Baker Mayfield Takes the Field for #JusticeforJulius
Sep 17, 2020 —
As the effort to saves Julius Jones from an unjust death sentence for a crime he did not commit continues, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from people all across the country. That includes over 6 million signatures on our Change.org petition as well as over 16,000 letters sent to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board and Governor Kevin Stitt (if you haven’t sent a letter yet, please do so here!).
It has also included the support of several high-profile celebrities and athletes who have chosen to use their platform and fame as tools to fight injustice. The latest is Cleveland Browns Quarterback (and former University of Oklahoma sensation and Heisman trophy winner) Baker Mayfield. Baker has made the decision to wear Julius’ name on the back of his helmet this season and to use his post-game press conferences to speak out on Julius’ behalf. We want to offer our sincere thanks to him for his leadership and his fearlessness.
In fact, Julius was so moved by Baker’s actions that he has asked us to share the message below:
“Thank you to Baker Mayfield, who has spoken on issues of inequality, criminal justice and race, and had the courage to speak up for me. I know that advocating for someone in my position can be difficult, but Baker did it anyway because he felt called to take a stand. I am thankful to Baker and the many who are lending their voices and their prayers to my family and me as we work to correct this injustice.” - Julius Jones
Standing up for what’s right isn’t always easy, and we are so grateful that people are willing to put their names and reputations on the line for this cause.
Lastly, make sure to tune-in to our Facebook Live Friday tomorrow (9/18) night at 6PM CST. We will be hearing from, Nancy Vollertsen, whose brother Greg spent five years on Oklahoma's death row for the brutal murder of his wife before being exonerated. Like Julius, Nancy’s brother spent 23 hours a day in a cell by himself while waiting to be executed. He was eventually released from prison without so much as an apology from the state. Join us tomorrow to hear Nancy’s story and why she’s now fighting for Julius’ life and his release from prison.
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