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Lucy-Joy-Rupertus

One of the many injustices that I am craving for you to change is the death penalty

Dear Mr. Trump,

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I am hoping that you will dedicate your presidency to justice for all people. I hope that you use your presidential platform to give equality to all. I am asking you to stop the prejudice everywhere, so that there are no threats to justice anywhere.

One of the many injustices that I am craving for you to change is the death penalty. Our world is killing people who might not have even committed the crime they’ve been sentenced for. People who commit atrocious crimes can have a life sentence in prison, not be killed by the government. In 2015 alone, at least 1,634 people were executed in the world. Throughout the 1900s, 8,141 people were executed in the world. That is way too many. It is also possible that some of these people were wrongfully convicted. I believe that even the lives of deeply flawed criminals matter. I believe that everyone is here for a reason, and deserves their rights.

Elie Wiesel, who fought for equality during the Holocaust, strongly stated, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” I think that you, as our president, should never fail to protest and you should stand with me against injustice. I want you to stand against sexism, racism, homophobia, and every other injustice. One of the hot topics right now is the bathroom law. I want you to change this in your first year, and stand with transgendered individuals, and not fail to protest.

Eleanor Roosevelt once told America, “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” We live in a place where justice is usually only given to one side. An example of this is the death penalty. Justice is something everyone deserves, and nobody should be forgotten.

There is a place called heaven. America is far from it. There are inequalities everywhere, and many things that you need to change. America isn’t a paradise and probably never will be. With your help we can move America in the right direction. We can take what we have and use it to make America a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter who they are. If you use your power for justice, you will always be remembered.

Sincerely,

Lucy Joy Rupertus, Grade 6, Greene Street Friends School

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