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I feel the spirit of Ethan so strongly.

I don’t like talking about it because it seems ripe for a trip to FruitLoop Land,  but you know what? I do.

I feel his spirit.

I look at my daughter, Moxie

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Capricious, delightful, strong willed.

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Smart.

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Beautiful.

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Funny.

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With such a devoted, loving relationship with her brothers.

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And I think of Ethan.

He had family too, a sister and a brother who loved him.

A mother he cried out for as he was held down. Dying.

I see my daughter and her extra chromosome and I see the potential for this type of horror to also happen to her.

You say, “no, it’s different” – but really – is it?

Ethan was 3 years old once. The same age that Moxie will be soon. Who was to say then that he would be held down and killed over a movie ticket, some 20 years later in the future?

Who is to say the same thing can’t or won’t happen to my precious daughter, the light of our lives?

Who is to say it won’t happen to your child, the light of your life?

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Please join our international Down syndrome community in a vigil on Thursday, April 11th. We will be honoring the life of Ethan, showing our support to his family. Sharing our love.

And we will form a band on twitter and call attention to #justiceforethan.Please be a part of this. Show us that you too, care and that the independent investigation into the homicide of Robert “Ethan” Saylor needs to happen. Lend your voice to ours so that we may be strong and be heard.

#justiceforethan

Twitter Rally: THURSDAY, April 11th, 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST. Have your Twitter Handle sheet ready along with your TweetSheet (if you need it). When the clock hits your respective timezone, log into Twitter. Start tweeting.

This is the thing: it doesn’t matter how many followers you have. It doesn’t matter at all. What matters is the sheer volume of tweets we can send to the people listed, and the number of times we can raise the hashtag #justiceforethan. If you have a lot of followers, that’s cool – the people who follow you may choose to join – but it’s not necessary, so don’t worry if it’s just you and your best friend. That’s fine.

  • Twitter Handles
  • Timely Tweets (“tweetsheet”)
  • Twitter 101 (in case you need a refresher)
  • and the shortlink for the neutral post on what happened (for media): http://wp.me/P2ZfJC-23c

Vigil: On the evening marking nearly 3 months since Ethan lost his life, join us in remembering his life and in marking in our hearts the injustice done to Ethan. Take a moment to light a candle, eat some pizza and listen to Bob Marley (something Ethan loved doing). Thursday, April 11th.

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We will not be silent

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Contributing to the Ethan Saylor Memorial Fund:

Because Ethan wasn’t eligible for life insurance, his family has had to pay everything out of pocket. The Ethan Saylor Memorial Fund has been created to help out.

Checks can be made out to
Kim Mercier
400 Oak Court, Baltimore, MD 21228 **notation on the check Ethan Saylor Memorial Fund
All donations are welcome : Just go to “Transfer Money” – the email address to enter is:  ethansaylorfund@gmail.com

Thank you!

A young man was killed almost 3 months ago. His death was ruled a homicide. The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man had Down syndrome.

This is what we know.

A man was killed.

His death was ruled a homicide.

The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man had Down syndrome.

Now replace “Down syndrome” with any other word.

  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man was black.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man was Asian.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man was obese.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man had a bone marrow disease.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man was Deaf.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man used a prosthesis.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man had testicular cancer.
  • The perpetrators got off with a hand tap because the man had blonde hair.

is this becoming clear?

The man was killed. Robert Ethan Saylor was killed.

KILLED.

His death was ruled a homicide.

HOMICIDE.

And rather than looking at the actions of the men who killed him, rather than taking a good hard look at what they did to force death upon Robert Ethan Saylor, they are holding up DOWN SYNDROME, this man’s extra chromosome, and saying  that IT, and not THEY, are the culprit.

This is about human rights, people.

Ethan Saylor had the right to live.

We need to care about this. Ethan was one of our own; he was a member of the community with disability,  he was a loved human being who deserved so, so much more.

Show that you care.

Show that you want justice for him.

Call for an independent investigation. Tell the Department of Justice that YOU ARE THE COMMUNITY and you WILL BE HEARD; demand justice.

Friday, April 12th marks 3 months since he was killed.

We will be striving to reach journalists, celebrities, media personalities and more through twitter – people who have loud, huge voices that can help us call out across the masses. We will be asking for justice for ethan: #justiceforethan.

HE WILL HAVE THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION.

He will, so long as we all unite and demand that it happen.

What to do:

SIGN and share the change.org petition that was started by Ethan’s mother. HERE IT IS. There are a lot of petitions out there, please be sure this is the one that you have signed and shared

 JOIN the #justiceforethan twitter campaign. Our plan is to get the attention of those who have louder voices that can reach across the masses and get action. We are going to have tweeting parties (tune in for details), but you do not have to wait for the party: get started tweeting and don’t stop! (see “Twitter Handles” and “Timely Tweets” below)

Twitter 101: for those of  you that are new to twitter: your handy directory on terms and how-to utilize twitter

Twitter Handles: the direct handles on people that are likely to be sympathetic to this campaign, allies/champions

Timely Tweets: Have a hard time coming up with something to say? A collection of useful twitter-ready tweets has been crafted for your use by Melissa Stoltz! http://wp.me/P2ZfJC-23i

  • “Join us in our push for #justiceforethan”
  • “Love someone with Down syndrome? Join us in our push for #justiceforethan”
  • “Disability rights are human rights. #justiceforethan”
  • “Death ruled homicide, cops walk free. We need #justiceforethan”
  • “Down syndrome isn’t a cause of death. #justiceforethan”
  • “No one should die over a movie ticket. #justiceforethan”

Shortlink for neutral post by Melissa Stoltz on what happened: http://wp.me/P2ZfJC-23c – use this link for tweets, especially to media

The button: Share the button, put it on your blog/site, update your facebook status photo – get the word OUT!

#justiceforethan

 

 

 

And:

Call the Department of Justice – (202) 307-5138

Tell them that you would like an independent investigation on the Robert “Ethan” Saylor case

change.org petition calling for an independent investigation: https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-robert-saylor

4/10 UPDATE: #justiceforethan

Twitter Rally: THURSDAY, April 11th, 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST. Have your Twitter Handle sheet ready along with your TweetSheet (if you need it). When the clock hits your respective timezone, log into Twitter. Start tweeting.

This is the thing: it doesn’t matter how many followers you have. It doesn’t matter at all. What matters is the sheer volume of tweets we can send to the people listed, and the number of times we can raise the hashtag #justiceforethan. If you have a lot of followers, that’s cool – the people who follow you may choose to join – but it’s not necessary, so don’t worry if it’s just you and your best friend. That’s fine.

  • Twitter Handles
  • Timely Tweets (“tweetsheet”)
  • Twitter 101 (in case you need a refresher)
  • and the shortlink for the neutral post on what happened (for media): http://wp.me/P2ZfJC-23c

Vigil: On the evening marking nearly 3 months since Ethan lost his life, join us in remembering his life and in marking in our hearts the injustice done to Ethan. Take a moment to light a candle, eat some pizza and listen to Bob Marley (something Ethan loved doing). Thursday, April 11th.

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