Mar 31 2014

Shanesha Taylor’s Been Released From Jail…

Update from Shanesha:
Anyone interested in contacting me directly can contact me at Please do not ask the details of my case I will not provide that info. I am happy to accept your prayers, well wishes or general inquiries.

Thank you again
Shanesha Taylor

Shanesha Taylor

Shanesha Taylor

And so it was, just before midnight, I learned Shanesha Taylor would be released from jail in just a couple of hours. I don’t know her personally but still feel as though I’ve been living with her over the past few days. So I stayed up in anticipation of getting an email or Facebook message announcing that she was safely at home with family. Like a child who is desperate to stay awake on Christmas eve to catch a glimpse of Santa, I fell asleep at some point with the lights still on. I was jolted into consciousness a couple of hours later and immediately checked for the news: Shanesha was released from Estrella Jail early this morning. She’s with family. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the week and I am really grateful to every single person who has donated money, signed the petition, called the County Attorney to have charges against her dropped and more. Special thanks to Amanda Bishop who started the online fundraiser for Shanesha and has been working tirelessly for days. Thank you all.

Shanesha and her family have a long road ahead of them in the criminal punishment system. She’ll have to secure good legal representation, she’ll have to figure out how to reunite with her children, she’ll have to stabilize her financial and housing situation. There’s a lot to do.

In the meantime, supporters and those who want to help can do the following:

1. Send letters, cards, checks etc… directly to Shanesha Taylor at:
PO Box 5988
Glendale, AZ 85312

2. Sign the following petition to Bill Montgomery who is the County Attorney for Maricopa County. Share the petition with everyone you know. Can we gather 10,000 signatures by Friday? Let’s try.

3. After you have signed the petition, directly EMAIL Bill Montgomery to ask that he DROP THE CHARGES against Ms. Taylor.

4. 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

5. Are you on Facebook? Post a message on Bill Montgomery’s Facebook Page explaining why he should DROP THE CHARGES against Ms. Taylor.

6. Are you on Twitter? Tweet Bill Montgomery directly @marcoattorney and ask him to #DropTheCharges against #ShaneshaTaylor.

7. If you are on Twitter? Contribute your thoughts to the #ISUPPORTSHANESHA because… conversation. Yesterday evening, the conversation trended on Twitter thanks in large part to support from Suey Park.

Below you can see a visual representation of the activity on Twitter:

8. Most importantly, Ms.Taylor and her family need funds. You can continue to donate to her Fundraiser and ask others to join you.

  • By Dr. Goddess, March 31, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    Thank you so much for your wonderful work! I didn’t know when we were both being tweeted who this was and I think you were the other person whom the officer said called shortly before I did to get more information on Shanesha. I think our support for her has been beautiful but we can’t stop until justice is truly tempered with mercy. Thanks again, I will share, share, call, support, all of it and we will continue to pray for peace and justice for Shanesha Taylor. You are all awesome! xoxo

  • By Vickie White, March 31, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    I support Shanesha Taylor. i hat that whe had to go through this. I would love to see alot more funding for daycare for single mother/fathers so that they can provide healthy living enviornment for their children. God bless Ms. Taylor you are in my prayers!

  • By rebepage, March 31, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    Shanesha, I hope you know that alot of people are pulling for you to turn this awful event into a positive influence in you life and your childrens’ lives. I wish you the best, and I will pray for you. Don’t give up!

  • By Cathy Dortch, March 31, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    I support Shanesha Taylor. My heart goes out her. God Bless. I’ve been right where you are. I am currently working at a job where I had to dress my child (2 year-old) up and bring him on the interview with me. Thank God, they were an awesome group of people.

  • By Ida Santana, MD, March 31, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    My heart goes out to you Shanesha. I support you. I hope you find a job and a home for your family. Sending you strength and love,
    Ida Santana, MD

  • By Janae Green, April 1, 2014 @ 1:06 am

    You are an amazing light to the world for giving Shanesha’s story a visible platform! It is such a necessity for society to challenge the way we conceptualize the realities of single motherhood which is not easy given the ongoing misrepresentations and stereotypes single black mothers have to combat on a routine basis. I hope that the conversation will begin to be had about giving single mothers accurate representation and opportunity in all facets of life.

  • By Lauren Markham, April 1, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    I support Shanesha Taylor and am taking action on this. Our mothers and children deserve better. Thank your work & dedication always!

  • By April Lee (Modern Sex Culture), April 2, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

    Thank you so much for writing about this. I hope America soon learns prison is not the answer for absolutely everything. *sigh*

    I stand with Shanesha. She’s not a criminal. Just a mom working with what she has. Trying to do the right thing by herself and her kids. It’s a less than ideal situation having to leave your kids in the car for almost an hour.. with no one to rely on.. What to do? Honestly? It’s scary.

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