Update by Channyn Lynne Parker from Chicago House:
Today as I sat with Eisha, I laid before her the outpouring of signatures from the Change.org petition. As I read to her the narrative of the petition, with hands cupped to face she looked to the ceiling and began to cry; her words were, "No one has ever done anything like this for me before...." A shocked Eisha, stated, "...tell everyone I said thank you so much, I have not felt this much hope and this much happiness in a long time."
Eisha has given me permission to give the green light on all forms of support. I expressed to her the fears and concerns community shares pertaining to her case. Valiantly, Eisha looked me square in the eye and said, "When are we ever gonna stop being afraid? I'm begging you and everybody else, don't back down from this." "My only regret...." Eisha continues, "...is that I didn't reach out sooner." The very mention of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, being made aware of her struggle and them sharing the petition brought her to tears. The story of CeCe McDonald, instilled hope in a young woman who's hope was otherwise languished. She squealed in delight, not so much at the possibility of being free, but at the knowledge of being HEARD.
In closing, Eisha states, "I always knew I wanted to help create change and make an impact. I said a long time ago that I wanted to help advocate for my community. I guess you were right after all, Ms. Channyn, everything really does happen for a reason. I'm excited to be apart of something that I hope will create change."
Eisha looks forward to your support, letters, prayers, positive energy and most of all, LOVE.
We are grateful and above all, THANKFUL.