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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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Help us get the FBI to look into the public corruption that has played a major role in Rodney’s case!

To submit a tip to the FBI:
https://tips.fbi.gov/
(512) 345-1111

We believe making headway with the FBI will be very helpful to Rodney’s situation! My father, Walter Reed, had actually reached out to the FBI about Rodney’s case over 20 years ago when all this started, but not much happened as a result of his efforts.

According to the FBI’s website, public corruption is its top criminal investigative priority. One area that the Bureau’s Public Corruption program focuses on is investigating violations of federal law by public officials at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

We’re asking you to contact the FBI’s Austin satellite office to express your concerns about the corruption in the City of Bastrop, the Texas Attorney General’s office with Lisa Tanner and Matt Ottoway, the City of Giddings, the Giddings Police Department, the Giddings Sheriff Department, the Bastrop Police Department, the Bastrop Sheriff Department, and Bastrop County including the District Attorney’s Office. We need them to investigate the corruption that has been happening within all these entities. Here is the phone number: (512) 345-1111

Also, provide any information you have about David Board, David Hall, Nathan Lapham, Richard Hernandez, Ed Salmela, Curtis Davis, Rocky Wardlow, Charles Pennick, Bryan Goertz, and others in official roles in the Giddings and Bastrop areas. Give specific information, and if you have supporting documents, please submit them with your allegation/s as the FBI does require actual evidence of corruption. We are providing them with the information found within this link: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/ We’re also including the fact that the judge who did the hearing, Judge Reva Towslee-Corbet, did not recuse herself when her father, Judge Harold Towslee, was the original trial judge, so the FBI can look deeper into that.

If you choose to call the FBI, be aware that their wait times are long. We do ask you to be patient as talking to an actual human being does make an impact! Definitely also submit a tip online here either before or after speaking with the FBI representative: https://tips.fbi.gov/ You can choose to remain anonymous. Screenshot your message for your records!

We appreciate our sister in Jesus Christ, Natasha Thomas, for having shared her powerful message about how God had put it strongly on her heart to let our family know that we need to reach out to the FBI and let the FBI know about EVERYTHING regarding Rodney’s case from beginning to end. We, the Reed family, believe in God and know that His Hands are in this and that God has been working through people so we can bring Rodney home alive. We thank everybody who has been taking action along with their prayers. Prayers followed up with action are what is going to make all the difference in bringing Rodney home alive.

Really read #Psalm64 when you get the chance and pray!#RODNEYREEDISINNOCENT !#FREERODNEYREED !#BRINGRODNEYHOME !
Office of the Governor Greg Abbott
Greg Abbott
FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

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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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Help Remove this Knife From the Reed Family

Someone once asked me, “What does it feel like to have your brother on death row for a crime he didn’t commit?” To have all this evidence out there. Everybody seeing it. **His case being on *A&E, CNN, the Discovery Channel (ID), MSNBC, detailed in Framed: How an Innocent Man ended up on Texas Death Row, and the award-winning documentary State Vs. Reed, etc. On ALL these different major media outlets. Probably the most talked about death row case in the state of Texas, yet he’s still there on death row. “How does that feel?”

The only way I could try to make them understand what it truly felt like- the only analogy I could come up with- was to have them imagine:

You’re walking along one day. Everything in your life is going pretty well. And then- out of the blue- somebody just jumps out and stabs you. And they stab you deep. And for no valid reason at all. And they put that knife in you in such a way that you can’t remove it yourself and they leave it there. The embedded knife doesn’t kill you, but it causes you pain- such deep agonizing pain. You can still move. You can still breathe. You can still do all your activities of daily living, but not like you used to. Every move you make, you feel it. Every time you’re awake, you see it. You’re never able to feel comfortable because that knife is stuck so deep in you.

Now, YOU imagine: having that knife deeply embedded within you and living with that pain everyday 24/7 for 22 years. And you yourself can do nothing about it. Imagine that nightmare.

You hope and you pray for the day that you can be free of that knife. The day that you can start to feel whole. The day that you can start to heal. The day that you can start to truly love. But you know you can experience none of those things while you have this wound in you that cannot heal. With this blade poking at you. Poking in you. Poking through you. Every day. 24 hours of the day.

Some people in your life have been there with you since the beginning- hoping, praying, screaming, yelling, fighting, crying alongside you- helping you try to get the attention of someone with the power to get this knife out of you. Some people in your life don’t do much at all even though they’ve been seeing you suffering in so much pain. They say things like, “We see you’ve got a knife stuck in you. We hope you get it out” or “I hope you can heal one day.”

The craziest thing though is that there are people out there with the knowledge and the power to get this knife out of you. They are fully aware of this blade deep within you that you did nothing to deserve. Yet they sit back and they do nothing. Why is that? Do they lack the courage? Maybe. Is someone blackmailing them? Maybe. Whatsoever their reasons may be, it is not reason enough to avoid bringing you out of your unwarranted pain.

I recognize Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz did not put this knife in me. He’s not the one who stabbed this knife into my family. However, Bryan Goertz does have the power in his hands to have this knife be removed. If Bryan Goertz does not do everything he can to remove this knife, eventually this wound is going to kill us. It’s going to kill Rodney. It’s already been slowly killing us. It’s killing my brothers. It’s killing me. It’s killing my mother who is up in age. It. Is. Going. To. Kill. Us. That’s how real this is.

This is why I’m asking everyone- everyone who is my family, everyone who is my friend, everyone who believes in truth and justice, everyone who believes in right- to come together. Let us band together and ignite a fire under the person who can actually do something to remove this knife- Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz. Let’s make this fire burn and shine so bright that the right people step in at the right time and help us make our fire shine even brighter- so much so that Goertz is in a position where he has no other choice but to remove this knife that Jimmy Fennell- and possible accomplices of Fennell’s- has embedded in my family.

We are all children of God. We all deserve a fair chance at justice. That’s all we’re asking. Please. Help Rodney. Help my mother. Help my brothers. Help my family. Help me. Help us do what it takes to have Bryan Goertz do everything in his power to remove this knife that’s so deeply embedded within the Reed family.

This is why we started the postcard campaign. Please fill out a postcard today. Refer your friends, family members, anyone who believes in justice to this link:
https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/ and have them fill out a postcard. Let’s make sure that these postcards are forever embedded in the hearts and minds of Bryan Goertz and the staff at the Bastrop County District Attorney’s office.

** This specific sentence was updated on 6/25/2019. It originally read: “His case being on A&E, CNN, the Discovery Channel (ID), MSNBC, award-winning documentaries, etc. “
*In the A&E program, the name Dustin Bailey is used in place of Jimmy Fennell- Stacey’s fiance- who all the evidence points to as Stacey’s true murderer.

This link goes to part 2 of the A&E special listed in the first paragraph.
This link goes to all of the episodes of season 3 of CNN/ HLN’s Death Row Stories series. The episode titled “Love Kills” is the one on Rodney’s case. It is listed as #2.