Beyoncé, Rihanna, Meek Mill, Questlove, T.I., and several other different artists have signed and shared a viral Change.org petition to forestall Texas inmate Rodney Reed’s execution.
The 51-year-old Reed is scheduled for execution on November 20 for the 1996 homicide of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. New information that would doubtlessly exonerate Reed, nevertheless, has arisen within the case. Reed, who’s black, was additionally convicted by an all-white jury in 1998. The Change.orge petition goals to rescind Reed’s demise warrant and guarantee he’s granted a brand new trial.
In an announcement posted on her web site, Beyoncé wrote:
Dear [Texas] Gov. Greg Abbott,
Please take a tough take a look at the substantial proof within the Rodney Reed case that factors to his innocence. Be sincere. Be truthful. Give him again his life.
Other artists took to Twitter to share the petition in addition to their assist for Reed. “16 days left and he will be executed for a crime he didn’t commit” Meek Mill tweeted on November 4, sharing a hyperlink to the doc. Rihanna additionally shared the petition, writing, “One Click!!! SIGN this petition if you don’t believe the Government should kill an innocent man!!! @GovAbbott.” Find their posts beneath.