By Tina Ma Ra Ptah
Continuing our ongoing weekly Call-To-Action to Help Free Christy Phillips' and other Prisoners serving Juvenile Life W/O the Possibility of Parole. Many of which are INNOCENT!!!
Please Call California Gov. Jerry Brown and tell him to Free Christy and Pass Bill SB260.
Phone: (916) 445-2841
And you can Fax his office at:
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Please also leave a Reply to any post on his Facebook Page at:
If you like, you can send an internal email at:
using one of the SAMPLE LETTERS AT:
A HARD COPY LETTER SENT VIA SNAIL MAIL IS ALSO VERY IMPACTFUL AND EFFECTIVE. All letters can be sent to:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
We need to do everything possible to bring Attention to Christy's Case in order to Free her! Innocent people in Prison is NOT JUSTICE!
IN THE HONOR OF JUSTICE! FREE CHRISTY FREE ALL INNOCENT PEOPLE!
UPDATE ON BILL SB250 May 26, 2013
Dear Supporter of Fair Sentencing for Youth:
I'm writing with the great news that SB 260 passed out of committee and will be voted on by the California Senate next week! If it passes there, the bill goes to the Assembly in June. That will be a tougher road and we'll really need everyone's help.
On Wednesday this week, the father of a 7-year-old child killed by a stray gang gun-battle bullet, a woman whose sister was murdered by a young client she had counseled, and the father of a 21-year-old college student killed by a 14-year-old as he worked delivering pizza, all took the day off work and came to Sacramento to ask senators to pass SB 260. They believe every young person has the potential to grow up, mature, and give back to the community. Also with us were shining examples of that truth: Two men, who at age 16 were arrested and ultimately sentenced to prison for 15 and 20 years. They've been out for several years now. One just graduated from college last week. The other runs a program for turning around the lives of youth in juvenile hall. I can't really express what an honor it was to be with these five people and hear their commitment to ending violence and creating fair treatment for youth who make terrible mistakes. They went to meeting after meeting with senators. Sitting there with them, I watched the perspective and hearts of senators change. Really.
I wish I could describe every effort going on to pass this bill. What I want to convey is this: There's a place for you. We need you. And, every little bit helps. Your letter; your talking to a neighbor and getting him or her to write; your telling others that this bill is important. Last Monday a supporter got us on a Vietnamese language talk show; the week before a group of young people took letters door-to-door in their neighborhood; a woman translated support letters into Spanish for friends; a man told his coworkers his daughter was in prison and would benefit from this bill; and more.
Right now you can join with others to change an unfair system.
Together we can make it happen.
I'll be back in touch to let you know if SB 260 makes it out of the senate.
Elizabeth Calvin on behalf of the Fair Sentencing for Youth Coalition
Senior Advocate, Children's Rights Division
Human Rights Watch
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Keep up at our website: www.fairsentencingforyouth
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