Hello To All!

One way that people can contribute to the efforts working to get Tyra released is through social media. Two main avenues may come to mind, Twitter & Facebook. This post is to help you, the reader, get an idea of how you can best use Twitter and Facebook to help spread awareness of Tyra’s wrongful incarceration.

First, to discuss Twitter. Twitter, as described by Wikipedia, is “is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets’.” The beauty of Twitter is the ability to share tweets with followers. Ideally, the Justice For Tyra campaign would like for supporters to tweet and RT other supporters tweets in order to spread the word directly to each supporter’s followers. In addition to sharing the news with one’s own followers, every person can reach out to notable individuals and ask these individuals to spread the word about the Justice For Tyra campaign. If a few notable individuals start to share Tyra’s story, then it will be a matter of time before Tyra’s story will be a main topic of discussion in a lot of social justice circles. One more additional tip is to use a hashtag “#”. This will allow people to follow a certain topic, which helps for big stories like any political election, sporting event, or social justice cause. The Justice For Tyra Campaign has decided to attach the hashtag #FreeTyra to most every tweet, in order to help people keep track of the campaign and tie in their respective tweets to it. Below, are some examples of tweets that you can use or expand upon to help spread the word about Tyra’s case.

  • “Goal is to “walk her out of that prison so she can live her life.” – @DSingSing. Help us reach this goal! Visit justice4tyra.com” ———— Now although this does not have the hashtag, it is quoting from an interview of one of Tyra’s lawyers and includes the website. The main hook of this tweet is the simplification and yet powerful encompassing of what Justice For Tyra is trying to do: pardon Tyra.
  • Hi @Piper, please read Tyra’s story @ justice4tyra.com. She’s been #WrongfullyConvicted and deserves to go home. RT & #FreeTyra —————— This is an example of appealing to a notable person, including the website, a popular social justice hashtag, and our personal hashtag. This will allow for others to see this come up in the “#WrongfullyConvicted” section when it is searched along with the “#FreeTyra” searches.
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” MLK Tyra’s case is a great injustice justice4tyra.com #FreeTyra ——————- this tweet uses a catchy quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. and also ties in Justice For Tyra’s twitter handle and website. People like to retweet (which is when you decided to tweet the same thing someone else did at the click of a button) quotes in particular, so it is a good idea to tie in a related quote if possible.

Second, to discuss Facebook. First, if you have not liked the Justice For Tyra Patterson Facebook page, then you need to do that right away. After that, you can look through the page and see different posts tying back to the website/blog, twitter, and various links related to Tyra’s case. One thing easy that you can do, is share the posts on the Facebook page and then add a bit of text of your own.

  • If you have not read Tyra’s story, please take a moment to read it here, https://justice4tyra.com/2013/07/10/tyras-story/, and if you could please sign the petition, https://www.change.org/justicefortyra.  THANKS! —————– This is an example of text that you might type after sharing an article linked on the Facebook page. In this case, you would have been sharing the piece about Tyra’s story.
  • Tyra slipped through the system’s cracks, as she dropped out of school in the 6th grade and the schools never followed up. But, she has made her time in prison count by completing her GED, getting her boiler engineer’s license, participated in 200 self-improvement programs, and has earned dozens of certificates of achievement. Please share her story and help us bring Tyra home! https://justice4tyra.com/2013/07/10/tyras-story/ ———————- even though this is at the max, lengthwise, this is a good example of a gripping facebook post. This post received good reach on the JFT Facebook page. If you were to personally write a bit like this and then share it, that would be acceptable, or read through some of Tyra’s website and draw out parts to post.
  • One other idea is to link a Facebook & Twitter account so that tweets can be made into Facebook posts. Then, one would not have to always rewrite content for a Facebook post.

All this to say, Tyra really appreciates any effort given by anyone, and sends her many thanks to you for taking the time to read this post and for any help you contribute. If you have not yet signed the petition for her release, we encourage you to do so here: change.org/justicefortyra.