Prison Culture» Action Needed: Shanesha Taylor Needs Support Not Jail -
Shanesha Taylor ,a homeless mother with 2 children, is currently in jail after leaving her children in a car while she was in a job interview. The children were taken by CPS and are now with family. A fundraising drive has been started to raise money ,first for bail and then hopefully enough to help Shaneesha & her children.
Melissa McEwan over at Shakesville has perfectly summed up the entire problem with the” bootstrap”mentality and how damaging it is for people like Shanesha …people who are unsupported and don’t have help.
I’ll just leave this part here. I don’t know that there’s much else I could add.
The bootstrappers will argue that she should have found someone to watch her kids. Everyone has someone they can ask to watch their kids. No. Not everyone does. That’s what really having no help from anyone looks like.
People who don’t have family they can ask usually have neighbors, but Taylor is homeless. Or co-workers, but Taylor is jobless. Or someone they can pay, but Taylor has no money. With whom could she leave her children? There is no free daycare offered by the government—the same government that is trying to force women to have as many children as possible.
She and children need food and shelter. She needs a job to provide food and shelter. She needs to go on an interview to get a job to provide food and shelter. She needs to leave her children somewhere while she goes on an interview to get a job to provide food and shelter.
She doesn’t have anywhere to leave them. She leaves them in the car, because it is her only option. And she is arrested and her children removed from her care.
Nothing makes sense about indefinitely separating Taylor from her children, as punishment from her leaving them for 45 minutes. But criminalization is the only solution we have. We offer jail, instead of help.
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UPDATE from Prison Culture:
It always helps in such cases to increase public support and to gather our voices so that we are more powerful collectively. To that end, here are some suggestions for how we might proceed in support of Shanesha.
2. After you have signed the petition, directly EMAIL Bill Montgomery to ask that he DROP THE CHARGES against Ms. Taylor.
3. It’s always great when Prosecutors also receive phone calls. Please call the Maricopa County Attorney’s office to ask them to drop the charges against Shanesha Taylor. Be polite about it but suggest that resources would be better spent providing Ms. Taylor and her children with help over punishment. They have already suffered enough.
Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Phone: (602) 506-3411
Hours: 8am – 5pm Mon-Fri
4. Are you on Facebook? Post a message on Bill Montgomery’s Facebook Page explaining why he should DROP THE CHARGES against Ms. Taylor.
5. Most importantly, Ms.Taylor and her family need funds. I was able to learn that her bond is $9,000. Donate to her Fundraiser and ask others to join you.