April Ward is the mother of COVID-19 patient Mickiael Ward who is currently serving a sentence of 84 years at Pontiac Correctional Center. She is a member of Mothers of the Kidnapped, a project of Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity.

Since the painful and traumatic 84-year sentence announced against my son Mickiael in 2019, I have had considerable time to reflect. My son was wrongly alleged to have committed a terrible crime in 2013 against teenager Hadiya Pendleton. An 18-year-old Black man, he was subjected to the Reid interrogation technique which is increasingly viewed as leading to false confessions, particularly from young people.

I view his treatment as a form of torture, much like what the Central Park 5 endured following the same technique.

My primary takeaway after my son was taken away from me? We must look out for…

MAMAS Collective

Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition & Solidarity (MAMAS) amplifies the voices of mother-survivors of state violence.

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