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SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY LOVE AND HEALING!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Donate to the CARES Holiday Project 2017: Gifts for murder victim family members.

Joy and happiness fill our lives during the holidays, but for some, it can be especially tough who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Please join CARES in raising money to provide gifts to murder victim families during the holiday season. The 5th Annual CARES Holiday Project is a chance to give to families who have suffered the unimaginable.

Please consider donating any amount (no amount is too small). We truly appreciate your generosity!

This project is a reminder that compassion and connection can overcome so many barriers. Every year dozens of families receive these gifts and are incredibly grateful for the kind gesture. They are especially moved that the people giving are family and friends of those in prison, and people in prison themselves.

We cannot do this without your help, we invite you to support our community of healing friends and family this holiday season.

Send your donation to:
HRW CARES Victim Holiday Gifts
11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 540
Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Please make checks out to either Elizabeth Calvin, or Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch if you want it to be a nonprofit donation) with the memo line: “CARES Victim Family Gifts.” Please indicate if you would like a tax-deductible receipt.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Take Action! Thank your local legislator!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Celebrate Children’s Rights Progress!

We played a big role in three significant wins for California children this year.

Help us thank leaders who stood up for children’s rights! It is important for policymakers to know that we appreciate their support for SB 394, AB 1308, and SB 395. If you do not know who your representatives are, use this easy search engine.

Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841, or send him a tweet at @JerryBrownGov to say thanks.

See if your representative voted for these bills, and get their phone numbers and twitter handles here.

The call is as simple as: “My name is ___________, and I am calling to thank the Governor [or Senator, or Assembly Member] for supporting these important bills, SB 394, AB 1308, and SB 395.”

The tweet could say: “Thank you [@twitterhandle] for supporting [#SB394/#SB395/#AB1308] and advancing #childrensrights in #CA! @hrw.”

SB 394 means children in California will no longer be sentenced to die in prison. It gives people who committed a crime under age 18 and were sentenced to life without parole the chance to earn release and come home. No other country outside the US imposes life without parole sentences on children.

AB 1308 protects transition-age youth sent to prison, giving them special opportunities by extending eligibility for “Youth Offender Parole” through age 25. The new law means young people will be treated fairly, and have a better chance at parole.

SB 395 protects children in police custody, ensuring that they’re not alone when making complex legal decisions, like whether to give up their rights. Now, police in California will not be able to interrogate children age 15 and under until a child has consulted with an attorney.