Petition to Jeff Sessions, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Closing Federal Prison Camps Will Save Taxpayers over $1 Billion
Federal prison camps are considered "out-custody" facilities without fences or walls and we questions the wisdom of the federal government wasting billions of tax dollars of welfare-style appropriations for non-violent able-bodied men and women at federal prison camps when home confinement with an ankle monitor can accomplish the same security and punitive objectives without the enormous financial and social costs. A March 2016 Inspector General report, shows the BOP spent 1.1 billion dollars on healthcare costs in 2014 as part of a $6.8 billion-dollar annual budget. Billions of dollars pour into halfway house coffers to house offenders leaving prison who actually have homes to go to or law abiding, responsible family members who agree to provide housing and support AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER. Stop wasting our tax dollars! View full story at: Why Prison Camps are a Waste of Tax Dollars
Petition to John Hickenlooper, Alan Loeb, Catherine P. Adkisson
Release Rene Lima-Marin
My husband Rene Michael Lima-Marin was incarcerated in 1998 at the age of 19 and served 10 years of his 16 year sentence for robbery in which he used an unloaded gun and no one was hurt. He was released in 2008 and placed on parole which he successfully completed in 2013. But in January 2014 it was determined that a clerical error had been made and he was sent back to prison for an additional 90 years. During his six years of freedom, Rene strived to be a productive member of society. He had been rehabilitated and took full advantage of this second chance; we had a child, purchased a home, and got married. He coached his step-son’s soccer team, mentored other youth to stay out of trouble, and maintained full time employment so he could support our family. To take him away from our family and lock him up for the rest of his life is unjust. I certainly do not want to make light of the mistakes that Rene made as a teenager but I do call into question the life sentence Rene and our family faces. Does a man that was formally released from the penal system, met all the conditions of this release, and turned his life around deserve this type of justice? Are we as a society really willing to accept that a clerical error is enough justification to rip apart a family? Rehabilitate means to help re-adapt, as to a former state of health or good repute. The entire penal system was created to rehabilitate and restore individuals to be productive members of society. Please sign my petition asking Attorney General John Suthers, Arapahoe County Chief Judge William Blair Sylvester, and Colorado Appeals Chief Judge Alan Loeb to release Rene from this unjust sentencing. I ask for this so he may return home where he can continue to be a tax paying model employee, an engaged and loving father and a supportive husband.
Petition to Pelicia Hall, Jerry Williams, Ron King, Earnest Lee, Jacqueline Banks, Anthony Compton
Please Stop Group Punishment
We are tired of everyone being punished for things the majority of the men are not involved in. We do not understand why so many men who are following the rules and doing what they are supposed to be doing are being punished for the actions of others. There are more men being punished for absolutely no logical reason than there are men being punished for breaking the rules. Not only are the men being punished for no logical reason, but their families are being punished as well. We feel this practice should be changed. I do not see any way that it is going to help any problem MDOC faces to punish the innocent (as MDOC rules stand) along with those guilty of breaking the rules. I have reviewed MDOC’s disciplinary policies and do not see where the department of corrections has the right to punish those men who are abiding by MDOC’s rules. Is it not enough punishment that they are separated from their families and real life? What is it that you are looking to accomplish with this practice? I foresee an increase in aggression, less likelihood for men to behave since they are being punished already for things they have not done or have any control over, and an increase in depression, anxiety, and possible suicides. I am no doctor or expert but when you take away everything the ones behaving are behaving for, what is left to motivate them to behave? Why are all the men being punished for the actions of the few? We do understand that there is a standard 72 hour lockdown that is to occur after any major situation for investigation and are not fighting that, but this is weeks and months of lockdowns when the ones breaking the rules obviously are not concerned with losing their privileges, despite the suffering of the ones that are obeying them. Marshall Fisher’s statement was that the inmates need to learn to police themselves. They do not get paid to do that and it puts them in danger if they decide to become snitches and tell on everyone. The CO’s look down on them for that just as much as the other inmates do and in the long run is it really going to change the outcome? There will still be contraband, assaults, thieves stealing from others, and so on regardless of whether or not all the inmates that behave tell on the ones that misbehave constantly. It would just cause more problems for the department, inmate, and the families of the inmates. The inmates are not the only ones being punished. The families of these inmates who live visitation to visitation to see their husbands, brothers, cousins, fathers, and sons are being punished as well. We live visit to visit and phone call to phone call. Our lives revolve around our visits we are becoming extremely frustrated that despite the fact that only certain inmates are causing trouble, they are all being punished. Parchman Unit 29 has barely had any visits over the last year. All communication with their families has been cut off and the reason being because a handful of inmates refuse to follow the rules. For medium custody inmates, who are obviously obeying the rules or they would not be medium custody, that just makes no logical sense. What message does that send? Do we really want to tell these men that it does not matter what they do, they are still going to be disciplined and have all privileges taken away? On top of losing visitations, their ability to buy hygiene, food, and writing supplies is taken away. They cannot visit, cannot call home, cannot write home, cannot buy soap and deodorant, and cannot eat anything other than what the prison provides when it is provided. These men are barely fed. If the families want to buy them extra food so they are not going hungry, they should be able to, especially when said inmate is obeying the rules of the department. No good can possibly come of all of this group punishment practice MDOC has chosen to incorporate. Why are we not cracking down punishment on the ones misbehaving and showing them that there are privileges available if they behave as men instead of animals? If they are going to have everything taken anyway, what is to stop them from becoming caged animals, rioting, and worse? There are people just being moved that were not on restriction or lockdown when they were moved being punished because of things that happened before they even arrived at the prison. There has to be a better way of handling things of this nature. There has to be a way to punish only those that are doing wrong and stop punishing those that do their best to stay under the radar and out of trouble. We are asking that this practice be reevaluated and that the Mississippi Department of Corrections stop punishing every one for the mistakes of few. Everyone makes mistakes, some get caught and end up with a prison sentence while others never get caught and become politicians, attorneys, journalists, and other successful members of society. Once the inmate enters the department of corrections they begin paying for their crimes. Their behavior should determine the harshness of their treatment while in the department, not the behavior of others whom they probably never met before and have nothing to do with. Please think this through before our men get to a point of feeling there is nothing left to lose and everyone ends up with more problems than we started with. Justice is supposed to be fair. Humans are supposed to be treated as humans not animals that are not important. Whether we make mistakes or not, we are still all human and not a single one of us means more to God than the other. We do not see any reason why the people who receive rule violations cannot be punished without everyone else being punished because of their violations. A man who misbehaves should pay for his own crimes and rule violations not everyone else’s crimes and rule violations and no one else should be made to pay for his mistakes. This practice is no different than if God were to set fire to the entire world right now and force us all to burn in it because of one or two men’s sin. Please stop making the families and inmates suffer for things that have nothing to do with them. We are asking for you to exercise empathy and integrity. We are asking that you do the right thing in our Mississippi Department of Corrections. Let each man make their own bed instead of trouble makers being the ones making the beds for all men. There are many men suffering the consequences of those men that lack integrity. We are asking that this group punishment be dismissed and that the real trouble makers be made to suffer their own mistakes instead of everyone suffering. What if God decided to punish all humans this way? I think we would be in a world of hurt. Can we please find a better way?
Petition to Mr. Asqar Jahangir, Head of Iran’s State Prison Organization,
Apply Domestic Law: Provide Prisoners with Adequate Medical Care
My name is Atena Daemi. By the time you read this petition I will probably be in prison. I have been sentenced to 7 years for my peaceful human rights activism –a fact that has been widely criticized by human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. Imprisonment is difficult for anyone but, it is especially challenging when you are suffering from an illness and denied medical care. Denying prisoners medical care is a form of torture. Today, some of Iran’s bravest and most dedicated activists are imprisoned and suffering because the authorities refuse to provide them with medical care. This is a clear violation of domestic and international law. Additionally, the conditions of prisoners who are detained on non-political and criminal charges are even worst. Please join me in asking the head of Iran’s State Prison Organization to provide prisoners with proper medical care. Many of Iran’s prisoners are deprived of adequate nutrition and proper medical care in an express violation of domestic and International law. State Prison Organization Regulations requires Iran’s prison officials to offer prisoners with nutritious meals and speedy and proper medical care; including transferring detainees to a hospital outside the prison, or releasing them on medical leave. However, Iranian prison authorities routinely and systematically deny prisoners proper medical care. Many prisoners are unnecessarily suffering from manageable and curable conditions. We must pressure Iranian authorities and demand they fulfill their legal obligation. Narges Mohammadi, Mahvash Shahriari and Zeinab Jalalian are 3 Iranian citizens suffering from grave health issues in prison. Their condition is worsening day by day. Narges, a prominent human rights advocate, has been sentenced to 16 years in connection to her activism. She suffers from a neurological disorder that causes seizures and temporary partial paralysis. According to reports, her condition has deteriorated due to her imprisonment. Mahvash Shahriari, a Baha’i citizen, has been behind bars for 9 years for practicing her faith and defending the rights of other Baha’is. Doctors have recommended that Mrs. Shahirari be release on medical grounds. Authorities, however, continue to disregard Mrs. Shahiari’ medical condition and jeopardize her life by keeping her behind bars. Zeinab Jalalian, an Iranian Kurdish activist, is at risk of losing her eyesight because Iranian authorities deny her specialized care. According to her attorney, some of Jalalian’s medical requests have been rejected outright while others have been accepted on condition that she makes videotaped “confessions.” One thing i’m sure of: as our numbers grow and our voice gets louder, Iranian authorities are much more likely to listen to our demand, as they care greatly about how they are perceived internationally. Please join me in demanding that Iranian authorities provide prisoners with proper medical care. Atena Daemi
Petition to Honorable Judge David Hittner [Southern District of Texas], Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner [Southern District of Texas], Ellen Alexander - Case Manager For Honorable Judge David Hittner, Karen Harpold - Administrative/Judicial Assistant
40 years for marijuana is not justice
Grant a Reduction of Sentence to My Son Edwin Walter Rubis, 40 years for marijuana is not justice.My son, Edwin Walter Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a non-violent marijuana offense. [www.marijuanaliferproject.org/federal-prisoner-edwin-rubis-is-serving-life-for-marijuana/ At age 29, Edwin was slapped with this offense while battling drug addiction. At the time of his arrest, we discovered that authorities were seeking information on others involved in the drug trade that Edwin did not have. Edwin's court appointed attorney advised us that, without cooperation, no plea agreement to plead guilty would be in effect. Based on counsel's advisement, Edwin proceeded to trial, and received a sentence of 40 years for not cooperating. He has served 18 years on this offense. Even if he had been fairly represented through a paid competent attorney, and his trial had not weighed against him, 18 years is sufficient for this non-violent crime. Please sign our petition asking Honorable Judge David Hittner [Southern District of Texas], in tandem with Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner [Southern District of Texas], to grant our son Edwin a reduction of sentence, so he may have a second chance at life. While serving this federal sentence, Edwin has taken numerous rehabilitation programs to better himself. He has certificates of completion from the psychology and religious departments. He is currently enrolled in Christian Bible College and Seminary pursuing a Master's degree in Christian Counseling and Therapist Certification. He completed a 2 year apprenticeship to be a dental assistant, and is currently working in the medical department at his present institution. Edwin is active in his personal studies, and is seen as a mentor by others for both spiritual and personal character. Upon his immediate release, Edwin has, at the minimum, three job offers available from the community. Sadly, all our possible legal options have been exhausted, including clemency from the President. I am pleading for my son to receive a sentence reduction so that he can continue his rehabilitation efforts by helping young men deal with situations he faced during his younger years in the streets. Please sign this petition urging Honorable Judge David Hittner, in tandem with Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner, to grant him a sentence reduction, based on the case of Holloway v. United States, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 102707 (E.D. NY 2014). Edwin has been rehabilitated and deserves a second chance. Sincerely, Maria Roque and Family. God bless You.
Petition to Governor Susanna Martinez
Release For Inmate Confined Years After Fair Release Date
Jerry's audit was incorrectly interpreted by the New Mexico Corrections Department resulting in over 2 years of extra confinement. His grievance counselors and caseworkers have denied him his due process of law so his current audit is missing 183 days. He is two and a half months from his projected release but over 3 years past his fair release. Governor Martinez office doesn't care that the legal department at NMCD isnt doing their job. She chooses to support the illegal activity happening in her cabinet over the constituents of NM. She has been advised of the situation and instead of standing up and overseeing the offices we elected her to oversee, she chooses to turn a blind (but informed) eye. Please look up Jerry Wayne Freedom on social media for more information and listen to the responses to these allegations from Gov Martinez staff. Thank you.
Petition to Deborah Leff, President of the United States
President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana
My brother Weldon Angelos, who was on his way to becoming a successful musician--writing and producing songs with artists such as Snoop Dogg and other acclaimed musicians--has been in federal prison for over 12 years. He faces 43 more years. All because he sold small amounts of marijuana and possessed--only possessed, didn't use--a gun at the same time! Even the judge who sentenced Weldon disagreed with the mandatory sentence of 55 years. The father of two young boys and a daughter, Weldon had never before been in trouble with the law. He was convicted when he was 24 years old of selling small amounts of marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The informant, who was a childhood acquaintance of Weldon, testified that a gun was present (never brandished or used) during two of the pot deals, which were friendly encounters in a store parking lot. When the police officers presented a warrant for Weldon's arrest, he consented to a search of his home, where officers found some marijuana and three guns, one in a locked brief case and the other two in a locked safe. The conservative federal judge Paul Cassell, appointed by President George W. Bush, sentenced Weldon to one day in prison on the marijuana charges. But, to the judge's dismay, he had to sentence Weldon to 55 years in prison because Weldon possessed a gun during a drug offense, which was mandatory under federal law, even though Weldon had never before been convicted of a crime. Judge Cassell called the sentence "cruel, unjust, and even irrational," and "one of those rare cases where the system has malfunctioned." Members of Congress have also publicly decried the injustice of Weldon's sentence, including Senators Rand Paul (R- Ky.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), and over 100 former federal prosecutors and judges joined together to challenge Weldon's outrageous sentence. Judge Cassell highlighted that Weldon's sentence is far longer than the sentences received for "child rape (11 years)," "second-degree murder (14 years)," and even "aircraft hijacking (24 years)." Had Weldon been prosecuted in state court, the judge noted, Weldon would have served about 2 years in prison. In 2004, Judge Cassell called upon the President to commute Weldon's unjust sentence. Since then, Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and dozens of prominent celebrities, activists, book authors, legal scholars, business leaders (including Koch Industries), and former elected and appointed government officials have joined Judge Cassell in calling on President Obama to release Weldon from prison. But that hasn't happened yet. After 12 years, Weldon is still in prison. It breaks my heart. My father feared he would die without ever seeing Weldon free from prison. And on January 4, 2015, that's exactly what happen. Our father died without seeing his son free from behind bars. The Constitution provides the President with the power of commutation to reach a humane, merciful, just result. Please help us reach that result by signing and sharing this petition.
Petition to City of Decatur Commission
Decatur Divest from Wells Fargo. Calling for an Ethics & Values Review.
We, the undersigned, are residents, employees, patrons and/or small business owners of the City of Decatur. We ask City of Decatur to reexamine the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo bank. We believe that doing business with Wells Fargo is in opposition to our city’s values, ethics and fair business practices. We are proud of Decatur’s 2012 Environmental Sustainability Plan, which is “a direct outcome of the 2010 Strategic Plan, Principle C: Serve as Good Stewards of the Environment and Community Resources.”[1,2] We want clean water, clean air and healthy soil. We understand that national and global actions affect us locally. We understand our actions affect other communities. Wells Fargo is the City of Decatur’s primary bank. Our property, business and other taxes and the City’s funds are deposited with Wells Fargo. According to Investopedia, deposits are the primary source of loanable funds for almost every bank. Wells Fargo loans our money to fund fossil fuel infrastructure projects, such the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  We do not want our tax dollars to support the DAPL project. Wells Fargo uses our city funds to invest in private, for-profit prisons  and has committed fraud affecting millions of customers . After the fraud was exposed, Wells Fargo subsequently fired over 5,000 employees for having followed management orders and no executive leadership were penalized until after congressional inquiry. We consider this to be unethical behavior. We want our city to bank with a business that is aligned with our values! We appreciate the City Commissioner’s thoughtful consideration of this request. _______________________________________________________________  http://www.decaturnext.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Decatur-360-DRAFT-08-15-16-Sequential-WEB.pdf (draft 8-15-16, page 7)  http://www.decaturnext.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Decatur-360-DRAFT-08-15-16-Sequential-WEB.pdf (draft 8-15-16, page 7)  PriceofOil.com used the Oil Climate Index for the life cycle emissions of Bakken crude oil and the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator for coal plant and vehicle equivalents. 95% utilization equates to average annual throughput of 541,500 barrels per day. Contact us for full details of this calculation.  https://prisondivest.com/2016/02/23/wells-fargo-complicit-in-private-prison-industry/  http://fortune.com/2016/09/15/wells-fargo-scandal/ https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-09/wells-fargo-opened-a-couple-million-fake-accounts RESOURCES & LINKS SeattleOrdinance http://seattle.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2948595&GUID=F2604ED2-C0BC-44AA-9985-F3E338B8FBC9&Options=&Search=&FullText=1 Global Divestment Report https://www.arabellaadvisors.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Global_Divestment_Report_2016.pdf Cities and People Profiting from Fossil Fuel are Hurting Future Generations https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/13/you_are_hurting_future_generations_mark The U.N. Paris Climate Accord http://unfccc.int/essential_background/items/6031.php