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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Reverend Joy Powell Needs Our Support

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As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption.
On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY. As a result, Rev. Joy was accused and convicted of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault.
An all white jury tried her; the state provided no evidence and no eyewitnesses. Rev. Joy was not allowed to discuss her activism or say that she was a pastor. The person who testified for her was not allowed to tell the court that he knew Rev. Joy through their activist work and through the church. Furthermore, Judge Francis Affronti promised he was going to give her a harsh sentence because he did not like her. She was convicted and given 16 years and seven years concurrent.
Reverend Powell is currently appealing her conviction and needs our financial support. Please send money to her commissary account. Also, please write Reverend Joy Powell and let her know she has our support
Reverend Joy Powell #07-G-0632
Bedford Hills CF,
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499
Tell Rochester, NY District Attorney Michael Green and Governor of New York State Andrew M. Cuomo to re-open Rev. Joy Powell's case and re-investigate the events surrounding her arrest. Request that her accuser be administered a polygraph and that all of the defendant’s evidence be allowed, including the 911 call and security camera footage from Powell’s apt. building.
To Write to the Governor:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
To Write to the Rochester DA:
DA Michael C. Green
47 S. Fitzhugh St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585.753.4500
Fax: 585.753.4576


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