We, the undersigned, affirm our deep concern for criminal justice and public safety.
Specifically, we petition the West Virginia Parole Board to flatly deny any, and all, parole attempts of violent offender Austin Vantrease. We wish to keep this felon in prison for the maximum time allowable.
"I tell him I have tried. I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention. We must take sides. We must interfere."