Two Black women are now facing up to two years in jail following an aggressive and unjust prosecution levied against them by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. Although all other charges stemming from a racially motivated incident were dropped, the women were convicted for calling 911 afterwards, and giving their side of events. Their official charge is: "Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree." Despite evidence proving otherwise, the prosecutor and mostly white jury did not believe that race played a role in the events leading up to the 911 call.
If you are unfamiliar with the case, please read this synopsis here: http://tinyurl.com/lfnt64t
Whatever your feelings of the UAlbany Bus Incident, it should be clear that putting two college students in prison is not beneficial to our community or society. These women had never been in trouble prior to this incident. These women were, and remain, exemplary students. These women do not belong behind bars just because the State University and Albany County are intent on unequally and unfairly applying the law. Additionally, the financial cost of incarcerating these women in New York would be over $200,000 in tax payer money. The emotional and social costs are incalculable.
Our goal is to raise $7,500 to offset legal fees and administrative expenses related to the appeals process. No amount is insignificant. Whether you contribute $5.00 or $50.00, it will all help greatly.