Thursday, November 8, 2012

I know it has been quite some time since I last posted, but I wanted to let everyone that has been following me here know that I have decided to shut this blog down and focus primarily on Nate & Erik's Facebook page. It is easier and more convenient, and allows all of you to comment, participate and share more. Thank you for all of your support, and please join us there; we still need you more than ever.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Twitter

Follow me now on Twitter @freenateybanez, we MUST band together to get the word out on Nate's situation and others like him!  #JLWOP #clemencynow #pendulumfoundation

This can and should be a worldwide effort, as other countries and people have similar situations with their young loved ones wrongly incarcerated.  I want to hear YOUR stories & follow you on Twitter as well; it's time to stop remaining silent, take a moment or two of your day or week to DO something, actually get involved.  It truly is not a sacrifice to give a little of your time and voice to this cause - Nate and other abused youth are rotting away and they are running out of time.  Nate has been in prison now for 15 years, 15 YEARS PEOPLE.  Others, like Jacob Ind,  longer than that.

So get others to "LIKE" Nate's Facebook page that I have setup for him, and get to Twittering!  We have to generate buzz, chatter, clout, strength in numbers, whatever we can.  Sign those juvenile justice petitions,   inform your state representatives that this is an issue that needs to be addressed NOW, send an email to President Obama @thewhitehouse.gov, whatever you can think of.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

They All Need Your Support!

Please people, we know we're all "busy" with the holiday season and our lives, but take some time out to ponder what this season is supposed 2B all about - giving and reaching out to others.  Nathan and so many other young people who were condemned to die in prison need our help.  Below are websites that should be in your favorites:

Nathan & Erik's Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Nathan-Ybanez-Erik-Jensen/219080294825673
Nathan's website that he created for himself & other prisoners, Concrete Echoes:  www.concreteechoes.com
The Supreme Court Blog - www.scotusblog.com
Equal Justice Initiative - www.eji.org
The White House, President of the United States -www.whitehouse.gov
Website dedicated to Nathan's friend that was convicted alongside him:  www.erikjensenco.com
The Pendulum Foundation: www.pendulumfoundation.com
Real Juvenile Justice: www.realjuvenilejustice.com
Teen Advocates:  www.teenadvocatesusa.org

Get involved so we can band together and get them out - they deserve second chances, that's just all there is to it.  The USA claims to be the world's biggest superpower, yet we act like far less than that when we refuse to right basic wrongs, such as being the only country in the world that still sentences juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole.   We are far better people and a nation than this - let's prove it.  Make a vow right now to take action & lend your support.  Start by "liking" Nathan & Erik's Facebook page @:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Nathan-Ybanez-Erik-Jensen/219080294825673









Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Troublebound

 Please everyone, join me in supporting and sponsoring author Darrell Griffin, who is due to release his book Troublebound sometime in the next few months.  His book covers the ongoing stories of Nathan and Erik Jensen, as well as the larger issue of incarcerating juveniles as adults.  The link to his website is also below, where you can listen to interviews he had with Nathan and Erik.

www.realjuvenilejustice.com/

Monday, May 16, 2011

DENIED

I apologize to all the readers, I know I should have been more timely in posting this, but I've been extremely angry these past few months and have not been able to put into words the hurt, anger, disappointment, rage, and the myriad of other feelings I have been having over the fact that Nathan's judge from his hearing 2 yrs. ago has denied Nathan the possibility of a new trial.  That's it.  It happened in January, I didn't find out about it until March, and it's taken me this long to even be able to write this much.  She had her mind already made up most likely before the hearing even began, but then had to make Nathan wait 2 FUCKING YEARS to make the ruling, just to give him false hope and let him sit there 2 MORE FUCKING YEARS and agonize.  What she is cannot even be described as human. 

Nathan is of course devastated, but Nathan being Nathan, he is holding up well.  I would like to ask that everyone out there rally around him and please send him your cards and letters.  His address is:

Nathan Ybanez
Inmate #102794
Unit 4
Sterling Correctional Institute
POB 6000
Sterling, CO 80751

I will write more when I am able.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Johnson: Charge 10-year-old as an adult in accidental fire? Grow up

BILL JOHNSON

By Bill Johnson
Denver Post Columnist
POSTED: 01/19/2011 01:00:00 AM MST


Go for broke. Put the kid on the stand.
This is the reason I do not practice law, and would be quite bad at it if I did because I would go all in.
I'd put the kid up there, let those who will judge him soak in the absurdity of it all, that we live in a world that sees fit to charge a mere boy with a felony.
Jacob Christenson is 11.
More to the point, he was 10 last May when he and a buddy were playing with a lighter they found at their Parker townhome complex.
They put it to a piece of paper. The flame rose quickly and burned the buddy, who flung the lit paper into a dry pine bush.
By the time firefighters were done, a nearby townhome lay smoldering, the damage totaling nearly $200,000.
In other times, the grown-ups would have convened, exchanged apologies and homeowner insurance papers, and little Jacob might have spent some time out in the woodshed.
Not anymore. Jacob and his buddy are charged with criminal mischief and second-degree arson, a felony.
A conviction at trial scheduled to begin Feb. 17 could land the two boys in the juvenile criminal system for two years.
There is so much that is wrong with this. When did we start viewing children as something other than just that?
When did we begin to believe they have capabilities beyond what nature, science and old-fashioned common sense long ago revealed to us they cannot possibly possess?
A 10-year-old arsonist?
Really?
I ran these questions past Mary Ellen Johnson, executive director of the Pendulum Foundation in Denver, who has gained renown as an advocate for child prisoners and for challenging laws that can send juveniles to adult prison.
She is passionate on the subject of juvenile justice, having been at it for more than 20 years. The story of Jacob Christenson outrages her, and at the same time it puts her into deep despair.
"How is it possible for the district attorney to at all think it appropriate to charge such a young boy with a felony, to ruin his life? What is the point?" she says.
She said she has never heard of a DA seeking felony charges against a 10-year-old.
The true reason at this point can only be guesswork because my call to District Attorney Carol Chambers' office was not returned.
Maybe, I say to Johnson, she is trying to set an example, to teach other kids not to play with fire. This only enrages her.
"Charging this boy does not help anyone. He is a child. The older I get, the less I understand about our system of justice," she said.
Maybe we get older and simply forget what it is like to be 10 years old.
This is what Johnson believes.
"We are attempting to put adult reasoning on our children. And, God, help us, that is so unfair.
"Doesn't it say a lot about our country and how we view our children?" she said. "It says we don't care. It says we have become a selfish, moralistic society that somewhere along the way lost its compassion."
So yes, put him up there in his best clothes, and maybe a fresh new haircut. Have him explain how he is just a kid, how it was an accident, how he is sorry.
Let the chips fall.
Bill Johnson writes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reach him at 303-954-2763 or wjohnson@denverpost.com.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jacob Christenson

Wow.  I continue to be speechless and heartbroken every time I am made aware of  another one of these stories.  When will it all end?  It seems that as so many prosecutors and DA's and judges continue to feel as if these children can think and act like adults, they themselves push further and further down on the evolutionary scale and are nothing more than neanderthals in their thinking.  Their maturity level then becomes less than the children they are trying to prosecute as adults.  It is all just so unfathomable to me that here in America, where we are supposed to be more evolved and fair and just in our thinking, we adults push morals on our children that we ourselves cannot even live up to.  Please read the following story; it deserves all of our attention.






Eli Hunter

Johnson: Charge 10-year-old as an adult in accidental fire? Grow up

By Bill Johnson
Denver Post Columnist
POSTED: 01/19/2011 01:00:00 AM MST


Go for broke. Put the kid on the stand.
This is the reason I do not practice law, and would be quite bad at it if I did because I would go all in.
I'd put the kid up there, let those who will judge him soak in the absurdity of it all, that we live in a world that sees fit to charge a mere boy with a felony.
Jacob Christenson is 11.
More to the point, he was 10 last May when he and a buddy were playing with a lighter they found at their Parker townhome complex.
They put it to a piece of paper. The flame rose quickly and burned the buddy, who flung the lit paper into a dry pine bush.
By the time firefighters were done, a nearby townhome lay smoldering, the damage totaling nearly $200,000.
In other times, the grown-ups would have convened, exchanged apologies and homeowner insurance papers, and little Jacob might have spent some time out in the woodshed.
Not anymore. Jacob and his buddy are charged with criminal mischief and second-degree arson, a felony.
A conviction at trial scheduled to begin Feb. 17 could land the two boys in the juvenile criminal system for two years.
There is so much that is wrong with this. When did we start viewing children as something other than just that?
When did we begin to believe they have capabilities beyond what nature, science and old-fashioned common sense long ago revealed to us they cannot possibly possess?
A 10-year-old arsonist?
Really?
I ran these questions past Mary Ellen Johnson, executive director of the Pendulum Foundation in Denver, who has gained renown as an advocate for child prisoners and for challenging laws that can send juveniles to adult prison.
She is passionate on the subject of juvenile justice, having been at it for more than 20 years. The story of Jacob Christenson outrages her, and at the same time it puts her into deep despair.
"How is it possible for the district attorney to at all think it appropriate to charge such a young boy with a felony, to ruin his life? What is the point?" she says.
She said she has never heard of a DA seeking felony charges against a 10-year-old.
The true reason at this point can only be guesswork because my call to District Attorney Carol Chambers' office was not returned.
Maybe, I say to Johnson, she is trying to set an example, to teach other kids not to play with fire. This only enrages her.
"Charging this boy does not help anyone. He is a child. The older I get, the less I understand about our system of justice," she said.
Maybe we get older and simply forget what it is like to be 10 years old.
This is what Johnson believes.
"We are attempting to put adult reasoning on our children. And, God, help us, that is so unfair.
"Doesn't it say a lot about our country and how we view our children?" she said. "It says we don't care. It says we have become a selfish, moralistic society that somewhere along the way lost its compassion."
So yes, put him up there in his best clothes, and maybe a fresh new haircut. Have him explain how he is just a kid, how it was an accident, how he is sorry.
Let the chips fall.
Bill Johnson writes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reach him at 303-954-2763 orwjohnson@denverpost.com.