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PORTSIDE December 2010, Week 5

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The nightmare is over - The Scott Sisters are Free

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The nightmare is over - The Scott Sisters are Free

Message from Ben Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP

December 29, 2010

http://www.naacp.org/news/entry/breaking-news-scott-sisters-coming-home-at-last/

If you have not already heard, we have great news: Gladys
and Jamie Scott will soon be free.

Last night, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour suspended
their sentences, and the sisters are returning home for the
first time in 16 years. As those of you who have been
following this case are aware, Judge Marcus Gordon had
condemned each of the women to double life sentences for an
$11 robbery - an outrage emblematic of the biases systemic
in our criminal justice system.

Yesterday I flew to Jackson, Mississippi, to meet with
Governor Barbour to urge him to make the righteous - and
courageous - decision. The minute my plane landed, he called
to tell me that he had agreed to the suspension. As I
prepare to meet with him today, alongside Derrick Johnson,
President of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP,
I want to be clear about one thing: this vindication is
because of you. You raised your voice. You kept the faith.

When we couldn't visit the Scott sisters, you wrote messages
of support to let them know we remembered them. When we
wouldn't be heard by the political and judicial powers that
be, you spoke louder. And because of your perseverance, the
Scott sisters' nightmare is finally over.

The last time I was in Mississippi, I was there to file the
petition for clemency with Chokwe Lumumba, the Scott
sisters' lawyer, and Charles Hampton, Vice President of the
Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP.

Today, thanks to you, I am back in Mississippi to show the
world that the NAACP will not stand idly by as our sisters
and brothers are wrongly imprisoned.

Please join me in welcoming them home. Sign the NAACP's
welcome home card to Gladys and Jamie:

http://action.naacp.org/page/s/WelcomeHome

I am humbled by how far your support has taken the Scott
sisters on the road to justice and freedom. With every step
forward, we will secure a brighter future for their
children, our children and our children's children.

In thanks,

Ben

Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO
NAACP

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