Picture of 2015 Rally at Governor's Mansion

Our beloved Rodney Reed’s scheduled November 20, 2019 execution date is quickly approaching. We all need to do everything in our power to keep the fight going until this execution date is dropped and Rodney is freed!

We worked to keep the momentum going with our weeklong protest outside of Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz’s office everyday last week. However, we must make sure that our voices continue to be heard!

We are now taking our fight to Governor Abbott, while continuing to put the pressure on Goertz! One very powerful action to accomplish this is taking our fight to the streets!

Let’s remind Governor Abbott that:

1. Rodney Reed is innocent,
2. all the evidence in this case implicates Jimmy Fennell as Ms. Stacey Stites’s actual murderer and that he had help from his friends,
3. that all of the State’s witnesses including Dr. Roberto Bayardo recanted their testimonies stating that they were wrong and misinterpreted. These incorrect testimonies were the only things that Rodney’s conviction rested on. This means there is no case against Rodney!
https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf (read pages 10-13)
4. And that several members of Ms. Stacey Stites’s family believe that Jimmy Fennel got away with murdering her. They even wrote both Abbott and Goertz a letter stating all of this before Rodney’s March 5, 2015 execution date: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/seeking-justice-for-stacey-stites-a-letter-from-members-of-her-family/

Let’s show Governor Abbott that we are many! We want a street full of people carrying signs and banners for Rodney to show Governor Abbott that the truth has not changed. Science does not lie! The DNA that is on the belt that was used to strangled Ms. Stites to death and that was on the crime scene evidence need to be tested so we can show the world who actually murdered Ms. Stacey Stites, hold them and ALL those who participated in Rodney’s framing accountable, and bring Rodney home alive to the family!!

Please wear any shirt with Rodney’s name on it to the rally! We would still love to have you there even if you don’t have one. We need as many people as possible to show up for Rodney! We will also have sign-making supplies at this rally!

We will gather at the section of the Capitol that faces the Governor’s mansion for high visibility! We will also march! For people with mobility concerns regarding the march- no worries! We would appreciate you holding down the fort at our starting point at the Capitol.

FOR EVERYONE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE RALLY:
Social media is critical for raising awareness about Rodney and holding our representatives accountable publicly. Let’s use it to get Governor Abbott’s attention in a very public way.

Governor Abbott is very active on Twitter
Abbott’s Personal Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX
Official news from Abbott’s Office: https://twitter.com/govabbott

We will be posting our daily Governor Abbott Twitterstorm action item soon.

In the meantime, please retweet with comment the following tweets to Governor Abbott multiple times for the duration of our rally from 7:45am to 12:00pm on Friday, August 2nd:

Tweets about Rodney from the Innocence Project out of New York
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1154818670314627072
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151202304797945858
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151133157032251393

Tweets about Rodney from Sister Helen Prejean
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155935548252364800
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155918601276153856
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1153721175463227398
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151190171091472384
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151187080212385792

Also, feel free to tweet Governor Abbott with your own comments. You can also mention us! Our handle is @BringRodneyHome .

You can also call Governor Abbott and his office: (512) 463-1782
or send him a message online: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
Screenshot your message to keep a record of it!

In Rodney’s legal fight, we are not at the point where a clemency application has been filed. However, Governor Abbott still needs to hear our voices before that time comes especially since we have such little time and it will time before you know it when he does have the power to stop this execution date! We’re asking you to please come out to our rally this Friday from 7:45am to 12:00pm as we plead with Governor Abbott to drop the execution date and free our Rodney Reed!

Read #Psalm64
#RodneyReedISINNOCENT !
#FREERODNEYREED !
#TESTTHEDNA for #RodneyReed !
#GRANTRODNEYREEDANEWTRIAL !

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Join us at the Rally to Reveal the Truth for Rodney Reed at Governor Abbott’s

Picture of 2015 Rally at Governor's Mansion

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/433495927248523/

Our beloved Rodney Reed’s scheduled November 20, 2019 execution date is quickly approaching. We all need to do everything in our power to keep the fight going until this execution date is dropped and Rodney is freed!

We worked to keep the momentum going with our weeklong protest outside of Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz’s office everyday last week. However, we must make sure that our voices continue to be heard!

We are now taking our fight to Governor Abbott, while continuing to put the pressure on Goertz! One very powerful action to accomplish this is taking our fight to the streets!

Let’s remind Governor Abbott that:

1. Rodney Reed is innocent,
2. all the evidence in this case implicates Jimmy Fennell as Ms. Stacey Stites’s actual murderer and that he had help from his friends,
3. that all of the State’s witnesses including Dr. Roberto Bayardo recanted their testimonies stating that they were wrong and misinterpreted. These incorrect testimonies were the only things that Rodney’s conviction rested on. This means there is no case against Rodney!
https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf (read pages 10-13)
4. And that several members of Ms. Stacey Stites’s family believe that Jimmy Fennel got away with murdering her. They even wrote both Abbott and Goertz a letter stating all of this before Rodney’s March 5, 2015 execution date: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/seeking-justice-for-stacey-stites-a-letter-from-members-of-her-family/

Let’s show Governor Abbott that we are many! We want a street full of people carrying signs and banners for Rodney to show Governor Abbott that the truth has not changed. Science does not lie! The DNA that is on the belt that was used to strangled Ms. Stites to death and that was on the crime scene evidence need to be tested so we can show the world who actually murdered Ms. Stacey Stites, hold them and ALL those who participated in Rodney’s framing accountable, and bring Rodney home alive to the family!!

Please wear any shirt with Rodney’s name on it to the rally! We would still love to have you there even if you don’t have one. We need as many people as possible to show up for Rodney! We will also have sign-making supplies at this rally!

We will gather at the section of the Capitol that faces the Governor’s mansion for high visibility! We will also march! For people with mobility concerns regarding the march- no worries! We would appreciate you holding down the fort at our starting point at the Capitol.

FOR EVERYONE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE RALLY:
Social media is critical for raising awareness about Rodney and holding our representatives accountable publicly. Let’s use it to get Governor Abbott’s attention in a very public way.

Governor Abbott is very active on Twitter
Abbott’s Personal Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX
Official news from Abbott’s Office: https://twitter.com/govabbott

We will be posting our daily Governor Abbott Twitterstorm action item soon.

In the meantime, please retweet with comment the following tweets to Governor Abbott multiple times for the duration of our rally from 7:45am to 12:00pm on Friday, August 2nd:

Tweets about Rodney from the Innocence Project out of New York
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1154818670314627072
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151202304797945858
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151133157032251393

Tweets about Rodney from Sister Helen Prejean
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155935548252364800
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155918601276153856
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1153721175463227398
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151190171091472384
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151187080212385792

Also, feel free to tweet Governor Abbott with your own comments. You can also mention us! Our handle is @BringRodneyHome .

You can also call Governor Abbott and his office: (512) 463-1782
or send him a message online: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
Screenshot your message to keep a record of it!

In Rodney’s legal fight, we are not at the point where a clemency application has been filed. However, Governor Abbott still needs to hear our voices before that time comes especially since we have such little time and it will time before you know it when he does have the power to stop this execution date! We’re asking you to please come out to our rally this Friday from 7:45am to 12:00pm as we plead with Governor Abbott to drop the execution date and free our Rodney Reed!

Read #Psalm64
#RodneyReedISINNOCENT !
#FREERODNEYREED !
#TESTTHEDNA for #RodneyReed !
#GRANTRODNEYREEDANEWTRIAL !

For more details about Rodney’s case visit: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/

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From this point forward, we go hard to amplify #rodneyreed and #freerodneyreed

Now is the time when we have to fight harder than we’ve ever fought before to save our brother Rodney Reed’s life.  Starting Monday, July 22, 2019; we will protest everyday next week outside of Bastrop County District Attorney Bryant Goertz’s office and bombard social media with posts to fight Goertz’s retaliatory motion to set the November 20, 2019 execution date. We’re also demanding that Rodney Reed be freed AND that he be granted a new trial that admits DNA testing of ALL the crime scene evidence and where ALL his witnesses are called so our brother can show the world HE IS INNOCENT!

The Innocence Project published this petition urging people to stand against Rodney’s execution: https://www.innocenceproject.org/stand-with-rodney-reed-on-texas-death-row/

After filling it out, we’re asking you to share it multiples times on both Twitter and Facebook.

For Twitter, the Innocence Project provides an auto message for people to use to share the petition.  In its place, our family is posting some variation of the following message to both Twitter and Facebook: 

“Join us in standing against the execution of our beloved #RodneyReed. #RodneyReedisInnocent on Texas death row. Let’s make sure Bastrop County DA Bryan Goertz feels the pressure! Help us block his retaliatory motion, #FreeRodneyReed, and #BringRodneyHome! https://www.innocenceproject.org/stand-with-rodney-reed-on-texas-death-row/

We will be sending out a letter soon talking about how the Reed family and our supporters will continue to fight hard to block Bryan Goertz’s motion to execute our brother Rodney on November 20, 2019.  This is in response to Bryan Goertz is rushing to murder Rodney without allowing DNA testing or a new trial to examine the extensive evidence that’s out there and that proves Rodney is innocent (the same evidence that implicates Jimmy Fennell as the actual murderer— with the help of his friends). 

Now is the time we need people to tune into what we’re doing and stand with us in person and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter more than ever. This a literal life and death critical moment when we really need all hands on deck to make the most noise possible in every way to stop Bryan Goertz’s retaliatory motion to set an execution date for our brother Rodney.  

Stayed tuned to what we post about Rodney and be sure to comment on and share each post and as much as you can.

And don’t stop here.  Join us at the protests. Even if you can only come one day, our family would appreciate that more than you could ever imagine. We need as many people as possible on the ground. And reach out to people by phone. Call anyone and everyone who you feel will band with us and help us in this fight— including our elected officials, high profile people, and your church and faith leaders.

Let’s make #RodneyReed, #FreeRodneyReed, #RodneyReedIsInnocent, #BringRodneyHome, #GrantRodneyReedANewTrial, and #TestTheDNA trending topics until Bryan Goertz’s motion to set an execution date is dismissed or dropped.  If you use #TestTheDNA, please include another hashtag with #RodneyReed so my brother’s name can trend with it.  

We are so powerful when we stand together!  We have the power to use our voices and both our social media and physical presence to block Bryan Goertz’s vindictive motion and to bring Rodney home! Rodney needs all of us to go hard from here on out to amplify his name and his story across the world so we can save his life and finally hug him when he is freed and we bring him home!

We need all of your help and appreciate everything y’all have been doing so far! 

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We need your help getting Tyler Perry’s attention regarding Rodney’s case

Reed family in front of Supreme Court of the United States

Good morning family and friends, 

My family and I thank everybody who supported us in getting to the US Supreme Court and who shared the media attention we received while out in DC. 

We finally made it to Bastrop Saturday night after being stuck in the DC/ Maryland/ Virginia (DMV) area days longer than we had anticipated (and hoped). We were so glad to see Mama’s face and finally get to hug her when she picked us up from the Austin Bergstrom airport.  Hearing how proud she was when she mentioned the comments people made to her about how successful we had been in raising awareness about Rodney’s current situation while at SCOTUS was icing on the cake.  Needless to say, it felt so good to finally be home in Texas.

I want to share with yall something that God placed on Mama’s heart.  What Mama said during the car ride from the airport confirmed my belief that with the way things have been developing recently, Rodney will be home SOON!

We were about halfway to Mama’s house when she described having a very strong feeling that God was calling her to reach out to someone about Rodney’s case.  I asked her who.  She responded Tyler Perry.  With such intense emotion in her voice, she talked about how there have been so many people going through situations like Rodney’s and that the only difference is that there is actual evidence in Rodney’s case that proves the rampant prosecutorial misconduct and corruption which led to his wrongful incarceration.  Mama expressed her belief that Tyler Perry could tell Rodney’s story in such a profound way that Rodney’s situation would be amplified substantially. And at such an astonishing magnitude, the likes of which we have yet to see, that it will leave us all in awe of God- and also have the power to enact major changes to how things are done in Bastrop, in Texas, in our country, and the world.

Mama does not play when it comes to God and family.  So, I know when Mama says she has been called by God to make something happen, it will be done.  And not only will it be done, but it will be done in such a way that everyone will fear; they will tell what God has brought about, and ponder what God has done.” -Psalm 64:9. 

Mama proclaimed from the very beginning when Rodney was falsely convicted, “God has His hands in this”.  And my family stands as we have always been, standing firm in knowing that God is good all the time and that God will ensure we see justice! 

We are asking for your help in getting Tyler Perry’s attention so he can help us bring more awareness to Rodney’s case. Here is how:

1. Go to our Reed Justice Initiative Instagram account

2. Go to this picture that includes Richard, RJ, and me holding up the “Rodney Reed is Innocent” banner in front of the US Supreme Court (there will be a long accompanying caption addressing Mr. Perry) : https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzr1zNTp1NC/

3. Post a comment under this picture and here’s the key— MAKE SURE TO MENTION TYLER PERRY in your comment by typing @tylerperry somewhere in your post.  Also, be sure to include either one or all of the following hashtags:

#RodneyReedIsInnocent
#FreeRodneyReed
#GrantRodneyReedANewTrial

Here is the caption we’ll be using that you can respond to:

“Good morning @tylerperry.  I am asking you to help my brother Rodney Reed cross to freedom and exoneration.  My family just got back from Washington DC to plead with the US Supreme Court to take up his case.  Rodney has been on TX death row since 1998 for a crime he did not commit.  All the evidence in this case points to Jimmy Fennell and his known associates being the actual murderers. 

Rodney is represented by the Innocence Project.  This link to our postcard campaign includes more information about Rodney’s case: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/

The first paragraph of the following url links to specials on Rodney’s case produced by CNN, A&E, the Discovery Network, MSNBC, etc.: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/help-remove-this-knife-from-the-reed-family/

On June 26, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) rejected Rodney’s appeal to DNA test all of the crime scene evidence and admit the expert testimonies of renowned forensic pathologists including Dr. Michael Baden (who chaired the federal committee that re-investigated the deaths of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). https://www.kxan.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2019/06/Reed-CCA-press-statement-6-26-19-for-immediate-release.pdf  There is the widespread belief that the Texas CCA is involved in a cover up.

Right now, the Texas CCA’s decision is subject to review by SCOTUS.  We pray SCOTUS considers my family’s plea for Rodney’s freedom and chance to prove he’s innocent via a retrial.  

Mr. Perry, we could really use your expert storytelling skills to amplify Rodney’s story.  We believe you could make such a huge difference in accelerating the wheels of justice and be a major force in leading my brother to freedom and exoneration.  Will you help the Reed family cross to being a whole family again by joining us to light a fire that burns and shines so bright that Texas is put in a position where they have no other choice but to free my brother Rodney and grant him a new trial to prove his innocence?

#JusticeForStaceyStites
#RodneyReedIsInnocent
#FreeRodneyReed
#GrantRodneyReedANewTrial
#JusticeForRodneyReed

We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. We’re bringing Rodney home! And so shall it be!

**This is an abridged and edited version of the post published an hour earlier.