Clifton McMillan Jr.
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It's Time for #JusticeReformNOW
Right now, we have an opportunity to fix one of the biggest moral crises of our time. 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars. The U.S. spends $80 billion a year on incarceration. 70 million Americans have a criminal record. In too many neighborhoods, young people of color are more like to go to prison than college. We have a critical moment of opportunity. Important criminal justice reforms have been introduced in Congress and received the support of leading Republicans and Democrats. People on both sides of the aisle know we cannot continue to incarcerate more people per capita than any other country in the world. Despite all the agreement, all the evidence, all the popularity and all the urgency, we are still awaiting votes on criminal justice reform proposals in the U.S. House and Senate. This moment offers a once-in-a generation opportunity that could save entire communities and transform millions of lives. We must not let it pass. Together, we can push Congress and President Obama to pass major legislation and get crucial bills signed into law this year. Sign this petition. Demand that Congress take action to roll back the incarceration industry in America.
Help save mom's home!
Three generations of our family have lived in our mother’s home. She has been living there for over 50 years and her favorite part is her yard, which she has lovingly tended to ever since we can remember. Mom is an 85-year-old, a breast cancer survivor, with Alzheimer's Disease. Her home has always been one of the most meaningful parts of her life. It is all about to be taken away. Our mother is one of many Wells Fargo predatory lending victims. Mom was living alone when Wells Fargo approached her and interviewed her for a number of loan applications. Despite being elderly and living on a fixed Social Security income, they gave her two mortgage loans. When she was about to default on one, they issued a third. How could Wells Fargo give her loans that they knew she couldn’t possibly afford? Our mother had no idea she was trapped in a predatory lending scheme, the type that Wells Fargo has been found guilty of doing time and time again. By the time we realized how much trouble mom was in, it was too late to intervene. The statute of limitations for predatory lending had run out and Wells Fargo was on her doorstep coming to collect the house. An attorney for Wells Fargo recently told our family that they, “are not in the business of running a nursing home.” We have little time to prevent this foreclosure sale from occurring or she will be torn away from her home. This will surely leave her devastated and confused -- a fate she does not deserve. Please sign our petition and tell Wells Fargo to let our mom stay in her beloved home where she belongs. Thank you!
Clemency for Danielle Metz serving life without parole!
I was 3 years old when my mother, Danielle Metz, was arrested, tried and convicted for drug conspiracy. My brother, Carl Jr. was 7 when our world came crashing down because we lost both our parents to the drug war. I am now 26 years old, married and want to have a child of my own, but I can’t imagine raising my child without my mother being close, to dote over her grand baby. Our mom received a life sentence for a first-time drug offense in 1993 due to the actions of her co-defendants because the conspiracy law holds each participant responsible for the actions of other co-conspirators, including the ring leader. My mother knows she messed up by playing any role in my father’s drug dealings, but she doesn’t deserve to die in prison. She is a good person who was never in any trouble. The drug laws of the 80s and 90s are no longer enforced the way they were back when my mother was arrested, but we can’t change the past. We can only change the future. President Obama has been commuting prisoners with life sentences like my mother received because he understands the flaw with the 100 to 1 ratio for crack cocaine that was applied disproportionally against people of color. Sadly, changes to the law have not benefited my mom. We need your help to raise awareness to my mother's case so she won’t be overlooked among thousands of applicants seeking justice through clemency. Kenneth Polite, the U.S. Attorney over the district where my mom was prosecuted even wrote a letter supporting her clemency and stated, "Ms. Metz has now spent almost half her life in prison and we do not believe that she merits spending the rest of her life in prison. Nor do we believe that she poses any meaningful risk to public safety. Accordingly, my office supports President Obama granting Ms. Metz's application for a commutation of sentence." While incarcerated, my mom has completed every course the Bureau of Prisons has to offer. She can't program any more than she already has. We only have a few months before President Obama leaves office and possibly the most heartbreaking aspect of all this is the pain my grandmother endures while she waits for my mom to come home. She consented to Dialysis Treatment only because she believes my mom will be on the next clemency list only to be devastated, time and time again. She wants to go grocery shopping with my mom and eat a delicious cajun Sunday dinner together. She wants President Obama to know this is the only year (2016) she has ever missed visiting her in Dublin, CA and she is waiting to see Danielle walk through the door of her home, that she grew up in. No one knows when God will call her home and I will not be able to live with myself if I don't do everything in my power to bring my mother home and bring peace of mind and heart to grandmother before it's too late. Danielle is #2 on the CAN-DO Top 25 women who deserve clemency. Please sign and share with your friends so we can turn the corner and replace the sadness with joy. We yearn to be among the many families that are celebrating such wonderful news due to President Obama's mercy and generosity.
GRANT ANTONIO LOPEZ CLEMENCY!
Antonio Lopez is currently serving his 17th year of a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. HE IS A LOW LEVEL, NON-VIOLENT OFFENDER AND DOES NOT HAVE A SIGNIFICANT CRIMINAL HISTORY. He was sentenced in October of 2000 at the age of 31, and his anticipated release date is August 7, 2025. Antonio is currently serving a sentence that would likely be substantially lower today. Antonio is currently seeking executive clemency so that he may resume his life as a productive member of society and care for his aging parents and young granddaughter, who are among countless other close friends and family members committed to supporting him upon his release. Antonio has demonstrated exceptional conduct while in prison. Throughout his 17- year incarceration, he has not been disciplined for any violent or potentially violent infractions. More importantly, Antonio has developed a stellar academic and occupational record while incarcerated. He has earned an EPA license to perform work on heating and cooling systems, certificates in Assistant Management and Marketing, and an estimated 48 college credits. Occupationally, Antonio has worked in UNICOR industries for 13 years, and he has earned exceptional performance evaluations in that role. Dale Hudson, UNICOR Operating Accountant, most recently stated in his letter to the Office of the Pardon Attorney "Mr. Lopez has exhibited exemplary work ethic during his tenor and I have yet to find fault in his work or willingness to do whatever has been asked of him and has an excellent rapport with UNICOR staff. I believe that Mr. Lopez has armed himself with tools that will afford him the opportunity to be successful in whatever endeavor he so chooses after his release from custody should he be granted clemency." Antonio’s only child, Vanessa Lopez (pictured with Antonio left in 1999 at the age of 7 and pictured with Antonio right in 2015 at the age of 23 with her daughter ), recently stated in her letter to the U.S. Pardon Attorney’s Office:“I am a single mother to an eight-year-old little girl. Similar to my childhood, my daughter’s father is also absent from her life. Despite my father’s incarceration, through visits, mail and phone calls my father has managed to create this amazing bond with my daughter. Similarly, he has maintained a bond with me. My father has shown me unconditional love and support throughout his entire incarceration. Please allow my daughter and I to have a relationship with my father outside the confinement of prison. Please allow my father to come home and be the father figure that my daughter and I so desperately need.” Antonio has a strong network of friends and family that stand willing and able to support his transition to a productive member of society upon his release. A host of individuals, including Antonio’s parents, fiancé, friends, and relatives, have expressed their commitment to supporting Antonio financially and emotionally upon his release. Upon his release, Antonio will seek employment in the cooling and heating industry and continue working toward his degree in business administration. He intends to marry his fiancé, care for his aging parents, his only daughter, and his young granddaughter. Please sign this petition and help Antonio be reunited with his family. PRESIDENT OBAMA PLEASE GRANT ANTONIO LOPEZ CLEMENCY! Antonio Lopez is being endorsed by the Clemency Project 2014 and by the Can-Do Foundation's at http://www.candoclemency.com/antonio_lopez/