Petition to Andy Beshear, Donald J. Trump, Whitney Westerfield
Covid-19 vs. Prisoners
Covid-19 a.k.a. The Silent Killer has entered Kentucky prisons. Green River Correctional Complex in Central City, KY now has 399 POSITIVE CASES!!! 342 inmates and 57 staff members have now tested positive and 3 inmates have died thus far. It has been said that no violent offenders will be released, which is basically like saying "violent" offenders lives don't matter, but that's where the world is WRONG!!!! These guys still matter no matter their location. One bad decision does NOT define a person forever. Also, based off the research I've done, RECIDIVISM rates are typically higher in lower level offenders. One of the reasons being is because lower level offenders typically only do a few years behind bars and they're right back out, whereas "violent" offenders spend DECADES behind bars and have nothing but time to really sit there and think, reflect, rehabilitate and reform. These men at GRCC were sentenced to TIME not DEATH and they DON'T deserve to come home in a body bag. The Governor has released close to 1,200 inmates, but most of them are inmates in Kentucky jails, not the prisons and definitely NOT from Green River where the virus has run rampant. More people have to be released at this point or more prisoners will die and that's the bottom line. Please sign the petition and help our voice be heard.
Petition to Michael L. Parson, Eric Schmidt
Release David Barnett on Parole
UPDATE: PLEASE JOIN OUR "FREE DAVID BARNETT" FACEBOOK GROUP WHICH HELPS US FIGHT FOR HIS FREEDOM! https://www.facebook.com/groups/loveandsolidaritydmb UPDATE: DAVID'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY "FORSAKEN ME: A SURVIVOR'S LIFE SENTENCE" IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087C65WNG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=lauren+provost+david+barnett&qid=1587396984&sr=8-1 After decades of watching John, David Barnett's "father" and abuser, adopt boy after boy to molest, David was horrified that John was about to adopt another victim. Not yet out of adolescence, David had no one left to turn to. David had to make a choice: To sit on the sidelines and say nothing or to gather the courage to let his grandparents know. David, ever the protector, wanted to do the right thing. He had tried for years to protect his siblings from John but David was just a child himself. David had tried desperately for years to report the abuse to Missouri teachers, law enforcement and the Department of Family Services (D.F.S.) held multiple records of documented physical and sexual abuse for years. No one intervened. The abuse continued until the very day of February 4, 1996, the day David came to tell his grandparents that another young boy was about to be adopted by their son, a pedophile. Even then, David was determined to do the right thing. Petrified to confront his grandparents for help, but determined to do the right thing, he tried as best as he could to try to communicate to his grandparents. He could not bear the thought of another young boy being abused and what he knew what coming for this young boy at the hands of John; abuse that was well-documented with a consistent pattern typical of all abusers, well documented in research. In fact, we all know that childhood andadolescence is the most critical time in our development. It's when we learn about interpersonal relationships and how to effectively manage our emotions. Childhood and adolescent trauma can completely disrupt this experience, and as a result, people may not adequately learn how to manage their emotions or negotiate interpersonal relationships. David was never given a chance. David's case aligns perfectly with cases where full rehabilitation is a result; when a victim is removed from an ongoing horrifically abusive environment. As you will soon read, David, part of the Honors Dorm at Potosi Correctional Center, has participated in every therapeutic support and a myriad of classes, training and other activities where he has repeated demonstrated his consistently stellar behavior, remorse, incredible growth, empathy and substantial work to become the human being he is now able to be without constant, ongoing, horrific abuse. David has spent 24 years paying for abuse and is harder on himself than anyone else could ever be. Please, I beg you, give David a chance at a life free of abuse after the extensive work he's done that clearly shows he is more than ready. After years of pleas for help and negligence from multiple reporting agencies, David had a right to freedom.
Petition to Dianne Witte
Save my dad from ICE's virus-ridden detention centers
Our father, Dr. Sirous Asgari, is being unjustly detained by ICE in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and we need your help to free him so he can return to his life and job as a professor in Iran. Your signature today can help us deliver this message to ICE officials. Our dad earned his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1997. He now teaches at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He and our mother received tourist visas to visit us in 2017. But our father’s tourist visa was not properly stamped by U.S. customs, making him lose his status and becoming undocumented. The minute my parents stepped off the plane, my father was arrested by the FBI on charges that were ultimately dismissed. After more than two years of legal battles, he was exonerated in federal court in Ohio on Nov 15th, 2019 but was immediately taken into custody by ICE. Since then, our dad has been held at four different ICE facilities. In just the last month, in the midst of a global pandemic, he has been forced on nine different flights among numerous other detained people. Now we have learned he was exposed to someone who was very likely infected with COVID-19. Because of that, he was transferred to a different ICE facility in Louisiana. He has been living in a room with between 29 and 44 detainees under horrible conditions. He sleeps on a rusted metal bed, in a humid room that makes the bed sheets constantly wet. They have only one shower and two toilets and no access to clean clothes. There is no sunlight or a view outside, and all the windows are covered. There are no ‘social distancing’ or sanitation measures to protect them from COVID-19. In the middle of a pandemic, when officials are worried about prisons and detention facilities becoming petri dishes for COVID-19, my father is trapped in custody – when all he wants to do is return to Iran and join my family, so we can resume our lives. We are worried that our father won’t survive this unjust detention because of his history of lung infection and pneumonia. So far, all requests by my father's attorney to release him have been rejected. Our father’s life is in danger. That’s why we are turning to the public. We need your help to get our voices heard by the officials at ICE. Please sign our petition asking ICE to release our father Dr. Asgari – and our entire family – from this nightmare. Please help set him free.
Petition to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Amiee Maxwell
New Trial For Imam Jamil Al-Amin FKA H. Rap Brown
As Always, We begin with the greeting of peace, As-Salaamu Alaikum, As you may know, my father, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly H. Rap Brown civil rights leader and humanitarian, was convicted of a murder he did not commit in 2002. Upon that conviction, we essentially abandoned him. No tangible noise was ever made and as such, my father's conviction and subsequent exile, a vendetta realized, has gone unchecked. The cruel and unusual punishment, the confession of another man, the medical neglect in hopes that he dies, the gag order, the federal holding of a state prisoner away from his attorney's and family, we've done nothing about anything and because of our lack of action, much like the man himself, the truth about this case and his legacy have been erased from public view. If we don't commit to action, the same action he dedicated himself to for the entirety of his life, the same action many of you are benefiting from while he sits suffering silently, then we have turned our backs on our Imam...your brother and should be ashamed. We have been fighting this fight in the courts for 20 years and because the outward appearance is that "his people don't even care about him," we haven't gotten anything more than "yes he deserves a new trial but no you can't have one" and again that's on us because, what have we done about it? Alhamdulillah though, we've been afforded yet another opportunity and this time, we aren't even asking you to decide his guilt or innocence though it should be obvious, we are only asking that you help him get the opportunity to prove his innocence to you and salvage his name. A fair trial, where the man who confessed to this crime actually testifies, where constitutional rights are respected and where the state prosecutors misconduct is not overlooked and subsequently rewarded with a federal judgeship. No, we want a fair trial...that's all. That being said, if you can get behind the idea of Imam Jamil or anyone for that matter finally receiving a fair opportunity to prove their innocence, then please, sign and share our petition. We must let District Attorney Paul Howard and The Fulton County Conviction Integrity Unit know that we are paying attention and we demand fairness and justice at the very least. Meet me on the front line, Sincerely, Kairi Al-Amin Attorney & Son of Imam Jamil Al-Amin FKA H. Rap Brown
Petition to Michael Waltz, Roger F. Wicker, President Donald Trump
Stop the extradition of Veteran Michael Taylor & his son Peter Taylor to Japan
6 Months in Jail October 30th: State Department Approves Extradition for Michael & Peter Taylor Update August 8th: Bail appeal DENIED. Extradition hearing set for August 28th. Facts: 1.) They have not been officially indicted in Japan. 2.) Michael who is 60 years old is missing part of his lung from a past injury and will need immediate hospitalization and could possibly die if he gets Covid-19. 3.) Peter Taylor who has no criminal record was deemed a flight risk because he's traveled overseas frequently. Background: Michael Taylor is a highly decorated American veteran and hero. A former Special Forces operator, he fought for America all over the world – from Nicaragua to Norway, Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan. Whether it was rescuing kidnapped kids, going undercover to break up a drug gang or protecting American officials in the most dangerous spots in the world, Mike has answered the call of duty over and over again. But today he and his 27-year-old son are being treated by our own government as if they are terrorists. It is an abuse of constitutional rights and an outrageous example of how twisted the American legal system can be. And for our family it is a nightmare. Our father, Michael, and brother, Peter, have been entombed in prison for more than 70 days. They have not been charged with crimes in America or Japan, yet they are locked up in a jail in Massachusetts which has had over 75 Covid-19 cases. They are imprisoned because Japan wants them extradited so they can face minor charges there and the US government has been happy to oblige. At worst their alleged crimes would be a misdemeanor in Japan. Meanwhile Japan has refused to turn over their own nationals who have been indicted in the US for actions that caused 16 Americans to die. Despite this obscene hypocrisy the US Justice Department seems intent on shipping Mike and Peter to a country which has given prosecutors so much abusive power over defendants that they have a 99.7% conviction rate and have earned the contempt of Human Rights Watch. How can this happen? How can the lives of an American hero and his son be threatened in this way? The charges are the result of Mike and Peter’s alleged connection with the escape of former Nissan/Renault Chairman, Carlos Ghosn from Japan. It’s a riveting story of how Ghosn – who was on bail for supposed financial crimes in Japan – disappeared and then popped up in Lebanon. It made headlines throughout the world and deeply embarrassed the Japanese government. The story brought deep scrutiny to the appalling Japanese legal system and the fact that the original charges against Ghosn seem to have been created out of thin air. With their dirty laundry exposed, Japanese prosecutors demanded the US extradite Mike and Peter to face charges that they aided Ghosn with his vanishing act. Because of Japan’s extradition request the Justice Department sent 10 men with automatic weapons to our home and seized Mike and Peter in the early morning hours of May 20th. But prosecutors had not done a careful analysis of Japanese law and filled their charging document with falsehoods and inaccuracies. In fact, it is highly dubious that what they are charged with is even a crime in Japan. But since they took this action they have doubled down. They stripped away our father and brothers’ constitutional rights, threw them in jail and claimed that they were a flight risk who could not be let out on bail. Meanwhile prisons and jails across the country are releasing anyone they can because of how Covid-19 is sweeping through their facilities. Even murder suspects have been let out, while Mike and Peter – accused of at worst a misdemeanor – remain behind bars. And the flight risk charge is simply baseless since they had returned to the US from overseas knowing full well that Japan may attempt extradition. It took more than a month for Mike and Peter to be able to make their case for bail in front of a magistrate. Those are cases that are typically resolved in a day or two yet weeks have gone by without a decision. Meanwhile the Covid-19 cases in the jail they are held in have been skyrocketing. Mike was wounded as a veteran, has had part of a lung removed and is at grave risk. Our dad is a dedicated family man who takes care of his 86-year-old father, also a veteran, and is adored by many in his community. He is guided by faith and justice and above all loves his country. You would think that a man who sacrificed so much for his country would be treated better than this. What is particularly unjust is that Mike and Peter – who have been accused of nothing in the US and convicted of nothing in Japan – are in this situation while Japan has refused to honor the extradition treaty they now expect the US to enforce. Over 250 Americans were injured and 16 died because of faulty air-bags knowingly made by Japanese manufacturer, Takata. Executives were indicted in the US yet Japan refused to extradite them. Meanwhile Mike and Peter -- accused of a misdemeanor that may well not even be a crime at all -- are locked up without bail and their lives put at risk. Thousands of convicted criminals have been released from prison because of Covid-19 but apparently the US government think Mike and Peter should be treated far more harshly. Frankly it is outrageous. This is not the America fought for and we ask for your help to fix this by supporting this petition. We love our father and brother dearly and feel betrayed by our own government. These are good citizens of this nation and they need to be released and allowed their freedom and constitutional rights. They are not trying to avoid whatever legal process may ensue, they just want the same rights the rest of us enjoy and don’t want to be exposed to an incredibly dangerous disease. Please help us spread the word and fight for Mike and Peter as our father has fought for all of us.
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo
Patrick Stephens deserves clemency!
Clemency means forgiveness or leniency in judgment; to show mercy. A commutation of sentence (a form of executive clemency) reduces an incarcerated person’s current sentence. Please support clemency for Patrick Stephens. Patrick is in his 23rd year of a 25 year to life sentence for murder, committed in 1995 when he was only 22 years old. Although a first time violent offender, he was sentenced the maximum time possible for second-degree murder; the minimum being 15 years. Patrick's quest for personal growth and demonstrated commitment to helping others unquestionably meets the criteria the State has used to define those worthy of clemency - he “has made exceptional strides in self-development and improvement; has made responsible use of available rehabilitative programs; has addressed identified treatment needs and the commutation is in the interest of justice, consistent with public safety and the rehabilitation of the applicant” See Apply for Clemency, Commutations, available at http://www.ny.gov/services/apply-clemency (last visited April 4, 2020). With the strong support of his family, he has a reentry plan in place that will set him up for success upon his release. Patrick is now 47 years old. He has made remarkable strides while in prison, including earning his Associate’s Degree and Bachelor's Degree from Bard College. And as of September 2020, he earned his Master’s Degree from New York Theological Seminary. He has received certificates and licenses in approximately 20 programs, learned (and is now fluent in) Spanish, and is a member of the Bard Debate Union. In addition to his educational growth, Patrick has dedicated his time to helping other incarcerated individuals, including those with HIV and AIDS. Patrick has participated in several programs that helped reframe his way of thinking about conflict resolution and communicating with others. Beyond this, he has facilitated and developed programs and workshops on behalf of other incarcerated men, displaying a pattern of community commitment. Most importantly, Patrick has learned what he did not know when he was just 22—that violence and taking a life is never the answer to resolve conflict. He takes full responsibility for his actions and is sorry for the life lost and the pain he caused the family. A common theme in the numerous letters of support written on Patrick's behalf is one of growth, change, and maturity. The letters speak of his change in thinking, calm and thoughtful demeanor, and encouragement and mentorship of others—a far cry from the rebellious, impulsive 22 year-old who committed the offense. The fact that so many people felt compelled to write letters is a testament to his character. Patrick has clearly demonstrated he is remorseful and willing to live up to his potential to be a valued member of society. With his educational achievements during his incarceration, there is minimal risk of repeated offense and recidivism. His family and contacts in the academic community will provide an extensive support network, further reducing the risk. Further incarceration no longer serves any purpose for the People of New York. Therefore, in the interest of justice and reform, Patrick Stephens should be granted clemency. For additional information about Patrick's experience and achievements, please visit DoingSorry.com. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Gretchen Whitmer, Department of Justice, Donald J. Trump, Michael Eagen, Michigan parole Board, Heidi Washington, department of corrections
KEEP A MURDERER AND RAPIST IN PRISON!!!!
The Michigan Department of Corrections and parole board is moving to release inmate Larry Allen Moore who raped and murdered Connie M. Probst May 31, 1986. If this man is released he will serve his probation in the town that he committed this heinous crime, our small town of Monroe,MI. This is a yearly occurrence for our family but this year is a little different. With the country in a state of emergency and our state wide “Stay Home” executive orders from Governor Whitmer our family did not receive adequate time to prepare, 30 days from the letter (two weeks since we received the letter two weeks from when it was dated). We generally have 30 days from the receipt of the letter to call and set up a day to have a meeting with the parole board, which usually occurs in June. Our family has been denied the opportunity to present our victim family impact statements in person this year, we have to mail in a letter or speak with someone on the phone. We are unsure if we will be able to receive help from the prosecuting attorneys office like usual. We feel that our family is not being given ample opportunity to be heard. We feel that the board has already made up its mind and because of Covid-19 are moving to release this prisoner. We are seeking the help and support of the public. Call attention to this injustice and let it be known to our government officials that this is not okay. Please sign this petition in protest, keep our community safe, and keep this monster in prison where he belongs.
Petition to Department of Justice
ICE: #ReleaseElvira Detained Since 2017.
26 year old Mom. Sufferer of Asthma & Hepatitis.
The Honorable Tammy Fitting AND U.S. Department of Homeland Security AND California U.S. Senate Offices AND Ohio U.S. Senate Offices AND Washington U.S. Senate Offices March 30th 2020 Re: Detained Since 2017, Release Asthmatic Cameroonian Young Mother, Elvira, from California'sAdelanto Immigration Detention Center. We respectfully ask you to release our Cameroonian sister and friend, Elvira from California's Adelanto immigration detention and allow her to come home to her family in Ohio. Elvira is the mother of two, and a beloved sister and wife. She fled five armed conflicts in Cameroon, trekked through 8 South and Central American countries, crossing Mexico to the United States. She is seeking asylum. She has been detained in immigration jails since 2017, where she contracted Hepatitis A. With the coronavirus pandemic currently raging in the U.S., we worry that our Cameroonian sister is particularly vulnerable to becoming gravely ill and even dying. If she is released, Elvira will come live with her sister Mercy, a U.S. citizen whose husband is a pastor at the Glen Echo Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. We are ready, willing, and more than able to provide a safe home and support to our sister as she continues the immigration court process. Elvira is a good person of faith and she is from a loving family and only wants a chance to have a safe place to live. Please show mercy on Elvira and release her to the care of her sister in Ohio, our Cameroon diaspora community in California and Ohio, and her Presbyterian faith community. This is for her own good and in the interest of public health. Sincerely, Ms. Mercy Nwana AkihElvira's sponsor andCoronavirus Pandemic Frontline Medical Professional in Ohio Ms. Carine Nwana AmmonsElvira's Sister and Coronavirus Pandemic Frontline Medical Professional in Washington State. Rev Mathias AkihElvira's brother-in-lawPastor at Glen Echo Presbyterian Church in Ohio and Steering Committee of Presbyterian Church of Cameroon in USA (PCC USA) Dr. Evelyn McClave, Professor Emerita, California State University, Northridge,Adelanto Visitation Program. Dr. Brennis Lucero WagonerProfessor EmeritaCalifornia State University, NorthridgeAdelanto Visitation Program. Diane Paul, MSW. International Human Rights Advocate and ResearcherWashington State Daniel (Last name retracted), Southern Cameroonian and Former detainee at Theo lacy Detention Center in California,Presently in Washington State.#AdvocateForCameroonDetainees Mr. Alfred AboyaCalifornia Cameroon Diaspora Leader and former UCLA Basketball Champion.#AdvocateForCameroonDetainees In partnership with the Cameroon American Council's Cameroon Migrant Legal Defense Fund.