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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. on wiki

Coretta Scott King at wiki

Martin Luther King Day

COMMEMORATING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. / Gandhi’s influence on King

Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Legacy

African-American Civil Rights Movement

Gandhi

Nonviolence

Civil Disobedience

Rosa Parks

Montgomery Bus Boycott

March on Washington

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Jim Crow laws

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Voting Rights Act

Nobel Peace Prize

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Congressional Gold Medal

 

Scott Sisters finally released January 7, 2011

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Scott Sisters released

Kidney Donation Springs Scott Sisters from Prison

Huffington Post article

My original post

 

THE SCOTT SISTERS TO BE RELEASED December 31, 2010

 

 


 

 

When I was looking for some information on Ruby Bridges awhile back I went to the official NAACP website. The first thing that came up on the home page was a link to a petition to pardon the Scott sisters. The short story was that the Gladys and Jamie Scott, though staunchly proclaiming their innocence, received life sentences for a robbery that amount to $11.

 

Sometimes I just randomly sign up for stuff online, but I didn’t for this. My initial thought was there had to have been a death involved, or why the life sentences. After reading several articles and looking into the history it seems to be a colossal failure of the American system of “justice”.

 

The basic facts are:

 

  • The Scott sisters accepted a ride with a couple of young friends then went about their business
  • The friends were later robbed at gunpoint by some underage boys with shotguns, getting about $11
  • The robbers, in a plea deal, implicated the Scott sisters
  • Neither sister had a prior criminal record
  • Prosecutors tried to paint them as the masterminds of the robbery – influencing the minors to commit the crime
  • Both sisters were sentenced to life imprisonment
  • NO ONE WAS KILLED OR EVEN INJURED
  • The judge in the case has a long history of racist rulings (he pardoned the accused killer of Chaney, Schwerner & Goodman)

 

If that weren’t enough, the sisters have suffered a variety of indignities in prison. Jamie has gone into severe kidney failure due to years of corporate-controlled prison healthcare (infections, delays in hospital transportation, cancelled dialysis treatments, capricious solitary confinement).

 

The NAACP and a variety of people have been working years to have the sisters pardoned. Today it was announced that the sisters would be granted early parole on the condition that Gladys donate a kidney to Jamie.

 

 


 

Original article

MSNBC report

The Scott Sisters on wiki

Injustice in Mississippi

Why Are the Scott Sisters of Mississippi Serving Life Sentences for Petty Theft?

Free the Scott Sisters blog

Chaney, Schwerner & Goodman

NAACP

 

The Daily Hotness – Seth Green December 11, 2010

Seth Green at IMBD

Family Guy

Robot Chicken

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

That 70’s Show

Austin Powers

Greg The Bunny

 

India Arie & Jill Scott September 25, 2010

 

 
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