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Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth

Wednesday, April 28, will be the 100th day since the tragic deaths of Durrell Feaster, 18, and Deon Whitfield, 17. On January 19, authorities found Durrell and Deon hanged in the cell they shared in the California Youth Authority's Stockton facility.

To commemorate this solemn day, Books Not Bars is organizing "Stop the Tragedies, Stop the Abuse," a statewide candlelight vigil in honor of Durrell, Deon and every young person whose life has been stolen or broken by CYA.

Join in downtown Santa Cruz or Watsonville to remember all of our youth lost in a scary system. Let's pray and work for change.

Wednesday April 28
7:00 - 8:00 PM

In SANTA CRUZ: Clock Tower @ Pacific and Front Street

In WATSONVILLE: Main Plaza @ Main Street


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Books Not Bars and Critical Resistance present a candlelight vigil to remember incarcerated youth.

Santa Cruz County vigils will take place in DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ AND WATSONVILLE

This Wednesday, April 28, will be the 100th day since the tragic deaths of Durrell Feaster, 18, and Deon Whitfield, 17. On January 19, authorities
found Durrell and Deon hanged in the cell they shared in the California Youth Authority's Stockton facility.

To commemorate this solemn day, Books Not Bars is organizing "Stop the Tragedies, Stop the Abuse," a statewide candlelight vigil in honor of Durrell, Deon and every young person whose life has been stolen or broken by CYA.

"Stop the Tragedies, Stop the Abuse," is the first statewide event in the Books Not Bars "Alternatives for Youth" Campaign.

People will gather at ten locations up and down the state to honor Durrell's and Deon's lives. We expect more than 1,000 people to come together for an evening of healing, justice and hope.

Join in downtown Santa Cruz & Watsonville to remember all of our youth lost in a scary system. Let's pray and work for change.

Wednesday April 28
7:00 - 8:00 PM

In SANTA CRUZ: Clock Tower @ Pacific and Front Street

In WATSONVILLE: Main Plaza @ Main Street

Local Contact:

Jennifer Laskin
831-429-1931
jlaskin22 (at) hotmail.com
 
 


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Re: Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth

Look at the bright side... these two criminals killed themselves thereby eliminating the state's need to spend money on their further incarceration.

The parents of these two boys deserve the real blame. They failed their sons... obviuosly did not raise them well and must accept the full responsibility for their death.
 

trolls everywhere!

paul, you are a troll.

go to a website for trolls.

If you want to comment on Indymedia, let's have a discussion, not hate speech.

Don't act like an asshole.
 

Re: Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth

I am not a troll... and not being an asshole. You may not like my opinion, however it is sincere on my part.

My recent post is not hate speech. I grant that it may be insensitive to some, but here is the thing...

Good law abiding people are very tired of bad behavior from those that break the law. Below are the facts of the case...

Whitfield was sent to the juvenile lockup in August for drug possession and attempted burglary. Feaster was sent there in October 2001 for grand theft, fraud, auto theft and receiving stolen property.

These boys do not deserve our sympathy. Their parents (assuming they came from a family with two parents) MUST accept responsibility for their son's demise.

Did the boys ever accept responsibility for their actions? Did the parents ever accept responsibility for their parental guidance? When will we stop making excuses for criminals?
 

Re: Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth

Books Not Bars is organizing "Stop the Tragedies, Stop the Abuse,"

explain how you do this with "Candlelight Vigils"
and where do your books come in?
 

Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth Increase awareness (DUH!)

Well, well, well,

Where do we begin to address the ignorance...

While your point about parents and people in general having to accept the blame and consequences for their action is valid and agreed upon by me, what about a society that purposefully keeps poor people in a virtual caste state society and then blames them for acting out trying to survive. Did you ever stop to consider poverty's role in all this?? Do you think all people lie, cheat, and steal by nature, or is it just the black and brown ones. I don't believe this is the case, I believe that given the same opportunities and access to resources, people are essentially the same and to say one race, country, or class of people is better than this or that is not only ignorant, it's out right racist.

Obviously, the parents should be looked at. What did they do right? What did they do wrong? Were they there for thier kids, or were they working 50 hours a week just to pay the rent? Did these kids even have 2 parents?? But if we are going to examine and find fault in the parents and thier kids, we must also examine the larger society in which they all lived. What were their schools like?? What kind of neighborhood did they live in? Where were the community groups that we are so blessed with here in Santa Cruz that make it their mission to help those less fortunate then themselves? It'd be nice to not have to blame society, at least partially, for a parents failure in raising a child, but it's not like we all live in a bubble and the parent is the sole source of info and guideance for the kids. Often times, the streets are way more of an influence in a child/teens life than the parents. And, why is that? One idea of mine is the destruction of multigenerational households and not really stressing the importance of REAL family values, not the crap Resident Shrub talks about. Society promotes ideas like "Once I'm 18, I'm outta the house" or "Grandpa is (Go ahead choose one: sick,crazy,old), so we should put him in a home". People don't seem to care about each other as people anymore and this seems to be extending even into family units. Thus, too often parents can't be entirely blamed for childrens failures.

And don't even get me started on the school systems that fail kids every day of every year. Yes, I know CA public schools can be great and I'm a 23 year old product of the local school system. But I almost didn't make it through high school and it was only through the efforts of an amazing Adminstrator that I decided to stay and finish school. My parents had always told me to go to school, work hard, help others and just generaly try to do good in my life. But that wasn't enough. I was on the verge of dropping out cause I didn't conform well enough to what was "cool" and as a result, I didn't get along well with the kids who considered me different and someone to be picked on.... Ever hear of Columbine??? That tragic case is only an extreme example of what can happen when this abuse and mental torture of the strong against the weak gets out of control. While it never got to that point at my high school, Harbor High, it was there and was too often not challenged. It was only the support of my Assistant Principal that got me through that school.
But what about the kids who don't have the parents or teachers or adminstrators who care enough about them to go the extra mile to help them succeed. Is it their fault for being born poor, or stupid, or that their parents have to work to survive and can't find time to help their children? Or does society have a responsiblity to help these kids in these situations, what ever the particular circumstances that got them where they are? One thing is for certain, if the CYA is California's answer to helping these children, then the cure is worse than the disease.... ABOLISH THE CYA.
 

Re: Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth

Hi my name is Frank Oscar Cason I was Deon best friend and I knew him real good.I just Want to say how much I will be missing him and may his soul rest in peac.I' M locked up right now and im going through alot of stuff right now im facing c.y.a also and im not trying to lose my life .But if I do I'll be with deon. Thank for taking the time out to read my lil letter Buh...Bye
 

Re: Candlelight Vigils For Incarcerated Youth

Hi jenn, my name is diane and i'm a friend of your mom's. I think this is so great and i hope it continues to grow ... until one day, hopefully, it won't be needed at all.
diane
 

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