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!".