Free Eisha Love, Transwoman Facing Attempted Murder Charges for Self-Defense from Hate Crime #FreeEisha
  • Petitioned Cook County Department of Corrections, Chicago, IL

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Free Eisha Love, Transwoman Facing Attempted Murder Charges for Self-Defense from Hate Crime #FreeEisha

    1. Addison Vincent
    2. Petition by

      Addison Vincent

      Bloomfield Hills, CA

Self-Defense is Murder When You're A TWOC.

Eisha Love, a Trans-Woman, sits in Cook County Jail, Division 9, and there she awaits trial. Why? Because she defended herself from becoming another TWOC fatal victim of a hate crime. 

While on the city of Chicago's West-side, she and a friend were accosted by a barrage of slurs and epithets at a nearby gas station. Two neighborhood men violently harassed the young woman and company, yelling that she was not welcome in her own community because she is transgender. Refusing to be berated by speaking up for herself, Eisha was struck in the face by one of the men. She proceeded to fight back, the result: the accompanying man called for back up.

In an attempt to get away, the young woman and friend got in their car and tried to escape further violence. By this time, another vehicle full of the assaulting individual's friends had pulled up, thus blocking her from behind. To the side of her was the man now pulling at her door in an attempt to force her out of the car. In a panicked frenzy to get away, she ran her car into the man thus pinning his leg to the wall. 

Amidst the chaos of the situation, the two women fled from the vehicle and hid from their attackers until she was met by safety. At the urge of her mother, she eventually turned herself in. Here, she was to discover that her attacker was not only injured during her attempt to escape, but the injury cost him his leg. It had to be removed. 

Now, a young transwoman sits, 26 years old, detained in the Cook County Jail, facing 10 years imprisonment for 1st degree attempted murder. Her crime? Self-defense.

This crime comes on the heels of rampant violence against TWOC on our city's west-side. This tragedy of injustice follows the murder of Paige Clay and preceded the death of her friend that accompanied her that very day. Yes, she was later found murdered, her death goes unsolved. Just this summer, 6 transwomen have been murdered, the victims of trans-based hate crimes. 

So, here she is.... another victim of being fed up. Here she is, another victim of the devastating reality of the social injustice transwomen of color (TWOC) face on a daily basis.

Channyn Lynne Parker writes about her experience meeting with Eisha:

"I could go on and on with all of the crushing details that this case entails. While sitting with this woman today, it took all that was within me not to cry. She holds fast to her innocence as her public defender offers little defense. Again community, I urge you to offer your support. With her permission, I have offered to gather whatever resources I can to help her go public with this. All I know is that a trans-woman sits, eyes glazed with fear, uncertain of her future. As always, hold her in loving light and prayer. Write her, as your letters of support are welcome. Rally whomever and whatever support you can offer!!!!!!"

So what do you say? Will YOU join us in our mission to #FreeEisha ? Sign this petition today and share with your friends and family on all social media platforms. You can also send her letters of support and solidarity to the following address:

Darveris Love
2012-0329098
P.O. Box 08900
Chicago, Illinois 60608


Together we can get Cook County Department of Corrections's attention and get justice for Eisha. No one should face attempted murder charges for defending themselves, including transwomen. 

To:
Cook County Department of Corrections, Chicago, IL
Free Eisha (Darveris) Love, the transwoman currently in custody for defending herself during a hate crime. She was targeted based on her gender identity, and now faces attempted murder charges for using self-defense. We demand that you free Eisha immediately and respect the TWOC (transwomen of color) community. #FreeEisha

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Thank you for supporting Eisha!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Hello supporters,

      I would like to personally thank you at this time for your continuous support for Eisha Love! The petition has reached almost 10,000 signatures, and Eisha's experience has sparked international media attention.

      At this point, the petition has succeeded in raising awareness, and we have you to thank for its success. The petition itself will be taken down, but I would love to keep you all informed about any further news or updates. If you'd like to stay in the loop or if you have any questions/concerns, please email me at vince105@mail.chapman.edu.

      And if you haven't already, take some time today or this week to write a letter of support to Eisha. Use the following mailing address:
      Eisha (Darveris) Love
      2012-0329098
      P.O. Box 08900
      Chicago, Illinois 60608

      Much appreciated,
      Addison

    2. Less than 400 Signatures Away from Victory!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone!

      We are just under 400 signatures away from reaching our ultimate goal for the petition. Please continue to share the link with friends and family, and together we can help #FreeEisha!

      If you haven't had the chance already, check out this fantastic piece on Eisha Love, Paige Clay, and Donta "Tiffany" Goodenby by Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer of the Windy City Times:
      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/One-night-in-the-area-of-Austin/49141.html

      With love and strength,

      Addison

      One night in the area of Austin - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

      Windy City Times News Archive - One night in the area of Austin It was around 12:30 in the morning of Sept. 13 when I joined social worker Channyn Lynne Parker for a drive through the small radius of Austin and West Garfield Park.

    3. Over 9,000 supporters!!!!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      We are less than 1,000 signatures away from reaching our goal! Please keep sharing and signing, this is absolutely incredible! Thank you for your endless support for Eisha Love! #FreeEisha

      Addison

    4. Reached 9,000 signatures
    5. About to pass 8,000 supporters!!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone, this is absolutely incredible! Just the other day we were a little over 4,000, and now the support for Eisha Love is just flooding in!!

      On behalf of everyone working tirelessly to help #FreeEisha, I thank each of you for your support and endless love for Eisha. Every signature is another reason for her to keep fighting the injustice she faces.

      Please continue to share the link for the petition, and read these articles if you haven't already:
      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Mother-of-Eisha-Love-Heartbreak-and-courage/49009.html
      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/In-apology-to-trans-community-HRC-to-push-for-LGBT-bill/49008.html
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/addison-rose-vincent/state-of-emergency-for-tr_b_5792722.html
      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/A-tale-of-two-murders-Connected-or-not/49089.html

      Together, we can help #FreeEisha! Have a wonderful day!

      Addison

      Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

      Windy City Times News Archive - Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage Novelist and poet Barbara Kingsolver once wrote that "sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." For one Chicago mother raising a large family alone in the West Side neighborhood of Austin, her strength was tested without remission every single day.

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. Did you see the Windy City Times articles? Click on the links below:

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      This past week, Windy City Times writer Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer published two in-depth pieces about Eisha Love, the violence against TWOC in Chicago, and Eisha's mother's reaction to all of this. Take some time to read and share these incredible stories:
      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Trans-woman-claims-self-defense-in-case/49008.html
      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/m/APParticle.php?AID=49009&i=1&s=

      In a message, Gretchen told me about her time with Eisha this past Saturday. Eisha let Gretchen know how incredibly thankful she is for the ongoing support from petition signers like you! She continues to receive letters from across the country and around the world, and is so grateful to receive them. Gretchen writes this about her visit with Eisha:

      "[The letters] have empowered her to no end. I saw a different person today. She was grinning from ear to ear, as if she had literally been injected with life and hope. In the inhuman, soul breaking dungeon that is Cook County Division 9, I doubt you will find a more rare or coveted resource than hope. So every letter she gets is a gift that she has never before imagined possible. She never thought anyone, outside of her family, cared for her. To realize that there is a world outside her "cage" (that's literally what the CCDOC refer to them as) that does has catapulted her from an unfathomable abyss and into orbit."

      Eisha also told Gretchen to share this with friends, allies, and supporters:

      "You tell them that I'm not going to give up, Not now. Not ever. I can't because some other girl could end up like me and, what I'm saying is I don't want that for anybody. They try to take your spirit away in here. They call me "Mr. Love" and that is so hard. But then I read those letters and its like they give me my spirit and my identity back. I'm saying I'm thankful to everyone who has cared about me and I will be for the rest of my life. When I get out of here, I'm going to make all of you proud."

      Trans* woman claims self-defense in case - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

      Windy City Times News Archive - Trans* woman claims self-defense in case Like any 22-year-old growing up in a country that has historically prided itself on opportunities available to all, Eisha Love had dreams. On a website, she showcased photographs of herself, saying she was looking to get a start in life.

    8. Check out the HuffPost article about Eisha Love!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      The article "State of Emergency for Transgender Women of Color" was released earlier today via HuffPost, and it focuses on Eisha's experience as well as the violence against the TWOC community.

      Check out the article at this link, and please share the article and petition on all of your social media platforms:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/addison-rose-vincent/state-of-emergency-for-tr_b_5792722.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000054

      *Please note that the icon photo may be triggering and is misleading, and was chosen by HuffPost staff and not the author*

    9. 4,000 Signatures!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Keep up the amazing work, supporters! We just passed 4,000 signatures!

      Please continue to share, post, and use the #FreeEisha hashtag!

      Addie

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. Keep Signing and Sharing!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Hello supporters,

      We are over 3,000 signatures at the point, getting closer to our half-way goal each and every day. We need your help to increase support and awareness for Eisha Love so that we can put more pressure on Cook County to #Free Eisha.

      Here's what you can do to help:

      1. Share the link to the petition: www.change.org/FreeEisha
      Post it on Facebook, tweet about it, make a sign and post in on Instagram, email the link to your friends and family. Share the petition wherever you can!

      2. Write a letter to Eisha to show your support.
      Send her a personal letter explaining why you stand with her, and mail it to this address:
      Eisha (Darveris) Love
      2012-0329098
      P.O. Box 08900
      Chicago, Illinois 60608

      3. Make some noise!
      Write about #FreeEisha on your blogs, post articles about the violence and injustice against TWOC, and discuss Eisha's experience in open spaces. Even get some fellow activists in your area to protest in support of Eisha.

      With your support, we can demand her release and #FreeEisha!

      Much appreciated,

      Addison Rose Vincent

    12. Reached 3,000 signatures
    13. Eisha says Thank You!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      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.

    14. Have YOU sent Eisha a letter of support?

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Send Eisha a personal letter today to show your support and solidarity with her. Let her know that she is not alone in this fight, and that she deserves justice and respect.

      Send your letters to this address:

      Eisha (Darveris) Love
      2012-0329098
      P.O. Box 08900
      Chicago, Illinois 60608

      Thank you for your support, and together we can #FreeEisha!

      Much appreciated,
      Addison Rose Vincent

    15. Just passed 2,500!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Hello supporters,

      We just passed 2,500 today! Your support and advocacy for #FreeEisha has been astounding, and I know that Eisha is getting more and more letters everyday from supporters like you!

      We are currently connecting with LGBT legal/advocacy organizations to help witht he case, and major new outlets from across the nation and around the world have reached out to us to bring more attention to the injustice Eisha is facing.

      I encourage everyone to continue making posts and spreading awareness to increase the amount of signatures and put more pressure on Cook County to let go of Eisha. We must send the message that self-defense is not murder, and that TWOC deserve justice and respect.

      Much appreciated,
      Addison Rose Vincent

    16. Reached 2,500 signatures
    17. We just passed 1,000 signatures!

      Addison Vincent
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed, shared, and promoted this petition to help #FreeEisha from unjust charges of attempted murder. Please continue to spead the word, and together we can help get Eisha out of Cook County DOC in Chicago.

      Looking for another way to help? Call CCDOC at (773) 674-7100 and urge them to release Eisha immedaitely. You can also show your solidarity and support by writing her a personal letter. Send your letter(s) to the following address:

      Eisha (Darveris) Love
      2012-0329098
      P.O. Box 08900
      Chicago, Illinois 60608

      Thanks again for your incredible work and help. Feel free to also send me any updates or news articles that you find so I can update the petition and fellow supporters. My direct email is vince105@mail.chapman.edu.

      Much appreciated,

      Addie Vincent

    18. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @janetmock

    Aug 23, 2014

    Sign + share! #FreeEisha 26yo #twoc faces attempted murder charges after defending herself during a group attack https://t.co/HJkF2CEhIU

    Janet Mock
    42.9k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Nickie Colvin JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • 10 days ago

      Why can't straight people accept just like they were not given a choice to be straight, LGBT's were not given a choice to be what they are.

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    • Linda Olander ST. LOUIS, MO
      • 10 days ago

      Of course she should defend herself! He lost his leg because of his own hatred!!!

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    • Clifford Allen TYLER, TX
      • 12 days ago

      You are lucky to be alive, but you deserve freedom.

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    • phillip rush HARRISONCITY, PA
      • 13 days ago

      self defense of a hate crime warranted they're action. they didn't carry a weapon and used the only thing available, the vehicle!

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    • steve fischer CRESWELL, OR
      • 13 days ago

      HUMAN RIGHTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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