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Mother of the Accused author developing film to show fight for justice with Alabama law enforcement
Launched Kickstarter; Looking to collaborate with activists for Trayvon Martin and other victims of police and prosecutorial misconduct
By: Tamecia Jackson
In her book, released January 2018, Jackson shares the story of how the police came looking for her son in 2016, only to arrest him six months later for a crime he didn't commit. Misidentified by a surveillance video, McDowell faced more than 20 years in prison. With a wife, a job and PTSD from a tour he'd recently completed in Afghanistan, McDowell had no motive and no criminal history, but Huntsville DA, Robert Broussard, decided to prosecute anyway. It wasn't until his mother contacted the media to get the story out that the state changed its tune. Just before the story aired, the state dismissed its case with prejudice and Derrick Hines, who actually committed the crimes, turned himself in.
"Some thought I should take my victory and shrink away in silence, but I've realized the greatest asset I can offer is to join the conversation and tell my story." states Jackson.
The docu-drama will chronicle the process of battling the criminal justice system in the south and what one mother did to ensure her son didn't become a victim of political plea bargaining or another hashtag.
"Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, Stephon Clark and too many others have lost their lives at the hands of police and prosecutorial misconduct. And while our situation didn't particularly involve a police shooting, I want this film to reach as many people as possible because you rarely see these situations where we win or have a positive outcome—someone either ends up in jail or a body bag, but I kept saying, not my son, not this time."
The Kickstarter goal is $21,295 with a closing date of August 12. The funds will go toward production equipment to make the film. Once shot, produced and launched, Jackson plans to use the proceeds from the film to launch a niche consulting segment that helps families fighting the criminal justice system—providing them with resources that mitigate some of the spiritual, emotional and financial hardships, insight on avoiding plea bargains if innocent and ensuring fair and just punishment, if guilty. Jackson will also create films documenting the stories of the families she helps.
"I've spoken to several families who sometimes feel like it's a lost cause to even try, but if we use our minds and our faith, we can experience the sweet taste of victory in the end. And I'm on a mission to help my community and those on the frontline of pain and mistreatment do just that."
To contribute to the Kickstarter campaign and learn more about the film project, click here (https://www.kickstarter.com/
To purchase Mother of the Accused: A Christian Woman's Guide to Fighting Faith & Family, click here (https://motheroftheaccused.com/
About Tamecia "Tam" Jackson
Tamecia "Tam" Jackson started writing at age twelve. Born in Birmingham, AL to an absentee father and a schizophrenic mother, Tam found herself the victim of many types of abuse and instability. Her mother's illness caused her and her sister to be placed into foster care, while early childhood trauma left her clinically depressed with two sons by the age of 19. Writing became her outlet and "Simply Tam" went on to become an accomplished author, poet, spoken word and recording artist, entrepreneur, radio host and emcee. Tam briefly stepped away from the arts to pursue full-time ministry, but has since returned to writing, public speaking and entrepreneurship. Following the traumatic events with her son's false accusation and wrongful arrest, Tam released her book, Mother of the Accused: A Christian Woman's Guide to Fighting for Faith & Family in January 2018. She's since gone on to co-found The Foundation for Artful Living, LLC, a full-service consulting firm helping Christian artists and entrepreneurs make a living doing what they love. She married Shadrach Jackson in 2014 and lives in Huntsville, AL with her family. She launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a docu-drama telling the story of how she fought with the Jim Crow south to get her son exonerated—and won. She considers herself an "Authorpreneur"
www.motheroftheaccused.com | www.foundationforartfulliving.com