Brittany K. Barnett took to facebook to say that it was two African-American women whose project brought the results that people are celebrating Kim for
Numerous media outlets last week reported that Kim Kardashian West got 17 inmates freed from prison. However one of the women - who are actually responsible for the work- is coming forward to clarify the confusion from the misleading headlines.
The two lawyers who helped release Alice Johnson and 17 other inmates in the past 90s days are Brittany Barnett of @BuriedAliveProj and MiAngel Cody of The Decarceration Collective @DecarcerateNow please recognize their continued efforts and many other’s against our prison system pic.twitter.com/M0TmPHl5dZ— abby (@absorain) May 9, 2019
Atlanta Black Star reports that attorney and criminal justice reform advocate Brittany K. Barnett wrote on her Facebook page to say that it was actually two African American women — herself and colleague MiAngel Cody, who fought to free the 17 inmates during their 90 Days of Freedom Campaign. It was achieved through their Buried Alive Project. Moreover, Kardashian is a major funder of their efforts.
"We ain’t trying to be famous, we trying to get our people free. Period," Barnett said. https://t.co/RBMwingaTH— Blavity News (@Blavity) May 9, 2019
“We attempted to get grants from these large foundations shelling out MILLIONS of dollars to other organizations but would not look our way because they so-called don’t fund ‘direct services,’ ” she continued. “Our hands were full picking locks to human cages, we didn’t have time to participate in glorified begging from the nonprofit industrial complex only to be turned down.”
Barnett and Cody work on release for the incarcerated through the Buried Alive Project, which assists them through representing them in court, while also targeting legislators for policy change and also spreading awareness of the plight of the inmates, many of whom have been given sentences of life without parole.
What would you say or do if your loved one who was serving a life w/o parole sentence – for all intents & purposes, set to die in prison – was released, & given a second shot at life?— Buried Alive Project (@BuriedAliveProj) May 9, 2019
This is Jeffrey, on the other side of serving 22 years of a LWOP sentence. pic.twitter.com/AuqHLS9it0
While the work is heavy and at the same time, more difficult in such circumstances, Barnett explains how Kardashian West was a major force in helping the women out financially. She also mentioned how grateful she was that the reality star brought funding and visibility to their efforts.
“Kim linked arms with us to support us when foundations turned us down,” she continued. “We and our clients and their families have a lot of love for her and are deeply grateful for her. Regardless of who helped fund us for the past three months, in 90 days, TWO black women lawyers freed SEVENTEEN people from LIFE W/O PAROLE sentences – the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America. Only two of us.”
(1) Can you hear that? It's the sound of 🔗chains breaking🔗— Buried Alive Project (@BuriedAliveProj) March 26, 2019
Last month, we shared the story of Omar Anchico-Mosquera, who served 26 yrs of a LWOP sentence. Each Christmas, his dear mother made the long journey from Colombia to visit him in prison. This year will be different. pic.twitter.com/EpeeO14cUh
Barnett also encouraged the community to “reach out and see if the 17 people we helped free need anything. Welcome them home. Give them jobs. Send a care package. Amplify their voices without the sharecropping.”
She credited Kardashian West for not trying to mislead the public about her role in the project but criticized the media, for twisting it so that it seemed as though her role was different.
“Kim has always been very clear in her role. It’s the media that spins it around — not Kim,” she explained. “We need Kim’s support and the support of anyone else who wants to join this fight.”