Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Chuck Grassley
Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients
My six-year-old daughter Morgan suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and dangerous seizures. We’ve tried everything to help her. She’s taken more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications but at best, she's gone only four weeks without a seizure. Based on our own research, advice from our doctors, and what we’ve heard from families living in other states, we would like Morgan to try cannabidiol oil -- a form of medical marijuana. For children with similar illnesses in other parts of the country, the results using medical marijuana have been life changing. Medical marijuana comes in many different preparations, and is prescribed accordingly to treat specific conditions. The treatment Morgan needs would not make her "high", and she wouldn't smoke it. It would come in a bottle just like her other medications, but with fewer side effects. The medications that Morgan has tried have devastating side effects. They gave her kidney stones, ulcerative colitis, and compromise her respiratory system. She should be able to try this much safer option. But medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. It’s currently a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it just as dangerous as heroin and says there is no medicinal value. This means our family would have to move to a different state to get it, or obtain it illegally and risk arrest. I have decided that neither of those choices are good enough for my family. That’s why I’m supporting the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act -- a bipartisan bill that will let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference. It will also expand research into the health benefits of marijuana and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend marijuana to ailing veterans. The CARERS Act would remove also CBD from scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act, affirming to the world that marijuana does have medical benefits. This bill will change the lives of so many sick and suffering people, like my daughter, around the country. Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the CARERS Act.
Petition to Governor Mike DeWine
Stop the Execution of Warren "Keith" Henness
Keith Henness is scheduled to be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville on February 13, 2019 at 10 am. Keith’s case in yet another reminder of the systemic flaws with Ohio’s death penalty system. Keith Henness’ trial lawyers did virtually no work defending him · Lead counsel logged fewer than 12 hours investigating the case during the sixteen months before trial. · Counsel did not investigate or hire mitigation specialists to defend Keith. Lingering doubts exist today, evidence was destroyed · Both co-defendants had histories of violence, substance abuse and motive for killing Richard Myers. Keith had no history of violence and no motive for the crime. · Finger prints and blood samples taken from the crime scene did not match Keith. · The lead detective on the case instructed the crime lab to destroy the forensic evidence after the trial during Keith’s appeal. · The only evidence used to convict Keith came from the two co-defendants. Keith’s death sentence is an outlier that never should have occurred · Franklin County data show from 1990-1995, 98% of indicted aggravated murder cases did not receive the death penalty. · Of the 109 indictments eligible for the death penalty, only 2 actual death sentences were given. Keith Henness was one. · Because Keith did not trust his trial lawyers, he did not agree to a plea deal offered by prosecutors for 20 years-life. Keith Henness is the first person scheduled for execution under newly-elected Governor Mike DeWine. Call the governor and urge him not to execute Keith Henness. Call Gov. DeWine at (614) 466-3555 and tell him he should grant clemency to Keith based on ineffective trial lawyers, lingering doubts about co-defendants and data clearly demonstrating his death sentence is unfair. Click here to read more about Keith’s case
Petition to President Donald Trump
Clemency for my son, Darrell Frazier.
My name is Joyce Johnson, the mother of federal prisoner,Darrell Frazier. The problem that I want to solve is that my son is serving a life sentence with no parole for a drug conspiracy. He has served 29 1/2 years thus far, which I believe he has paid his debt to society. I am putting up this petition support page to ask President Donald J Trump, to grant my son executive clemency to reduce my son's life sentence to time served and show him mercy. Since being incarcerated Darrell founded The Joe Johnson Tennis Foundation a non-profit foundation in 2010, which I (his mother) is CEO. The foundation itself teaches 100 to 200 children per week through summer camps at local recreation centers in Chattanooga, TN. It begins the first week in June through the first week of August. What an inspiration it would be to have my son tell his story as he teaches tennis to the children within the community. Clemency would give him the opportunity to take over as head of this foundation and help me his mother due to my recent disability. Clemency would also bring back cohesiveness within the family which has been lost due his incarceration. Now I want to ask all my family members and friends for support of this petition as well as my son's friends and associates to sign and support this petition as well. May God continue to bless everyone who signs this executive clemency support petition. Sincerely, Joyce Johnson - mother of Darrell Frazier
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Clemency for Larry Hoover, Serving 6 Life Sentences for Non-Violent, Drug Related Offenses
Larry has spent over 2 decades in solitary confinement in ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado. He is serving 6 life sentences for non violent drug related offenses. Before being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement, and with gang violence beginning to surge in Chicago and other inner cities, Larry, while serving time in Illinois State Prison, penned a manifesto called “The Blueprint” which was intended to eradicate gang violence from the streets and to steer those who were previously involved in such activities towards inner city growth and development. By steering folks towards civic engagement, it would aid in disposing these depressed areas of gang violence. Also, while still in Illinois State Prison, Larry organized “United in Peace” an anti-gang violence summit which was in direct response to an increase in gang violence in Chicago and other Mid-West cities. Larry’s new focus towards eradicating gang violence speaks directly to his efforts to not only rehabilitate himself, but to rehabilitate the inner cities. His God given gift for organization and leadership aided in the drop in gang violence in Chicago- a city that has historically been known for severe gang activity. Due to Larry’s efforts with United in Peace gang violence dropped precipitously and more people in Chicago were becoming actively engaged in local politics. Through his 21st Century Vote initiative, perhaps the most rigorous inner city get out the vote campaign his country has seen, candidates who received his endorsement were being competitive in political races across Chicago and in the Midwest. Once the federal government received notice of this work, they maliciously prosecuted him and the rest of 21st Century Vote in order to dismantle their efforts. Ultimately, through seemingly illegal wiretapping of unwitting prison visitors who came to see Larry, the federal government used this evidence to convict him of 6 life sentences all spent in severe isolation in the most secure prison in the world; robbing him of human contact. Since his federal conviction, he has been housed in the same unit as the Unabomber, Al Queda leadership and notorious serial killers. At ADX the Control Unit is the most secure and isolated unit currently in use. Prisoners in the Control Unit are isolated from the other prisoners at all times, even during recreation, for extended terms often lasting six years. Their only meaningful contact with other humans is with ADX staff members. Larry, for 19 years was housed in the Control Unit. The compliance of Control Unit prisoners with institutional rules is assessed monthly. A prisoner is given credit for serving a month of his Control Unit time only if he maintains clear conduct for the entire month. As mentioned above, Larry had clear conduct for 17 years straight, but was still resigned to spend ALL of that time in the Control Unit without being removed. It’s important to highlight that ADX Supermax tells its inmates that to be moved from this prison to a less restrictive unit and ultimately earn their way out of ADX, inmates must maintain clear conduct for a specific time- usually 36 months(as mentioned above, Larry had 17 straight years of clear conduct), participate in recommended programs and demonstrate a positive institutional adjustment. These 36 months consist of extreme isolation inside of a cell on an average of 23 hours a day, including during during meals. For these reasons, Larry presents a compelling and appropriate case for clemency and the ability to be removed during the process to a federal prison that provides him comfort as a senior citizen. With no parole in the federal system and no ability to make an appeal to be removed to a less severe prison where Larry can be closer to his family in Illinois, he has essentially been condemned to die under the threat of isolation and the inability to feel the human touch of his loved ones. Unless Larry is given mercy by the President, he will not be able to achieve these basic requests. Keeping Larry in ADX serves no practical purpose. He has shown that he can and is more than willing to help clean up Chicago and other inner cities. To keep him from this meaningful work would only be a negative. Furthermore, to keep him housed in ADX will only continue to waste taxpayer money. Larry has more than paid his debt to society by serving the past 2 decade’s years of his life in isolation laboring under the dark cloud of dying there.
Petition to Governor Haslam of Tennessee
Justice for a Grandfather!!
Jimmie Robinson lives in Sevierville, TN and is a 75 year old grandfather. Three of his grandchildren are precious little boys (now ages 13 years and twins, now eleven years). His grandsons look up to him and call him Pa. Their Pa teaches them about God, nature, how to be patient enough to catch frogs, and what the American flag, the Bald Eagle, and the Pledge of Allegiance means to us. Their Pa is a good, simple, God fearing man and he is loved by his family and friends. Their Pa was citizen of the year in his town, a Vietnam veteran, President of the Kiwanis, and has done much for his community. Their Pa is a man of outstanding moral character and honor. He is a real man and he is a true hero. However, their Pa is currently serving 17 years for 2nd degree murder in the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg, TN for killing their father (his son-in-law). Pa did not kill him out of anger or revenge, but to protect his precious grandsons from him, as the court system in Sevier County proved to be a corrupt, "good 'ol boy" system that not only failed to protect them from him, but was about to send a victimized child and his two baby brothers back into the hands of his sexual perpetrator. The children's father is from one of several families that "own" and run the very small town of Sevierville. They have a seemingly unlimited amount of money at their disposal that easily influences any obstacles that may cross their paths, which had been used in many occasions to make his past "indiscretions" disappear. Unfortunately, Pa and his family were square in their path this time. At first the children's father appeared to be a good man, from a good family. Soon after he married the children's mother (Pa's daughter), however, he began to fly into violent rages, abused drugs and alcohol, and engaged in other bizarre and often immoral behaviors. Fear turned into horror at the realization that he was sexually abusing their eldest son, who was at that time a precious 2 year-old toddler. The Robinson family used every legal means possible to protect all three of the boys from him. The children's mother obtained a restraining order against him and filed for divorce. Despite all of the allegations of sexual abuse, etc., the Judge hearing the divorce case, granted the children's father regular visitation with the children under the supervision of the paternal grandmother and step-grandfather. The sexual abuse against the oldest child resumed immediately. After investigating the reports of sexual abuse, the Department of Children's Services indicated the children's father for Severe Sexual Abuse, which was signed by the Assistant District Attorney of Sevier County and several other members of the community's Child Protective Investigative Team. DCS filed an immediate protective order petition against him in Juvenile court. Meanwhile, a detective from the Sevierville Police Department was assigned to investigate the criminal sex abuse case but never even interviewed the children's father or any of the other dozen or so witnesses. The District Attorney's office eventually ignored all of the evidence of the abuse investigation, did not take it to the Grand Jury, and declined to proceed with any criminal case against him. The children's father repeatedly perjured himself in the Divorce proceedings, with no reprocussions whatsoever for it. There were numerous, outrageous, corrupt stunts performed by the children's father and his legal team in the Juvenile court sexual abuse hearing, with no reprocussions for it. In fact, the Judge hearing that case ignored all of the witness testimony from the abused child's Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), an emergency room doctor from East Tennessee Children's Hospital, a psychotherapist who flew in from Texas who had counseled the children's father and his former wife years earlier, and testimony regarding his drug and alcohol abuse and decided that it would be okay to allow the sexual perpetrator visits with the victimized child and his baby brothers. It became painfully aware to the Robinson family that the system had failed the children in every single way. It appeared imminent that two courts, despite overwhelming evidence of on-going sexual abuse, unpredictable outbursts of violent rages, and even drug and alcohol abuse, were about to turn over three, precious, innocent baby boys for their father to victimize over and over and over at his leisure. That is why Pa took matters into his own hands to protect the children. The corruption resumed in the Criminal court against Pa and he never had a chance of a fair trial. There were even family members and close family friends of the children's father who work at the Sevier County courthouse and who signed the Grand Jury indictment against him. Pa just wanted the opportunity to explain to a jury of his peers "why" he did it. However, again, it became painfully obvious that he was never going to receive a fair trial when the Judge hearing the Criminal case disallowed any testimony regarding the sexual abuse, etc., against the child. Upon the paternal mother's request, the District Attorney's office initiated a plea agreement that Pa decided to accept in hopes of being sent to a minimum security facility close to home so that his wife of 55 years, his precious grandchildren, and the rest of his family and friends who adore him would be able to hug him rather than visiting him between glass in a maximum security facility. There's so much more to this story and examples of corruption in the system than can be explained here. The courts did not subpeona the records department of several mental health facilities that the children's father went to spanning from his childhood into adulthood that should have been considered in this case. After his death, these mental health documents were finally obtained by the mother of the children. In those records, in part, he admitted in his own words that he is a "sexual abuser of those young and old...."; that "my idol is Jeffrey Dahmer...."; and that he "wants to kill people...but with my own hands, because it will make me feel more complete...." He tried to "burn his mother" and told a story of repeated abuse against him that is horrifying. He had several mental health diagnoses. He physically abused a former wife by beating her head and face into a tile floor to the point that she is now legally blind. These are among many, many more horrifying stories. His family knew all of this, as his mother participated in the intake processes and some of the sessions. But rather than admitting to it and standing up to do the right thing to protect his children from him, they were deceitful and painted a picture of him to the community that would not tarnish their good name. The main thing is that the corrupt system in Sevier County failed to protect these children and this man. No one was held accountable for their actions except Jimmie Robinson and that is unacceptable. The children are the ones who have been punished and who have suffered in this case. Pa's last words to the Criminal court Judge was, "Sir, I am just a Grandpa". This Grandpa needs to come home to his grandchildren who love him. Please help bring this Grandpa home.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
President Trump: Commute the Prison Sentence of Former Rapper "Loon"
Former Bad Boy Records recording artist "Loon" is serving an unjust sentence in federal prison for a very minor role in a non-violent drug offense. Mr. President, please grant him a presidential commutation of sentence. Chauncey Hawkins, professionally known as Loon, was a multi-Platinum-selling recording artist signed to Bad Boy Records. He is most known for his hit songs with P. Diddy "I Need A Girl Part 1" featuring Usher and "I Need A Girl Part 2" featuring Ginuwine. In 2008, Loon left the music industry to pursue a better, positive life after reverting to Islam and was traveling the world as a motivational speaker. He now goes by Amir Junaid Muhadith. However, while he was still in the music industry he made an introduction for someone who was involved with drugs and he got snared in a federal drug conspiracy case. He pleaded guilty for this minor role and agreed to a 14-year sentence to avoid the “trial tax” he would receive if he rejected the government's plea offer, which included very lengthy mandatory minimum enhancement penalties that would flow from a conviction after trial. Prisons should be reserved for those who really need to be there. At the White House Prison Reform Summit, which I had the privilege of attending, you expressed concern for long sentences and stressed the importance of second chances for low-risk offenders. In commuting the prison sentence of Alice Johnson, you stated that “those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance.” Amir has done both. And while thousands of offenders will be released or see their sentences shortened as a result of the First Step Act, the new law does not benefit Amir. He has already served 7 years of his sentence. This should be enough. Mr. President - like Alice Johnson - Amir is deserving of your mercy and will be a better asset to the community as a free man where he intends to serve his community through the development of effective re-entry programs. Please commute the remainder of his sentence without delay, so Amir can return home to his family and community, where he can use his talents to benefit others rather than simply being warehoused. Sincerely, Weldon Angelos
Petition to Faris Al-Rawi
Legalise cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago
Jail is no place for non-violent offenders who break a law whose very basis was highly immoral and contravenes the Constitutional right to freedom and to enjoyment of one's property, among others. The prisons in Trinidad are already extremely overcrowded and conditions are inhumane. People in Remand Yard have been waiting for years for a trial date. The Dangerous Drugs Act permits possession, use, sale and cultivation of marijuana - all that is required is for the Minister of Health to write the regulations by which licences can be issued. With numerous studies showing that marijuana has therapeutic and medical benefits, and many countries moving towards legalisation or decriminalisation, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago must address the fact that as long as ganja remains illegal, it will always be under the control of criminal gangs because demand continues to grow for marijuana locally, regionally and internationally.
Petition to Governor Tom Wolf, Lori Fruncek, Louis J. Payne
Require East Pittsburgh Police to wear body cameras #AntwonRose
Antwon Rose was an honor student and senior this year who was shot in the back and killed by a police officer who was only sworn in less than 24 hours before the incident happened. According to NBC News, the Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough says that the East Pittsburgh Police Department doesn't have to wear body cameras or have police car cameras. Body cameras have been adopted by many police departments around the country and they have been shown to reduce the number of complaints filed against officers and also the use of force by officers. Please sign my petition requiring the East Side Police Department to wear body cameras at all times.