Associate Campaigns Director
Make Justice for Harambe Oreos
I can't say for certain that Harambe, the world's most beloved gorilla, enjoyed Oreos. But he probably did because he was chill af. Nabisco, please honor this majestic creature by creating Justice for Harambe banana cream flavored Oreos. It's the least you can do.
Pulin Modi: Name your baby Wizard Burial Ground
Wizard Burial Ground would be the most metal baby name ever.
President Obama: Be Bold on Clemency
President Obama has taken historic action to address the over sentencing of nonviolent drug offenders through his power of executive clemency. He has granted more commutations than the past 11 presidents combined and was even the first sitting president to ever visit a federal prison. To date, he has commuted the sentences of 1,176 men and women who were incarcerated under outdated and unfair sentencing laws. 395 people were serving life and nearly all were nonviolent offenders sentenced for drug crimes. However, thousands of people are still waiting for a decision on their clemency application and many others have been denied clemency who we believe are deserving. It is likely that President Obama's progress on this issue will stop under the Trump Administration and those who are deserving of a second chance will needlessly be kept from their families for years and others will die in prison. That's why we need President Obama to be bold on clemency and grant commutations to thousands more nonviolent drug offenders and revisit those who have been denied. He could also help give all those nonviolent drug offenders serving life sentences an outdate of no more than 20 years. That would give hope to so many people who have already paid for their mistakes. Please join us in asking President Obama to continue his hard work on clemency to help ensure that many people deserving of a second chance do not die in prison. Amy PovahCAN-DO Foundation - Justice Through Clemency
Exempt Wartime Interpreters from President Trump's Executive Order Banning Immigration
As an U.S. Army Captain serving in Afghanistan, I was almost killed by Taliban fighters. My Afghan translator, Janis, saved my life. We made a promise to translators like Janis, who served alongside our troops, to help them immigrate to the United States.President Trump’s ban on all immigration of refugees breaks that promise to the thousands of Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies. The president's Executive Order shuts the door on thousands of foreign interpreters, our wartime allies, who served alongside our military since 2001. Enacting a four-month ban on ALL immigration of refugees and an outright ban on the immigration of Iraqis condemns thousands of our Iraqi wartime allies to languish and fend for themselves against the very enemies we asked them to help us fight.The blanket ban on immigration from Iraq and the four month moratorium on immigration from Afghanistan prevents our allies from reaching safety here in America and leaves countless thousands to be hunted for their service to the United States. If we commit to this, we will permanently harm our national security. Our credibility will be forever neutered if not eroded. Why would any potential ally ever trust America to keep its word again? It pains me to think how many US soldiers will now die in future wars because we couldn't recruit the local support that is often the difference between life and death. Moreover, this ban imposes a lifetime moral injury on our Iraq war veterans. Vietnam Veterans speak often of their half-century injury at having abandoned so many of our Vietnamese allies. Please ask President Trump to keep our promise to America’s veterans and allow for the Special Immigration Visa program to continue uninterrupted. Sincerely, Matt Zeller, Co-FounderNo One Left Behind
Grant Clemency to Cheryl Howard serving life for a nonviolent drug offense.
It’s been over 23 years since I spent Thanksgiving with my mom. This year was no different. For most of my life, my mother has been behind bars, serving a life without parole sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. My mom’s name is Cheryl Howard and I am her only child; she has 3 grand children (2 girls ages 14 and 7 and 1 boy age 13). We have always had a close relationship. One of my last memories together was Halloween when I was the Cowardly Lion from The Wiz. My mother worked so hard on my costume and I was embarrassed by my curls I had as the lion but I remember everyone telling us how great my costume was. This was one of the only childhood moments we had together. Then my mom started abusing drugs like cocaine. It changed everything. Soon she was arrested and in 1995 convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and one count of conspiracy. She was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. I don’t want to make excuses for my mom -- she made mistakes. But I also believe that with help for her addiction she could have gotten better. Instead she was sent to prison for the rest of her life and without clemency from President Obama, she will die there. President Obama has now granted clemency to over 1,000 nonviolent drug offenders like my mom. But only 68 have been women and time is running it out. My mother has accepted full responsibility for actions and has suffered enough. I'm begging President Obama to grant her clemency. While in prison she obtained her GED, completed Vocational Training and Tarrant Community College courses, (2) Pierpont College courses and creative writing courses. She has maintained employment through the Life Connections Program (LCP) which helps inmates learn life skills so that upon release she can be successful and equipped with job skills. After release she want to start a program called “Fed Up,” which stands for Federal Ex-offender’s Driven to their Unexpected, to help female ex-offenders with life coaching, counseling, and job placement. I hear the pain in her voice when she says how remorseful she is for the crimes she committed. Her voice has kept me on the right path in raising my own family. She is truly a changed person, prepared to contribute to her community and society if released. In January 2015 she had 3 aneurysms rupture and was placed on life support for 31 days. She has recovered but I worry everyday. That Cowardly Lion Halloween costume is symbolic because I’ve carried courage with me my entire life. For 23 years I’ve missed every precious moment most people have with their mothers. I can only guess what they feel like. I have three children she has never held as babies. I’ve even delayed my wedding in the hopes that she will be able to walk me down the aisle with my Aunt. Please sign my petition to ask President Obama to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who deserves a second chance. For more information regarding my mother's case and others whom deserve Justice through clemency please visit http://www.candoclemency.com/cheryl-howard http://www.candoclemency.com/
Grant Clemency to Ricky G. Minor
My name is Heather Minor and on February 6, 2001, when I was 7 years old, my life took a horrible turn when my father was sentenced to life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Without clemency from President Obama, he will die in prison. When my father, Ricky Minor, was given his sentence I didn't realize I was about to begin a journey that would become a new "normal" way of life for me – growing up without a father. Even though my dad was a first time nonviolent drug offender, under mandatory minimum sentencing laws he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On that same day, my mother was also arrested. My whole world as I knew it was completely destroyed. At the age of seven, both of my parents were taken away from me, and from that point forward I was raised by my elderly grandparents. I am now 21 years old, the first in my family to graduate from high school, and taking additional classes to improve my life. However, while I am trying to make the best of my life, the realization that my father will die alone in prison is too much for me to fathom. My father was suffering from a drug addiction and trying to cope with it. He was not some "big time" drug dealer, but an addict struggling to support his habit who was a victim of an overly-harsh and inflexible mandatory sentencing structure. Even the sentencing federal judge hesitated to impose the life sentence. As my dad said at his hearing, “rapists, murderers and child molesters will be set free before me…where is the justice in that?” My dad has now served over 14 years of his sentence - most of it over 700 miles from my home. I have grown from a small child to an adult only seeing him once or twice a year due to limited funds for travel and taxing health issues of my grandparents. The only opportunity I had to form a relationship with my dad was through weekly phone calls and occasional letters. It is heartbreaking. I just want a chance to get to know my dad like every other daughter. Even though I know and he knows what he did was wrong, I think he has served more than enough to compensate for the crime he committed. He has paid the price of his crimes…but so have I, and I didn’t do anything wrong other than be a victim of parents with a drug addiction. He has completely rehabilitated himself by obtaining his GED, furthering his education, drug free and very health conscious including his diet and physical activities. Please sign my petition asking President Obama to grant my father, Ricky Minor, clemency.
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
On a brisk October afternoon, I left for an appointment at a rape crisis center. Fifteen minutes later, I faced a challenge more daunting than the rape that brought me there: America's unequal justice system for rape survivors.I struggled to have my basic rights recognized by the criminal justice system. Through my fight, I learned that survivor rights are not equal across the US. Over forty states have backlogs in untested kits. Some states do not cover the full medical expenses of a kit, leaving survivors to pay their own way towards justice.A handful of states don’t even notify the survivor when they permanently dispose of a rape kit. Instead, different states provide different rights. Even worse, no states provide survivors with all of the common-sense rights they deserve.My fight is not mine alone. Instead, it is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and I've come together with citizens, advocates, and legislators to do something about it. We're fighting for a comprehensive Bill of Rights for all survivors, including: The right to be notified of your rights in clear language The right to know your own medical information from your own rape kit The right not to have to pay for your own rape kit The right to a copy of your own police report After my experience, I wanted to help others. So I started an organization called Rise, dedicated to protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors. Today, we're close to an important victory. We've introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress that would help protect these rights across our country, so that justice does not depend on geography. But we need your help.Join us by signing this petition and calling on your Senators and Representatives to pass this important legislation now. Amanda Nguyen President & Founder, Rise
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.
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.
Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense
My brother Timothy Tyler was just 25 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He's watched murderers and rapists leave prison while he has no chance of ever leaving. He is now 45 years old and I want to bring him home. Timothy was a young Grateful Dead fan, who in May of 1992, sold pot and LSD to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. He had never been to prison before, but a judge was forced to give him double life without the possiblity of parole because of two prior drug convictions — even though both those convictions resulted in probation. Life without the possibility of parole means my brother will never have a chance to live outside of prison walls. It's effectively a death sentence. Tim made mistakes when he was young, but after 22 years in prison, he has more than paid his debt to society. He is not a threat to anyone. He wasn't given a chance to get clean and sober to think about the damage he was doing to his life. They locked him up and threw away the key. But there's hope. In December, President Obama granted clemency to 8 nonviolent drug offenders who were serving mandatory sentences for crack cocaine. And the Department of Justice recently asked for Bar Associations throughout the country to send them more clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders. It costs $25,000 per year to keep my non-violent brother in prison for a mistake he made more than 20 years ago. So far, that is over half a million dollars. Not only is that not justice, but it's a waste of money. I need your help to show them that Americans think Timothy has paid his debt to society and shouldn't be housed in a cage at the expense of taxpayers anymore. He should be granted clemency.
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/
Clemency for Josephine Ledesma Serving Life Without Parole
My mom, Josephine Ledesma, is a first time nonviolent drug offender who has already served 24 years of a life sentence for conspiracy to transport drugs.My mom never used or sold drugs, but agreed to give someone an envelope of money who was going to transport drugs from California to Tennessee at the request of a family member. She readily admits that she was wrong to get involved, but she shouldn’t die in prison -- 24 years ago is more than enough. I was 11 years old when she was arrested in 1990 and I will never forget that day. My two brothers were 13 and 7 years old.When the person who was transporting drugs was arrested, he agreed to “cooperate.” Because my mother went to trial, she was held responsible for everything that all the co-conspirators did and labeled a “leader,” enhancing her sentence. If she had cooperated, she would be home by now. Our mom has been a mentor to many women and a model prisoner. She works hard every day at a prison call center and is in charge of the payroll for over 200 employees. She organizes the Spanish Christian services and Bible studies and has been awarded numerous certificates for completing different classes. It’s not right for someone in prison to work so hard at rehabilitation if they are never given a second chance to apply those skills. She has 9 grandchildren who ask us all the time, "When is Grandma Josie coming home?"My mom has always been our rock. From prison she has been there to listen, give us advice, but most importantly to pray for us, always. She is a wonderful, caring and compassionate woman. But only a commutation of her sentence from President Obama can bring her home. She will be 58 years old this year and has already served 24 years for her mistake.Please sign this petition and help us unite with our mother. Thank you, Lizette Ledesma