In 2006, Cyntoia Brown shot and killed 43-year-old Johnny Michael Allen, whom she was hired by for sex. She was also forced into sex with other men by 24-year-old Garion “Cut Throat” McGlothen. She was tried as a adult and convicted of first degree murder and has been in prison for over a decade and will not be eligible for parole until she is sixty nine years old.

This is news worthy because this woman’s act was out of self defense. Brown was physically, sexually, and mentally abused. She did not consent to the things that happened to her before the shooting, this was not sex work, this was sex trafficking. She was tried as an adult, inadequately represented, and sentenced to 51 years in prison for an act of self-defense.

Women like Cyntoia Brown are put in positions like hers too often. Things like this shouldn’t happen to anyone, ever. While being questioned by the male prosecutor, she was asked why she was “comfortable enough” to “let” this man take her home and give her food, and then suddenly stopped feeling comfortable. The man asking her these questions has no idea what a young woman might feel in the situation that Brown was put into.

Young women of color are often seen as more adult than they actually are, while white children are seen as “young and innocent” well into their twenties. So, the environment in which she was being questioned in had not only an issue of gender, but an issue of race. Cyntoia Brown was not given a fair trial and hasn’t been taken seriously through any of this. She deserves to get out of prison and live as normal of a life as possible.

Articles here and here

Texas Church Shooting

This morning, at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, multiple people were killed and many were injured in a shooting that occurred inside the church.

This story is news worthy because it it shows yet again our need for better gun control. We cannot continue to let such a lethal weapon fall into the hands of those with malicious intentions. We cannot continue to let people die. These attacks are only becoming more frequent and more fatal. We must institute better gun control laws and prevent such people from ever holding a gun.

We are now at a point in which people say, “We had another mass shooting today.” We feel helpless and as though our legislators are not acting in the best wishes of the people. Are they catering to gun lobbyists and NRA money? Do they care about the people they have to power to protect in their districts? Gun legislation has come to a critical point, either out senators choose to accept lots of money while citizens suffer, or they choose to stand up for what’s right. We must protect Americans from other Americans.

In conclusion, everyone’s crazy and we do everything wrong.


Article here.