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Lesbian 7 Write-to-the-Governor Campaign and More Banners

The amazing Chloe has created more Lesbian 7 banners which use a larger font for the text!

She has also created a 600dpi image for t-shirts; e-mail me if you would like these images. 🙂

Commenter and Advocate for the Newark/NJ/Lesbian 7 writes:

Hi, Heart. I hope you’re okay. I’ve started a letter-writing campaign on behalf of the New Jersey Four.

(This template can be found here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/justice4newark4/message/48)

Hi, everyone. I hope we can start a letter-writing campaign to Governor Spitzer. Here’s a template we can use, but it will be much more powerful if we all send different letters, so please add to or change this letter to express your own feelings about this case.

*** If you want to e-mail the governor, you should do that here: http://161.11.121.121/govemail

*** If you’d rather call the office of the governor, here’s the number: (518) 474-8390

*** Or you might want to print your letter and mail it to:

The Honorable Eliot Spitzer
Governor of New York
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Spitzer:

In the summer of 2006, seven young women from New Jersey, Venice Brown, Khamysha Coates, Terrain Dandridge, Lania Daniels, Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, and Chenese Loyal, were spending some of their leisure time in New York City’s West Village when Dwayne Buckle, a man selling DVDs on the street, sexually propositioned Patreese Johnson. Refusing to take no for an answer, he followed the young women down the street, insulting them and yelling threats. He spat in Renata’s face and threw his lit cigarette at her, then he yanked another’s hair, pulling her towards him, and then he began strangling Renata. A fight broke out, during which Patreese Johnson, 4 feet 11 inches tall and 95 pounds, produced a small knife from her bag to stop Buckle from choking her friend.

Two male onlookers, one of whom had a knife, ran over to physically deal with Buckle in order to help the women. Buckle, who ended up hospitalized for five days with stomach and liver lacerations, initially reported on at least two occasions that the men—not the women—had attacked him. What’s more, Patreese’s knife was never tested for DNA, the men who beat Buckle were never questioned by police, and the whole incident was documented on surveillance video. Yet the women ended up on trial for attempted murder, throughout which the judge, Edward J. McLaughlin, ridiculed and expressed open contempt for the women in front of the jury. As a result, four of the women ended up being convicted and sentenced in June 2007 to jail terms ranging from 3 1/2 to 11 years.

It is difficult to justify these women being brought to trial for anything, much less murder, and almost impossible to credibly explain the sentences brought down on them. This letter is to ask you to consider clemency for these women, who have been in jail for over a year despite having committed no crime. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Sincerely,

Thanks, Nicole and Chloe!

Heart

Discussion

10 thoughts on “Lesbian 7 Write-to-the-Governor Campaign and More Banners

  1. Chloe, this may not be relevant for you, but have you heard of cafepress. I think you can have images put on mugs, t-shirts and tote bags, not really sure how it works, might be worth you taking a look though. I would like to see that image everywhere till those girls are free.

    Posted by helzeph | September 27, 2007, 5:25 pm
  2. Cafe Press may not be relevant period. Have we not yet found a t-shirt/logo business that is less misogynistic?

    Posted by Sis | September 27, 2007, 10:46 pm
  3. Thank you so much for spreading the word about the letter-writing campaign, Heart. (My name isn’t Robin, though. I’m Nicole.)

    I’m planning to write a press release during the next few days. The theme will be the disparity in media coverage between the New Jersey Four and the Jena Six. But I don’t really know what I’m doing. I could use a little help.

    If anyone has any suggestions (facts to include, phrasing I should use, media outlets I should be sure to send it to), can you please post them here?

    You can also track me down to contact me privately here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/justice4newark4/message/48

    Thanks, Heart. Thanks, everyone.

    Posted by Nicole | September 27, 2007, 11:38 pm
  4. Nicole, fixed!

    Not sure where “Robin” came from!

    Thank *you* for all you are doing!

    Posted by womensspace | September 28, 2007, 12:03 am
  5. Just wondering. .how is cafepress mysogynist? I’ve never been there.

    Posted by Chloe | September 28, 2007, 3:42 am
  6. Heart, did you mean to post more banners here? I see only a small white block near the top. I tried putting the others on my sidebar, but the medium size banner is too big and the thumbnail too small.

    Posted by Aletha | September 28, 2007, 3:54 am
  7. Speaking of, hey, Chloe, I’ve got an order for six t-shirts with your fabulous artwork, just waiting for instructions as to … where to send the order!

    I’ve got some ideas and have done some poking around, but you are the artist– do you have someone who could make these up? Cafe Press is tempting because in a few minutes you can have t-shirts, hoodies, posters, mugs, caps, available to order. What do you think? Or e-mail me if you like!

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | September 28, 2007, 4:01 am
  8. Wait– you don’t see the banner? Huh, wha? I see it fine!

    Do the rest of you see it?

    The heck.

    I will make some other sizes, but first I’d best see if everybody can see the one that’s up there!
    :/

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | September 28, 2007, 4:16 am
  9. I can’t see it, either, and when I right-click on the small white block and choose ‘view image’ it takes me to a google account login page. (???)

    Posted by Melissa | September 28, 2007, 8:38 am
  10. Yeah, I didn’t see the logo either. . .must be the internet being weird again. Either way, if the .png file doesn’t work I’ve already sent the .jpegs by email, Heart.

    I’m just curious as to why Sis says cafepress is mysogynist. Is the company itself mysogynist, or have numerous people used cafepress to print mysogynist images or something like that?

    I don’t know of anyone who does silk-screening, but I can ask a few of my artist friends as soon as they get back home next week.

    Posted by Chloe | September 29, 2007, 4:02 am

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