SEND A LETTER TO SUPPORT SB 260!
Senate Bill 260 passed in the state senate, but now it has to be voted on in the state assembly. There, letting your representative know you support fair sentences is all the more important. Letters REALLY DO make a difference. Let your Assembly Member know that you want him or her to vote YES when SB 260 comes before them.
Click here for an easy-to-use sample letter.
Send your letter as soon as possible. Then, get your friends and family to write letters, too.
Click here to see how your senator voted on SB 260.
Click here to see how your representatives voted on SB 9.
GET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO WRITE LETTERS! HERE’S ALL YOU NEED.
Tell others about California’s policy of sentencing young people as adults. Do you belong to a church, temple, mosque, civic group, community organization, or club? Ask if you can speak, hand out fliers, or set up a table with letters people can sign. Tell them about this website, or better, hand them a letter they can sign right then. Below are materials below you can use. The “sample letters set” has letters that can be printed out and signed. Collect the letters and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 1-310-477-4622 and we will figure out who represents them and send the letters.
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There’s so much more to be done to make justice and hope for youth a reality in California. This is a movement of youth, people of faith, family members of youth sentenced to extreme sentences, murder victim family members, human rights advocates (and some of us are all of those things) and many others. We are people who want California to treat its youth fairly and recognize that every young person has tremendous potential. We believe the justice system can be changed to hold youth accountable, give them hope, and real opportunities for growth, and also provide healing and justice for victims. There’s a place for you! We welcome everyone.
We’re just beginning work on SB 260. Be a part of the this effort! Things change quickly– at one point we may need letters to a particular committee, and at another we might need everyone to contact their specific representative. Let us know your ideas about things to do and we will do what we can to support you. For example, if you would like to take a flier about the bill and sample letters of support to your church, temple, mosque, social club, civic group (any where!) and would like suggestions about how to do that, let us know and we’d be happy to talk with you , or if you would like help in knowing how to meet with your representative, just let us know.
Stay in contact with Fair Sentencing for Youth. Make sure you’ve joined our list–use the form here to the right.
Keep checking in on this website! Join us on twitter and get occasional text messages about these important issues: www.twitter.com/fairsentencing. Don’t have regular access to a computer? You can sign up on any cell phone (it doesn’t have to be a “smart” phone) and get a text message from us. Just send a text from your cell phone to 40404 with the message: follow fairsentencing.
Learn other things you can do by joining CARES, a group of family members, friends, and supporters of youth who have been sentenced to LWOP and other extreme sentences. Go to this website www.caresforyouth.org Or, send your contact information to email@example.com, with a subject line of “Joining CARES.”