FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #FreeBritney Rally to occur on July 14th at 2 pm at the Utah State Capital
#FreeBritney Rally to occur on July 14th at 2 pm at the Utah State Capital to Raise Awareness of Conservatorship Abuse and Advocate for Reforming the Probate Court System
Salt Lake City, Utah -- #FreeBritney Activists plan to rally on the south steps of the Utah State Capital on Wednesday, July 14th at 2 pm. The protest aims to end the conservatorship of Britney Spears, raise awareness about conservatorship abuse, and advocate for reforming the probate court system.
The rally is scheduled during Britney's next conservatorship hearing and coincides with other #FreeBritney rallies worldwide, including in London, Norway, Brazil, France, Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, and New York City.
For 13 years, Britney has been denied fundamental human rights under a conservatorship designed for incapacitated individuals. Spears' case highlights the need to prevent conservatorship abuse across the country due to the thousands of documented cases. Many of the claims involve conservators misappropriating and misusing conservatee’s assets and charging excessive and unjustifiable fees.
When a conservatorship is established over an individual, they are denied their most basic civil rights: they are denied due process, deprived of property and liberty, and unlawfully confined, isolated, and chemically restrained. Because it is such an extreme measure, a conservatorship is typically reserved as a last resort to provide care for people with severe disabilities.
On June 23rd, 2021, Britney Spears testified in a public court hearing that the conservatorship had exploited her. She described horrific and ongoing abuse at the hands of her management team, her family, her doctors, her conservators, and her court-appointed attorney.
"Ever since hearing Britney's testimony, I have been haunted, "said Shannon Egan, leader of the #FreeBritney movement in Utah. "If this can happen to her - one of the most influential performers in the world - it can happen to any of us. This rally and movement are not about being a Britney or pop culture fan; it is about standing up and together for all of our basic human rights, especially those who are most vulnerable and marginalized, including women and those with disabilities and mental health issues."
Following Britney's testimony, US Representatives Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Burgess Owens, and Andy Biggs invited Spears to testify about her conservatorship in front of the US Congress. The invitation was considered a massive victory amongst #FreeBritney supporters, consisting of hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide.
Supporters do not claim to know Britney's medical history and believe it should remain private. However, misleading the public about her mental state is a common tactic among those invested in keeping the conservatorship in place. Moreover, implying that mental illness justifies the removal of human rights is dangerously stigmatizing.
"Britney is not allowed to drive her car, buy a cup of coffee, or have friend's visit without the permission of her conservators. Yet, she has generated millions of dollars in revenue for her team while under the conservatorship," Egan added. "How is this not human trafficking? What is happening to her is 100,000% a violation of human rights, and we will not stop until she is free and those responsible are held accountable."
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About Shannon Egan: Shannon Egan is the author of No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace in War-Torn Sudan. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist and press officer for the United Nations in Africa and New York City. Shannon is also a woman in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and a multiple-time, award-winning grant writer and marketing and communications professional. To date, she has raised over 6 million in funds for US-based addiction recovery organizations. www.ShannonEgan.com