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Petition to The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau

Improve Health Care in Canadian Prisons!

Prisoners in Canada are suffering and dying due to inadequate health care.  Many prisoners report long waits (up to years) for medical attention, misdiagnoses, poor pain management, a lack of mental health support, as well as difficult living conditions including sweltering heat in the summer,  cold in the winter, poor quality food, disturbing noise levels, restrictive communication with families and more. On several occasions, the Correctional Investigator (CI) has raised serious questions about the quality of health care and diagnostic processes in federal prisons without any adequate changes from Correctional Services Canada (CSC). The release of healthy individuals from prisons is important to public health. Prison health is public health! Although this petition focuses on the federal prison system, the substance of these recommendations should also be implemented within prisons under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, in which prisoners also regularly experience poor health care. This petition calls on the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau to mandate the Hon. Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Dr. Jane Philpott, and the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould to work together to ensure those in Canadian prisons have full access to health care that meets the requirements of the World Health Organization’s Prison Health Policy guidelines, the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the UN’s Bangkok Rules. This includes decent and compassionate health care of prisoners with respect to their dignity and human rights (note 1). Specifically, we call on the federal government to: 1.  Ensure that all prisoners have access to: o   full yearly physical and dental examinations based on a standard protocol for all prisoners in Canadian correctional institutions; o   prompt professional medical appointments leading to swift diagnoses and treatment of potentially serious conditions, such as cancer; o   prompt professional medical appointments, treatment, and support, which must include eye care, dental care, mental health care, and medical care for chronic and episodic conditions such as HIV and AIDS, hepatitis C virus (HCV), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and others; o   palliative care and simple, swift compassionate release when terminally ill; o   culturally specific and holistic treatment in support of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023; 2.  Ensure conditions that protect and enhance health by not violating protections against cruel and unusual punishment under the Charter or international human rights law. This would, in effect, reduce the number of prisoners in each prison (note 2). 3.  Transfer responsibility for the health of prisoners to community health care services away from correctional authorities.  This is important because the prison system does not meet  acceptable standards of care because of a lack of health resources and conflicts between healthcare and security protocols; 4.  Fund community health care services to be able to provide health care services to prisoners and fund the training of community health care personnel in the provision of health care in the prison context, including the legal obligation to ensure equivalent quality health care for prisoners; 5.  Support the rotation of health care personnel between working with prisoners and working with the public outside prisons; 6.  Ratify Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, and implement its mechanisms for monitoring places of detention; 7.  Establish panels of independent specialist physicians and nurses to carry out mortality reviews on prisoners who die while in the custody or control of Correctional Services Canada; 8.  Be accountable for implementing recommendations made by the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including by mandating publicly provided detailed rationale in the event any recommendations are not implemented within given time frames. This petition has been launched by the families of David Huxtable and Peter Collins. Both suffered extreme pain and died of cancer following a lack of adequate medical care and medical attention by Correctional Services Canada. Although this petition focuses on the federal prison system, these recommendations should also be implemented within prisons under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, in which prisoners also regularly experience poor health care. This petition is raised in the names of all prisoners who have suffered and died under inadequate health care in all prisons everywhere. Thank you for signing and circulating this petition both within and outside of Canada. Please go to the facebook page if you would like to connect more with us: https://www.facebook.com/Improve‐Health‐Care‐in‐Canadian‐Prisons‐Petition‐165516223988583/ The recommendations listed in this petition are endorsed by:The John Howard Society of Canada: http://www.johnhoward.ca/ The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies:                  http://www.caefs.ca/ Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network:http://www.aidslaw.ca/ Rittenhouse: A New Vision:                             http://www.rittenhouseanewvision.com/ PASAN: http://www.pasan.org/ Prison Lives USA: https://prisonlives.com/ International CURE: http://www.curenational.org/ The West Coast Prison Justice Society: https://prisonjustice.org/about/ South Riverdale Community Health Centre https://www.srchc.ca/ Professor Terri Leclercq: http://www.prisongrievances.com/ Prison Justice Film Festival: https://prisonjusticefilm.wordpress.com/about/ Writing Across Walls Restoring Dignity and Hope  Note 1:  Particularly via the use of ss. 29, 81, 84, 85, 86 and 87 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, accompanied by adequate funding as required. Note 2:  By the use of ss. 29, 81, 84, 85, 86 and 87 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, accompanied by funding as required. References UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners including clear health guidelines latest revision 17 December 2015 (The Nelson Mandela Rules):http://16889-presscdn-0-48.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/1957/06/ENG.pdf The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023:http://www.who.int/medicines/publications/traditional/trm_strategy14_23/en/ Corrections and Conditional Release Act:http://www.laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-44.6/FullText.html UN Bangkok Rules:https://www.unodc.org/documents/justice-and-prison-reform/Bangkok_Rules_ENG_22032015.pdf  “Providing Better Health Services in Prisons can Help Improve Lives”:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/fiona-kouyoumdjian/providing-better-health-s_b_7543884.html WHO Guide to the essentials in prison health:http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/99018/E90174.pdf?ua=1 Recording by Peter Collins about David B. (not the David mentioned in this petition) who died of cancer while in prison before Peter himself was diagnosed with cancer:http://pengraphics.altervista.org/Audio/20120721PeterLetterToOntarioCoronerOffice.mp3 Open letter to Justin Trudeau from prisoners demanding changes, including in health care:https://demandprisonschange.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/dear-liberal-government/ Articles giving details of the lack of care given to Peter Collins:http://cowstongue.com/2015/09/17/healthcare-in-the-csc/http://cowstongue.com/2015/09/22/palliative-care-in-the-csc/ “Report gives diagnosis of poor health in Canadian Prisons.”:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/report-gives-diagnosis-of-poor-health-in-canadian-prisons/article29226606/ 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including a large section on health care:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/annrpt/annrpt20142015-eng.aspx#s3 2015/2016 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including a section on health care:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/pdf/annrpt/annrpt20152016-eng.pdf “An Investigation of the Correctional Service of Canada’s Mortality Review Process”:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/pdf/oth-aut/oth-aut20131218-eng.pdf In the Dark: An Investigation of Death in Custody Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices in Federal Corrections - Final Report. August 2, 2016:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/oth-aut/oth-aut20160802-eng.aspx The College of Family Physicians in Canada – Prison Health Program Committee- resource:http://www.cfpc.ca/Prison_Health_What_s_New/

Dale Huxtable
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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Charlie Baker

Support my son Arnie King by signing his petition to commute the life (without parole) sentence so that he can become eligible for parole release.

This is important because Arnie is requesting a 6th public hearing. Governor Patrick rejected a 6-0 favorable vote in 2008, and Arnie was granted another hearing in October 2010. Two months after the hearing, a police officer was killed by a lifer on parole. The governor then fired 5 parole board members and selected replacements. After that, Arnie received an unfavorable vote in March 2011, and he was denied another hearing request in March 2013. Arnie is responsible for killing a man in 1971, when he was 18 and had been drinking and drugging for several days. He has been clean for over 30 years now, obtained 3 college degrees, successfully completed more than 2 dozen weekend furloughs, participated in and created many support, rehabilitation, and education programs, and he remains very active in community service. Based on his age, the number of years he has served in prison, his level of educational achievement, and his community service while inside prison, Arnie is no longer a risk for danger to society. Over the years he has formed many significant bonds with people who are high achievers, and they support his reentry as a contributing member to society, including offers of employment and the prospects of becoming a taxpayer rather than costing the state $50,000/annually. Here are a few examples of support shown at Arnie's public hearings over the past 7 years: Charles Ogletree (Professor, Harvard Law), I have never seen anyone transform their life the way he has in the more than 40 years of service in prison. Gloria Fox (State Representative), I believe he is a changed man … and we support this commutation. Mel King (Professor Emeritus/MIT), What we need to see in this world is epitomized by Arnie and his change and behavior…    Jill Soffiyah Elijah (Attorney), How many youth counselors have I met regularly, who have been impacted by Mr. King! Reverend William Dickerson (Greater Love Tabernacle), Arnie King is not the average inmate.  He doesn’t play games.  He is sincere. Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond (Bethel AME), I appreciate that he inspires young people to make the right choices and not simply scare them.  We really need the voice and presence of Arnie King. Eva Clark (Executive Director, Judge Banks Community Justice Program), Nothing short of catastrophic illness would prevent me from being here today to support Arnie King. Lyn Levy (Executive Director, SPAN, Inc.), I met Arnie in 1976 and I will be one of the people holding his hand.  Our agency will help him also. Dr. Fran Roznowski (Community Psychologist), I have known Arnie since 1979, and I will be joining many others to have his back. Robin Casarjian (Executive Director, Lion Heart Foundation), For 15 years, he showed up with a sense of purpose and encouraged other prisoners to participate in group activities. Bob David (Side By Side Community Circle), Of the large numbers of disciplinary reports, some may be questionable, while other were earned. Paul Marcus (Executive Director, Community Change Inc.), What Arnie’s life means to me is the power of transformation, and society needs to see this example. Abrigal Forrester (Street Safe Boston), I’m here as a product of Arnie King.  Hope – Lifeline – Redemption.  He engaged the ignorance within me and told me I had value. Peter McGuane (Student, Truck Driver), I was in for involuntary manslaughter, and he got me active with Prison Voices, which I continued upon release.  I’m honored to be here for Arnie. Paule Verdet (Professor Emeritus/BU), It’s a way of life for Arnie.  He is a superb model. Becky Thompson (Professor/Simmons College), Recognizing Mr. King as a man worthy of commutation, no one benefits if the policy exists theoretically but is never granted. Felix Arroyo, Sr. (former Boston City Councillor), The first time I met Mr. King, I was with his brother.  I wondered about him and found a calm person, at peace with himself.  We have a recourse… ‘cause I know it will help our community. Nancy Murray (ACLU), Why is the community present?  We are interested in redemption… He couldn’t bring back the life, but he would do what he could to try to prevent others from going down that path. George Lee (Community Organizer), I heard a lot about him.  He wasn’t about tooting his own horn.  He was present for young folks and the other men. Seth Kirshenbaum (Director, The City School), Having Arnie with us in the community will help save young lives, and we have a job or volunteer opportunity for him. Banjineh Brown (Boston School Teacher), He works with prevention.  The “Arnie” factor is about redemption, and we use him as a case study.  He is an entrepreneur activist. Jason Lydon (Minister), Through Barbed Wire has been quite active at the Community Church of Boston. Aaron Tanaka (Boston Workers Alliance), I hope you will see his deep commitment to change and rehabilitation. Dianne Zimbabwe (Community Artist/Educator), My involvement with Through Barbed Wire allows me to witness the positive impact of Arnie’s community endeavors. Miriam Ortiz (Executive Director, Boston Parents Organizing Network), Arnie King has been an asset to us and students benefit from his example. Daniel King (Brother), I was a 16 year old teenager in 1971.  We have prayed for the family of John Labanara for comfort and peace, and we hope for their forgiveness. Marva King (Sister), It matters that we heal together. Eddie Berkin (Attorney), People are much more friends than supporters.  Because they are friends, they are also supporters. Margaret Burnham (Attorney), Your legal obligation is to review and decide whether this man has made exceptional strides in development. Walt Silva, Ed D  (Professor Emeritus/BU), Arnie is the classic example of prison injustice gone way over the top. He's jumped through every hoop, made every effort to contribute to the community from behind bars more than anyone else that I have known in my 25 years involved in prison higher education, and remains in prison at a cost of what - $60,000 + a year when he could be out contributing and paying taxes with zero threat to anyone?                                                                                                                 I have written to Governor Patrick more than once, concerning parole in general and Arnie specifically. If Arnie King doesn't qualify for commutation, then who does? It sends a sad message back to the prison population. If Arnie doesn't get a consideration, what's the sense of trying? But I'm sure Arnie doesn't feel that way, and will continue to keep contributing from behind bars. Imagine what he could do if he were out. He's paid his dues several times over. Arnie is the 3rd of 9 children through which many grandchildren and great grandchildren are a major part of this family circle. I complete 82 years of living this month, full of tremendous joys and blessings. However, this journey will be incomplete until I’m able to welcome Arnie’s return to the world community. My son has been inside Massachusetts prisons for the 1971 murder of another human being. He was 18, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, in Boston, and responsible for the death of this young man. Our entire family-and-friends network was devastated, as well as that of the Labanara family. After Arnie was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, without parole, I traveled to Massachusetts with his younger brothers and sisters to visit him in the maximum security prison. I told him that “God would not forsake him and neither would our family-and-friends community”. Arnie has grown, matured, and progressed during this lengthy period of imprisonment. He obtained 3 college degrees, created major rehabilitative programs within the prison and offered services to communities beyond the walls. He has been encouraged by many people, while inspiring the success of others. By examining the volumes of documents, transcripts, and opinions, it will become clear - the need to support the eventual release of my son. God Bless and One Love! Please sign the petition and encourage your family members and friends to support this effort. - Mary King

Mary King
410 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to International Committee of the Red Cross

An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Workers Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

"We urge all labor organizations and workers’ movements to express their solidarity and support for the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, for the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation and for the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."--Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), April 28, 2017  Labor for Palestine joins workers around the world to stand with 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 17 to protest conditions that Amnesty International calls "unlawful and cruel." After more than a month, their health is failing, but their steadfastness remains unshakable.   From workers' rights and women's rights, to anti-racism and anti-colonialism, hunger strikes are a time-honored form of protest against injustice. But the Israeli government — which receives $3.8 billion per year in U.S. weapons and closely coordinates with the same police agencies that systematically terrorize Black and Brown communities in the United States — threatens to force-feed the strikers, and is gunning down their supporters in the streets of Palestine. Such relentless state violence reflects the continuing Nakba, Israel's 69-year-old ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinian people.Undeterred, the prisoners have vowed: "Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost." They know that, like Jim Crow and apartheid South Africa, Zionist settler colonialism will one day fall to the unstoppable tide of popular mass resistance.Labor bodies around the world have risen to their defense, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Canadian Labour Congress, 26 European trade unions and labor organizations, World Federation of Trade Unions (representing 92 million workers in 162 countries), International Trade Union Confederation (representing 181 million workers in 163 countries), and the Trabajadores-Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT) of Uruguay. Their outpouring is accompanied by rising international labor respect of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) picket line, which demands an end to occupation and apartheid, full equality for all, and Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelled.In the U.S., BDS has been embraced by West Coast dockers refusing to handle Israeli Zim Line cargo, the United Electrical Workers, CT State AFL-CIO, UAW 2865, UAW 2322, GSOC-UAW 2110, AFT 3220, and thousands of other union members.This parallels growing intersectional solidarity with Palestine from the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, #NoBanNoWall, and other U.S. grassroots social justice movements. Today, we affirm:*Victory to Palestinian Political Hunger Strikers!*From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free! ===== Issued May 21, 2017 by Labor for Palestine Co-Conveners: (Affiliations below for identification only)*Suzanne Adely, Global Workers Solidarity Network*Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; Labor for Standing Rock*Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired) =====Endorsing Organizations (list in formation): Labor for PalestineLabor for Standing RockGSOC-UAW Local 2110Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAl-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAROC: Arab Resource & Organizing CenterBlack4PalestineBlack Youth Project 100 (BYP100)CUNY4PalestineDecolonize This PlaceExistence is ResistanceJews for Palestinian Right of ReturnJewish Voice for Peace-New York CityLA4PalestineNYC Solidarity with PalestineNYC Students for Justice in PalestinePalestinian Youth Movement - USASamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity NetworkTOLEF: Tree of Life Educational FundUS Campaign for Palestinian RightsUS Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of IsraelUS Palestinian Community Network =====[When signing, please list trade union and/or other affiliation, and location, in the comment box -- then amplify your voice by sharing on social media and promoting on Change.org]===== E-mail: info@laborforpalestine.netWeb: http://laborforpalestine.net/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaborForPalestine/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Labor4PalestineDonate: http://laborforpalestine.net/donate-to-lfp

Labor for Palestine
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