US$11,114raised of $40,000.00 goal
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING? WHY ARE WE FIGHTING FOR WENDY'S FREEDOM?
Wendy Elizabeth Howard is a mother and grandmother from Tehachapi, CA who has been charged with first-degree murder because she was forced to defend herself and her children from her abuser. Her trial begins on August 29th, 2022. The Wendy Howard Defense Committee, which consists of her family members, community members, and activists, is raising money to fund her legal defense which costs tens of thousands of dollars.
Starting in 2002, Wendy's abuser physically, sexually and verbally abused Wendy, including beating her with a baseball bat while Wendy was pregnant with their daughter. Finally, in 2019, her abuser sexually assaulted Wendy’s minor daughter. When Wendy discovered the abuse, she immediately filed a report with the Tehachapi Police Department, which opened an investigation, but took no action. Four days later, the abuser attacked Wendy on her property, and Wendy was forced to shoot him in self-defense.
Even though Wendy's abuser had a 17-year long history of repeatedly abusing Wendy, her children, other women in the community, and even his own children, the Kern County DA, Cynthia Zimmer, has refused to drop the charges, leaving Wendy facing a life sentence. Many survivors of intimate partner violence suffer the violence of prosecution and incarceration afterwards. Wendy has already spent 99 days in jail and is currently out on a $500,000 bail.
Wendy has 7 children and 9 grandchildren who love her and whose lives will be devastated if she goes to prison. Wendy should not be punished for suffering years of abuse, and she does not deserve to be prosecuted for protecting her children. Self-defense is not a crime! Survivors of domestic violence must be able to defend themselves when in danger, and they deserve more than being forced to choose between their lives and their freedom!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
This fundraiser is directly accountable to Wendy Howard and her family. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Wendy Howard Legal Defense Fund which is administered by Wendy's family on her behalf. Contact us at [email protected] if you have questions and find out more at https://defendwendy.com/.
TO SEND A CHECK:
If you want to send a donation via check, please make the check out to Miranda Frost // For: The Wendy Howard Legal Defense Fund // Mail to: P.O. Box 831 Tehachapi, CA 93561. // Please also e-mail a note to us at [email protected] so we can include your donation in our fundraising total!
TO DONATE VIA PAYPAL:
To donate directly via PayPal, you can donate to Wendy's daughter, Miranda Frost: @justiceforwendy // Please also e-mail a note to us at [email protected] so we can include your donation in our fundraising total!
No donation is too large or small!
Wendy's Trial Starts TodayUpdate posted by Justice 4 Wendy at 08:34 pm
Wendy has been assigned a courtroom for the trial, which starts today. "[The] case has received significant attention in the community and spawned a group seeking to have the matter dismissed". Judge Charles R. Brehmer will preside over Howard’s trial.....Defense attorney Tony Lidgett and prosecutor Eric Smith have said the
Wendy's Trial Begins TomorrowUpdate posted by Justice 4 Wendy at 02:57 am
Hi Community,Wendy's trial begins tomorrow at 8:30am in Bakersfield, California. After many postponements and delays, it is looking like the court date will likely happen tomorrow.Wendy's legal fundraiser is just $57 away from reaching $30,000. If you have a dollar or two to spare, please show Wendy some support as
Wendy's Pretrial Begins Today - Please Donate & Stay Plugged In!Update posted by Justice 4 Wendy at 03:39 pm
Hi Community,Thank you all so much for your support thus far. It means so much to Wendy and her family. Wendy has an 8:30am court date this morning, August 29th, as part of the pre-trial process. The trial should begin around September 12th. Wendy is just $10,500 away from paying. . . . .
Thank you for helping us reach $14k!Update posted by Justice 4 Wendy at 04:08 pm
Thank you all so much for helping us reach $14k for Wendy's Legal Defense Fund! We are so grateful for every single donation and you cannot imagine the difference you've made in helping Wendy secure her legal defense! This brings us to 70% of our fundraising goal! Can you make