Petition to FBI
Criminal Charges for Travis & Greg McMichael in the murder of Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery
Ahmaud Arbery a black unarmed jogger was "profiled" and subsequently was involved in a FATAL encounter with Travis & Greg McMichael Brunswick, GA. Mr. Arbery was on a public property engaging in his regular activity of exercise. He was minding his own business. Allegedly there were 911 calls that suggested a "a suspicious black man was running". We are waiting to see an official transcript of the call and want to see the official report from the investigation. The alleged suspects Travis & Greg McMichael were not charged with this murder & are free at this time. Regardless of race, we the great United States of America cannot allow this type of attack, confrontation and subsequent murder of citizens. Although none of us were there, we have an obligation as human beings to disapprove of this savage hunt of citizens out for a jog, there should be a human rights investigation also.
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo
Free Mark Cross
Injustice: absence of justice: violation of right or the rights of another On the night of July 4, 1994, a shooting took place in the Linden Houses. A NYC housing project in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York. In the aftermath, one individual was left dead and two others were wounded by gun shots. Nearly two weeks later, an innocent individual was arrested, convicted and sentenced for this crime. 26 years later, he is still fighting for his freedom. His name is Mark Cross and this is his story: On July 13, 1994, I was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder and two attempted murders. I could not have committed these crimes because I was miles away in a hotel when this incident took place. On May of 1995, I was convicted of these crimes and sentenced to 45 years to life in prison. Lance Ogiste was the prosecutor assigned to my case. Lance Ogiste was a top district attorney under the leadership of then Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. Lance Ogiste used unethical tactics and broke numerous laws in order to secure this conviction. He even bragged to individuals about how he railroaded me. There is no physical evidence tying me to these crimes. I was found guilty based on the corrupt actions taken by the Brooklyn District Attorney's office and the false testimonies of the following individuals: Emma Fonville: She stated that she was coming out of a local bodega and heard gunshots. After hearing the gunshots, she ran three blocks towards the gunfire, and witnessed me shoot her son. Her testimony was based on a promise made by Lance Ogiste, a house and the dismissal of her open case (A gun charge). All of this was withheld from my lawyer and myself. Willie Greene (Emma Fonville’s son): Willie Greene stated that I shot him and that he witnessed me shoot his cousin. Willie Greene also had an open case and was given reassurances that it would be dismissed in exchanged for his testimony. Randy King: Randy King admitted that he was paid for his testimony. This information was withheld from my lawyer and myself. Randy King later expressed how he wants to come forward and tell the truth, but he is afraid of being prosecuted for lying. Don Juan Britt: Don Juan Britt was a jailhouse informant looking for the fastest way out of jail. Don Juan Britt met with Lance Ogiste and they sat down together and fabricated a story. Don Juan Britt would later testify that while we were both on Rikers Island, he overheard a telephone conversation in which I instructed an individual to get rid of all the witnesses. Keep in mind, all telephone conversations are recorded, but for some reason this conversation I allegedly had was never produced at my trial. Don Juan Britt was given a deal that my lawyer and I knew nothing about. Ogiste would later get rid of a case Don Juan Britt had in Syracuse and sent a favorable recommendation at his first parole board hearing. My family and friends hired a Private Investigator to assist with my case. His name is Anthony Green and he has spoken to many individuals. He went to the scene and stated that it was physically impossible for Emma Fonville to have ran 3 blocks from the bodega to the location where the incident took place. During his investigation, he learned that this crime happened within seconds. Green found out that Ogiste lied about not being able to find a witness, Andre Greene (Brother of the deceased). Andre was on parole at the time. Ogiste also lied about speaking to Andre’s wife about testifying. Ogiste stated that her response was, she did not want to get involved. During her interview with the private investigator, she stated that she never spoke to Ogiste and she would have come to court if she was called. Ogiste omitted her because she would have shed light on the false testimonies of his witnesses. During his incarceration, Mark has suffered a great deal. The most painful being, the loss of both parents, a grandmother, a sister, cousins and many childhood friends. In recent years, he’s been dealing with numerous health conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. With the ravaging effects COVID-19 has had throughout the world, combined with his underlying conditions and the low health care standards within the prison system… you can imagine the fear! Many individuals have been released due to the same conditions and we are hoping for the same, for Mark. 26 years is a very long time to be in prison, but it’s far worse when it’s a wrongful conviction! The purpose of this petition is to draw attention to Mark’s case and appeal to the Governor of New York to re-examine this case. So please, sign this petition and have as many people as you possibly can sign it as well. Every signature counts!! It is time to bring this man home to his family! If you have any information in regards to this case, please contact Anthony Green at (917) 736-6429. Thank you and may God bless you and all of your loved ones. FREEDOM IS A MUST!!!
Petition to Phil Murphy, Marcus O. Hicks
Approve Life-Saving Measures Against COVID-19 Inside New Jersey Correctional Facilities
We are calling for protective measures to be taken at all NJDOC Prisons as the state of New Jersey surpasses 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week. Prisons have been built to force people in extremely close proximity to one another and with guards and prison staff coming and going from these facilities, it creates a severely life-threatening situation. We are asking for your support in requesting the Governor and Commissioner of the Department of Corrections in New Jersey to approve the following: 1) Universal testing of incarcerated persons, correction officers, and professional staff, who have contact with incarcerated persons. 2) Recognizing the limited medical staff at NJDOC institutions, there exists the need for supplemental medical support staff to assist those addressing Covid-19 crisis. 3) Populations within NJDOC need to be separated pursuant to testing, namely a) healthy, b) quarantined pending test results, and c) infected. 4) Persons in quarantine must have telephonic access to contact families. 5) In the face of the pandemic, persons should not be excluded premised upon crime, housing availability, or income from the prospect of commutation and early release. Our people are dying inside and are continuing to get sick or sicker. People are not getting sufficient medical care, food, supplies, etc. Here is an example of the number of deaths that have been recorded so far in NJ prisons since the pandemic. 2 reported deaths in January3 reported deaths in FebruaryNO reported deaths in March... Here is April: April 3 Ricky James, Age 37April 7 Peter Stanley, Age 69April 11 Chart Chavalaporn, age 57April 13 Frank Silva, Age 63April 14 Michael Wilson, Age 64April 15 Abdul Aziz Farrakhan, Age 64 April 16 William Prell, Age 72April 16 James Trotman, Age 56April 17 Aahhar Saabir, Age 64April 17 Thomas Moorman, Age 45April 17 Carmelo Herrera, Age 56April 17 Tonny Kock, Age 58April 18 Vito Nigro, Age 48April 20 Thomas DeGroat, Age 72April 20 Elias Chalet, Age 58April 20 Calvert Buchanan, Age 53April 21 William Conway, Age 53April 22 Roberto Rivera, Age 68April 23 Robert Livingston, Age 64 These numbers will continue to increase. We have seen more deaths in NJ prisons in April than the last 5 months combined - but these are NOT just numbers. They are humans who are no longer with us... and WE need to honor them. It is OUR responsibility. To learn more about Women Who Never Give Up, Inc., please visit wwng.org Sincerely, Gale Muhammad, President & Founder Antonne Henshaw, Vice President Women Who Never Give Up, Inc.
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 NYS Department of Corrections Executive Clemency Bureau, Andrew M. Cuomo
Approve Commutation Request
Juan Rivas, 11A3744 was only 19 when he was charged in 2010 of Criminal Sale Firearm and Criminal Sale Control Substance in 2010. He came from a very respectful family, attended private school and had an excellent upbringing. However, Mr. Rivas fell into the wrong crowd and fast life of living in NYS. He was received in the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on 8/23/2011. Mr. Rivas received a Aggregate Minimum sentence of 0 years and a Maximum sentence of 16 years. Mr. Rivas has completed more than 50% of his sentence in NYS prisons. During his time in prison he underwent surgery and has developed respiratory ailments and severe allergies and asthma that cause him to take several medications to sleep and function throughout the day. Mr. Rivas is now 30 years old. He is classified as a mental health inmate receiving services for depression and anxiety. Although Mr. Rivas is not innocent on his actions, Mr. Rivas was a child, acting in accordance to what he was told by his peers. He acted on no recognizance and was forced to take the full sentence, while others received 1 year of probation for their participation in the crime; unjustly to charge the youngest participant in the case because he was vulnerable, threatened to receive 30+ years if he did not accept the plea amongst other things. Mr. Rivas is now married and receives support from his family and friends. His wife and family have developed a resume based on skills he has obtained in prisons to enable him to find employment when he is released in addition, are assisting and encouraging Mr. Rivas to complete his GED. Mr. Rivas has been transferred several times that he has been unable to complete the GED exam, a flaw that the system is not trying to reintegrate these inmates back into society as law abiding systems, but expecting them to return to these prisons as failures when they were not provided with the adequate tools, resources and training to live productive lives outside of the systems walls. His wife is employed as a Business Manager as well as owns her own party planning business and has been a strong support system for Mr. Rivas in the last 4 years. This petition is to assist Mr. Rivas family and supporters move the commutation application along for immediate consideration and release of Mr. Rivas.
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 L. Parson
Clemency for Walter "Arkie" Barton #SaveArkie
MAY 20, 2020 — Dear Friends, We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the inaction of our state and federal government that led to the execution of Walter "Arkie" Barton yesterday, May 19th, 2020. Thank you to all who were able to participate in the online vigil for Arkie, as well as those who held vigil with us in various ways across the world. To the many who signed and shared our petition, we know that your voices made an impact in bringing awareness to Arkie's case. For more information and ways to stay involved with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty please visit www.madpmo.org Thank you, Lauren Sobchak, Organizer, MADP Information below was previously posted, MAY 19th, 2020: Friends, Thank you for your calls, letters, and emails to Governor Parson to stop the execution of Walter Barton. Tens of thousands of Missourians have taken action, even while at home, to urge the Governor to stop this execution. While we wait for the United State Supreme Court’s decision, and hopefully the sound mind and spirit of the Governor, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty invites you to an Online Vigil or Celebration of Life for Walter “Arkie” Barton and all victims of the death penalty on May 19th, at 5PM CST. As we hold vigil on this day, we honor the lives of those lost to violence, and all victims of the death penalty. To attend, please go to www.facebook.com/madpmo/ to view the live feed on May 19th, 5PM CST. You can also join on Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81581796961?pwd=NDF6bloyQURkNDhZeWV6aHNyNTR2QT09 Password: 227903 Speakers and Moderators include: Abe Bonowitz, Director, Death Penalty Action Jude Huntz, Board Chair, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Nimrod Chapel, Director, Missouri State Conference of the NAACP Shane Claiborn, Red Letter Christians And many others... Thank you for all you are doing in this fight to #SaveArkie. This event will take place whether or not the execution of Walter Barton goes forward and we will be holding space for all victims of the death penalty and the lives lost to mass incarceration in Missouri and beyond. We appreciate all of you in our shared struggle for peace as we work to abolish the death penalty. Sincerely, Elyse Max, State Director, MADP Lauren Sobchak, Organizer, MADP Information posted below was previously published in Feb. 2020. On Tuesday, February 19, 2020 the State of Missouri issued an execution warrant for Walter “Arkie” Barton. His execution is set for May 19th, 2020. We are asking you to sign this petition to spare his life and ask Governor Parson to grant clemency. Barton was convicted and sentenced to death for killing an 81-year-old mobile home park operator, Gladys Kuehler, in the town of Ozark in 1991. Over the 25 year history of the case, Barton has been granted several changes of venue. There have been two mistrials, a trial and conviction, followed by a reversal and remand by the Missouri Supreme Court. The second trial ended in conviction which was upheld by the Supreme Court but later thrown out by a lower court. Barton's fifth and latest trial was held in Cass County, where the jury also found him guilty and recommended the death penalty. During his final appeal in 2006, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3 to uphold his death sentence. In a dissent, Justice Wolff wrote, “Even if the evidence were strong enough to support a conviction, it may not have been enough to warrant the death penalty.” His attorney is basing the clemency appeal for Walter Barton on two grounds; an innocence claim, and lack of competence to be executed. Walter Barton’s Innocence Claim According to Walter’s Attorney, Fred Duchardt, Barton was well liked by Ms. Kuehler and her family. Walter was at the scene of the crime when police and family got there to identify the body. During this process Walter ended up with a small blood splatter on the front of his shirt. During the trial, the prosecution brought forward a blood splatter expert that concluded that the blood on Walter’s shirt was enough to convict him for murder. However, the defense never brought forward a blood splatter expert to showcase that it could not have been Walter Barton as Ms. Kuehler was stabbed over 50 times creating a significant amount of blood loss and splatter evidence at the scene. In addition to the blood spatter evidence, three of the four witnesses that were brought forward to issue statements against Walter have recanted their statements. One of the witnesses who did not recant was incarcerated at the time and entered into a quid pro quo to have charges dismissed in return for their testimony against Walter. Lack of Competency Claim Walter Barton has been under psychiatric care since 2015. His attorney argues that he has never been competent due to a brain injury and his case meets the standards for not competent to execute. Walter is currently in solitary confinement and is confined to a wheelchair. In Conclusion The death penalty is rife with errors and inconsistencies and has a steep cost financially, and to human life. State governments are not perfect and due to this innocent people are convicted and some even executed by the State. In a statement from Arkie’s attorney, he says “the state of Missouri is about to prove why the death penalty should not be used because they are about to execute an innocent man.” Many Missourians do not support the death penalty, especially under the circumstances of innocence. Today we are asking you to stand up for justice, sign the petition, and ask Governor Parson to grant clemency to Walter Barton.
Petition to Mike DeWine
Urgent clemency for Coronavirus at-risk 76 yr old non-violent inmate in Ohio state prison.
My 76 year old father, Hugo Martinsons, who has already served the minimum term for his non-violent offenses, has lung issues and would most likely not survive contracting coronavirus. The virus is currently spreading throughout Marion Correctional, which he is housed. The prison facility is on lockdown with those infected put in isolation. Even with mitigation and containment efforts by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, it is highly probable my father becomes infected and dies. His chances of survival will be far greater if released and sheltered in place with his caring family. The Governor and parole board have the ability to grant him clemency and his immediate release. Hugo has been a model prisoner, finished multiple college courses, put great effort into rehabilitation, and would pose zero risk to the public. Our family is financially stable and our father would no longer be a burden on society and taxpayers. Please take the time to sign our petition along with contacting Governor DeWine so we can get our father released into a safer environment. We appreciate your support.