Free at last


There is a very important issue here in Texas- the unjust jailing of a 14 year old girl named Shaquanda Cotton. Several talented and committed writers of blogs I enjoy have spoken on her unjust treatment and promoted a campaign to right this injustice.

Shaquanda will be free as of tomorrow, March 31, 2007. The black blog community has provided inspiration and now has changed the life of this young lady. My hat is off to you brave and thoughtful writers- thank you for raising your voices so that hers could finally be heard.

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This is wonderful. It was actually being discussed in one of the MSN groups that I belong to.

I could not believe what was going on when I had first heard of this.

Comment by Atasha | March 30th, 2007 10:33 pm | Permalink

Cyber activism may prove to be a very effective way to continue the struggle.

No one should be unjustly jailed; certainly not a 14 year old girl. (As a black man I’d rather fight a lion than go to prison.) Thank God for her freedom.

Comment by Keith | March 31st, 2007 8:33 am | Permalink

Thanks for the link and for spreading the word. United action works!

Comment by Kimberly | March 31st, 2007 10:46 am | Permalink

Dayum I didn’t hear about this on the news out this way (but then we don’t have cable). The article didn’t say how long the girl was in jail or what really happened. Do you have any other details?

Comment by aly cat | April 2nd, 2007 8:41 pm | Permalink

Hmm, I have not heard about this…can you tell me more?

Comment by Adrienne | April 3rd, 2007 7:27 am | Permalink

Wow! The power of the pen and the web community,,,specifically, the black blog community. Today, I am quite proud.

Comment by jjghatt | April 3rd, 2007 11:37 am | Permalink

She actually did a YEAR?! I didn’t know about that until I read the article. My goodness! But at least she’s free now. Fantastic. Who knew cyber activism could actually move mountains…

Comment by P | April 3rd, 2007 6:23 pm | Permalink

Incredible brief coverage of the young Ms. Cotton.

Didn’t all of our hearts ache, and then find a way to rejoice, when she was freed? Even the ache that still rolls in the chambers of our hearts, due to her long, unfathomable incarceration, lay aside for me upon hearing of her release.

Comment by fit2btyed | April 7th, 2007 11:58 pm | Permalink

Thank God she’s free. Shame on us for letting her serve a full year.

Comment by Moxie | April 8th, 2007 2:10 pm | Permalink

I’m so glad this young lady is out. I can’t believe the ridiculous sentence she got for something like shoving. How sad she had to serve this kind of time.

Comment by Leigh | April 13th, 2007 9:17 am | Permalink

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