Rally for Rodney Reed: Innocent on Texas Death Row
Saturday, November 9, 2019 2 PM
Texas Governor’s Mansion
Texas may execute an innocent person on November 20, 2019. Rodney Reed is innocent in the murder of Stacey Stites – a crime for which he has been on death row since 1998. Recent revelations from a jailhouse informant further implicate Stacey’s fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, in the murder. Fennell allegedly made a confession to a fellow prisoner while serving a 10-year sentence for raping a woman that was in Fennell’s custody while he was on duty as a cop.
The evidence of Rodney’s innocence has led to mounting calls from politicians, law enforcement officers, a host of celebrities (including Texas native Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey), and people around the world faor the execution to be halted, whether by the U.S. Supreme Court or by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Rodney’s supporters continue to campaign for a halt to the execution – and are asking for Rodney to receive a new day in court, when all the evidence of his innocence can be heard. Supporters will rally this Saturday at the Governor’s Mansion — just 11 days before the execution date — to call on Abbott to do the right thing for Rodney Reed!
One of Saturday’s speakers is national activist and journalist Shaun King, who initiated a petition for Rodney that has garnered over 2,000,000 signatures within a few days of being launched. We will also be joined by federal civil rights attorney and activist Lee Merritt. Rodney’s mother Sandra and brother Rodrick will speak for the Reed family. Heather Campbell Stobbs, cousin of Stacey Stites, will voice her support for Rodney. Witness to Innocence members Shujaa Graham and Juan Melendez will speak. Both men were exonerated from death row. Musical group Riders Against the Storm will perform.
Speaker’s list and order:
Reverend Byron Green – Pastor at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Elgin, TX
Shaun King – Writer and national Black Lives Matter activist and co-founder of Real Justice PAC
Lee Merritt – National civil rights attorney who focuses on cases of police brutality, hate crimes, and corporate discrimination
Representative Vikki Goodwin – Texas House Member, District 47, Texas House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus
Robert Muhammad – Leader of Austin Nation of Islam
Delia Perez Meyer – sister of TX death row prisoner Louis Castro Perez
Shujaa Graham – exonerated death row prisoner from CA
Juan Melendez – exonerated death row prisoner from Florida
Mark Clements – Former juvenile LWOP prisoner from Illinois
Mike Siegel – Congressional candidate for Texas district 10
Kevin Gannon – Retired NYPD detective from A&E’S Dead Again
Deke Pierce – Candidate for Travis County Constable, Precinct 2
Wana Akpan – sister in law to Rodney Reed
Heather Campbell Stobbs – cousin of Stacey Stites, murder victim
Rodrick Reed – Brother of Rodney Reed
Sandra Reed – Mother of Rodney Reed