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Petition to Donald J. Trump

Honor Restored after Suffering Sexual Abuse at the Hands of Prison Guards; Clemency

Hi, everyone! My name is Jeni Mizzell, wife of Martin Mizzell (formerly spelled Mizzles). For those of you who have been following our story on GoFundMe, I promised to follow up with more information regarding Martin’s diagnosis of severe PTSD and chronic MDD. Although the following is not the particular incident that provoked him to attempt suicide on June 9, 2020, Martin has privately been fighting a battle for 20 plus years (10 of those with me by his side) that he is now ready to share with the world. He is doing it with the intention of giving others (men and women alike) the courage to speak out against their abusers as well as to seek personal justice (to include a Presidential Pardon). Before getting into the details of his abuse, however, I would like to point out that we live in a flawed society that fails to recognize that men, too, are often on the receiving end of sexual abuse. Martin, like many young men and women, had something to prove to his father back in the day. So, with that, barely out of high school he joined the United States Army in 1996. While enlisted, he won Battalion soldier of the quarter twice (in two different units). He was a radio repairman and held secret clearance. He was on track for a good military career until facing personal problems with his now ex-wife while stationed in Germany. He self medicated with marijuana and eventually turned himself in, confessing to his counselor that he had a drug problem and needed help. Instead of receiving said help, however, his first sergeant drug tested him the very next day knowing he would fail. They didn’t offer needed counseling or help. Instead, they failed him in a major way and his nonviolent offense ended up resurfacing in a separate incident (as things often do when they aren’t dealt with). He was court martialed and faced 24 years in federal prison for possession/intent to distribute marijuana and a couple of other drug related crimes outlined in the official court documents.  Abuse of power at its finest! Those in authority failed to give Martin the help he desperately needed and humbly requested. Rather, they sent him into the hands of his abusers: the prison guards… of whom there was no escaping. He was additionally stripped of his title, his pay/GI Bill, and given a bad conduct discharge (that conveniently enough, the United States Army can find no record). Is he still enlisted? Why can his DD-214 not be found?  Details of Martin’s abuse is outlined in the official court documents that I would like to provide as proof. There are nine exhibits from nine different men who all tell the same or similar story of abuse. And, let’s be clear, these 9 men did not collaborate together to fabricate a story. The affidavits were penned from different places after the abuse had taken place. Some were penned by men still incarcerated after being transferred to a different military prison.  The men all named the same abusers and today, I publicly call them out by name: SGT Davis and SPC Cundall. A quote from the official court documents concluded that “The physical and psychological pain appellant [Martin] endured as a result of SGT Davis’ and SPC Cundall’s ‘unnecessary and wanton’ pat downs cannot be denied. Furthermore, appellant [Martin] was forced to tolerate unwanted sexual assaults from SPC Cundall. Therefore, the appellant’s injuries were very real and substantial. The use of such unnecessary force by SGT Davis and SPC Cundall was clearly excessive and ‘repugnant to the conscience of mankind.’” What then, you may ask, happened to these men who inflicted such grievous crimes and abuse towards these prisoners? To my knowledge, absolutely NOTHING. My husband, Martin, requested a “meaningful reassessment of his sentence and return to the record of trial... for a new action and court-martial order” but to no avail. That said, will you join our cause in seeking justice? Martin has swept his pain under a rug for over 20 years… pain of which I did not know the extent until reading the entirety of the court documents. I wept for my husband. I wept for all the other men who were abused, while I raged with anger at the men who inflicted pain but never paid for it. Martin has paid for it. Our family has paid for it. We are still reeling from his recent suicide attempt (although it’s important to note that the events outlined in this petition are - while intertwined - not the sole reason for his suicide attempt). We want justice and we also want the attention of the U.S. Army and The White House/President of the United States. I’m not certain who handles their mail, but I feel that my letter to the President was intercepted and answered by a novice who clearly did not read my plea. I received a lame response from someone to say Mr. President only intervenes in federal matters. This is a federal matter! Martin served time in federal prison for his mistakes. That said, I desire the following: 1. That ALL Martin’s  rights as a law abiding citizen be restored (i.e. a Presidential Pardon)  2. That the U.S. Army pay for what happened as a direct result of their negligence and inappropriate response to Martin’s cry for help and for also turning a blind eye to his abusers and lastly 3. That the men who abused my husband and (at the minimum 8 other men) be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and be stripped of any honorary titles which may (or may not) have been bestowed upon them during their military career. Thank you for your time. I have participated many times in signing petitions on this platform (Change.org) concerning the things of which I am passionate. Please spread this like wildfire and let justice prevail. If you want personal updates or to make a donation as we navigate through recovering from Martin’s suicide attempt, our GoFundMe campaign can be found here: Help Recovering After Attempted Suicide Updates to this petition/campaign will of course be posted through Change.org. Thank you doesn’t seem adequate, but thank you with all sincerity for your willingness to help. The following link contains the official court documents: United States vs. Martin R. Mizzles

Jeni Mizzell
982 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Supreme Court of the United States, Ann Kuster, Pramila Jayapal, Ilhan Omar, Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Jackie Speier, Karen Bass, Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff, Ayanna Pressley, Debra Haaland, Sharice Davids, Dianne Feinstein, Joaquín Castro, Julian Castro, Brenda Lawrence, Nanette Barragán, Barbara Lee, Debbie Dingell, Katie Porter, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Tulsi Gabbard, Mark Pocan, Raúl Grijalva, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Veronica Escobar, Jan Schakowsky, Mark Takano, Ted Lieu, Mark DeSaulnier, Lloyd Doggett, Adriano Espaillat, Alma Adams, Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Suzanne Bonamici, Brendan Boyle, André Carson, Matt Cartwright, Yvette D. Clarke, William "Lacy" Clay, Jr., Angie Craig, Madeleine Dean

JUSTICE FOR AAREFAH! SCOTUS: REVERSE THE LOWER COURTS' SEXIST AND ISLAMOPHOBIC RULINGS!

Stop the Cover-up of Rape and Sexual Assault by Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA and all School Administrations Defend Title IX Against Betsy DeVos and Trump’s Attacks EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Whereas, Justice for Aarefah Mosavi is justice for all who share her experience of having been raped or sexually assaulted, and who have suffered the failure of administrations and managements who cover-up for and turn a blind eye to those offenses. Ms. Mosavi, a Muslim American woman, made the valiant decision to publicize both Chester Brown’s offenses and those of the Mt. San Antonio College administration, inspiring women and women’s rights supporters across the world with her recorded testimonial, Whereas, Injustice against one is an injustice against all who have suffered rape and sexual assault.  Whereas, The constituents of the United States of America must stand united against violence and discrimination against women and against institutionalized violence and discrimination against all victims of sexual violence, and any institution that perpetuates these vices. Whereas, In June 2015, Aarefah Mosavi brought dual lawsuits against Mount San Antonio College and Chester Brown, a student and co-worker at Mount San Antonio College, for rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and religious discrimination, Whereas, Aarefah Mosavi brought a lawsuit against Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) administration for violating Title IX in myriad ways, including demanding Ms. Mosavi re-enact the rape that Chester Brown committed against her on a note-taker in the “investigative” meeting despite admitting under oath that they knew Ms. Mosavi was traumatized, violating the Clery Act by failing to record incidents of crime accurately, including Aarefah’s complaint against Brown; interviewing Brown’s witnesses, but refusing to interview any of Aarefah’s witnesses; failing to view drastic changes in Brown’s accounts of how he sexually assaulted Ms. Mosavi; failing to question the credibility of Brown when he admitted he deleted text messages that implicated his guilty conduct surrounding the night he raped her; Lorraine Jones admitted under oath that she and co-defendant James Czaja closed the investigation into Mosavi’s complaint before they were supposed to, Whereas, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald negligently and wrongfully threw out Aarefah’s case against Mt. SAC administration despite admissions under oath that clearly show defendants discriminated against Mosavi and violated her Title IX rights, and despite that Mt San Antonio College failed to disclose documents relevant to their sham 'investigation' of Aarefah's complaint (Mosavi v Mt San Antonio College et al, p2, 2018). Whereas, When Ms. Mosavi took Chester Brown to trial in August 2018, presiding Judge Virginia A. Phillips conducted herself prejudicially against and with hostility towards Aarefah and her legal counsel by: threatening Aarefah Mosavi and her counsel with jail if they used the word “rape” to describe the rape Chester Brown committed against her; threatening Aarefah Mosavi and her legal counsel with a mistrial if the words “Metoo” were used in court; refusing to allow Aarefah’s counsel to question jurors during jury selection to eliminate the potential for bias; depriving Ms. Mosavi of her right to a jury of her peers by disqualifying prospective jurors simply on the basis that they had previously been victims of sexual assault or rape and by lacking young Muslim women who wear hijab on the jury; refusing to allow Ms. Mosavi to refer to her medical records, which document extensive injuries she sustained because of the rape Chester Brown committed against her; violating Ms Mosavi and her supporters' 1st Amendment Constitutional right to protest by prohibiting them from protesting within 2 blocks of the Federal Courthouse; defense attorney Martin Carpenter for Chester Brown was caught influencing Brown to lie about what he could remember; Chester Brown perjured himself on the witness stand with no admonition from Judge Virginia A Phillips, Whereas, The federal nature of this lawsuit may affect students across college and university campuses that receive federal funds, and it may set a precedent that will establish what more colleges and universities can get away with in their suppression of sexual violence on college campuses. Therefore Be It Resolved That: 1. We, the undersigned condemn the ways that Aarefah Mosavi was stripped of her right to due process and a fair jury trial by Michael W. Fitzgerald and Virginia A. Phillips. 2. We, the undersigned demand that the Supreme Court reverse the lower courts' sexist and Islamophobic findings favoring the college and rapist Chester Brown. 3. We, the undersigned demand the Mt. SAC and other school administrations be held accountable for their cover-up of rape and sexual assault 4. We the undersigned, demand that Chief United States District Judge Virginia A Phillips be removed granted the prejudicial, hostile, and unconstitutional means by which she conducted herself against Plaintiff and her counsel. 5. We the undersigned demand that Martin Carpenter of Carpenter, Rothans, & Dumont be sanctioned by the California Bar Association for suppression of evidence, attempting to admit altered documents into evidence, neglecting evidence tampering by his client, and for influencing defendant Chester Brown to lie about what he could remember in relation to statements Brown made to police officers. 6. We the undersigned demand that Chester Brown be sentenced for committing perjury, rape/sexual assault, and be held accountable for sexual harassment and religious discrimination.  7. Defend Title IX Protections for victims of sexual assault against attacks by Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos BACKGROUND  Via United for Equality and Affirmative Action (UEAA) "Years before the #Metoo movement, Aarefah Mosavi, a female Muslim student at Mt. San Antonio college began a public campaign that forced the man who raped her, Chester Brown off the campus and the resignation of several administrators who tried to cover up that she had been raped. Her case has taken on national importance as her video testimony went viral, providing leadership and inspiration to many other women who have come forward to publicly name their rapists. Aarefah’s continuing struggle has helped lay the ground work for the #Metoo movement.  The brave actions of women like Aarefah Mosavi, Christine Blasey Ford, and the #metoo movement founded by Tarana Burke have created a major shift in popular consciousness in favor of believing women and survivors, further discrediting the misogynist victim-blaming and slander used to silence women. They have brought what has been for far too long the private struggle of millions of individual women, out into the public light. Our movement is now putting the rapists and those who protect them on trial to face the public shame of what they have done. We stand with Aarefah Mosavi in demanding the Supreme Court of the United States reverse the lower courts' discriminatory rulings favoring the man who raped her and the college that protected him. Aarefah’s fight for justice is the fight for us all. Aarefah’s Fight for Justice: On December 12, 2013, Aarefah Mosavi was raped by another student and co-worker, Chester Brown. When she reported the incident to Mount San Antonio College, she faced what almost every college student comes up against in seeking justice against their assailant; an administration prepared to do everything they could to crush her into silence. First the Title IX coordinator told Aarefah to re-enact the rape by performing the rapist’s actions on another administrator. Aarefah had already described what Brown did to her in previous interviews, but when she expressed discomfort in reenacting the rape, the administration cited this as “failure to cooperate.” They accepted testimony from Chester Brown’s supervisor and his friends vouching for his ‘good character,’ but dismissed and refused even to interview Aarefah’s witnesses, including another woman who had also faced sexual harassment and religious discrimination by Chester Brown. They permitted Chester Brown to remain on campus during the so-called ‘investigation,’ where he continued to work in the same building Aarefah attended class. When Aarefah complained of the rapist loitering at the footsteps leading up to her class, the Title IX coordinator told Aarefah to not report unless he “touched” her or “said anything” to her. The Title IX coordinator refused to provide Aarefah with notes that were taken during interviews after she repeatedly asked for all records pertaining to her complaint. But Aarefah refused to be silenced, and she took matters into her own hands. She began a public campaign of rallies, marches, and public tribunals to expose Chester Brown and the administration’s cover-up. A video of Aarefah’s testimony inspired other women to come forward at Mt. SAC, UC Berkeley and other campuses. Aarefah filed federal lawsuits against Chester Brown and against the Mt. SAC administration for their gross violations of her Title IX rights through attorneys Shanta Driver, Ronald Cruz, and Monica Smith. The Courts, already entrenched in age-old misogynist tradition, and now emboldened by Trump’s promotion and defense of sexual assault and abuse of women, have so far failed to provide justice for Aarefah. After ruling twice in her favor, Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wrongfully threw out Aarefah’s case against the Mt. SAC administration, despite the multiple abuses of her rights and attempt to cover-up the rape that were made clear during testimony the college defendants made under oath. 1) They admitted under oath that they did not interview Aarefah’s witnesses but interviewed Brown’s; 2) They admitted under oath that they did not review changes in Brown’s testimonies given to campus public safety (which describe a sexual assault) 3) The Title IX Coordinator admitted under oath that she and co-defendant James Czaja closed the investigation into Aarefah’s complaint before they were supposed to.  4) The Title IX coordinator admitted under oath that she saw that Aarefah was traumatized, but still demanded that she simulate the rape in her traumatized state. 5) They admitted under oath that they did not question Brown’s credibility when he destroyed all text messages pertaining to the night the rape took place.  In August, 2018, Aarefah took Chester Brown to trial. From before the trial even started, Judge Virginia A. Phillips issued rulings limiting what the jury could see or hear, unquestionably influencing the scope of the trial and the final verdict. Judge Phillips 1) threatened Aarefah Mosavi and her counsel with jail if Aarefah or her counsel said she was raped by Chester Brown; 2) she threatened Aarefah and her legal counsel with a mistrial if the words “Metoo” were used in court; 3) she refused to allow Aarefah’s counsel to question jurors to eliminate the potential for bias; 4) she deprived Aarefah of her right to a jury of her peers by disqualifying prospective jurors simply on the basis that they had previously been victims of sexual assault or rape and by lacking young Muslim women who wear hijab on the jury; 5) she refused to allow Aarefah to refer to her medical records, which document extensive injuries she sustained because of the rape Chester Brown committed against her; 6) she demanded that any mention of the college’s transgressions be stricken from the record, but she allowed the college Title IX coordinator to serve as a witness for Brown. 7) Phillips allowed defendants to use altered documents against Aarefah during trial, but refused to allow Aarefah’s counsel to refer to her medical records. 8) Phillips violated 1st amendment constitutional rights of Aarefah’s supporters when she prohibited them from protesting within 2 blocks of the Federal courthouse. 9) Attorney Martin Carpenter for Chester Brown was caught influencing Brown to lie about what Brown could remember. 10) Chester Brown perjured himself on the witness stand with no admonition from Judge Virginia A Phillips. Virginia A Phillips’ unjust actions are reprehensible and were largely responsible for depriving Aarefah of her right to justice and a fair jury trial.  At the core of Aarefah’s relentless fight for justice are her unshakable conviction of her own dignity and equality, and determination that the truth must prevail, and an understanding that taking on both the rapist, and the institutions that defend him, requires organization and a movement. Aarefah is speaking out publicly across the state of California and beyond to gain public support for her case. The Federal nature of this lawsuit may affect students across college and university campuses that receive federal funds, and it will set a precedent that will establish what more colleges and universities can get away with in their suppression of sexual violence on college campuses. As Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is attempting to gut Title IX protections for rape and sexual assault survivors at schools and college campuses, championing Aarefah’s case and her fight for justice, and inspiring survivors to publicly name rapists and hold them accountable through collective action, we can defeat these attacks. Most importantly we can change the entire climate for women so we can be free to develop our talents and fulfill our dreams without the constant threat of sexual assault and harassment. “Survivors are resilient, we are triumphant: we are soldiers, we are Olympians, we are lawyers, we are doctors, we are academics, artists and musicians: we are champions in every profession, and neither our resiliency nor our success shall be used against us to deny us the virtue of justice that is owed to us, and our liberty that is inalienable to us!” –Aarefah Mosavi Aarefah’s legal fight is not over, and the movement is only just getting started. The justice survivors can win is in the palm of our hands, our voice, and our defense of each other and our common humanity.

Aarefah Mosavi
4,886 supporters