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To: Beth Boehm, Vice President & Provost, University of Louisville

I could lose my scholarship

I could lose my scholarship

After being wrongfully arrested and charged along with my mother, Representative Attica Scott, Shameka Parrish-Wright, and other protestors and students for justice for Breonna Taylor, my financial aid and scholarship at the University of Louisville could be at risk. I am calling on the University not to reverse scholarship or financial aid decisions for my fellow students and I, who have been targeted for exercising our right to protest.

Why is this important?

On September 25th, I, Ashanti Scott, along with my mother, Representative Attica Scott, Shameka Parrish-Wright, and other protestors and students were wrongfully arrested. We were arrested while seeking refuge in a nearby church after protesting the immense injustice served in Breonna Taylor’s case. Not only were we grossly overcharged, but we were inexcusably and wrongfully arrested.
My mother, a fierce advocate who so believed in justice for Breonna Taylor that she wrote and introduced Breonna’s Law to curb unlawful entry and criminalization. As a result, she was targeted by the Louisville Police Department and so was I in a retributive attempt for justice. As a result, we have been facing a Class D felony among other misdemeanors - charges that have threatened my scholarship and financial aid.

As a University of Louisville student, I am so appreciative of fellow students and the student government association standing by me, my family, and the other advocates. Because of their support, yesterday, we received news that the Class D felony charges were dropped -- but the misdemeanor charges were not. More still needs to be done and I need your support in ensuring I don’t lose my ability to continue my studies. Therefore, I not only demand all charges against my fellow students, elected representatives, and other protestors are dropped immediately; but that the University of Louisville understands the bogus nature of these charges and allows me to retain my higher education funding.

As you stand with me in this fight to honor Breonna Taylor’s life and achieve racial equity in our community, please know that I appreciate not having to carry this burden of wrongful felony charges alone. Please let the University of Louisville know that it has the opportunity to stand on the right side of this moment by allowing me to continue my studies.

Louisville, KY, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • Hard for blacks to achieve because of constant oppression. But they say we’re lazy and undereducated. Stop standing in our necks!!!
  • Peaceful protesting is one of the way change happens.
  • I signed because I am Ashanti Scott and so are my daughters.

Updates

2020-10-12 18:07:18 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2020-10-09 21:26:22 -0700

500 signatures reached

2020-10-09 13:05:17 -0700

100 signatures reached

2020-10-09 12:47:29 -0700

50 signatures reached

2020-10-09 12:41:53 -0700

25 signatures reached

2020-10-08 10:20:07 -0700

10 signatures reached