It's almost here. May 21, 2015. The day we set social media ablaze with one battle cry:
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Kayleb Moon-Robinson has been through enough. People around the globe have been supporting him and his family ever since we learned of the horrific injustice done to him. Kayleb is not a criminal, and he deserves for this extremely unpleasant situation to end, and soon. He deserves much better than what has happened.
We have been speaking out via petition signatures, blogs, articles, tweets, press releases, and more, and tomorrow we get even louder.
We won't stop - NOT until we get JUSTICE and the unfair prosecution against Kayleb is halted ONCE and FOR ALL!
Join with us! All day tomorrow. Our day, our way. Whether you're on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Vimeo, something else, a combination of them all; whatever. We need your contribution to let it be known that we are 100% with Kayleb and his family and we demand a change - RIGHT NOW.
We also encourage you IN ADDITION TO ADVOCATING to also consider sending youth-appropriate messages of support and/or images to encourage Kayleb himself! He LOVES frogs, Pokemon, and the young Justice League. His favorite colors are turquiose and brown, he is a Christian, and he is a middle sibling. You can post your support on the event page, on social media, and/or email directly to JusticeForKayleb@gmail.com. NO media inquiries nor questions about the legal case, please.
WITH REGARD TO ADVOCATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
If you are on Twitter, these are the Twitter handles we will be targeting. The main ones are (in order of relevance):
@GovernorVA (Virginia Governor)
@AGMarkHerring (Virginia Attorney General)
@LGRalphNortham (Virginia Lieutenant Governor)
@VA_Laws (Virginia Law Portal)
@VASecofEdu (Virginia Secretary of Education)
@VaSecofHealth (Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Svc)
@VDOE_News (Virginia Department of Education)
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#Autism is NOT a crime; end the unfair prosecution agst Kayleb 2day! #JusticeForKayleb
What happened to FAPE? Kayleb deserves education, not prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
VA refers more students to law enforcement than any other state. No more #schooltoprison! #JusticeForKayleb
First #FreeNeli, now #JusticeForKayleb? What is going on in VA? #JusticeForKayleb
Behavior is communication! Kayleb is suffering bcz he was not given proper supports! #JusticeForKayleb
Ppl on the autism spectrum deserve better. End this unfair prosecution now! #JusticeForKayleb
Being disabled is NOT a crime! Support, not shackles! End the unfair prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
There are too many cases like Kayleb’s in VA & the nation; this is NOT RIGHT. End this unfair prosecution! #EnoughIsEnough #JusticeForKayleb
11 yr olds w/#disabilities should be given support, not prosecuted! Make a change & end the unjust prosecution NOW! #JusticeForKayleb
Pls don’t ruin Kayleb’s life. He deserves a chance. Unfair the unfair prosecution NOW!!! #JusticeForKayleb
Over 123K ppl across the globe want #JusticeForKayleb; end this unjust prosecution & provide supports!
When will it end? Who will be the next hashtag? End this unfair prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
Does VA care at all about #humanrights? Do its students matter? End the unfair prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
Kayleb is NOT a 2nd class citizen bcz of his disability; he deserves support, not a record! #JusticeForKayleb
The state of VA can do better than this! End the #schooltoprisonpipeline now starting w/#JusticeFor Kayleb!
We will NOT stop speaking & we will NOT stop fighting for #JusticeForKayleb. Autistics deserve human rights too!
Students in VA deserve to go to school to be educated, not handcuffed. End this unfair prosecution. #JusticeForKayleb NOW!
If all ppl have value, why is this happening to Kayleb? Doesn’t his life matter? #JusticeForKayleb
Whose child will be next? Will it be mine? Stop this unjust prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
Listen to the community! We stand behind Kayleb & his family; end this unfair prosecution now! #JusticeForKayleb
VA is sending a strong message to the world that students like Kayleb do not matter. He is NOT a criminal; end this prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
An 11 yr old unarmed child does NOT deserve to be prosecuted for “felony assault on an officer.” It’s not too late to fix this! #JusticeForKayleb
VA sends 3 TIMES more students to law enforcement than ANY OTHER STATE. Kayleb is one of them; end this unfair prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
Virginia’s nickname is Mother of States; should it be changed to Mother of Prisoners! End the #schooltoprisonpipeline now & grant #JusticeForKayleb!
We thought Virginia was “Old Dominion” not “Old Discrimination.” What happened to Kayleb is a travesty; end his prosecution now! #JusticeForKayleb
Disability is a natural form of human expression, NOT a crime. Don’t punish & prosecute; strengthen & support! #JusticeForKayleb
Ppl on the autism spectrum & their families already face societal barriers; now they have to fear being arrested on school grounds? End the unfair prosecution; #JusticeForKayleb 2day!
Kayleb’s unfair prosecution casts shame on the entire state of Virginia. This state can do better. #JusticeForKayleb
Kayleb does NOT belong in the juvenile justice system; he belongs in a classroom! Right this wrong by ending the prosecution 2day! #JusticeForKayleb
The entire world is watching how the state of Virginia is handling this case. Don’t create a legacy of injustice & despair! #JusticeForKayleb
Why are Virginia students more likely to end up in handcuffs than in any other state, especially disabled students & PoC? End Kayleb’s unfair prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
6th grade should be a joyous time of new beginnings & learning; for Kayleb it has instead been a nightmare. He has suffered enough; it’s time for #JusticeForKayleb
Kayleb’s future & that of other students w/#disabilities is hanging in the balance. Pls don’t let injustice win; end these prosecutions! #JusticeForKayleb
The global community is speaking! From Lynchburg to Lesotho to Luxembourg we are crying out for #JusticeForKayleb; end his unfair prosecution!
We send our children to school to be taught, not fought! Kicking a trash can in a meltdown is NOT worth criminal charges! End Kayleb’s unfair prosecutions! #JusticeForKayleb
This prosecution is destroying Kayleb’s life & that of his family; Kayleb deserves to live a normal life free of the court system. #JusticeForKayleb
We are TIRED of ppl on the autism spectrum being treated as “less than” & will not stand for this injustice. Kayleb needs an end to this unfair prosecution. #JusticeForKayleb
Our community is united in this cause & will not stop demanding #JusticeForKayleb! We demand that you listen!
Different, not less! It is NOT a crime to have a difficult day! End these unfair prosecutions NOW! #JusticeForKayleb
Kayleb’s actions were NOT criminal; the REAL crime is how unjustly he has been treated by the school & legal systems. End the unfair prosecution 2day & grant #JusticeForKayleb
Do autistic lives matter? It is hard to tell by the way Kayleb has been unfairly prosecuted; #JusticeForKayleb
Too many children that look like Kayleb and/or share his diagnosis are being taken advantage of by the legal system. This ends NOW! #JusticeForKayleb
Lynchburg County Schools has a poor track record when it comes to non-discrimination; Kayleb’s situation was handled poorly. Don’t make him pay for not being adequately supported! #JusticeForKayleb
Virginia ranks in the top 10 in school quality, but ranks #1 in sending students to law enforcement! That is NOT okay. Stop criminalizing vulnerable students; end Kayleb’s prosecution! #JusticeForKayleb
Optional URLs you can add to tweets and/or statuses if there is room to do so with character limits:
-Ctr for Public Integrity article about the governor requesting cabinet to research into VA’s high rate of law enforcement referrals: http://tinyurl.com/nyp9875
-PopFront USA article, from Zoey G: http://tinyurl.com/ka9zkcl
-Al Jazeera article about Kayleb: http://tinyurl.com/nplo6nk
-Link to article about LCS' discrimination: http://tinyurl.com/qxnfxk6
-PRI article about Kayleb: http://tinyurl.com/op9crlo
-ASAN Statement Condemning Kayleb's Conviction: http://tinyurl.com/k22sseg
-Intersected Blog Post about Kayleb and Virginia: http://tinyurl.com/kakun25
-School to Prison Pipeline Article from Nola Times: http://tinyurl.com/mwwwab3