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Petition to À Tous Les Esprits Libres/Citizens of the world

Libérez Tariq Ramadan/Free Tariq Ramadan

(*English and Arabic below) LIBÉREZ LE PROFESSEUR TARIQ RAMADAN ET SOUTENEZ SON DROIT À UNE PROCÉDURE RÉGULIÈRE! Cette pétition appelle à la libération immédiate du Professeur Tariq Ramadan et affirme son droit à la dignité et à une procédure régulière. Le Pr Ramadan n'a été reconnu coupable d'aucun crime et le dossier d'accusation français repose sur des allégations non fondées et des preuves peu solides. Le 6 février, Pr Ramadan a été condamné par un juge à une détention à durée indéterminée, tandis que l’accusation continue de monter son dossier à charge. L’accusation soutient qu'il pourrait tenter de fuir le pays et a donc eu recours à l’option extrême de le maintenir emprisonné dans un mépris manifeste de la pleine coopération du Pr Ramadan avec les enquêteurs jusqu’à présent. Il est important de souligner Tariq Ramadan s’est rendu de son plein gré au poste de police pr répondre aux enquêteurs. Pourtant, en dépit de sa bonne volonté et de sa confiance dans le système, le juge n'a pas envisagé d'alternative à l'emprisonnement qui assurerait qu'il reste dans le pays pendant l'enquête en cours. Le traitement particulièrement sévère - la détention pour une durée indéterminée dans une cellule en isolement - par les autorités souligne le caractère politisé d'une affaire qui souffre de graves lacunes et de multiples contradictions. Il y a des preuves d'implications confidentielles de personnalités politiques et judiciaires de haut niveau des années avant que l'affaire ne soit révélée - dont certaines sont illégales en droit français. En raison de la manière contestable dont cette affaire a été traitée ainsi que des divergences majeures dans les récits des accusatrices, nous avons de sérieuses appréhensions quant à l’aptitude du système judiciaire français à agir en tant qu'arbitre neutre de la justice, particulièrement en ce qui concerne le Pr Ramadan. Il est impératif de maintenir la présomption d'innocence d'autant plus que l'accusation et ses alliés dans les médias grand public continuent d’avancer des dizaines d’allégations infondées et de distorsions dans une tentative de diffamation du professeur Ramadan. L’implication malveillante des médias dans cette dernière campagne a été particulièrement préjudiciable. Les médias français et internationaux continuent à colporter la désinformation et à répéter textuellement les soi-disant « preuves » détenues par l’accusation sans prendre la peine de vérifier leurs affirmations. Après avoir été vilipendé, réprimé et attaqué pendant des décennies par des politiciens de haut rang en tant qu’« ennemi musulman » de la France, il n’est guère surprenant que les autorités soient politiquement tentées d’abattre un féroce critique des politiques injustes du gouvernement français envers les démunis, les musulmans, les immigrés ainsi que les victimes de la domination coloniale. Il est évident que les forces antimusulmanes, représentées par des médias puissants, des institutions politiques et des islamophobes comme Caroline Fourest et Antoine Sfeir – qui, répétons-le, ont violemment fait campagne contre le professeur Ramadan pendant des années – sont directement liées à cette tentative abjecte de le détruire.  Les mêmes accusations font partie d'une campagne permanente qui a tenté de le diaboliser depuis le début de son engagement en tant qu'intellectuel et activiste au début des années 1990. Le professeur Ramadan et ses idées n'ont jamais laissé les gens indifférents. Mais au lieu de l'affronter dans un débat ouvert, ses adversaires idéologiques et politiques ont invariablement utilisé les méthodes les plus sournoises pour le discréditer en tant qu'intellectuel musulman et dénigrer sa pensée. Le professeur Ramadan a été une voix pour des millions d’individus privés de leurs droits, y compris mais sans selimiter aux musulmans, dans le monde entier.  Puisque l’œuvre de sa vie a été de défendre les causes de la justice, de la coexistence et de la compréhension mutuelle, il semble que ses ennemis aient cherché à détourner un mouvement de femmes de sa cause louable et à ternir la réputation d'un savant renommé, pour leurs sombres desseins. Nous condamnons cette affaire motivée par des considérations politiques et exigeons sa libération immédiate et son droit à une procédure régulière. Il doit être libéré, maintenant ! ************ FREE PROFESSOR TARIQ RAMADAN AND SUPPORT HIS RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS! This petition calls for the immediate release of Professor Tariq Ramadan and affirms his right to dignity and due process. Tariq Ramadan has not been convicted of a single crime and the French prosecution’s case rests on unsubstantiated claims and flimsy evidence. On February 6, Prof. Ramadan was ordered by a judge to be held indefinitely, allowing the prosecution to continue to build its case against him. The prosecution argued that he might attempt to flee the country, going to the extreme of forcing his detention in apparent disregard of Prof. Ramadan’s full cooperation with investigators so far. It is worth noting that the reason Tariq Ramadan was even in France is because he voluntarily traveled to appear for questioning. Yet, despite his show of goodwill and trust in the system, the judge considered no alternative option to imprisonment that would ensure he remain in the country during the ongoing investigation. The unusually harsh treatment—indefinite detention in a solitary cell—by authorities points to the politicized nature of a case that suffers from serious weaknesses and multiple contradictions. There is evidence of undisclosed involvement by high-profile political and judicial figures years before the case was brought forward—some of which is illegal under French law. Due to the questionable manner in which this case has been handled, and the major discrepancies in the accusers’ stories, we have serious concerns about whether France’s judicial system can be a neutral arbiter of justice particularly as it pertains to Prof. Ramadan. It is imperative to maintain the presumption of innocence especially as the prosecution and its allies in the mainstream media continue to advance dozens of unsubstantiated claims and distortions in an attempt to smear Prof. Ramadan. The mainstream media’s nefarious role in this latest campaign has been especially damaging. French and international media outlets continue to peddle misinformation and repeat verbatim the so-called “evidence” held by prosecutors without any attempt to verify their claims. After decades of being vilified, suppressed, and attacked by top-ranking politicians as ‘the Muslim enemy’ of France, it comes as no surprise that authorities would be politically driven to take down a fierce critic of the French government’s unjust and discriminatory policies directed against poor people, Muslims, immigrants, and victims of its colonial rule. There is clear evidence that anti-Muslim forces, represented by powerful media, political institutions, and islamophobes like Caroline Fourest and Antoine Sfeir—all of whom have viciously campaigned against Tariq Ramadan for years—are directly linked to this latest shameful attempt to destroy him. The same accusations are part of an ongoing campaign that has attempted to demonize him ever since the beginning of his involvement as an intellectual and an activist in the early 1990s. Prof. Ramadan and his ideas have never left people indifferent. But instead of confronting him in open debate, his ideological and political opponents have unfailingly used the most underhanded methods to discredit him as a Muslim intellectual and to discredit his thought. Tariq Ramadan has been a voice for millions of disenfranchised peoples, including but not limited to, Muslims, worldwide. Since his life’s work has been to champion the causes of justice, coexistence, and mutual understanding, it seems his adversaries sought to hijack a worthy women’s movement and tarnish the reputation of a renowned scholar for their own dark motives. We condemn the politically motivated case against him, and demand his immediate release from detention and right to due process. He needs to be freed now! ************* أيها الأحرار، بفضل جهودكم، فاق عدد الإمضاءات عتبة المائة ألف! علينا آن نواصل إذن دعوات توقيع العريضة على أوسع نطاق. نصل اليوم إلى منعطف جديد في هذه الحملة. كما هو معلوم، فقد تم احتجاز الأستاذ طارق رمضان ظلما لأجل غير معلوم إلى أن تأخذ العدالة قرارها بشأن إقامة المحاكمة. في انتظار صدور ذلك القرار، هناك معلومات جديدة أظهرت بشكل واضح الطبيعة السياسية لهذه القضية وأن حق طارق رمضان في محاكمة عادلة ليس مضمونا. وأمام هذه المستجدات، قمنا بتحديث العريضة مطالبين بإطلاق سراح الأستاذ طارق على الفور ومؤكدين على حقه في تحقيق قضائي عادل. (انظر إلى الرسالة أدناه) نشكركم جميعا ولنواصل معا العمل من أجل إطلاق سراح طارق رمضان".     ———————————  تطالب هـذه العريضة بالإفراج الفوري عن الأستاذ طارق رمضان وتؤكد حقه في الكرامة والإجراءات القانونية المعتادة.   لم تتم إدانة الأستاذ رمضان في أي جريمة، ويستند ملف القضية الفرنسي إلى ادعاءات لا أساس لها وأدلة واهنة.   منذ يوم 6 فبراير/شباط، استمر احتجاز الأستاذ طارق رمضان لأجل غير مسمى بأمر قضائي، في الوقت الذي تواصل فيه النيابة بناء ملف الاتهامات.   وقد أدلى الادعاء بحجة إمكانية الفرار من البلد، ولذلك لجأ إلى الخيار الأشد قسوة المتمثل في إبقائه مسجونا في تجاهل واضح للتعاون الكامل من قبل الأستاذ رمضان مع المحققين حتى الآن.   وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن الأستاذ رمضان هو من توجه طوعا إلى مركز الشرطة للإجابة على الأسئلة بخصوص الادعاءات الموجهة ضده.       وبالرغم مما أثبته الأستاذ طارق من حسن نية وما أبداه من ثقته في النظام، لم يأخذ القاضي بعين الاعتبار خيارات بديلة عن الاحتجاز والتي تضمن بقاءه في البلاد إلى أن ينتهي التحقيق الكلي.   إن هذه المعاملة القاسية والمتمثلة في الأمر بالحجز الانفرادي لأجل غير معلوم من طرف الجهات الرسمية تنبئ عن الطابع السياسي الذي اكتسته هذه القضية التي تحتوي على نقاط ضعف خطيرة وتناقضات متعددة. إن هناك من الأدلة ما يثبت تواطئا خفيا تشارك فيه شخصيات سياسية وقضائية على أعلى مستوى وقد بدأ هذا التواطؤ منذ سنوات قبل أن تظهر القضية، بما فيها ما يعتبر خرقا للقانون الفرنسي.   أمام هذه الطريقة المشكوك فيها والتي تم من خلالها التعامل مع القضية وبالنظر إلى التناقضات الهامة التي تحتويها روايات المدعيات، يحق لنا أن تتساءل عن صلاحية النظام القضاء الفرنسي في القيام بمهمته كحكم حيادي عادل وخاصة تجاه الأستاذ طارق رمضان.   إنه من الضروري التأكيد على مبدأ افتراض البراءة خاصة امام استمرار ظهور الادعاء وحلفائه في وسائل الإعلام في تقديم العديد من الادعاءات الواهية والمغالطات التي لا أساس لها بهدف تشويه الأستاذ طارق رمضان.   ولا شك في أن الدور الشائن لوسائل الإعلام الرئيسية في هذه الحملة الأخيرة قد ألحق ضررا بالغا.   وبالرغم من ذلك تواصل وسائل الإعلام الفرنسية والعالمية نشر معلومات مضللة وتكرر حرفيا ما يسمى ب"الأدلة" التي تزعم أنها في حوزة وكلاء النيابة دون أي أدنى محاولة للتحقق من صحة هذه الأقاويل.   بعد عقود من التشويه والقمع والتهجّم على الأستاذ رمضان من قبل سياسيين على مستوى رفيع باعتباره "العدو المسلم" لفرنسا، فإنه ليس من المستغرب أن تكون السلطات مدفوعة سياسيا للقضاء على منتقد شرس لسياسات الحكومة الفرنسية الجائرة والتمييزية الموجهة ضد الفقراء والمسلمين والمهاجرين وضحايا هيمنتها الاستعمارية.   إنه من البديهي أن القوى المعادية للمسلمين الممثلة بوسائل إعلام قوية و مؤسسات سياسية والكارهين للإسلام مثل كارولين فورست وأنطوان صفير - وكلهم قاموا بحملات شرسة ضد الأستاذ رمضان لسنوات - لها ارتباط مباشر بهذه المحاولة المخزية لتدميره.   هذه الاتهامات ذاتها هي جزء من حملة مستمرة حاولت شيطنته منذ بداية كفاحه كمثقف وناشط في أوائل التسعينات.   حظيت أفكار الأستاذ رمضان باهتمام الناس بشكل مستمر. ولكن عوض مواجهته في نقاش مفتوح، دأب خصومه الأيديولوجيون والسياسيون على استخدام أكثر الأساليب الباطلة لتشويه سمعته كمثقف مسلم وانتقاص قيمته الفكرية.   لقد كان الأستاذ رمضان صوتا لملايين الشعوب المحرومة، بما في ذلك على سبيل المثال لا الحصر، المسلمين في جميع أنحاء العالم. وبما أنه كرس حياته للدفاع عن قضايا العدل والتعايش والتفاهم المتبادل، يبدو أن خصومه سَعَوْا إلى خطف حركة نسائية محترمة وتشويه سمعة مُفكّر وأكاديمي مشهور لدوافعهم الخبيثة.   إننا ندين هذه القضية ذات الدوافع السياسية، ونطالب بإطلاق سراحه فورا وبمنحه الحق في أن يعامل حسب الإجراءات القانونية المعتادة. يجب إطلاق سراح الأستاذ طارق رمضان فورا !        

Free Tariq Ramadan
155,041 supporters
Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to TO: THE SYSTEM THAT WON'T GIVE A PARENT(S) A CHANCE, President of the United States

Collenna's law Stop Forced Adoptions In The United States

change.org      (FOR  EVERY MOTHER  AND  FATHER) IN THE  UNITED  STATES THAT  HAS A CHILD,     I am writing this petition to stop forced adoptions in the United States  and I am forwarding this petition to the president of the United State Of America, In America  alone there is a child taking away everyday from their parents everyday, most of them are young mother(s) and young father(s) from the age of 13-25 yrs of age. The system has been taking advantage of them, do to the fact of there youth, and their child(ren) as well and this is how it is happening to them.The state has been broken rules on their own policies and regulations,and state approvals of compliances.These rules should not be broken by our Owen state agencies and government agencies. In The United States they are supposed to follow guidelines and regulation(s) of policy in our country, even with reinforcement it seem to not been in force in the courts system, on parent rights laws, and these right are if a mother or father want to keep their child(ren) they have the right to keep their child(ren) and if a mother or father that don't want to keep their child they have the  right to give them-up, these are our right as parents, they also have the right to ask for their children back from the state, instead of giving them their children back, they have broken their constitutional rights, and our constitutional amendment(s) laws. The amendment that  I am talking about is the right to make a decision without it being  forced, this is what the United States Amendment stated in the decorations, there are mothers and fathers that choose to keep their child(ren) and what is happening to them is the state is signing their rights away without their consent or authority this should be illegal, with Collenna's law, it will put a stop to these misconduct and make sure the parent(s) constitutional right are not being broken under law, my right were sign away without my consent or my authority, My child was also illegal kidnapped they had no warranty to seize my child and when I asked at  the they stated you did nothing wrong they had no reason for there action,  I  was also a young parent  that didn't know my rights, or what they were doing to me, in order for me not to have my child, this is also happen to  other young parents that don't know their rights, since my constitutional  right  has  been broken, I have the right and other citizens does too, to have a law that protect the mother and father right and with Collenna's law, is to stop forced adoption's this will protect the child from getting adopted without parent consent or authority, I would like for you to acknowledge this problem that the young generation of parent or having, also with Collenna's law it will allow parents to know there rights instead of it being forced without their consent Collenna's law, will help to fight for there rights of the decision that they had made, parent's have the rights for their decision to matters on how they want to keep their child(ren), the state alone make 5,000-20,000 dollar in (1) adoption case why are the state paying them that much money in adoptions agencies and broken our constitutional rights, Question? are they being paid for that to and how much money do they get for that? and why can't they pay the people that is willing to work on keeping families together, why can't the state pay them 5,000-20,000 dollars instead of the state that get a child(ren) adopted, this is why I am asking for your  approval on my petition on Collenna's law and having this law it will only protect the right to not go against our constitutional rights, as parents fighting custody for their child(ren) or on rules, regulations and policies that all ready have been granted under family laws ,that will help protect the parent(s) rights, and from their child(ren) from being   forcefully  adopted, with  Collenna's  law these polices would be in forced into a law _________________________________     NOTICE OF MOTION FILING PETITION ON COLLENNA'S LAW STOP FORCED ADOPTION IN THE UNITED STATES,  I am ordering to file a petition for Collenna's law (R2:2-4,2:5- Stop Forced  Adoption in The United States  for the courts to conduct  the following  IT'S YOUR RIGHT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WITH COLLENNA'S LAW: With Collenna's law it will Not go against parent right as well as constitutional rights Regarding the Amendments of the United States of America if any constitutional right have been broken will be punishable under law, child(ren) statement will be recognized in the court of law if there is any false statements regarding child statement, Collenna's law will protect their right Parent(s) statements will be recognized under the court of law if parent(s) statement is false regarding parents rights if any false outlook on the well being of the child and their future, shall be question, conduct investigation on their ethical practice child protective service request will not be denied on regulations and policy followed by families practices requirement will always be countable under family law. TO QUESTION A JUDGE AND HEARING OFFICER : I have the right to record or be given an exact copy of the recording of this hearing/trial, correct? have you (as well as opposing attorney if there is one) been licensed to practice law in the state of (the state you're in)for you to become licensed by the state you had to earn and take an oath to uphold the constitution, is this correct ?  It is very unlikely in a chance they will say "no" to any of those questions and say let the record show it..... (either my right are not intended to be upheld or the judge/ hearing officer or other attorneys is not legal to practicing law, I will demand a new trial /hearing when my right are legally met, there is an extremely chance anyone will say they are not legal, once they have answer your questions, one out of time say "Thank you" and then say let the record show it. you just know made the courts acknowledge that they have taking oath to uphold their rights and any unethical behavior will not be tolerated under Collenna's law PRIVACY POLICIES: Clients have the right to sign privacy policies(Rule 1:38-7) Stop Forced Adoption in the United States parents have the right to know were there recordings is being sent to and why?  parents have the right to consent it too protect privacy of families (Rule 1:38-7) it will protect then from media cruelty and protect them from harassment protect child identity from harm it may cause in there life, reinforced policy(2:5-1)   PRACTICE AND POLICIES : across the US and by America Bar Association. If individuals found to be in violation of their oaths of service shall be reprimanded or removed and recommendations shall be made for long term reform of particular concern are abused of judicial discretion, failure to provide equal protection and process, failure to adjudicate cases in a timely manner and uphold constitutional rights of parent to determination what is the best interest of their own children  CHILD PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT PLAN: If psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and therapy  gives a false outlook on the well being of the child as well as their future, shall be question, and investigation may be conducted on their ethical practice,Child protective service request will not be denied on the regulation and policies followed by family practice requirements will always be countable under law, if child needs any psychological treatment may be conducted legally and have parents written consent on what type of help they are receiving and managements, if psychologist tampered with moon altercation drugs for any type of behavior  problems or psychological purpose child may be dealing with should have their parental consent and written consent by parent and Doctors, on why child need moon altercation drugs if found guilty in not the best interest of the child any of mood alteration, will be punishable under law and disbarred from courtroom and a full extension of investigation of misused and misdiagnose of children present date of working  date to finish date of disbarment,if needed to be medicated only if found   danger to self or others this is what mood altercation drugs is used for COMPLIANCE UPON THE PARENTS  AND THE COURTS:  Compliance will be recording on the parents behalf, the court will not override any decision of compliance that family protective service needs, courts will recognized and return child home to biological parent, when all requirements are meet under the law also when home has been approved, courts need to return the child home immediately under D.Y.F.S recommendation or request, if any pointed child lawyer fail to bring this to the courts attention, should be punishable under law, Collenna's law is willing to defend those right and the right of the child if  the child is being neglected under the care should also be recorded in the court of law if any these court crimes conduct by the court system should be investigated and question their credibility, parent have the right to renew a fair trial in order to have the right judgement on the best interest of the child future not just the present moment or at the time PARENTS CUSTODY LAW: long term impact provide recommendations for updates  to state laws that are consistent with the supreme courts, ruling  without the right of each parents, shall be investigated in to child custody laws , practice to have essentially equal, ongoing and meaning relationships with their child, parent have the right to collect child support and alimony(spousal support) and follow laws and rules polices and practice that is adequately, and provide the basic financial needs  of a child being cared for by one or both child not living in the same household,without violating the inalienable financial or property rights of either biological parent. true 50/50 financial responsibility for children based on USDA national guidelines on the cost to raise a child should be assumed unless otherwise agreed upon by the parents. family courts and the America justice system.   UNDER OATH: If any false statement under oath is punishable under law that is conducted in the court system,and failure to uphold the constitutional rights of parents to determine what is the best interest of their own children PREJURY LAWS: Both individual states and the federal government have laws making perjury a criminal offense a criminal offense. While the basic definition of perjury is  the  same at both the federal and the  state level, the penalties may be different. For instance, the federal law against perjury in the US Code classifies perjury as a felony. this means that someone who lies under oath in federal Codes classifies perjury as a felony. this means that someone who lies under oath in federal court, or who lies under oath to a person acting on behalf of the federal government may be sentenced to up to five years in jail. ELEMENTS OF PREJURY: Although the elements of perjury vary between individual states and federal law, he or she generally must have1) been sworn in or made a solemn legal promise to tell the truth;2) may a false  statement or  told  a lie on purpose. Prosecutors can sometimes can proved  that  defendant lied by showing inconsistency in prior statements made by the defendant. For instance, if a person testifies one way in a deposition and way in court, and the statement conflict with one another, this is solid evidence of perjury even if the prosecutor cannot prove which of the statement was untrue DEFENSES TO PREJURY: Making a mistake or remembering facts inaccurately is not an intentional misstatement, so if a defendant successfully argues that he agreed he simply made an error he cannot  be found guilty of perjury. it tends to be difficult for a prosecutor to prove a reasonable doubt that the misstatement wasn't  a mistake , so this defense is often sucessful The Violence Against Women Act, it's effectiveness, and how gender discriminatory policy impact practices, policies and judicial decision in the family courts and the America justice system. federal and state laws and programs must be consistently and fairly written and enforced to provide equal protection under the law for both men and women in family courts and in programs intended to protect intended to protect families and children from domestic violence.                                   I am asking legislative APPROVALS, and  their help in legislating and accepting my petition on Collenna's law  Stop Forced Adoption in the United States.  Thank you, for Taking your time and reading my petition, I am a mother that had a child that was forced into adoptions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Yvonne M. Garcia
2,432 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to Governor John Kasich

Clemency for Ray Tibbetts, Take action now!

The State of Ohio is planning to execute Ray Tibbetts but Governor Kasich has the power to stop this unjust execution by granting clemency. Please take action today and ask the Governor to commute Ray's death sentence to life without the possibility of parole to fix a serious failure of the legal system in his case.  An original juror from Ray Tibbetts’ trial wrote the Governor [LINK: http://bit.ly/2BHI5VI] that he would not have voted for death had the defense and prosecution presented accurate information about Ray’s traumatic and abusive childhood at trial.  Under Ohio law, one juror has the power to prevent a death sentence.  If the system had not failed, Ray Tibbetts would not be facing execution. After hearing testimony from the juror, a majority of the Ohio Parole Board nevertheless voted against recommending clemency for Ray Tibbetts.  Only Governor Kasich can now correct the breakdown in our criminal justice system by granting clemency and giving Ray Tibbetts the life sentence he would have received if the jurors had been told the evidence in the first place. Ray Tibbetts never should have been sent to death row. Executing him now would irreparably harm the integrity of our justice system.   Call Governor Kasich today at 614-466-3555 and urge him to correct this mistake by granting clemency to Ray Tibbetts. As the juror wrote to the Governor, "if we are going to have a legal process that can send criminals to death that includes a special phase for mitigation shouldn't we get it right?"   After you call, please sign our petition to make clear that Mr. Tibbetts should not be executed.   Background on Mr. Tibbetts’ Case:  Mr. Tibbetts was abused and abandoned his entire childhood. His home was filled with violence and neglect. He and his siblings were removed to a foster home where they were terribly treated: brutally tied to the beds, malnourished, and beaten. The State not only failed to protect Mr. Tibbetts, but it made things worse by placing him in foster homes where he was further mistreated and then ignored warning signs of the abuse happening there.  Mr. Tibbetts predictably turned to drugs and alcohol to escape this trauma, and despite genuine efforts to overcome his addictions, never received appropriate treatment that addressed his underlying mental health problems or his substance abuse.  After finally achieving a period of sobriety in which he was gainfully employed and supporting his young family, he suffered a workplace injury and was inappropriately prescribed opioids, precipitating a devastating relapse that ended with the tragic deaths of the victims in the case. This is all compelling support for sparing his life, but his jurors were told virtually none of it. Neither the single witnesses called on his behalf nor his attorneys could give the juror specifics about what they vaguely called his “horrible childhood,” and they didn’t put on friends and family who were available at the time to share their personal testimony about Mr. Tibbetts’ upbringing.  And then, the prosecutors implied the defense was lying about the bad childhood and said that Mr. Tibbetts’ time in foster care was happy and that his siblings that had suffered the same abuse but turned out fine. His deficient counsel didn’t even know the available records and evidence well enough to show that none of that was true.  The Juror Comes Forward: After reading the truth about Mr. Tibbetts’ background, Ross Geiger, a juror from Mr. Tibbetts’ original trial, bravely came forward and expressed his concerns about moving forward with the execution in a letter to the Governor. Mr. Geiger is firm in his conviction that he would have voted for a life sentence had he known all of the mitigating evidence about Mr. Tibbetts’ life. In Ohio, just one juror’s vote for a life sentence makes someone ineligible for the death penalty. Mr. Tibbetts would never have ended up on death row if his attorneys had presented the evidence that was available to them at the time of trial.  Back in February of this year, Governor Kasich did the right thing by asking the Parole Board to seriously consider the implications of Ross Geiger’s statement that he would not have voted for the death penalty had he known the facts about Mr. Tibbetts’ traumatic childhood and impact on his and his siblings’ development as adults.  Additional info: It is a grave injustice to execute a person when the integrity of the judicial system has been so greatly called into question. Mr. Geiger’s testimony proves that had Mr. Tibbetts’ defense counsel presented available mitigating evidence and corrected the prosecution’s misrepresentation of the facts, he would not have voted for the death penalty, meaning Mr. Tibbetts would have never received a death sentence.  The Governor can decide to independently remedy the failure in the system highlighted by Mr. Geiger by granting clemency. He should take this opportunity to exercise his leadership in restoring faith in our criminal justice system when such terrible breakdowns do occur. 

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Save Aysha and Her Family from Being Executed by the Taliban

Aysha and her family are in critical danger because Aysha's father is a heroic Afghan interpreter who worked for the US military for seven years. Aysha's father, Muhammad, directly saved American soldiers' lives, including one time he dashed into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. His military supervisors praised his work ethic, dedication, and trustworthiness, and his incredible skill of fluently speaking six languages made him indispensable on Special Forces night raids on Taliban insurgents. But the Taliban considers him a criminal and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad, his wife, and his four young daughters. The whole family has been living in hiding for four years. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban. Even the children are unable to leave their apartment. Leaks in the roof have made the young girls sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter. Meet Aysha, Muhammad, and the rest of their family in our 2-min video https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFBRd47rz7x9SHaJxEOH6IRXEgYg19L9D and help us by sharing the video (especially with your representatives in Congress) with hashtags #SaveAysha and #SaveOurAllies. My family and I tried to sponsor Aysha and her family for humanitarian parole to save their lives, but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied the cases. Aysha's aunt and uncle in the United States offered to care for her and her sisters, but USCIS refused to even save the kids, making the ridiculous claim that Aysha and her sisters are “security concerns.” Tell the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch at USCIS, John Bird, to re-open and approve Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases to save them from the Taliban before it is too late. USCIS doesn't question that leaving this family behind is a death sentence. They just don't care enough about refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. When the US military mostly pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban gained strength in Afghanistan and killed many interpreters or their family members in revenge. One of Muhammad's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Muhammad and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Muhammad fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Muhammad lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa. When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight over a year ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Muhammad had tried to apply to the US as a refugee on his own, but he was denied for “discretionary security reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Muhammad's refugee case was denied, he was devastated and lost all hope for saving his life and his family's lives. He said the only option left for him was to surrender to the Taliban, thinking that after the Taliban tortured and killed him, they would stop looking for his children. I told him not to give up and promised him to find a way to save their lives. Please help me keep my promise to Muhammad to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Muhammad's service to the US military. My family hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Muhammad and his family to come live in the US while he works to get permanent, legal status in the US. Our humanitarian parole case for them may be our last chance to save their lives. In what our lawyer says is the most egregious case she has ever seen, USCIS denied Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases because his refugee case had been denied and without even bothering to figure out why the refugee case had been denied. Thus, they denied Muhammad's humanitarian parole case for “discretionary reasons” without even knowing what those discretionary reasons were. This is effectively a death sentence for the entire family. When our lawyer pleaded with USCIS to at least let Muhammad's young daughters come live with their aunt and uncle in the US, the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch of USCIS, John Bird, refused to approve any of the family's cases and made the absurd claim that granting a one-year visa to anyone in the family, including Muhammad's 2- and 4-year-old daughters, is a security concern. Because of USCIS's policy and Muhammad's service to the US military, Muhammad's children were literally born with a death sentence. Mr. Bird acknowledges that Muhammad and his family meet all the criteria for humanitarian parole, and he does not question that they will be killed if left in their current situation. He just does not care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban.  Worse yet, last October USCIS granted humanitarian parole to family members of Las Zetas drug cartel members who murdered US ICE agents in Mexico, so that the family members of the murderers could attend a trial in Washington, D.C. Thus, USCIS is literally treating Muhammad and his family worse than criminals. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453519/operation-fast-and-furious-victor-avila-betrayed-obama-administration Sign the petition to tell USCIS to re-open and approve Muhammad's and his family's cases quickly. Muhammad is a hero who faithfully served the US military for over 9 years and is now in grave danger because the Taliban is determined to get revenge. He has already lost everything except his and his family's lives because of his service to America, but he is still proud of his choice to work for the US military. All he wants in return is the chance to bring his daughters to safety and to give them a future. If USCIS does not re-open and approve his case, he will be left behind to be killed by the same terrorists that he risked his life to fight for so many years. The Sacramento Bee wrote a story about USCIS's recent denial of Muhammad and his entire family for humanitarian parole and my family's efforts to save them. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article187680333.html The Ithaca Voice recently published a story highlighting the absurdity of USCIS blacklisting a toddler. https://ithacavoice.com/2018/02/case-denied-not-closed-fight-continues-afghan-interpreter-trying-escape-pakistan/ For more background information, The Ithaca Voice published a detailed story over the summer about Muhammad and his career with the US military: https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/former-afghan-interpreter-hopes-find-sanctuary-u-s-help-cornell-student/ No One Left Behind, the non-profit fighting to save Afghan and Iraqi interpreters, also published a blog post highlighting Muhammad's case http://nooneleft.org/2017/12/12/4221/ Please call your Congressional representatives and ask them to join our bipartisan sign-on letter asking DHS for information on why they denied Muhammad's case. If you need contact information on your Congressional representatives, use this link to look them up: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ Email me (Kristy Perano) at save.aysha@gmail.com to find out how you can help or for more information on Muhammad's case. Please also email me if you know Muhammad personally or if you know any government officials or reporters who may be able to help raise public awareness of Muhammad's case.

Kristy Perano
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