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Sunday, June 18, 2017 the “Juvenile Lifer Rally for Justice” will be hosted at the Erma Henderson Memorial Park, 8810 E. Jefferson Ave., in Detroit, Michigan from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Event organizers Elena Herrada and Efren Paredes, Jr. are collaborating with over a dozen college students, who are locating and inviting community leaders, members of the media, faith-based groups, civil, and human rights organizations, and hundreds of ordinary citizens to attend this historic event.
Elena Herrada is a Detroit radio show host and adjunct professor at Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College. Efren Paredes, Jr. is a social justice advocate, blogger, and Michigan juvenile lifer.
The event will be calling on county prosecutors to stop delaying the resentencing of over three hundred juvenile lifers who are currently serving an unconstitutional sentence in Michigan.
It will also call on county judges to proceed with sentencing hearings if prosecutors continue causing delays, and to impose 25- to 60-year sentences on all existing juvenile lifers.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled five years ago that mandatory life without parole (LWOP) sentences for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional. Since that time less than 10% of the juvenile lifers have been resentenced.
A10-point platform for criminal justice reform in Michigan will also be presented at the event and an online petition will be unveiled that people can sign which sends an email to state legislators calling on them to reform the Michigan criminal justice system.
Funds are being raised to purchase banners, posters, flyers, T-shirts, postage, renting sound equipment, purchasing advertising space for the event on Facebook, and other costs associated with hosting a large event to accommodate an estimated 500 to 1,000 people.
Donors of $100 or more will have their names, businesses, or organizations featured on posters and banners at the event in a section featured on each item that states, “Made possible with donations from (your name).”
Your contributions to making this event a success would be most appreciated.