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Jun 28, 2007
Focus: Death Penalty
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Pardon Eddie Slovik
Pardon Eddie Slovik
US Government

*The information below is taken from Wikipedia.

Edward Donald Slovik (February 18, 1920 to January 31, 1945) was a private in the United States Army during World War II and the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War.

Although over twenty-one thousand soldiers were given varying


[By J.] 
Eddie Slovik 

Most of you have probably never heard of Eddie Slovik so I will briefly summerize a sad story. Eddie Slovik was a man drafted into the army during WWII. He did not want to fight and he tried other methods to not fight before resorting to desertion. Even when he did desert he made sure his command got a note and they offered to tear it and pretend that it never happend however he said "Ive made up my mind, I'll take my court martial." They eventually ended up deciding to execute him and on January 31 1945 he was killed by firing squad. He had a wife that after that incedent has tried to had him pardoned but sadly it has never happend (she died in 1979). This story made me very sad and I have even decided to start a petition to send to the government myself to get this man his long deserved pardon. Look folks I deeply regret joining the navy and I feel I can relate to Eddie. A big difference however his I volenteered and he was drafted. I will admit I have considered desertion myself (keep in mind if the military finds out I said that I could get in serious trouble). But the idea of having to live in Canada and never be able to see my home for 40 years is kind of stopping me from doing that. Anyway what is your opinion on Eddie Slovik and military desertion in general?

%#&!*% things would be a lot simpler if they just let us quit our job.

Oh here is a link to my petition by the way. Please sign it.

Damn I feel like crying... I found some quotes by this guy (most of which were in letters to his wife).
[The following quotes are from Private Slovik's letters.]

Army life don't agree with me.

Everything happens to me. I've never had a streak of luck in my life.

Honest honey, I feel like crying every time I sit down to write you a letter... I am so unlucky.

I am in the infantry for 17 weeks and after that I don't know where I am going.

I think I'm going to have a lot of trouble.

I'm sorry I didn't go to jail for six months, then I know you could come to see me anytime you wanted to.

I've made up my mind. I'll take my court martial.

The only luck I had in my life was when I married you. I knew it wouldn't last because I was too happy. I knew they would not let me be happy.

They're not shooting me for deserting the United Stated Army - thousands of guys have done that. They're shooting me for bread I stole when I was 12 years old.

I was #2 to sign this petition. Thank you for this.

It will be alright if I take it to other groups?

Not many people know about this. There is a book about him, "The Execution of Private Slovik". He was railroaded, plain and simple. It was to SCARE others. People THINK they will be shot for desertion, now. This needs to be exposed for what it is, a LIE.        

BMT [Barbara]

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Posted: Jun 28, 2007 6:37pm
Dec 3, 2005
Focus: Death Penalty
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

This is an incredible example of American injustice. To execute a Nobel Peace Prize nominee!!! {Nominated for his outstanding, and outstandingly SUCCESSFUL, work in combating Gang Violence, and actually getting hundreds of gang members to abjure violence!}

Oh, I forgot, the American govt would RATHER have gang violence, than not; it is an excuse to stereotype and oppress racial minorities; an excuse to prosecute the Drug Wars and put large members of Black men in prison {where they can't vote, work for literally slave wages, and can be controlled}; an excuse to deny large numbers of people their Civil Rights. Yes, Gang Violence serves the Ruling Class VERY well. So, let's not take the obvious and successful measures against it! What would happen then, to the extremely lucrative and growing PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRY; the ONLY sector of our economy under the Bush Administration, that is GROWING?????   

Please forward this execution alert. Information is power.

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Please sign and stop the gross injustice here........ 

[Stanley] Williams maintains his innocence.......... However he admits to a life of gang violence and to co-founding the Crips youth gang.  During his 26 total years in prison, 24 of which have been spent on death row, Williams has completely reformed.  Williams’ case presents a strong argument for clemency.  During his time on death row, he has written an award-winning series of children's books that warn about the perils of the gang lifestyle; written another book for older children that demythologizes the prison experience (undercutting a myth that prison is some kind of rite of passage for young African-American males); written his own autobiography which renounces gang violence; produced a peace protocol to help street gangs turn to peaceful behaviour; and founded an Internet-based peer mentoring and anti-gang program involving children in the United States, Switzerland, and South Africa.
His work played a prominent role in gang truces in Los Angeles and Newark, New Jersey. In 2004, after watching a film that depicts Williams' life (Redemption, in which the actor Jamie Foxx plays Stanley Williams), more than 300 members of the Crips and Bloods gangs in Newark, New Jersey, signed a peace treaty, agreeing to end gang violence.

Inspired by Williams' work against violence, a member of the Swiss Parliament has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Furthermore, President George W. Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation bestowed upon Stanley Williams the “Presidential Call to Service Award.” The letter congratulating Williams for the award praised him for having contributed to the “build[ing of] a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America.”  This special award "honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service over the course of their lifetime.”

In addition to the obvious problems with executing someone who has so clearly reformed and who may serve a meaningful purpose to society if allowed to live, there are also problems with Williams’ trial..................


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