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Apr 17, 2009
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: Ohio, United States

Petition asking Governor of Ohio to commute death sentence of Danile Wilson

I urge Governor Strickland to commute the sentence of Daniel Wilson. Mr. Wilson is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. In March of 1992, Mr. Wilson was convicted and sentenced to death for the May 4, 1991 murder of Carol Lutz.

Several factors in Mr. Wilson's case history merit executive clemency, principally that the trial court's explanation of the case's sole death sentence specification to the trial jury was ruled to be constitutionally erroneous and invalid by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (No. 03-3362 Wilson v. Mitchell, August 15, 2007). The erroneous trial court instruction allowed the jury to consider the death sentence while being improperly instructed how to consider and weigh the evidence in mitigation when considering the death penalty specification. Wilson is the only person on Ohio's Death Row that has not had a jury weigh a valid death sentence specification.

Other mitigating factors include Daniel's remarkably abusive childhood, his expression of deep regret for and acceptance of responsibility for the pain he caused, and his successful efforts to become a "positive and productive" member of the Ohio prison population as demonstrated by his serving as legal typist and librarian in the death row library as well as a GED tutor. Governor Strickland should commute the death sentence of Daniel Wilson.

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Posted: Apr 17, 2009 8:14am
Nov 14, 2008
Focus: Human Rights
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Location: United States

Urge Congress to support the International Violence Against Women Act

Every day, millions of refugee women and girls around the world risk being raped, beateneven killedas they search for the firewood they need to cook for their families. It's happening everywhere from Sudan to Sri Lanka, Ethiopia to Ecuador, and it must not continue.

To help protect women and girls at risk of rape and assault, Congress must pass the International Violence Against Women Act. This landmark bill, to be re-introduced in the new session of Congress, would make efforts to address sexual violence a key priority in U.S. foreign assistance programs. It contains a number of important provisions aimed at increasing services for survivors of sexual violence and improving prevention and protection programs. For millions of refugee women and girls risking personal harm while attempting to collect firewood, this bill is critical.

We want to make sure this issue is a top priority for Congress in 2009. Ask your senators and representatives to support the International Violence Against Women Act today!

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Posted: Nov 14, 2008 10:18am
Nov 13, 2008
We hope you will join FRAC on a joint letter for national organizations that urges quick congressional action to provide a temporary boost in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (the new national name for the Food Stamp Program) as part of an economic stimulus/recovery.

We urge quick action to provide a temporary boost in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (the new national name for the Food Stamp Program).  Specifically, we urge Congress when it returns to work after the election to provide at least $12 billion to support a temporary increase in SNAP/Food Stamp benefits and to enhance administrative funding to process SNAP/Food Stamp cases.  There are other important stimulus elements that we support, including extended unemployment insurance benefits, state fiscal relief, and other nutrition and low-income support programs. We believe, however, that a significant SNAP/Food Stamp boost is a fundamental building block of any fair and effective stimulus package.

The aid proposed is targeted, temporary and timely.  It is little wonder that a wide spectrum of economic experts have pointed to increased Food Stamp spending as an effective part of a stimulus strategy--many of them have identified it as, dollar-for-dollar, the single best stimulus strategy.

Increasing SNAP/Food Stamp benefits is the fastest and easiest way to help jump-start the economy.  The benefits must be spent for food in grocery stores and are targeted to low-income people who are most likely to spend those benefits quickly.  With the advent of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) technology, getting the extra benefits to the more than 29 million current SNAP clients can happen expeditiously.  

The economic impact would be significant.  Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each $1 in federal SNAP/Food Stamp benefits generates nearly twice that in economic activity.         

A temporary benefit boost would be of tremendous help to families because SNAP/Food Stamps fall short of the amount needed to purchase the government’s lowest cost meal plan.  The real cost of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) market basket for a household of four was $605.80 in September 2008, and almost certainly will continue rising in the months ahead. That September cost is already $17.50 more than the maximum SNAP/Food Stamp benefit for that household that will be paid throughout FY 2009 ($588.30).  With the maximum benefit level static for the next 12 months, unless Congress grants a stimulus boost, the Thrifty Food Plan becomes increasingly unaffordable each month as prices rise.  

Even before this economic downturn, more than 35 million people lived in U.S. households that faced a constant struggle against hunger.   Over the year, unemployment and underemployment rates have risen, foreclosures have become too common, and prices for food, energy and other basics have climbed sharply.

Increasing numbers of families are turning to the SNAP/Food Stamp Program during this economic crisis.  A temporary boost in administrative funds for states to process SNAP/Food Stamp cases will help insure that families get the help they need and that there is maximum economic impact from the temporary benefit increases.

America’s families urgently need an economic recovery package that directly addresses their struggles and that is effective in helping to grow our economy.  A significant investment in a temporary SNAP/Food Stamp benefits boost and in administrative support for the states is an essential part of the package American families need.

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