So today we, as the citizens of this state and this nation stand and tell you no more. We do not care about your politics or your career or what your platform for election is. We care about our communities and the people who live in them. We care that there is poverty, violence, abuse, addiction and harm and we want to find a solution that brings healing, restoration and health. The laws and practices you have enacted have not worked and we don’t want them. We have raised our voices, filled your voicemail boxes, burned up your fax machines and filled your in boxes. You have not listened and instead you have continued the tired political arguments seeking to compromise justice at our expense. You continue to play politics as if the lives and communities and futures at stake are no more than poker chips in your hands to be bargained with and bet in a game of chance.
Juvenile Life Without Parole is unconstitutional. Mandatory sentences for juveniles, that do not take into account juvenile disposition, is unconstitutional. Treating a child as an adult and punishing him/her as an adult is immoral. The law has to change. You don’t have a choice. The law and the constitution stands. If you continue to ignore the law and the citizens, we will use our right in this nation to replace you with someone who values us, our communities and this nation.
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