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HEAL

HEAL’S MISSION STATEMENT

HEAL is an egalitarian network of activists self-empowered to plan events, create change, and make the world a better place for all life.  Our goals include the liberation of humans, nonhuman animals, and the earth!  We work in cooperation with like-minded organizations that put compassion in action!

Teen Liberty

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HEAL’S Prison Reform agenda  

 

HEAL understands that everything is connected.  Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its prisoners are treated."  He also said, "Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.  It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right."  What disturbs us at HEAL is that there is so much misanthropy in our society.  Many of us narcissistically forgive and excuse our own wrongs while viciously and cruelly condemning and dehumanizing our fellow human beings.  

 

 

Human beings convicted of crimes are equal to those of us who've never committed a "crime".  Those who are living in abject poverty, homeless, jobless, and destitute are equal to those with great economic wealth, multiple residences, CEO positions, and luxurious abundance.  Some would argue that "property is theft".  There are cultures around the world who do not have systems of ownership.  We are not one of those cultures.  The wealthy anarchist who buys his/her way "above the law" is balanced by the impoverished, enslaved, and oppressed individual.  The wealthy anarchist purchases absolute freedom from social responsibility at the ultimate expense of the poor and oppressed.  We, in the middle, wish for the wealth, power, and freedom from social responsibility of the wealthy anarchist.  And, we in the middle, fear (and therefore hate) the impoverished, enslaved, and oppressed.  

 

 

The ethical response living in these times is to desire economic and social equality and justice.  There is nearly infinite data showing the links between wealth and slavery (see Corporate America and Asia/Juarez, Mexico/etc.--or Corporate America and U.S. prisons--or Wal-Mart, etc.), slavery and poverty (see "The Shadow of Slavery" by Pete Daniel), poverty and crime (infinite data--easy to find and rather apparent/obvious), crime and punishment, and punishment and slavery.  We must love humanity.  We must love freedom.  We must love equality.  We must fight for social and economic justice!  If we do not take action for freedom and equality, we are nothing more than hypocrites.  

 

 

You may have noticed that HEAL focuses its energy on Teen Liberty and Prison Reform.  We believe that children and teens are the most vulnerable people in our society.  Because of their vulnerability, they are subjected to unthinkable abuses, cruelty, and oppression.  Their words often fall on deaf ears and their pain is usually dismissed by adult authorities who have been socialized to disbelieve, distrust, and abuse the very people (children and teens) most in need of protection and sanctuary.  We see prisoners as one step above in terms of vulnerability.  Most prisoners (70-80%) are imprisoned on narcotics charges.  Most people using drugs (legal "Prozac" or illegal "marijuana") are self-medicating.  They cannot take the misanthropy, apathy, and cruelty they face every day.  Instead of working to improve our society and the lives of the people, we punish our most sensitive, vulnerable, and abused citizens for not being automatons or apathetic, hard, and delusional like the rest of us.  People learn what they live.  If they live in an apathetic and cruel world, they can become apathetic and cruel.  This explains most of the violent "offenders".  We dropped the ball, we created a greed-driven, apathetic, narcissistic society and spitefully and cruelly attack those who react to our own apathy and cruelty in kind. 

 

 

We must HEAL our society!  We must cultivate compassion, understanding, love, and social responsibility in ourselves, in our families,  in our communities, in our countries, and in our world.  As Mahatma Gandhi said, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world".

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Prison reform Links

 

Stanford Prison Experiment

 

Milgram Experiment: Obedience to Authority

 

Get Help for a Prisoner You Love (National Registry of Prisoner Rights Services)

 

www.patrickcrusade.org

 

 www.stopdetention.org

 

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PrisonNewsNetwork/

 

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NCFriendsforInmatesEverywhere2/

 

  http://www.floridastateprisons.net/

 

 www.prisonsucks.com

 

  http://familyvisiti ng.com

 

Learn About and Take Action for the Raytheon 9

 

The Injustice Must End--Free Efren Paredes, Jr.!

 

Free Justin Wolfe

 

Free Dustin Turner Campaign

Jail Resource

Centurion Ministries (Resources for Wrongfully Convicted)

http://www.prisontalk.com/

www.jailandbailpress.com 

Friends & Family of Incarcerated Persons

 

http://www.justicefailed.com/

 

 www.helpprisoners.org

 

 www.advocareflash.org

 

www.webelievegroup.com 

 

 www.journeyforjustice.org 

 

 www.prup.us

 

 http://correctionsreform.com

 

www.prisonresources.org

 

http://iwasinprison.org/

 

www.privateci.org

 

 http://improbablevoices.net/

 

http://saveironthun derhorse. com/index. html 

 

Thunderhorse's Appeal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Security_Unit

Wrongfully Convicted

 

www.bailbondpolicy.com

 

www.peopleagainstprisonabuse.com

"The experience of the women held in Lexington reveals clearly that the U.S. government holds political prisoners and has developed extreme and cruel methods for punishing them and attempting to break their will. The fact that such methods have been spreading throughout the U.S. prison system–at a time when the overall prison population is rising far over one million–shows how the U.S. government intends to threaten and punish whole sections of the population."
 
Source:  http://kasamaproject.org/2008/03/02/the-tortures-of-lexington-1986-88/
 

 

 

Free Books for Prisoners in Texas--Details Below:

 

*Free To Texas Prisoners*

 
Inside Books Project
C/o 12th Street Books
827 12th Street
Austin Texas 78701

*Request By Subject*

 

 

Great News!  Kenneth Richey is Free!   Thanks for all of your hard work to get the "innocent Scot" off

Death Row and home where he belongs!

 

More Great News!  Roxana Saberi is Free!  Thanks for all of your support in working to advocate for her freedom!

 

If you'd like to help children of deathrow inmates have more love-filled and magical holidays:  join:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christmasangels

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HEAL'S PRISON REFORM PROJECTS

 

 

HEAL'S ADOPT AN INMATE PROGRAM

HEAL offers a free penpal service to those incarcerated in U.S. prisons.  If you have a friend or relative who would like to be added to the HEAL penpal website, please contact us.  If you would like to "adopt an inmate" penpal, please visit our penpal website.

 

 

HEAL'S INMATE ART PROGRAM

**OPEN POSITION**, Coordinator

 

HEAL has renewed our temporary moratorium on our Inmate Art Program.  We are seeking a volunteer to coordinate this program.  Due to lack of volunteer interest, we are unable to actively organize this project at this time.  We have an online store with a storefront specifically for inmate art.  We allow eligible prisoners to send in their poetry, essays, books, drawings, and other artwork to HEAL. HEAL then applies their artwork to products at the HEAL shop.  We then donate all proceeds for the sales of the individual inmate/artist's goods to the inmate's commissary fund, his/her family, or wherever he/she sees fit.  HEAL does not keep any of the proceeds.  We believe prisoners are being unethically enslaved and our goal with this project is to help prisoners find an alternative means of survival that allows their creative spirits to blossom.  We encourage you to purchase from the "Adopt An Inmate" storefront to help liberate those we've enslaved. If you know an inmate who would be interested in this program, please contact us for more information.

 

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Prison reform ACTION ALERTS

 

 

Action Alerts are in order of Priority with Newest/Priority Alerts First!

 

HELP FREE Sara Kruzan
From your home, your mailbox, in your town.
* Stay Tuned, updates soon.
Be a Freedom Fighter for Sara... Joining this postcard campaign to Free Sara is simple!!

It's been 18 years, now it's time for justice!

As we celebrate independence and freedom with our families and friends, we hope you'll take a just a few moments of your time to help lend a voice to Sara Kruzan, a child-sex-trafficking victim who has been in prison for the last 18 years after she killed the man who raped her at age 11 and forced her into prostitution at age 13. At only 16 years old Sara was tried as an adult, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Here is what to do:
Please send your postcards in the mail to Attorney General Kamala Harris and Chief Assistant Attorney General Dane Gillette and ask them to grant Sara time served, OR, send her case to the Supreme Court.
1) Purchase 2 postcards

2) Address your postcards: one to CA Attorney General Kamala Harris and the other to Chief Assistant Attorney General Dane Gillette who is personally handling the case.
KAMALA HARRIS
Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
1300 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2919

DANE R. GILLETTE
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division
Office of the California Attorney General
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000
San Francisco, California 94102
Help convince California's Department of Justice to FREE SARA with time served. Express your heartfelt support and let them know you stand with Sara Kruzan.
Please feel free to use this example or create your own:

Hello, my name is _________ from _________, CA and I would like to urge you to publicly support clemency for Sara Kruzan. She is a human trafficking victim who has spent the last 18 years of her life in prison and during that time she has earned a college degree and earned the recognition of the corrections officers. Today is our National Postcard Campaing Day to Free Sara and I hope you'll use your power to grant her freedom. Thank you for your time.

**Note: you can send your postcard from anywhere in the world. You do not have to live in California!!!
**Help continue to build this public outcry, a movement—for Sara.

3) Before you mail your postcard, take a photo of your postcard, and share it to the wall here. Lets create a visual documentation of this call-to-action.
On behalf of Sara, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and say Thank You for your support!
Lastly, share this with everyone. Invite your friends and please PROMOTE this call-to-action. Sara's freedom depends on it.
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*********Never heard of Sara Kruzan? *****************

"Sara Jessimy Kruzan was sentenced to life without parole in 1995 after taking the life of the monster (man) who had molested, indoctrinated, raped, and who had trafficked her as a child sex slave. Sara was 11 when this grooming process began. She was 16 when she was arrested in 1994. Instead of being charged with justifiable homicide or a sentence reflecting the severity of G.G.'s (Howard) abuse, Sara received Life without Parole + 4 years. Sara has served 18 years in the state of California in one of the largest women's correctional facilities in the world. In this time she has both educated herself and has received honors for her outstanding conduct. With the aid of supporters such as Human Rights Watch, in 2011, the governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger-R) commuted her, which reduced her sentence to life with the possibility of parole in 2020. Still, her release is not promised. And even more problematic is that California is not known to parole folks."
Let me introduce my friend Sara to you via a u-tube that was created by the Human Rights Watch. Sara is one of the most amazing human beings I can honestly say I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=bGL_p7BcJqk

Please visit these websites for more information, and other ways to fight for her freedom. At the Save Sara website you will find an artistic photo petition campaign to CA Gov. Brown, a Change.org petition, Sara's full story, and more!
http://savesara.com/

For mor info visit:
http://​www.freesarakruzan.org/ -- This website gives in depth information about almost every aspect of Sara and her 18 year case.
More information about Sara's case can be found at the website of National Center for Youth Law:
http://www.youthlaw.org/​litigation/ncyl_cases/​juvenile_justice/​sara_kruzan/

Save Sara 2012
 

 

Action Alert !
FLORIDA DOC THROWS INMATE'S REMAINS IN LOCAL LANDFILL. SAFE  TAKES LEGAL ACTION !!
 
 
 
  To All Human Rights and Prison Reform Activists :
 
 
  Survivors of Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation (SAFE), confirmed a report on Tuesday, of the mishandling of an inmate's remains by the, Florida Dept. of Corrections.
 
 
  William McCorkle, age 23, died March 22, 2012, after a long battle with AIDS. William received a five year sentence - on a first offense, for theft over $ 500.  After his mother, terminally ill with cancer, was denied continued insurance coverage for her medicine, William stole $ 800 from his employer, where he worked as a cashier;  to pay for his mother's medications.  He had no previous run-ins with the law. He  was well-liked by fellow students and held in high regard by his teachers at the high school he attended.  
 
 
  During William's incarceration, he was sexually assaulted by two me;  one whom was infected with the AIDS virus.   It is important to note:  William's attackers were never prosecuted. Nor did the Florida DOC take any action to prevent the spread of HIV and or the AIDS Virus in the General Population, knowing both men had prior convictions of sexually-based offenses, and one was  infected with AIDS.   
 
 
  Prison officials notified William's family upon his death on, March 22nd.  Previously unaware, William had contracted AIDS while incarcerated, and uninformed by DOC officials, their son was a rape victim, William's parents, devout Baptists, refused to claim his remains on the advice of their pastor, due to his " homosexual lifestyle "....
 
 
  William formed a bond with a, a pen pal from a pen pal website - an Adjunct Professor at a community college. The two exchanged letters on weekly basis over the coarse of three years.  When she did not receive a letter from William ( after 3 weeks ), she phoned his counselor at the prison only to learn he died.  She was devastated by the news....  She believes, William felt ashamed and humiliated as a victim of sexual assault, and feared rejection had he shared that with her. 
 
  Upon inquiring about his final arrangements, she was told his next of kin was notified and they refused to claim his remains.  Without hesitation and feeling compelled, she offered.  When the DOC inquired about her relation to William, she stated she was a pen pal. They refused.   " We don't release the remains of prisoners to pen pals "..  What she was told next, would give her pause and spark outcry !   When she inquired what would be done with his remains, she was informed  ": It is standard policy of the dept. to cremate the unclaimed remains of indigent prisoners, which are then sent to a landfill ".  She pleaded with them to no avail.  SAFE has confirmed, William McCorkle was cremated at 3: 24 pm, on March 29, 2012. His ashes were sent to a landfill in Pensacola, FL. that contracts with the Florida Dept. of Corrections.
 
 
  We Are Outraged !!!
 
 
  Wanting to honor William for his achievements, rather than remembering him for his mistakes, his pen pal and fellow inmates have shared their stories of inspiration and fond memories of  " Will " as he preferred to be called.  In summation, William was an avid reader and tutored inmates struggling with illiteracy.  Will ' purchased pens and paper from the commissary for indigent inmates, from his earnings working in the prison's library, and formed a creative writing' group appropriately named, " The PEN "... .In June 2010,  an inmate ," Brandon ", wrote a poem, " Chasing Butterflies (in the Wintertime) " depicting the struggle of terminal illness and the search for faith. Brandon's poem was published in a magazine.  SAFE will  be making available, Will 's story and Brandon's poem on its website, in April.
 
 
  SAFE Is Suing The Florida Department of Corrections
 
 
  We need and are asking for your help ?!  The actions of the Florida Dept.  of Corrections are reprehensible and unconscionable.  We must draw the line in the sand and demand the humane ,ethical and proper medical treatment for victims of sexual assault in prison and prisoners infected with HIV / AIDS.   
 
 
  SAFE is preparing for a class-action lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections.  If you know an inmate incarcerated in Florida who was a victim of sexual assault and or contracted AIDS resulting from sexual assault ;  and whom did not receive proper medical care ( including a rape kit, HIV testing, counseling, medication and medicinal services), please encourage them to get in touch with, Survivors of Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation (SAFE).  We are seeking changes in DOC policy and compensation for victims of sexual assault and HIV/ AIDS infected prisoners deprived proper medical care.  Victims may contact us in confidence via email or the U.S. Postal Service :  Inmate should mark correspondence by U.S. Mail, " Legal Mail  " thus prohibiting the   DOC from censoring their correspondence to us.
 
 
 
  Address:  SAFE Investigations Dept. 4525 Harding Road, Suite 200, Nashville, TN. 37205
 

 

 

 

Please Sign Petition to Stop Prisoner Rape in Private Prisons!--The online petition at the link below was started by a college student who read about the anti-prisoner rape CCA shareholder resolution introduced by PLN associate editor Alex Friedmann. For background on the resolution, please read this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/mar/01/shareholder-crusade-prison-rape  We encourage you to sign the online petition, and to distribute the link to other groups and listservs. The petition is posted here:  http://forcechange.com/15826/private-prison-corporation-must-reveal-reports-on-sexual-assault-in-its-facilities/
 

 

 

Take Action to Stop Youth from Being Transferred to Adult Prison!--Sign Petition at http://signon.org/sign/stop-adult-transfer-of-2 and learn more at http://www.4brycesbattle.org.

 

 

Please write to the following about inhumane conditions and treatment of polunsky offenders:

Below is a sample letter to send to the following offices and individuals.  Please write separate letters to each of the following, or fax.  Also put your name and address and sign and date your letters, thank you.
 
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Executive Director

Brad Livingston
PO Box 99
Huntsville TX 77342
Phone: 936-437-2101
Fax: 936-437-2123
 
 
and

 
 
Deputy Executive Director

Bryan Collier
PO Box 99
Huntsville
TX 77342
  Phone: 936-437-6251
Fax: 936-437-8925
 
and
 
 
Ombudsman

Debra Booker
PO Box 99
Huntsville
TX 77342
 
Phone: 936-437-8035
Fax: 936-437-8067
 
Sample letter:

Dear [Officials Name Here] 

 
 
It seems that the situation deteriorates more and more at the Polunsky Unit. The living conditions are already very difficult and do not respect human dignity; a minimum right to be accorded to all. Riots take place regularly every day due to protests of prisoners certainly, but every day, a shocking and unnecessary rule is imposed to oppress some more prisoners. Be aware that some staff do not accept the idiocy and absurdity of a person's behavior and excessive unhealthy named Mc Mullin, the new Major!
 
It is time to react and make the right decisions to curb the escalation of violence and harassment at the Polunsky Unit. Deprivation of personal effects, drastic reduction in food, delay in the mail, excessive use of tear gas, cut hot water, manic behavior of some staff are... well recognized. However, it is not necessary to add more to what is already inhuman. Keep in mind that these are men and women convicted, innocent perhaps for some of them, and serving their sentences or await death, the punishment was given and is applied. Needless to treat them worse.
As an authority, you must set an example to be credible in the eyes of all. Be aware that the spotlight is focused on Polunsky Unit more and more...

 

I personally ask you to take immediate actions to stop this unacceptable situation.  I appreciate your attention to this critical matter and look forward to hearing from you.
 
 

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights"  Section 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]
 

 

 

 

Sign Petition for Women Prisoners in CA!

Petitioning
CA's Gov. Brown, CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate & Judge T. Henderson,
Created By
California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Justice Now
About this PetitionPetition LetterPetition Updates

Why This Is Important

"We inside cannot vote. We cannot lobby Sacramento. All we want is to live... Will you hear our pleas for humanity and dignity?" A statement written by women in California's prisons.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is planning to convert Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) into a men's prison. Instead of releasing thousands of women who are eligible to go home, CDCR is planning to transfer them to them to the two remaining women's prisons: Central California Women's Facility and California Institution for Women. This conversion and the crowding of women—including pregnant and elderly women—into facilities that are already far above capacity will intensify by horrific proportions the medical neglect and premature death already rampant in women's prisons. Cells that were designed to house 4 now house 8 and will house 10; the overflow of people will be packed into day rooms and gyms.
Although California passed an Alternative Custody bill for women in 2010, to date fewer than 20 women have been deemed eligible for release under this bill. Over 700 people at VSPW and CCWF have already signed petitions to stop this conversion plan and the transfer of people in women's prisons to other overcrowded facilities.

To read a statement written by people in women's prisons opposed to the conversion and demanding relief, visit www.jnow.org.

Other organizations who endorse this petition are:

All of Us or None, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, San Francisco Bay View newspaper, Redwood Curtain CopWatch, Peoples' Action for Rights and Community, Community Futures Collective, LEF Foundation, Coalition to Free The Angola Three, Solitary Watch, The Real Cost of Prisons Project, California Prison Moratorium Project, Senate Select Community Committee on California's Correctional System, Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) and Community Works West.

If you want your organization listed as an endorser, please email
info@womenprisoners.org

Mary Maccree
"I have volunteered at Chowchilla prisons as well as men's prisons--the over-crowding is very bad and has a particularly devastating effect on the women's health and well-being. The rate of women's incarceration is rising faster than that of men--converting the prison makes no sense unless they plan on releasing lots of women."

kit rutter
"The conversion of VSPW into a men's prison poses serious threats to the health, safety and mental well-being of the women who will be consolidated into the two remaining women's prisons in California. The conversion does not address the real issue of overcrowding, it merely rearranges and reconfigures prisoners. Additionally, the community of Chowchilla has serious reservations about the conversion. Moving forward with the project without the consent of the community would be irresponsible".

"We have no excuse to be fooled by the trickery of CDCR any longer! We cannot let them get away with deliberate increased abuse while they claim to be doing the opposite."
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION??

http://www.change.org/petitions/cas-gov-brown-cdcr-secretary-matthew-cate-judge-t-henderson-stop-the-conversion-of-valley-state-prison-from-a-womens-to-a-mens-prison

 

 

 

Florida Residents--Please Read About and Take This Action!

The Florida legislature is currently considering two fast-tracked bills to privatize around 29 correctional facilities in south Florida - prisons, work camps, annexes and work release centers. This would be the largest private prison expansion in U.S. history and a huge giveaway to the private prison industry (mainly GEO Group and CCA).

For those who are opposed to incarceration-for-profit, and who reside in Florida (or know someone who does), the time to oppose these bills is NOW!

They were introduced on January 18, have already had 3 committee hearings and are headed to the Senate floor as early as next week. They are being pushed through by the Senate's Republican leadership, and WILL PASS unless people contact their state senators and express opposition to the bills.

For more on this, see PCI's original press release, here:

http://privateci.org/private_pics/PCI%20press%20release%20re%20FL%20privatization%20bills%202012.pdf

The bills are now numbered SB2036 and SB2038. The justification for the private prison expansion is that it will result in cost savings to the state -- which is soundly refuted in a PCI policy brief released earlier this month, available here:

http://privateci.org/private_pics/PCI%20policy%20brief%20on%20private%20prison%20costs%202012.pdf

A list of Florida's state senators is included below. Please contact them to express your opposition to more for-profit prisons in Florida! A bill has also been introduced in the House, but is not moving as quickly.

Senator John Thrasher
Florida State Senate
400 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 19047273603
thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov

Senator JD Alexander
Florida State Senate
412 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5044
FAX 18504875640
alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Larcenia J. Bullard
Florida State Senate
218 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 13056687346
bullard.larcenia.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Anitere Flores
Florida State Senate
316 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5130
FAX 18504875904
flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Don Gaetz
Florida State Senate
420 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 18508333910
gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Andy Gardiner
Florida State Senate
330 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5047
FAX 14074285802
gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Dennis L. Jones, D.C.
Florida State Senate
408 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5065
FAX 18504875182
jones.dennis.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Evelyn J. Lynn
Florida State Senate
416 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 13862383179
lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Gwen Margolis
Florida State Senate
414 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5121
FAX 18504875525
margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Joe Negron
Florida State Senate
306 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 17722191666
negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Garrett Richter
Florida State Senate
322 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
12393382779@rapidfax.com
FAX 12394176207
richter.garrett.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Gary Siplin
Florida State Senate
205 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 14075222153
siplin.gary.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Christopher L. Smith
Florida State Senate
220 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5112
FAX 18504875409
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Stephen R. Wise
Florida State Senate
410 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 19043816040
wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Thad Altman
Florida State Senate
314 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5053
FAX 13217523140
altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
Florida State Senate
326 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5356
Fino.lynda.s27@flsenate.gov
benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Florida State Senate
212 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5100
FAX 18504875296
bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Mike Fasano
Florida State Senate
406 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5062
FAX 18882634821
fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Alan Hays
Florida State Senate
324 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5014
FAX 18504875408
hays.alan.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Arthenia L. Joyner
Florida State Senate
202 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5059
FAX 18504875442
joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Bill Montford
Florida State Senate
208 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5004
FAX 18504875086
montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Nan H. Rich
Florida State Senate
228 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5103
FAX 18504875419
rich.nan.web@flsenate.gov

Senator David Simmons
Florida State Senate
320 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5050
FAX 18504875347
simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Eleanor Sobel
Florida State Senate
222 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5097
FAX 18504875428
sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Michael S. Bennett
Florida State Senate
404 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5078
(941) 727-6352 fax
bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Oscar Braynon II
Florida State Senate
213 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5116
(305) 654-7152 fax
braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Charles S. Dean, Sr.
Florida State Senate
302 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5017
dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Nancy C. Detert
Florida State Senate
318 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5081
(941) 480-3549 fax
detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Florida State Senate
312 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5109
portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Paula Dockery
Florida State Senate
224 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5040
FAX (863) 413-2902
dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Greg Evers
Florida State Senate
308 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5000
FAX (850) 595-0214
evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Rene Garcia
Florida State Senate
310 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5106
FAX (305) 364-3110
garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Audrey Gibson
Florida State Senate
226 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5024
FAX (904) 359-2532
gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Mike Haridopolos
Florida State Senate
409 The Capitol
The President's Office
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5056
haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Ronda Storms
Florida State Senate
413 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5072
FAX (813) 651-2188
storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Jack Latvala
Florida State Senate
405 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5075
latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Jim Norman
Florida State Senate
214 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5068
norman.jim.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Steve Oelrich
Florida State Senate
418 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5020
FAX (352) 955-6262
oelrich.steve.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Jeremy Ring
Florida State Senate
210 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5094
FAX (954) 917-1394
ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Maria Lorts Sachs
Florida State Senate
216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5091
sachs.maria.web@flsenate.gov

 

 

 

Did You Know Troy Davis?--If you corresponded with Troy Davis prior to his execution and would like to participate in a project to honor his life, please e-mail us or visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=264860693551524 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Join the Virtual Vigil to Shut Down Stewart Detention Center!--Correction Corporation of America's Stewart facility in Lumpkin, Georgia is the largest private detention center in the nation. Stewart currently profits close to $50 million a year. As if that weren't enough, CCA often cuts costs by denying basic services to detained immigrants and by limiting access to their family members.  CCA charges inmates close to $5 a minute to make a phone call. To pay for this, inmates work in the facility and earn a whopping $1 a day. Five days of hard work gives them just enough time for a one minute phone call.  Watch the video and take action to shut down Stewart Detention Center.

 

 

Demand Justice for the Englewood Men!--Twenty years is a long time to wait for justice, but last Thursday prosecutors vacated the convictions of five Black men, known as the Dixmoor 51, who as teenagers were forced to confess to murders they didn't commit.   This is a huge victory and wouldn't have happened without the activism of 65,000 ColorOfChange members and our friends at the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the Innocence Project--but the victory remains incomplete. While Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez did the right thing in the Dixmoor case, more innocent men remain in prison under her watch. The Englewood 5, who were also arrested and forced to confess as teens and have been proven innocent by DNA evidence, still await justice.2  Can you take a moment to thank Attorney Alvarez and ask her to secure justice for the Englewood men? Your call will let her know we're not going away and increase the pressure on her to act. Just click the link to make your call — we'll give you the number and a short script you can use: http://act.colorofchange.org/call/AlvarezCalls_2

 

 

Take Action to Save Hank Skinner!--Hank Skinner is scheduled to die on November 9. But the state of Texas may execute him without even conducting DNA tests on all of the evidence from his trial, despite a decade of requests from Hank and his lawyers.  Hank has been on death row since 1995 for the murders of his girlfriend and her two adult sons, and has steadfastly professed his innocence. Since his conviction, the star witness against Hank has recanted her testimony, and others have implicated another man as the killer.  Hank has just 8 days to live. His family created an organization called "Justice 4 Hank," and they're fighting for a DNA test for Hank. They started a petition on Change.org asking the Gray County District Attorney and the courts to order full DNA tests to determine if Hank is actually guilty -- and to prevent Texas from possibly executing an innocent man. Click here to add your name to the petition.

 

Urgent Federal Action Alert!  Second Chance Act--As many of you know, LAC and the National H.I.R.E. Network have long supported the Second Chance Act federal reentry legislation (please see our SCA page to learn more). The Second Chance Act authorizes aid to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations to support services that help reduce recidivism and improve public safety, including the provision of employment training, placement, and other vocational services.With recent developments in Washington, we need your help to ensure its continued success.   Second Chance Funding  Most critically, Congress is working now to decide on funding for the 2012 fiscal year, which began on October 1. In a potential blow for reentry programs across the country, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would eliminate funding for the Second Chance Act in FY 2012. For its part, the House version of the legislation, approved this summer, would provide $70 million for the Second Chance Act in FY12.  Congressional leaders are expected to meet this week to come to agreement on funding levels, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has pledged to work to restore Second Chance Act funding through the conference process. That's why we need your help now!  How You Can Help  Contact your members in the Senate and House of Representatives and tell them it’s urgent that they include $70 million to $100 million in funding for the Second Chance Act for FY2012. You can easily send a prepared letter to your members of Congress explaining the importance of supporting Second Chance and successful reentry through employment by clicking here.

 

 

Tell Congress: No More "Drug War" Spending!--Drug war spending continues to rise as the government continues implementing the failed policies of the war on drugs. Now is our chance to demand that Congress stop wasting money on this catastrophe!  Recently, Congress was charged with cutting at least $1.5 trillion in government spending. That's why you need to write your representative today and show your support for cutting drug war funding.

 

Congress Must Pass Sentencing Reform--Take Action!  In 1986, Congress enacted severe mandatory minimum sentences, condemning thousands of mostly low-level, mostly nonviolent drug offenders to years, sometimes decades in prison. In part because of these and similar "sentencing guideline" penalties, the United States now suffers from an incarceration rate unprecedented in the history of our own country or any other.  Last year Congress took a modest step in the right direction, unanimously passing the Fair Sentencing Act -- raising the quantities of crack cocaine needed to trigger certain infamous five- and ten-year sentences, and eliminating mandatory minimums for crack possession. But much, much more is needed to address these unjust and exorbitantly expensive sentencing laws.  Please write Congress today to call for passage of the following important bills:

  • H.R. 2303, the "Major Drug Trafficking Prosecution Act," sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) -- eliminates mandatory minimums to reduce the incentive prosecutors have to go after large numbers of low-level offenders.  H.R. 2316 and H.R. 2242, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), bills to make last year's crack sentencing reforms retroactive; and to continue the reform by eliminating "cocaine base" from the federal code entirely, thereby reducing penalties further to reach the same level as powder cocaine offenses.

When you are done, please make a call, send a letter or pay a visit to your US Representative and your two US Senators to urge them to pass sentencing reform -- you can reach them via the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or look them up on our web site.

 

Boycott Wells Fargo Until They Cease Investing in Private Prisons!--Many Americans are not aware that that the United States already has the largest number of incarcerated people of any country in the history of the world. We account for 5% of the world's population and 25% of its incarcerated population. Fewer still realize that pushing an agenda of more and longer incarceration - and the radical upswing in immigrant detention - is a burgeoning and influential private prison industry that profits from every human being our tax dollars pay them to imprison.

Today, July 1st, is a national day of action to protest the private prison industry's role in the immigration detention system, namely in helping draft and pass unjust and discriminatory legislation such as Arizona's SB 1070.

Demand that Wells Fargo, one of the largest investors in the industry, divest itself from the private prison/detention industry.

Become a One-Minute Armchair Activist:

Call & email Wells Fargo Vice Presidents & tell them to divest from the private prison industry (The GEO Group & Corrections Corporation of America)

Byron K. Reed
byron.k.reed@wellsfargo.com
213.253.6246

Diana A. Rodriguez
diana.a.rodriguez@wellsfargo.com
213.434.3193

For more information on how you can turn the tide and stop the private prison and detention industry,
please email me or visit our website at
www.GrassrootsLeadership.org


 

We continue to advocate for Mr. Diaz's physical safety.   Please see the update and sample letter below.

Please also visit PAPA for a sample letter easier email links at:

http://peopleagainstprisonabuse.com/STATES/massachusetts/urgentjohndiaz.html


OR

Please cut and paste or click on the following email links:

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Contact Form:  http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=gov3utilities&sid=Agov3&U=Agov3_contact_us 

April 15, 2011



Re:  John Anthony Diaz #W62523
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Sgt. Keezer Harasses Mentally Unstable Inmate
                           

Dear Sir or Madam:

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has successfully interfered with any external investigation into the allegations of physical abuse by Sgt. Keezer and other officers, as it relates to the January 2011 assault of Mr. Diaz.    Mr. Diaz's regular mail and legal mail are being stolen and/or tampered with. Legal representation has attempted to contact Mr. Diaz, yet their efforts to communicate with Mr. Diaz are being blocked with the latest orchestrated harassment on the part of the prison.   Sgt. Keezer, appears to act in a predator-like manner; he has verbally harassed and ultimately discouraged Mr. Diaz from having his family visit him.  Sgt. Keezer has successfully isolated Mr. Diaz from his family and has now placed him in punitive isolation claiming that Mr. Diaz (who fears repeated physical harm by Sgt. Keezer) has threatened him. Sgt. Keezer, who physically assaulted a restrained Mr. Diaz,  has taken the ridiculous stance that he is now a victim of Mr. Diaz.  How much more mental and physical torture is the State of Massachusetts willing to inflict on a mentally unstable inmate in its custody?

Clearly, the Massachusetts Department of Correction has exhibited that it continues to place its mentally unstable inmates at further risk of harm due to untrained staff and insufficient access to a licensed psychiatrist.

Again, we are notifying you of the substantial risk of harm that Mr. Diaz is subjected to when inadequate psychiatric care is compounded by correctional officers such as Sgt. Keezer, when exhibiting a thug mentality, go out of their way to physically and mentally torment a mentally unstable inmate.  Mr. Diaz has lost a significant amount of weight.  Mr. Diaz requires a transfer to a section at the Souza Unit that does not expose him to physically abusive guards. 

Sincerely,



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FBI Boston
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Office of the Inspector General
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Boston, MA 02108
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Deval Patrick, Governor
Massachusetts State House
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Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617.725.4005
           888.870.7770 (in state)
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Timothy P. Murray, Lt. Governor
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
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Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617.725.4005
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Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, Senate Chair
Joint Committee on the Judiciary
State House
Room 416-B
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1639
Email: Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov

Senator Gale D. Candaras, Senate Vice Chair
Joint Committee on the Judiciary 
State House
Room 309
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1291
Fax: 617-722-1014
Email: Gale.Candaras@masenate.gov

Representative Eugene L. O'Flaherty, House Chair
Joint Committee on the Judiciary  
State House
Room 136
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2396
Fax: 617-722-2819
Email: Gene.OFlaherty@mahouse.gov

Representative Christopher N. Speranzo, House Vice Chair
Joint Committee on the Judiciary  
State House
Room 136
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2396
Fax: 617-722-2819
Email: Christopher.Speranzo@mahouse.gov

Representative Gloria L. Fox
167 State House
Boston, MA  02133
Phone: (617) 722-2810
Fax: (617) 722-2846
Email:  Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov

Senator Patricia D. Jehlen
513 State House
Boston, MA  02133
Fax:  617-722-1117
Email:  Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov

Senator Katherine Clark
313 A State House
Boston, MA  02133
Fax:  617-722-2821
Email: Katherine.Clark@masenate.gov

Therese Murray, President of the Senate
State House
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Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1500
Fax: 617-722-1076
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Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the House
State House
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Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2500
Fax: 617-722-2008
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ACLU of Massachusetts
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Boston, MA 02110
Ph:  617-482-3170
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Email:  info@aclum.org

Special Litigation Section
U.S. Department of Justice
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Washington, D.C. 20530
Phone (202-514-6255 or 877-218-5228)
Fax  (202-514-0212 or 202-514-6273)
Email - Special.Litigation@usdoj.gov

Disability Law Center of Massachusetts
11 Beacon Street, Suite 925
Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
(617) 723-8455 / (800) 872-9992 Voice
(617) 723-9125 Fax

NAMI of Massachusetts
400 West Cummings Park Suite 6650
Woburn, MA 01801-6528
Phone: (781)938-4048
Fax: (781)938-4069
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Prisoners' Legal Services
Eight Winter Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 482-2773
Fax: (617) 451-6383

Martha Coakley, Attorney General
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA  02108
Fax:  413-784-1244
Email:  ago@state.ma.us

Luis S. Spencer, Acting Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Correction - Central Headquarters
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Take Action Against Over-Charging Families to Speak with Their Incarcerated Family Members!--Mary picks up the ringing phone, knowing it is time for a call from her dad.  The auto-operator starts its message “Will you accept a collect call from...”  Mary's dad speaks quickly “Better be doing that homework. Love you.”  Mary can only mouth back her answer, unable to accept the call since her dad is being held in one of our nation’s detention centers where the cost of prison phone calls include an outrageous cash kickback that most cannot afford.  A damning new report on prison phone kickbacks was released this week by Prison Legal News.  Read more about the report and join a national campaign to end prison phone kickbacks.  Listen to Kelly’s story about how prison phone kickbacks have hurt her family.  Become a Prison Phone Justice Champion today and join the campaign for justice and human rights.  Tweet this: Prison phone kickbacks takes dollars from families that could go for groceries & school supplies. #prisonphone http://bit.ly/dLI3hb   In prison slang to "shoot a kite" is to send a message.

 

Link For Petition -- Please Sign and Forward--http://www.change.org/petitions/please-grant-compassionate-medical-release-for-patricia-wright  Patricia Wright CDC#W79941, is wrongly convicted and currently housed at Central California Women's Skilled Nursing Facility. Patricia was convicted in 1998 of her ex-husband’s murder that occurred in 1981, even though no physical or forensic evidence or eyewitnesses tie her to the crime, she adamantly denies any involvement, and crime scene fingerprints exclude her. Read about her story at, http://justicedenied.org/issue/issue_38/patricia_wright_jd_issue_38.pdf  Patricia has been diagnosed with terminal fourth stage breast cancer and would like to spend her limited days at home with her family. The Board of  Parole Hearings and Dept. of Corrections has stated they have no problem with releasing Patricia on medical Parole.  The only obstacle is Patricia's sentence - life without parole - (LWOP)  The sentencing Judge, Curtis Rappe, has stated that he will not consider reducing Patricia Wright’s LWOP sentence unless he receives a recommendation from one or all of the following individuals: The Board of Parole Hearings, Governor Jerry Brown, or Matthew Cate- Secretary of Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Link For Petition -- Please Sign and Forward--http://www.change.org/petitions/please-grant-compassionate-medical-release-for-patricia-wright
 

 

Tell Ohio that Enrolling Children in Better Schools is Not a Crime!--Kelley Williams-Bolar wanted to give her children a better life by sending them to school in the nearby majority-White school district where her father lives — and she went to jail for it. Now, as a convicted felon, helping her children will be even harder — she had been studying to become a teacher, but that dream may have ended as well.   Real justice requires that the punishment fit the crime; by any measure, this is cruelly unjust. Please join us calling on Governor Kasich to take a public stand and do everything he can to right this injustice (including making sure that Williams-Bolar has the opportunity to become a teacher in Ohio). And please ask your friends and family to add their voices as well — it takes just a moment: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/ohioschools

 

Tell Minnesota to Keep Frauds and "False Prophets" Out Minnesota Rehabilitation Programs!--HEAL learned today that Minnesota allows the confirmedly and/or reportedly abusive, racist, sexist, and fraudulent program Teen Challenge to provide "services" Minnesota inmates.  Please contact Minnesota's Governor and Department of Corrections and ask that they ban Teen Challenge from their state's programs for inmates.  Please see www.heal-online.org/StraightandTeenChallenge.htm for additional information and talking points.

 

Tell Texas to Keep Frauds, Homophobes, and "False Prophets" Out of Texas Rehabilitation Programs!--Texas is planning to permit a "seminary" that will "train" inmates in how to "minister" to other inmates.  It appears to involve a 4-year "training" period and is followed by putting inmates who complete the program in charge of other inmates.  The program is set to begin next year (2011) in the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, TX.  HEAL has found that this program is associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.  The Southern Baptist Convention is associated with ultra-conservative anti-gay movements and supports coercive methods to "cure" homosexuality.  In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention is associated with Janelle Hallman, a staunch supporter of anti-gay activism.  An additional concern is that the Southern Baptist Convention is also associated with Teen Challenge which has been exposed and reported to HEAL as being fraudulent, abusive, coercive, racist, homophobic, and sexist.  These are not the types of values we want being introduced and/or reinforced in our rehabilitation services.  For more information on problems with Teen Challenge and additional resources for information, click here Tell Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Ombudsman's Office and ask they stop this program in its tracks and support legitimate forms of rehabilitation services including access to legitimate spiritual and academic services.

 

Stop Behavior Modification Units (aka High Security Units, Special Offender Units, Programming Units) in State Prisons:  Washington State had adopted a model after the defunct and scientifically disproven theories regarding "therapeutic communities" (i.e. cults).  This is an extremely disturbing trend and becoming a large part of the American culture.  It is neither something we should welcome nor embrace.  The ACLU is challenging these Special Units (aka Communications Management Units, etc.) in Washington, D.C.  And, we need to challenge these practices in Washington State and throughout the country.  If in Washington State, please contact your district's state representative and ask that they vote no on any funding for behavior modification units such as those discussed in the video below.  For contact info, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/Pages/default.aspx.  Please contact your representative today and ask that funding go into job training and educational services as opposed to cults and scams who make up their own rules and answer to no one as is detailed in the video below.

 

 

Stop Execution of Battered Woman in Tennessee!--Gaile Owens, a 54-year-old woman from Tennessee, whose life was filled with abuse, and whose legal case has been dominated by an appalling series of grave injustices, is scheduled to be executed on September 28.  Please act now to stop this execution.  Ms. Owens is seeking to have her death sentence commuted to a sentence of life in prison and only Governor Bredesen has the power to do this.  We need your help in urging Governor Bredesen to commute Gaile Owens’ sentence from death to life in prison.  What we want you to do: Sign the on-line petition in support of clemency for Ms. Owens.  As of May 2, the petition had almost 5,000 signatures.  We want to double that amount and get over 10,000 signatures.  We can only do this with your help.  We need you to sign the petition now.  It will take less than a minute of your time.  Go to the Friends of Gaile website and sign the petition at: http://www.friendsofgaile.com/phpPETITION/index.php

 

Stop Sentencing Disparity!--Every year, thousands of people are put away for long prison terms because of arcane and racist sentencing laws. They punish people caught with crack cocaine — who are often Black and poor — 100 times more harshly than those caught with powder cocaine. These laws have broken up families while doing nothing to make our communities safer, and they’re part of the reason 1 in 15 Black adults is behind bars.Last week, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee had a chance to advance a bill to eliminate the disparity. Instead, they chose to reduce it2—with no good reason other than to please “moderate” Democrats and Republicans. And President Obama, who for years has championed ending the disparity,3 is supporting the bill — apparently because it’s bipartisan.4 It’s shameful.  Can you take a moment to sign our letter to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding they show leadership and push for the House version of the bill, which would eliminate the sentencing disparity?5 It only takes a moment:  http://act.colorofchange.org/go/cpsenate/?id=2298-57723&akid=1379.51093.OIj2WS&t=4

 

Lynne Stewart ordered to Prison: The Criminalization of the US  Justice System

by Claude Jacqueline Herdhuin, Global Research, December 3, 2009

On Thursday, November 19th, long time civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart was ordered by Judge John G. Koeltl to turn herself in to  begin serving a 28-month prison sentence for her 2006 conviction for  conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists. This 70 year  old woman has devoted her life to the poor, the underprivileged, the  black community and to cause of social justice.

Anyone who could not afford for a lawyer could knock at her door.  Today, Lynne Stewart is fighting not only for her freedom but for any  American’s freedom.

Lynne Stewart did not benefit from the US justice system. Her case  became important after 911. Let me remind you that her only mistake  was to ignore the US Bureau of Prisons Special Administrative  Measures (SAMs) she had to sign in order to defend Sheik Omar-Abdel  Rahman. The SAMs are unconstitutional and constitue a violation of  both the First Amendment and the Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel.

The Clinton Administration did not consider Lynne Stewart as a  terrorist and a traitor. Her case was merely considered as an  administrative violation. She received a letter to that effect, and  could not visit her client in prison for some time. Then, she was  allowed to visit him and pursue her work as a lawyer. It is only on  April 9th 2002 that she was arrested, in the aftermath of 911, when  the legal environnment in the US became almost hysterical. So  hysterical that the attorney general John Ashcroft went to David  Letterman's Late Night show to tell America that Lynne Stewart is a  traitor to the Nation.

Today, in the US media, Lynne Stewart is presented either as a  terrorist or a traitor, who deserves the worst punishment. The truth  is she is doing her job as a lawyer. She is a 70 year old woman with  years of life experience as mother, a grand-mother, an activist and a  lawyer. As a young white American, she fought for the cause of  African Americans, because she believed in justice. Decades latter,  she defended Sheikh Omar-Abdel Rahman, because she still believed in  justice.

Today, she is in jail, and she still believes in justice. Even if her  trial brings us back to the worst period in America, namely the  McCarthy era.

In her November 17th press conference, Lynne Stewart said she is too  old to cry but it hurts too much not to.

She also warned the other defence lawyers: "This is a warning shot  for other lawyers. Don’t advocate for your clients in a vigorous,  strong way."

I have known Lynne Stewart for five years now. The first time I heard  about her as al defense attorney was in the newspapers, in 2004. They  described Lynne Stewart as a terrorist and, with my husband, we  decided to contact her to see what really happened and who she was.  We decided to make a documentary and find out what happened. We have  been very cautious to be as neutral as possible.

Years latter, I can say that Lynne Stewart’s only error was to be  overconfident. She had confidence in justice, and the government of  United States betrayed her:

By attacking the First Amendment right of free speech, free press and  petition; by attacking the right to effective assistance of counsel by chilling  the defense; (and) by invading the private conversations, private-attorney-client  meetings, faxes, letters and e-mails to gather the 'evidence'.

Please sign the petition to free Lynne Stewart

http://www.petitiononline.com/091127ls/petition.html

To send Lynne Stewart a letter, write:

Lynne Stewart
#53504-054
MCC-NY
150 Park Row
New York, NY NY 10007

You can also call or write to President Obama:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Please include your e-mail address

Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/

Claude Jacqueline Herdhuin is a screenwriter, assistant-director and 
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Sign Petition to Free American Indian Activist Leonard Peltier!--http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Peltier_Clemency2008/?e

 

Help Free Jailed Activists in Mexico!--As governments and their police forces continue to crack down on resource rights activists, Grassroots International's allies are more frequently finding themselves in serious danger, often criminalized for organizing for justice. That is the case once again for Sara Lopez and Joaquín Aguilar from Campeche, Mexico. On July 10th, Sara and Joaquín were arrested, along with three other members of the Mexican Alliance for People's Self-Determination (AMAP).  In addition, twenty-eight other members of their community face possible arrest.  Your past support of Sara and Joaquín has been instrumental in protecting their human rights - and I hope you will step up once again to appeal to authorities on their behalf now.  At the time of the arrest, none of the AMAP members were informed the reasons for their detention, and they were not allowed to report their whereabouts to their relatives or lawyers until six hours later.  On July 16th, all five were ordered to state prison, where they still remain.  While in prison, Sara has been denied adequate medical treatment for fever and conjunctivitis.  The targeting of Sara and Joaquín is a result of their leadership in opposing an increase in the price of electricity services, which has sky-rocketed alongside climbing oil prices and the construction of a hydroelectric dam.  While the government subsidizes the cost of electric power for large, energy-dependent agribusiness corporations, the people are left to foot the bill.  At the same time, increasing privatization of land and water resources - including our common resources - to produce agrofuels and hydropower diminishes the capacity of rural and indigenous families to produce food and income.  Thanks to letters you sent on behalf of Sara, Joaquín, and other members of AMAP earlier this year, the electric company sat down to negotiate with them. Unfortunately, the terms were one-sided, essentially promising to stop targeting Sara and Joaquín if they would stop organizing.  Clearly, they refused and are now paying the price, imprisoned as a result of unfounded and politically motivated criminal charges that resulted from complaints filed by the electric company.  Just as these activists refuse to set aside their demands for justice, we must continue to take action and stand in solidarity with them. Please send your letter now - and also mobilize friends to send letters to the Mexican authorities. As always, thank you for your ongoing commitment to social justice and resource rights. 

Sign Petition for Prison Sentencing Reform!--http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/federal_sentencing_reform
 

Take Action to Support the Cuban 5!--The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 has drafted a petition asking President Obama to grant Visas to the families of the Cuban 5.   With his recent decision to close Guantanamo Prison and his public statements in support of changing travel restrictions on Cuban Americans, we feel now is a good time to bring up the US government’s continual denial of visas for the Cuban 5 families; which has kept both Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez from seeing their wives for the past ten years.  If President Obama is really pro-family and wants to improve the reputation of the United States, as a "beacon of justice and democracy", then then we need to demand he end this horrible separation of families and this psychological torture.  Please sign this petition and forward this link to all your friend and families. We will be emailing this petition and mailing it in hard copies to President Obama every time we reach a 100th milestone.  SIGN IT AND FORWARD IT OUT FOR THE CUBAN 5:  http://www.petitiononline.com/ObamaC5V/petition.html

 

Take Action to Stop Police Brutality!--Too many police officers still have attitudes like this toward the communities they are patrolling, highlighting the problems we still need to address: ending racial profiling, the high rate of unsolved murders in African American communities, police brutality and other forms of unequal justice for African Americans and Latinos.  Working with the NAACP, you can help change this situation:  First, e-mail Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott and ask him to order an immediate independent investigation into the practices and policies of the Erie police department and to establish an independent civilian review board to investigate citizen complaints.  Second, ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor legislation to provide long-needed regulation of harsh and careless police actions throughout the United States, the End Racial Profiling Act and the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act.  These bills are designed to curb outrages like the New Year's Day shooting of unarmed Oscar Grant by transit police in Oakland; the police shooting of Robert Tolan on his front lawn in Bellaire, Texas; and the questionable death of high school football player Billie Joe Johnson, killed in what was described as a "routine traffic stop" in Lucedale, Mississippi. NAACP branches are grappling with each of these cases.  The Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act also includes provisions to assist local law enforcement agencies in doing more effective screening of candidates for law enforcement jobs before they are given the power to use deadly force and then during in-service reviews. It also supports the creation of local police accountability and review boards with subpoena power, independent investigatory power, and staffing and other resources needed to provide local community oversight of their law enforcement officers.  While most police officers are courageous public servants, continued police abuses are harming our communities and eroding the trust needed to both prevent and solve crimes. Take action now and help us do something about it.

 

Tell the Obama Administration you demand Constitutional Justice Now for Mumia Abu-Jamal-- Initiated by the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC) SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION AT http://www.iacenter.org/mumiapetition

 

Release Wall Street Protest Arestees Now! Drop All Charges! Arrest Criminal Bankers, Not Workers!--Sign the online petition
 

Read About and Sign Petition to Free Angola 3!--After a week of intense public pressure, officials at Angola prison moved Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox out of solitary confinement for the first time in 35 years. But they're still locked up, for a crime everyone knows they didn't commit.  ColorOfChange.org members have helped turn things around by making it a political liability for the authorities at Angola to keep Wallace and Woodfox in solitary confinement. I've joined them to keep the pressure on by forcing federal and state authorities to intervene and release these innocent men who have been punished for challenging the violence and segregation at Angola.  http://www.colorofchange.org/angola3/?id=1693-875126
 

 

Take Action for Justice!--On December 8th, 17-year-old Billey Joe Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police say he killed himself with a shotgun after being stopped for a simple traffic violation in Lucedale, Mississippi.1 Several things seem to cast doubt on the official story, including an independent investigation that concluded it would have been impossible for the shot that killed Johnson to have been self-inflicted. Many on the ground smell a murder and a cover-up. We don't have all the answers, but it's clear that in the racially divided town of Lucedale, all the ingredients exist for a miscarriage of justice. Your voice can help ensure that the District Attorney feels the presence of a national spotlight when he presents his findings to a grand jury on Monday. Let him know that anything short of a thorough investigation will result in massive attention and a call for outside intervention.  Can you lend your voice to demand justice for Billey Joe? Take Action: http://colorofchange.org/billeyjoe/?id=2298-57723

 

 

Sign Petition to Free Michael Hamilton!--With over 24 years of a clean record at CMF (CALIFORNIA MEDICAL FACILITY c22546), after being found suitable three time by the California parole board, why has the governor continued to deny his release? Michael is the perfect example of how the prison system works and how it can change your life for the better. He is a changed man, who now deserves to live his life. With his wife, daughter and loving supportive family. Michael is no threat to society, he would BETTER society with his lifetime of knowledge and life changing experiences of the prison system, that he would be able to share with the youth of today. Why has the governor even hesitated to release a man that has done nothing but given back to society and eager to continue?  Petition: Please support Freeing Michael Hamilton. Let him finally live a life with him and his family. Let him be released and voice his experiences with the youth of today. He can better our society. Please let him enjoy adult hood with his now 19 year old daughter, and retirement with his wife of 20 years.  It's time to look past the prison label and see this man for what he truly is. That is a human being who has spent the last 29 years giving back to society for what he did at the age of 18. Let him live the years he has left out side of prison walls and blue uniforms. Please help free Michael Hamilton.  Sign the petition  http://www.gopetition.com/online/17068.html

 

Sign Petition for Families and Loved Ones of Death Row Inmates in Ohio!--Please sign petition requesting in-person visits for families and loved ones of death row inmates in Ohio.  Read and sign at: http://www.petitiononline.com/OSPvisit/petition.html
 

 

Take A Stand Against Unjust Prosecution of Activists in Mexico!--Families in Campeche, Mexico are being pushed to the edge of desperation. Privatization schemes and mega-projects - like the construction of large hydroelectric dams and massive agrofuels plantations - threaten their access to basic food and water resources.  Now, simply for opposing the policies that jeopardize their livelihoods, activists face increasing repression and unjust prosecution, often without access to legal resources for their defense.  Please lend your voice now to call on Mexican authorities to stop the unjust prosecution and repression of resource rights activists.
 

Please Write Gov. Strickland and the Ohio Parole Board asking for Clemency for Innocent Grandmother, Keenya Curry!--Following is a sample letter and contact information for Gov. Strickland and the Ohio Parole Board:

Dear Gov. Strickland/Ohio Parole Board,

Keenya Curry was wrongfully convicted. Her defense attorney has signed an affidavit swearing he did not provide her with appropriate defense or counsel. Ms. Curry is innocent of the charges against her resulting in her current imprisonment. The charges and defenses are as follows:

* Kidnapping of her 2 minor grandchildren--Ms. Curry was granted custody of her granddaughter and her grandson was abandoned at her home by Keenya's daughter, mother of the child in question. She in no way kidnapped or illegally withheld children from, their parents, Keenya's children.

* 3rd Degree Child Endangerment--In regards to the care of her two minor grandchildren… Charges resulted from false reports by Dr. David C. Minor, Ms. Curry's and her grandchildren's physician, regarding concerns about the children's welfare. Dr. Minor has mental health issues and has subsequently lost his license to practice medicine. All concerns reported by Dr. Minor were baseless. He, allegedly guilty of malpractice, advised over-medicating of children with Ritalin, which, directly caused the welfare concerns of and for which Ms. Curry was accused and is currently serving time.

I ask that you grant clemency and free this dedicated Grandmother, guilty of nothing more than trusting the wrong doctor.

 

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)

Governor Ted Strickland (Or online at: http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Assistance/ContacttheGovernor/tabid/150/Default.aspx)
Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108



Ohio Parole Board (Or online at:
drc.publicinfo@odrc.state.oh.us)
1050 Freeway Drive N
Columbus, OH 43229

 

Take Action for Commutation and/or Pardon for George Martorano!--Some of you may have already read that President Bush has started his "exit" pardons and commutations. WE NEED TO GET EMAILS AND CALLS TO THE WHITE HOUSE SUPPORTING GEORGE'S COMMUTATION. Below are the phone and email contacts for the White House-PLEASE, just a 2-3 line email stressing your support for George's release. George and I know, that this is a longshot, but heck, LONGSHOTS CAN AND DO WIN--please pass this email along to any and all you feel will help.  comments@whitehouse.gov
Comments:   202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX:             202-456-2461

For more info on this case and travesty, visit:
http://www.freegeorge.us/

 

Take Action on the Campaign to Promote Equitable Telephone Charges!--Most prisoners and their families are double or even quadruple-billed for any phone calls.  Prisoners are often required to purchase phone cards which they can only use to make a collect call.  They phone card is billed for the call and the person called collect pays 2-3 x  what they would pay for a direct call.  This is absurd and needs to stop.  Learn more and take action at: http://www.etccampaign.com/etc/eccostep1.php
 

Sign Petition Demanding An End To Juvenile Life in Prison without Parole!--Read and sign petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/petition-in-support-of-hr4300---ending-juvenile-life-without-parole

 

Stand Up Against Prisoner Abuse:  1/4/07 People Against Prison Abuse aka PAPA received this email asking for some help.I would like to add that I have been receiving numerous calls from the Love-Ones of the Inmates housed at this unit with some most disturbing in-humane stories.  Can you please help the Inmates by investigating what is going on at this unit. Is the uprising due to brutality, lack of food, medical, recreation, or out of control TDCJ Employees?When the Wardens do NOT control and properly handle issues and problems with staff then it flows down to the Inmates especially when the Wardens do NOT appear on the job daily. I know of incidents where the Wardens are not seen on the premises for weeks at a time, they stay home, on their computers they run the prison units or I should say attempt. They are paid to be on that job daily, the Wardens need to walk through the prison units to let people know he/she is there. I have never understood why the Wardens are allowed to make their own procedures at the unit when there is written policies, regulations, codes, rules, laws to say how the units are to operate.  This needs to be resolved before another ''SMITH UNIT RIOT'' happens.That is the rumble.Thank you for your help, Flo, PAPA.  Address and sample letter for action below:


January 2, 2008

Attorney General Greg Abbott
PO Box 12548
Austin TX 78711-2548

Dear Attorney General Abbott:

I am writing to express my deep and urgent concern about the dangerous situation prevailing in Texas prisons and jails.

In particular, I am concerned about the Clements Unit on the outskirts of Amarillo. From our inmate correspondents, I have just learned that you will soon visit Clements because of a very recent incident in which prisoners attacked and badly injured some officers and another attack last month by different prisoners on different officers. Our correspondents report that more trouble is brewing at Clements.

After each such incident, state and TDCJ officials take what they consider a “tough line.” They punish the inmates involved, others in the dorm or cell block, and sometimes everyone in the unit or system.

But here’s the problem: TDCJ is already incredibly punitive. The food is cheap and terrible; the units are bare and ugly; the opportunities for recreation are narrow and few; the men often have no clean or warm clothes — even in the terrible heat of a Gulf Coast summer or the biting cold of a High Plains winter. Add to that the high turnover rate of guards, not to mention the unpleasantness and unprofessionalism of all too many staff members. The predictable result is a buildup of prisoner frustration. As one inmate put it to us, “You can only kick a guy so many times before he kicks back.”

I urge you to work with TDCJ management to improve conditions within the prison system. All of us know that Texas imprisons and otherwise punishes a larger proportion of its population — and a far larger proportion of its minorities — than any other state or any so-called civilized nation.

Please assure us that you are working to make Texas prisons themselves more decent and “civilized.”

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)


Show A Little Compassion!--URGENT REQUEST!--
Hi all! I am so blessed to have found this group! I am posting an excerpt of a letter I just emailed to the Editor of the Charleston Post & Courier."My son has called CCDC "home" for the past 11 months. Do I feel sorry for him? NO. Do I care that he has to sleep on the floor with23 other men in an 8-man cell? NO. After all, he is in jail, not on vacation at the Omni Hotel. Am I worried that he is being fed sub-par food? NO. His father is a chef. If he were at home, believe me he would be eating mighty well! His actions led him to his stay on Leeds Avenue.  He alone is responsible for being locked up.  However, I am outraged after I received a call from him Tuesday night, and I spoke to him a couple other inmates housed along with him. These men were awoken in the middle of the night as two toilets overflowed in their cell. The men on the floor were lying in inches of sewage, complete with floating tapeworms, feces, urine, and pieces of used toilet paper, etc. They were told by a correction officer to put socks on their feet to protect against the bacteria. The men who normally sleep on the floor had to spend the remainder of the night sitting upright on benches because nobody came to clean up the disgusting mess that continued to flow.  To make matters even more horrific, these men were actually served 2 meals in this cell! Can you imagine having to eat a meal while standing around in floating sewage???? I can't, and I am furious! Enough is Enough!! Isn't there someone in a position of authority, perhaps a compassionate councilman/woman, the Mayor of N. Charleston, local church officials... SOMEONE who can oversee what is happening at CCDC??? These are human beings that are being treated worse than the animals at the Leeds Avenue SPCA. At least there, the cages are hosed clean every day!"MY URGENT REQUEST IS FOR LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO MY 21 YR OLD SON.  NOT ONLY IS HE AWAY FROM HIS YR OLD SON THIS CHRISTMAS, BUT HE IS LIVING IN UNBEARABLE CONDITIONS!  HE IS SO DISCOURAGED AND DEPRESSED,AND I AM VERY CONCERNED FOR HIM. By the way he is being held on charges of kidnapping & armed robbery. He actually robbed a 16 yr old weed salesman with a pellet gun.  PLEASE PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER WRITING TO HIM (For more penpals, see:
www.heal-online.org/adopt.htm):

Joshua L.Frazier #1173367
Charleston County Detention Center
3841 Leeds Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

THANK YOU SO MUCH & GOD BLESS!
~~~Kitty

 

Learn About and Take Action for Mike Heston and the Prisoners of NY--Federal prisoner says he is forced to take psychiatric drugs by David W. Oaks last modified 2007-12-10 17:56...Mike Heston says he is a prisoner who is experiencing involuntary psychiatric drugging. He is locked up in the Federal medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Mike asks people to make civil complaints on his behalf.  Many prisoners experience involuntary psychiatric drugging.  Here are some excerpts from letters from Mike Heston to the MindFreedom office: ~~~~~~~~"Dr. Hart won't let me out of the hole unless I take pills... it only makes me sicker and even more nervous. My nerves are shot as I have claustrophobia and need I tell you how I feel right now: my heart is racing."  "I live in mortal fear, the needle has me terrified, they just keep sticking me every two weeks and I feel like death."  "Please someone end this torture. I am tormented, I am being tortured and terrorized (dreaded fear of that needle). Please let me out of here. Someone help me, end this injection."  "I have to have say over what goes into my body or life itself is a big sham. Help me. Forced psychiatry has destroyed me."  Mike continues to hold on: "You'd think after so many years of these horrible treatments it would do me under for good but the heart keeps on ticking."  ~~~~~~~~~~

ACTION: Please contact the Minnesota Governor's Office, and ask for an investigation of Mike Heston's allegations. Let them know that forced drugging is absolutely unacceptable.

SAMPLE MESSAGE

"Please investigate allegations of human rights violations against Mike Heston who is a prisoner at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Mr. Heston states that he is being forcibly injected with powerful and hazardous psychiatric drugs. I oppose the forced psychiatric drugging of any citizen."

~~~~~~~~~~

Use this web page to contact Governor of Minnesota:

http://www.governor.state.mn.us/contacts/Forms/askthegovernor/index.htm

Or contact the Governor at:

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

  • Telephone: (651) 296-3391
  • Toll Free:    (800) 657-3717
  • Facsimile:   (651) 296-2089
  • E-mail:        tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us

~~~~~~~~~~

Additional action:

You can write to Mike Heston to let him know he is being heard, here:

Michael Heston
Reg. No. 06525-067
Federal Medical Center
PO BOX 4000
Rochester, MN 55903


Funding Received for Musical Instruments for Prisoners--The Prisons Foundation, in conjunction with the England based Jail Guitar Doors project ( http://www. jailguitardoors. org.uk/   ), has received funding to purchase guitars to be sent to prisons and jails in the United States where they will be utilized by prisoners. If you know of any jail or prison whose prisoners could benefit from participation in this program, please ask a representative of that institution to email Joe Shade, coordinator of the program at joeyshade@gmail. com 

 

Join In Demanding a Fair Trial for Ed Brown--Read and Sign Petition Now--http://www.petition online.com/ brownirs/

 

Sign Petition to Stop Prison Abuse Now:  Read and sign petition at: www.StopPrisonAbuse.org 

 

Sign Petition To Free Innocent Man On Ohio's Death Row:  Read and sign petition to free Jason Dean at: http://www.petitiononline.com/lifedean/petition.html 

 

 

Take Action to Stop Prisoner Abuse in Gatesville, TX:  This request concerns prisoners and a terrifying outbreak of prison abuse at the Alfred  D. Hughes prison in Gatesville, TX.  We have no doubt that there are youth in this facility along with the adults who do not know how to defend  themselves.  Justice for Juveniles is asking for letters or for phone calls to officials to expose these abuses which include prisoners being beat up  by several guards, sexual assaults, guards paying off prisoners to beat up other prisoners, and guards stealing personal belongings from  prisoners while they are out of their cells.  Once Prisoners refuse to beat up other inmates for the guards, guards make it clear that the prisoner is  now a target causing terrifying fear among all inmates in the institution.  This type of barbaric inhuman behavior and intimidation must be stopped immediately.  Please contact the following officials in Texas. You may or may not state your name.  PLEASE take a few minutes to compose a  letter and send it to any or all of the below officials, Or just pick up your phones and call right away!  Thank you for taking some time from your  busy life to help fellow human beings in a dire situation!!


OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL:
John M. Moriarty ,
Office of Inspector General, P.O. Box 13084,
Austin, TX 78711-3084

FBI Dallas,
One Justice Way,Dallas, TX 75220,
http://dallas. fbi.gov, (972)559-5000;

FBI El Paso, 660 S Mesa Hills Drive, El Paso,
Texas
79912-5533,
http://elpaso. fbi.gov, 915-832-5000;


FBI Houston, 2500 East TC Jester, Houston, TX
77008-1300,
http://houston. fbi.gov/, 713-693-5000;

FBI San Antonio, Suite 200, U.S. Post Office
Courthouse Bldg., 615 East Houston Street,

San Antonio, TX
78205-9998,
210-225-6741,
http://sanantonio. fbi.gov/

Write the problem/issues
to:
LEGISLATORS Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, President
of the Senate and Joint Chairman of Texas Legislative
Council, The Capitol, Austin, TX
78711-2068, 512-463-0001, 1-800-441-0373, Fax:
512-936-6700

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice-Committee
Information, P.O.Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin,
TX 78711

Representative Jerry Madden, Chair, House
Committee on
Corrections, Room: EXT E1.506, P.O. Box 2910, Austin,
TX 78768-2910,
P:512-463-0544

 

Please click here to join our Freedom of Religion for Native American Inmates Petition: http://www.Petition Online.com/ inipi/petition. html


 

Tell Montana Corrections to Stop Discrimination and Abuse of Native American Employees and Inmates:  A Native American female guard had to quit because she was told by Officer D Smith and Unit Manager Lamey she wasn't a "team player", meaning she wouldn't join in the harassment of prisoners. She was harassed by guards till she finally quit.  One of the inmates is being labeled, and a guard told his family that something could possibly happen to him for ratting on guards and an inmates. This is not true of the inmate, yet the guards are labeling him.  Mr.  Bartosh, the Program Manager, was led off the property for having sex with a women inmate (women were temporarily housed at Shelby), and  getting one pregnant. Yet he is allowed to stay because he is a "team" player.  Mr. Edmunson, an African American inmate who was held at CCC was openly and bluntly called a nigger by Officer Erickson and who also called another African American a nigger while both were in Administrative Segregation.  Officer Lamey was led off the job for coming to work intoxicated on pills. Yet, he is also still there.  Unit manager  Sturchio classifies minorities and Native Americans to C pod as close custody inmates, even though they are low or medium level inmates. The  inmates are kept there for extended periods, far longer than normal. Mr. Edmunson was transferred back to Deer Lodge and placed in SHU  (Security housing unit); he was targeted because he had documentations and filed against CCA for discrimination.  C-pod was told to police their  own units, but when something happens, they lock inmates down blaming the minorities for the problems, while the same unit manager is walking  around with a giant Iron Cross on his T-Shirt.  A State Representative was sent a packet by a Native American inmate with specific incidence of  this behavior (of Unit manager Sturchio).  Both of them are not supposed to be on the property.  Other Native American guards have left after the  Native American female guard left.  The facts above follow a long list of discriminative, abusive acts committed against Native American inmates  in this facility.  In July, 2006, in front of the Native American inmates, Officer Abbott made very disrespectful, demeaning comments about the  sweat lodge blanket and the behavior of the inmates during the sweatlodge.Officer Lindy made derogatory comments referring to Native  American religious beliefs while the inmates were requesting buckets of water for the ceremony.  Such comments are very common, and due to  this type of behavior a meeting was held to help address and resolve such behavior and attitudes toward Native Americans and their religion.  However the situation is not any better.  Officer Abbott was reported to use vulgar language and holler during the sweat lodge ceremony. He said he could do this because he claims he has Native American blood somewhere in his family. A Captain was called by the inmates, and an informal resolution was written and submitted.  Native American inmate Octave Finley was pulled into intake where Lt. Stewart told another officer to leave, and in an intimidating manner asked the inmate if he was a spy and how he got the job.  Also Lt. Stewart and Program Director Ms. Baer were both taking turns having inmate Finley, who is about  5" tall and 105 lbs, face the wall and pat search him for no reason at all.  Later, while the same Lt. Stewart brought the sweat lodge botanical to the sweat lodge area, he made disrespectful remarks concerning the ceremony. He only  apologized because a native inmate said he would file a prior informal resolution on him and document the remarks.  A few months earlier, the  same Lt. Stewart had ordered a federal inmate to go back to his pod after the latter told him he was suicidal. A few hours later the inmate  attempted suicide by cutting his own throat.  This type of discriminatory harassment, derogatory statements, and disrespectful treatment of   Native Americans was supposed to stop after the May 2006 meeting with state officials. But, as was stated in the meeting, it would be business  as usual at CCA, regardless of any MT DOC policies.  To support the Native American inmates, please send a respectful letter to the MT  Department of Corrections requesting their assistance to put an end to the harassment and discrimination at CCC in Shelby.  MT DOC Director  Mike Ferriter governor@mt. gov  Administrative Officer tward@state. mt.us  or Ted Ward.

 

 

READ AND SIGN THE HEAL AUTHORED PETITION TO FREE INNOCENT GRANDMOTHER, KEENYA CURRY:  Take Action Now At: http://www.petitiononline.com/freekc/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION TO END TORTURE IN U.S. PRISONS: To learn more and sign, visit: http://www.petition online.com/ 9746RRSR/ petition. html

 

 

Please Read & Sign Petition Demanding an End to Cruel Solitary Confinement Conditions in TX Prisons:  To learn more and sign this petition, visit:  http://www.petitiononline.com/lockup/petition.html

 

 

 

PLEASE HELP FREE GEORGE MARTORANO: George is one of the longest serving non-violent offender in the federal prison system to date.  He has served over 23 years in prison.   Learn more about George's case at: www.freegeorge.us and http://freegeorgemartorano.blogspot.com   Also, see the news article at: http://tampa. creativeloafing. com/gyrobase/ Content?oid= oid%3A268555  Federal inmate George Martorano will be going in front of a judge in the near future- we need letters that support his release- if you don't know who George is or enough about him, you may visit the www.freegeorge. us  or www.webelievegroup. com  websites - we ask that any and all letters be mailed to the...
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we will wait for word from the lawyers as to what we do with them, but we really want to be ready ahead of time.  They don't have to be 2-3 pages by any means, just a paragraph or two about why you think 24 years is enough, and/or how George would be of no threat, and/or how George could help with youth on the outside-- how are prisons are full and guys like George that should be released, should be. You can talk of the disparities of sentencing-etc etc

 

SUPPORT THE CHRISTOPHER BILL - THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT: In SC and other US states, children as young as 10 are being arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced as adults under mandatory sentencing mandates. Children are being sentenced to mandatory terms created to net young people involved in gang violence and the drug trades. Children are being sentenced to life without parole. Often under the influence of prescription drugs, otherwise average and above average children commit unthinkable crimes. These children are then thrown into a court and sentencing system designed for hardcore adult criminals. Mandatory sentencing does not take into consideration the past non-violent social history or the effects strong prescription drugs have on young minds. The results are ruined young lives. We need your support. Please sign this petition and lend your name to the pursuit of Juvenile Justice.   Your signature will affirm the belief that we need this slightly major problem corrected. Immediately.    Please give a moment of your life so that children will retain many moments for their own lives.  You do make a difference.  Sign petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/429258617?ltl=1114901126#

 

 

SIGN PETITION TO STOP PRISONER ABUSE IN MICHIGAN:  To read and sign this important petition, please visit: http://www.petitiononline.com/HVFabuse/petition.html

 

 

 

SIGN PETITION TO BAN THE CRUEL AND UNUSUAL LETHAL INJECTION: This petition is to stop the use of lethal injection, and the use of pancuronium bromide, to execute human beings. Pavulon, which was a brand name for pancuronium bromide has been taken off the market in the USA, and the American Veterinary Medical Association for the euthanasia of animals does not allow it's use, and is banned for the use of animals in at least 19 states, although it's used for inmate executions. This drug can cause extreme suffering and act like a "veil" to witnesses because of it's paralyzing effect. This drug can make it impossible to be able to tell whether an animal is in fact conscious or unconscious.  Pancuronium bromide can render an inmate conscious and aware but unable to speak or move.  Please sign petition today at by visiting: http://www.petitiononline.com/needles/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING CLEMENCY FOR VICTIM OF VIOLENCE:  Please read and sign the petition demanding clemency for Robert Shelley.  Shelley was convicted of murder and has served the last 30 years in prison.  He was 19 years old at the time of conviction.  Suspected NAMBLA member, Mr. Dubbels (the victim), preyed on young men and boys.  He was under investigation for child rape at the time of his death.  Dubbels met Shelley at and pursued intoxicating Shelley with licquor.  When Shelley was inebriated beyond coherency Dubbles attempted to rape him.  In self-defense, Shelley used “excessive” force, which resulted in the death of Dubbles.  Please sign the online petition today to free the real victim in this case, sign at: www.petitiononline.com/FreeRJS/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING AN END TO INSTITUTIONALIZED ABUSE AT FEDERAL PRISONS!—You may read and sign the online petition by visiting: http://www.petitiononline.com/PA2004/petition.html

 

 

 

SIGN PETITION TO BAN CENSORSHIP IN TEXAS PRISONS:  Texas legislators have instituted a ban on free speech, free expression, and certain books and publications.  Please sign petition in support of democracy, visit http://www.petitiononline.com/1stamend/petition.html now!

 

 

SUPPORT LEONARD PELTIER NOW!-- Hey folks--Check it out! The underground classic Just re-released!!  The Words of Leonard Peltier in a Spoken-Word Performance by Harvey Arden with haunting original music by Rev. Goat Carson, George Ingmire, Harry Lenz and Michael Voelker--'New Orleans Light'.   Listen at http://cdbaby.com/cd/harveyarden And be sure to check out www.haveyouthought.com for signed books.  Also Leonard's own website:  http://www.leonardpeltier.org/

 

 

 

WRITE TODAY TO SAVE A YOUNG AUSTRALIAN WOMAN’S LIFE!:  This is a call for action to help save a young Australian woman's life who is currently facing the death penalty in Bali for allegedly being caught with marijuana in a Balinese airport:  A 27 year old Australian woman named Schapelle Leigh Corby, is facing the death penalty in Bali for being caught with 4 kilos of marijuana in her luggage at an airport in Bali. Ms Corby claims the marijuana was not hers and many of her supporters believe the marijuana may have been planted in her bag because marijuana tends to be smuggled out of Bali, rather than into Bali & because the prices for cannabis in Bali are much lower than the prices for cannabis in Australia. Balinese authorities are asking for the death sentence for Ms Corby, who's trial could begin in just a couple of months. Balinese authorities wish to sentence Ms Corby to death by a firing squad.  To learn more about her case click here.  *Please Take a moment to help save this poor woman's life. Here is what you can do:

Write to the Australian Prime Minister and email the Australian Foreign Minister of Affairs and ask them to take action to place pressure on the Balinese Government to release Schapelle Leigh Corby and to encourage Australians & the rest of the world to publicly boycott traveling to Bali until they set this woman free.  I urge you to also contact the Indonesian Consulate in Australia and let them know you plan to boycott traveling to Bali unless they set Schapelle Leigh Corby free. (I have not had luck finding a direct contact to the Indonesian Consulate within Indonesia. If anyone out there happens to know, please email it to me at: rboje@hotmail.com and I will circulate this as well.)

Write to:
The Australian Prime Minister:
John Howard
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Email:
The Australian foreign affairs Minister:
Alexander Downer
A.Downer.MP@aph.gov.au

Write to:
Consulate General - Republic of Indonesia
72 Queens Road
Melbourne
3004
Victoria, Australia

Email the Indonesian Consulate in Australia:
KJRI@KJRI-MELBOURNE.ORG
 to approve Flozelle's parole is October 23rd.

 

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING 2ND CHANCE FOR VIRGINIA INMATES: A retroactive law was created (sounds unconstitutional to us) that makes inmates once eligible for parole ineligible.  It is a law that has outlawed the possibility of parole for many nonviolent offenders.  Please sign this petition and demand that people get a 2nd chance at life.  Visit http://www.petitiononline.com/noparole/petition.html and sign today.

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING THE FREEDOM OF ROBERT GABRIELSON!-- Bev Gabrielson bgma43@yahoo.com loves her husband very much. She has done a petition to try to stop the extradition of her husband to another state for a probation violation nonviolent offense. He is very loved and much needed at home. She would needs any and all help if possible to make his coming home a reality.  Sign petition now at: http://www.petitiononline.com/duima/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING CLEAN WATER FOR WOMEN IN PRISON NOW!-- Please take a moment to read and sign the petition below. Hobby Unit, Texas is an all female prison with a long documented history of contaminated water being given to the prisoners.   In summer heat of 120 degree temps easily reached ...this is life threatening situation between the heat and contaminated water supplies for these women.  Please sign at: http://www.petitiononline.com/badwater/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT AND CLEAN WATER FOR U.S. CONVICTS/PRISONERS NOW!—West Nile virus is spreading in epidemic proportion among the nations prisoners.  Please take a moment to demand proper medical care for  prisoners and the public by visiting and signing the petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?westnile

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING THAT CONGRESS TAKE ACTION AGAINST PRISONER ABUSE NOW!—Please take a moment to sign the petition against prisoner abuse and demand action now!  Sign petition at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/PA2004/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION TO STOP TORTURE IN U.S. PRISONS!—Please take a moment to sign the petition that exposes the torture within U.S. borders of prisoners and demands change now!  Sign petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/safety04/petition.html

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING THE RELEASE OF PAROLE ELIGIBLE INMATES IN VIRGINIA NOW!—Please take a moment to read and sign the petition demanding that Governor Warner enforce humane parole standards in the state of Virginia.  Visit http://www.petitiononline.com/vacure01/petition.html and sign today!

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING THAT THE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS REINSTATE PAROLE, GOOD TIME EARNINGS, AND EARLY RELEASE FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR FOR NONVIOLENT CRIMINALS!—Please take a moment to read and sign the petition demanding that the Dept. of Corrections treats families and incarcerated nonviolent citizens with humanity and respect.  Visit http://www.petitiononline.com/lazizkmu/ and sign today!

 

 

 

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING THE REVOCATION OF UNFAIR PRISON LAWS, INCLUDING FLORIDA’S THREE STRIKES LAW!—Please take a moment to read and sign the petition demanding the end to unfair prison laws, including Florida’s Three Strikes Law.  Visit http://www.petitiononline.com/reoffend/petition.html and sign today!

 

 

 

INNOCENT WOMAN ON DEATH ROW IN TEXAS, SIGN PETITION TO RE-EXAMINE CASE NOW!—Darlie Lynn Routier was found guilty of murdering two of her children as well as nearly fatally stabbing herself to death and slashing her own throat.  Her husband, remaining child, family, and community think she is innocent.  However, the police are believed to have tampered with evidence to frame her.  Please take a moment to sign the online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/RLHayes/

 

 

 

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