Dear Sprint Fam--
Last time I reached out, we had just completed two successful debut performances of Sprint, and many of you wrote these absolutely incredible letters of support for Crystal Mangum to send the Governor's Office. I wanted to let you know that our messages were received. Though Crystal's appeal was unsuccessful due to the statute of limitations, we were invited by the North Carolina Governor's Office to apply for clemency on her behalf, and are preparing to do so next month. We are gearing up for a fight for Crystal's freedom in 2019. Before we get there, I want to ask for your more immediate support for Crystal. Crystal's eldest son, R.J., and I are trying to raise funds for him and his sister to visit their mom for the holidays.
Help us raise $1,200 to reunite Crystal with her kids for the holidays
Last month, I met with Crystal at the Neuse Correctional Institution in North Carolina, where we had the chance to hug one another for the first time in nearly a year, and do our best to fit a year's worth of updates into a two-hour visit. We talked about spirituality, Tyler Perry movies (don't judge me), community organizing, and what it takes to break the cycles of sexual violence we both know all too well. More than anything, we talked about Crystal's struggle to raise her three children from inside--what it's like to try to provide for, guide, and protect them while separated by bars and concrete and thousands of miles. My heart broke to hear that she hadn't seen or held her two oldest children, R.J. & Anna, in almost two years.
At Sprint, we screened a short film, "Lesson 4" that deals specifically with Crystal's story and our intersecting experiences of sexual violence and survivorship. I ask that you take a look. I hope that you join me in feeling indignant about the injustice depicted and inspired by the kind of transcendent love shown by Crystal and the other survivors who lent their voices, stories, and spirits to the project. I hope you join me in feeling called to action to bring about a different kind of future for survivors, one that involves care and support rather than criminalization.
VIEW LESSON 4: SPRINT
Then, please give in whatever way you can. If you're able, consider donating to help us raise the $1,200 to cover the cost of travel for R.J. & Anna to visit their mom.
You can also donate miles, help spread the word, or write Crystal a letter! Letters can be mailed to:
Crystal Mangum #0801264
Neuse Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 2087
Goldsboro, NC 27533-2087
As always, thank you for your support. I wish you and yours a happy holiday!
With much love,