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P r e s s R e l e a s eContacts:B.J. Janice Peak-Graham / Marpessa Kupendua1- 866-968-1188, Ext. 2ghwitnesses@gmail.comhttp://www.grayhairedwitnesses.blogspot.com/WASHINGTON, June 3/Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice News --
Fiery humanrights activist, Dick Gregory, urged everyone to support the June 21, 2010 Gray-HairedWitnesses Fast for Justice in DC in an interview yesterday. The upcoming day-longevent is to call attention to the shocking case of the Mississippi Scott Sisters, twowomen who each received double-life sentences for an alleged robbery of $11.00almost 16 years ago. The public fast, press conference and rally also calls attention tothe entire system of justice which increasingly incarcerates and oversentences non-violent Black female first time offenders, such as Jamie and Gladys Scott, punishingand many times actually destroying entire families."This is one of the worst cases I have ever heard of in my life," exclaimed Gregory, "My jaw dropped when I read that these women have been in prison for almost 16 yearsand aren't even charged with laying a hand on anyone! This country should beembarrassed to have such a blatant travesty of justice exist while wagging our finger atpeople abroad for human rights abuses. What we have going on here is the epitome ofcruel and unusual punishment and is outrageous, even for Mississippi!".The Gray-Haired Witnesses Fast for Justice was prompted by the very serious illnessof now 38-yr. old Jamie Scott who entered prison in 1994 a healthy young woman yetsuffered kidney failure this past January and was deprived adequate medical treatmentfor an extended period of time. Jamie has quickly declined to stage 5 (end stage)kidney disease and has suffered many life-threatening medical emergencies in anunclean environment.Mr. Gregory was dumbfounded as to why MS Governor Haley Barbour has ignored allcalls to pardon the women. "They went in at the ages of 19 and 22 with no priorcriminal record, have consistently maintained their innocence, and even the testimonyagainst them is documented as having been coerced! Even if they were guilty, we aretalking about double-life sentences each, how does that make any kind of sense, don'ttheir lives mean anything at all? If Gov. Barbour won't do the right thing then we needEric Holder and President Obama to immediately step in! Washington, DC should bepacked with people on June 21, demanding the immediate release of the ScottSisters!".
GRAY-HAIRED WITNESSESPAGE TWOOn June 21, 2010, the Gray-Haired Witnesses will commence a Fast at the Departmentof Justice in a 10:00 a.m formal appeal to Eric Holder, rejoin at the White House atNoon with a press conference and formal appeal to President Obama, and thencontinue at Lafayette Square Park from 1PM until 9PM for the duration of the fast withspeakers, live performances and artists. The Gray-Haired Witnesses are calling on allpeople of good will to join them on that day and demand justice for the Scott Sistersand an end to the oversentencing, degradation and dehumanization of Black women inthis system and nation as a whole.###
P r e s s R e l e a s eContacts:B.J. Janice Peak-Graham / Marpessa Kupendua1- 866-968-1188, Ext. 2ghwitnesses@gmail.comhttp://www.grayhairedwitnesses.blogspot.com/ WASHINGTON, June 9/Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice News – Author and legalscholar, Michelle Alexander, has taken time from her current national book tour tostrongly endorse the June 21, 2010 Gray-Haired Witnesses Fast for Justice in DC andtheir mission in a statement to their web editor and founding member, MarpessaKupendua. In her new book this brave and insightful legal scholar and civil rightsadvocate argues that although Jim Crow laws have been eliminated, the racial castesystem it set up was not eradicated. It’s simply been redesigned, and now racial controlfunctions through the criminal justice system. In her support of the Gray-hairedWitnesses for Justice movement, Ms. Alexander wrote:"With extraordinary vision andcourage, and in the tradition of Ida B. Wells and countless other women who havestood for justice in the face of severe racial oppression, the Gray Haired Witnesses forJustice are calling attention to the harm caused by America's latest caste system: massincarceration. Women of color are the fastest growing group of the prison populationtoday and the Gray Haired Witnesses for Justice are shining a bright light on the racialbias and cruelty of our criminal justice system. All Americans who care about justiceshould join them in their campaign to free the Scott sisters, who have been sentencedto die in prison for an extremely minor, non-violent offense. “In a February, 2010 article which appeared in the Huffington Post, she wrote, Theclock has been turned back on racial progress in America, though scarcely anyoneseems to notice. All eyes are fixed on people like Barack Obama and Oprah Winfreywho have defied the odds and achieved great power, wealth and fame.”In referencing the focus of the Gray-Haired Witnesses on the case of the Scott Sisters,she had this to say, “The double life sentences imposed on the Scott sisters for analleged robbery in Mississippi netting little more than $11 is a glaring example of acriminal justice system that is no longer much concerned with justice. No one was hurtor injured, and these women have no prior offenses. No other Western democracysubjects its own people to such draconian punishment for minor crimes. And no othercountry in the world incarcerates such a large percentage of its racial and ethnicminorities. This is Jim Crow justice, alive and well today. I urge all those of conscience

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