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Born in Flames: Case of the New Jersey 7


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Clockwise from Top: Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson, Renata Hill

Clockwise from Top: Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson, Renata Hill

It’s a case that made headlines across the nation. On August 18, 2006, seven Black, lesbian and gender non-conforming young women from New Jersey went out for a night in New York City. A man selling DVDs on the sidewalk – also Black – propositioned one of the young women. She turned him down, but he followed them anyway. They said he yelled insults and made threats. He says he said just, “hi”. An attack ensued. But who struck first is still being debated in court today. Is this a case of self-defense or of attempted manslaughter? An assault by a lesbian gang or a homophobic attack?

On this edition, we hear from two of the “New Jersey 7” women and the people fighting to clear their names.


Terrain Dandridge and Lania Daniels, New Jersey 7 defendants; Kimma Walker, Terrain’s mother; Andrea Ritchie, Attorney and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence organizer; Ralowe T. Ampu and Inez Sunwoo, Bay Area Solidarity Committee; FIERCE! members.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Program Producer: Puck Lo
Producer Andrew Stelzer
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Interns: Keisha Thomas and Asma Mohseni

For more information:

Free the New Jersey 4 (blog)


INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Author: Radio Project

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