Standing in Solidarity with Bresha

Standing in Solidarity with Bresha

Movement leaders, this is where the rubber meets the road with our work and theory. Bresha Meadows is a survivor who needs trauma informed care, not incarceration. Please use multiple platforms to elevate her case.


Bresha Meadows is a child survivor of domestic violence who just turned 15 while incarcerated at the Trumbull County Ohio Juvenile Detention Center. Bresha is charged with aggravated murder for defending herself, and her family from a father who had a long history of abusing them. As a collective of leaders working at the intersections of gender and race who made a call for an inclusive racial and gender justice movement, there are actions we can take collectively.

Bresha has been incarcerated for nearly 75 days; she had a hearing and was not released. This young girl returns to court on October 6, and we need to stand in solidarity with her, demanding her immediate release. We all know from our experience doing this work, the trauma this young girl faced living in a violent and abusive home, let’s join our voices collectively together to insure that Bresha is not re-victimized and traumatized by the state.

1. Sign the petition

2. Donate to Bresha’s defense fund

3. Receive campaign updates (@FreeBresha)

4. Send Bresha letters of encouragement – and consider how this might be a time to actively engage young people in your communities – here’s the address:

Bresha Meadows,
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.,
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.,
The IMG Center,
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650,
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

5. Write an open letter to the prosecutors, Dennis Watkins, Trumbull County Prosecutor and Stanley Elkins, Chief Prosecutor, Juvenile Division.

Sample letters

Dennis Watkins, Trumbull County Prosecutor
Stanley Elkins, Chief Prosecutor, Juvenile Division
Trumbull County Administration Building, 4th Floor
160 High Street NW
Warren, Ohio 44481

6. Teach in curriculum developed by Project NIA and Love & Protect about Bresha case

7. Register Actions with Color of Change

8. JOIN ONLINE ACTION STARTING NOW – Bresha’s Rights have been violated. Everyday leading up to the hearing GGE will share one of her rights that have been violated based on the Black Girl Bill of Rights that girls created as their Declaration to Freedom and Humanity at the Black Girl Movement Conference in April. Please follow GGENYC FB and Twitter to reshare the new image daily Starting 9/29. GGE will host a small event in NY on 10/6 – place TBD follow @GGENYC

9. Make (and Wear!) Buttons. The artwork is for a 3” button with a with a .25” bleed so the faint blue circle is 3.5”, but this can be scaled down as needed.


Joanne Smith
Joanne Smith
Founder and Executive Director
Girls for Gender Equity

A staunch human rights advocate Joanne N. Smith, founder and executive director, is responsible for moving Girls for Gender Equity closer to its mission through strategic advocacy, development, and leadership cultivation. Learn More

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