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Make a difference by speaking out

To the editor:

My name is Naajia Lyons, and I am an intern for Virginia Organizing. The purpose of Virginia Organizing is to connect the community together to address the social issues that may affect their quality of life.

On Jan. 29, I was granted the opportunity to visit the General Assembly to discuss some issues that occur in Suffolk that affect myself and my peers.

I was able to meet with the aide of Delegate Clinton Jenkins, where he learned my opposition of the death penalty. I believe that the death penalty is a violation of the ban against cruel and unusual punishment. I also believe there are too many innocent people being executed. I suggested that the state choose life sentencing as an alternative. I also was able to meet with Christie New Craig, who heard me and my fellow colleagues’ opinions on the environmental justice issues we deal with in the city of Suffolk, specifically flooding.

It was a tremendous, exciting and learning experience. I suggest to those who want to make a difference within their communities to stop by the General Assembly and speak to those who have a say and can make change.

Naajia Lyons

Suffolk