Dear Governor Barbour:
Thank you for releasing Jamie & Gladys Scott from their double-life sentence received for the questionable armed robbery conviction. Now, please complete the freedom parade by granting them a full pardon. We are fully convinced that Jamie and Gladys can and will be a tremendous asset to the community if they are allowed to freely pursue their passion of returning the love they have received.
The state and nation has a great healing opportunity through the growth and development of Jamie and Gladys as advocates for Diabetes Awareness & Education, Kidney Donorship, Preventive Health Care, Crime Prevention, Offender Rehabilitation, Recidivism Reduction and more. The vision of the nation’s greatest leadership will be manifested through it citizenry. It is time for the citizenry to point out this great opportunity to the leadership. In this land of opportunities, it is the visionaries who see the opportunities and great leaders who do seize them.
Governor Barbour, a full pardon for Jamie and Gladys Scott is a great opportunity to be seized by your state and the nation. Proverbs 31:9 tells us that we shall “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” A full pardon for Jamie and Gladys would be a great blessing for so many in need.
So, Governor Barbour, do a great deed for the nation and grant Jamie and Gladys a full pardon.
Friday, April 1, 2011 - National March - Rally & Town Hall Meeting
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right on point when he said “justice delayed is justice denied”. Even though the State of Mississippi cannot give back any of the sixteen years it took from Jamie and Gladys, an act of compassion would help compensate them for the injustice they have already endured. Yes, their release on January 7, 2011 was in a sense delayed justice, but the political nature of the release diminished the authenticity of the release as an act of justice.
The Committee For A Full Pardon for Jamie & Gladys therefore contends that 16 years for $11.00 is enough. But Mississippi politics has dictated that the people must continue to fight for full justice for Jamie and Gladys by demanding a full pardon for them from the State of Mississippi. Otherwise, we are again seeing how the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” is still relevant in the struggle of Africans in america for civil rights and human rights in 2011 as it was in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and into the next millennium. The only way to remove the threat of justice from society is to take the politics out of the acts of justice that corrects the acts of injustice that created the threats to justice in the first place.
In the case of Jamie & Gladys Scott, that threat to justice is the restrictive release that Govern Haley Barbour and The Mississippi and Florida Parole Authorities have placed on their “freedom”. The restrictive release is threatening their ability to move freely and advocate earnestly for the prison reform, that they know first-hand is so desperately needed in the crime injustice system. Their restrictive release is a threat to their ability to earn an honest living giving back to the community through the compassion they have developed from the love the community has showed them during their sixteen year struggle for unadulterated justice. The restrictive release prohibits Jamie and Gladys from developing their oratorical skills as a spokesperson for American Kidney Foundation; Diabetics Awareness, Prevention and Education; the Preventive Health Care; Offender Rehabilitation; Recidivism Reduction and so much more.
All of these restrictions justify the call for “Removing the Threat to Justice for the Scott Sisters” March-Rally & Town Hall Meeting planned for April 1, 2011 in Jackson, Mississippi, as we also commemorate the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated (April 4, 1968). Removing the politics from the “act of justice” that was the restrictive release of the Scott Sisters dictates that the people comply with the admonishment Dr. King put before us when he said, “our nettlesome task is to turn our strengths into compelling power”. That compelling power must be our grassroots demand for a full pardon for Jamie & Gladys and their right to advocate for the necessary prison reforms. Those prison reforms would help reduce prisoner abuse; improve the rehabilitative side of the incarceration intent and reduce recidivism among offenders actually exposed to rehabilitative programs coming out of the prison reform advocacy of the Fully Freed Scott Sisters.
The “Removing the Threat to Justice for the Scott Sisters” March-Rally & Town Hall Meeting and Commemoration of our lost of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 1, 2011 will turn our grassroots strengths in compelling power to bring about positive change in the criminal (in)justice system that will spill over to the larger community in the form of a more livable society. Removing the Threat of Justice for Jamie & Gladys Scott will be a win-win situation of everyone. So, the compelling thing to do is make the demand of Governor Haley Barbour and the Mississippi and Florida Parole Boards the grant Jamie & Gladys a full pardon to be able to move pass the sixteen years of injustice they have already suffered.
As we move forward to make Mississippi and America a more livable community for us all, we turn to the words of Dr. King to challenge the leadership of Mississippi to institute genuine justice for all. Dr. King told us that, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Fully freeing Jamie & Gladys would be an act of molding consensus by the leadership of this state. Otherwise, the compelling power of the people will have to resort to the underlined message in another piece of wisdom from Dr. King, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”.