Obama Commutes Dannielle Metz’ 3 life sentences.

At age 26 in 1993, while her daughter was 3 and her son was 7, Danielle Metz was sentenced to three life sentences plus 20 years. She was married at 18 to Glenn who was 30 and evidence suggests she never knew her husband was involved with drugs. She was arrested, tried, and convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Her daughter, now 26, initiated a clemency petition on change.org and gathered 60,000 signatures. SEE ADDITIONAL DETAILS: http://www.candoclemency.com/danielle-metz/ Tuesday, President Obama commuted prison sentences for 111 people, 35 of whom were serving life sentences. After more than two decades of trying, Danielle Metz’ name finally made it on that list. She’ll be released from prison Dec. 28, 2016. During the month of August, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 325 people. He has granted clemency to 673 people since he took office.

Clemency only hope after long mandatory sentences

Daniele Metz was sentenced to three life terms, plus 20 years in federal prison under mandatory drug sentencing laws, but now it’s time for her to come home, say her family, attorney and supporters who are fighting for her freedom. Mercy is the only way she will ever be free and reunited with her children. Her supporters hope executive clemency from the president will set her free. Her conviction was a travesty to begin with, and anyone who carefully reviews her case would agree, Ms. Metz’s supporters insist.

She was pregnant and 17 when the father of her baby was murdered and she was as vulnerable as one could be, according to her attorney Jerry Mooney. At 18, she became involved with a 30-year-old drug dealer, who controlled her, he said. Ms. Metz was convicted as part of a “continuing enterprise,” meaning she was the wife of a king pin. Her life forever changed. “For some reason that I can’t really understand as I go back through the record, they gave the king pin enhancements to her and by giving her the king pin enhancements, she ends up with a life sentence instead of a sentence upon which she could be released and probably would be being released about now,” Atty. Mooney told The Final Call.

According to records, the young wife had escaped, separated from her husband and started over in New Orleans. Two months later, she was indicted with her husband and others whom she’d never met on drug and money laundering charges. The law doesn’t particularly care about the fact she’d left her husband and looked at what her role would have been, according to her attorney. Her husband used her as a go-between and was controlling, Atty. Mooney continued. “He was older. He was mature. She was insecure and a younger girl and he was able to get her to do things, so she’s not really out there as a decision maker but operating as his sort of representative,” Atty. Mooney stated.

Separation, hardship and grief
Ms. Metz’s children were just four and seven when the tragedy separated them. Gleneisha Hayter, now 24, shared she’s still experiencing the negative effects of her mother’s incarceration. “It hurts to know that my mom’s not here, but it’s also impacting me in a positive way to go forth and try to reach my goals,” she said. Her positivity gives her mom comfort, she said. She looks forward to visiting her mom from time to time, but looking back it’s hard because incarceration stripped them of so many experiences others take for granted. “It’s like going to regular grade school, high school, all those moments. She wasn’t there for graduation or when I got married, so there were some big moments in life that she was absent from because of this situation,” Ms. Hayter lamented. For Carl Bernard, his mother’s incarceration hits home when he reflects on how hands-on she was when he was a little boy. Then one day, it all vanished, he said. Her affection, physical attention and care, help with homework, fun at the park, it was all locked away when she was shut behind bars, he said. “She was my best friend as well, so it took me some time to adjust, but I can’t say I really ever did. It was my worst nightmare as a human being. I could never fathom something like that happening, my mother being taken away,” Mr. Bernard continued. For a long time, he experienced bad dreams. He said he didn’t know how to feel or how to relate to everyday tasks like going to school after that. He couldn’t relate, though he was fortunate enough to live with his grandmother, he said. “There’s no bond like your mother’s bond and the isolation is the most terrible thing I’ve ever been through in my life,” Mr. Bernard told The Final Call. “I still feel lonely. I still feel as if I’m by myself. When I write letters to my mom it really tears me apart in a way that one who’s not gone through that situation of being separated from their mother ever could imagine.”

Hope in new clemency laws
The suffering of Ms. Metz and her children is part of why activist and ex-offender Michael Lewis is pushing a petition. He wants her name on the next list of presidential pardons. Just under 600 people had signed the petition, which needed about another 400 signatures. His work is for Ms. Metz, her family, and others trapped by mandatory minimum sentences. “I served my time, got my life, and right now I fight for those that don’t have a voice. I’m an advocate for justice against these unfair sentencing laws,” Mr. Lewis stated. When the Justice Department announced its new criteria for clemency April 23, Mr. Lewis gained even more hope.

Attorney General Eric HolderThe Justice Department is asking for clemency petitions for sentences which would have resulted in a different, lesser sentence with changes in drug laws. To be eligible, prisoners must be serving a sentence in a federal prison and one that would be shorter if imposed today, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. The criteria further is for prisoners who have served at least 10 years, have no significant prior convictions, and with non-violent histories and no significant ties to organized crime, gangs or cartels.

Although Atty. Mooney said Ms. Metz doesn’t fall clearly within the new criteria because of the nature of how her case was presented, there’s a lot of support behind her and he expects more when his office files the petition, but they’re waiting for the right time. That’ll likely be on the heels of the first round of releases under the Justice Department’s new criteria, he said. “We’ve got some good issues and reasons why the White House should look hard at her case and take some action,” Atty. Mooney said.

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Julie Stewart, founder and president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, thinks the new criteria are more generous than ever. Before, at least over the last 13 years, the U.S. Pardon Attorney has been incredibly reluctant to even look at a case that might include a gun and now people aren’t disqualified for having a gun, she said. “I know it sounds like a small thing, but it’s not. It’s a big thing because there are so many cases we’ve seen where a co-defendant may have a gun, but you get charged with it as well and that disqualifies you from any kind of relief,” she explained. The rest of the criteria are similar to what’s already required for clemency eligibility, she said, except for the 10-year mandate.

According to Ms. Stewart, the Deputy Attorney General initially talked about expanding reach to cases of inmates serving life or near life sentences, meaning sentences like 30 years or more. To reduce the number to 10 is a step in the right direction, Ms. Stewart said. “Obviously, we wish they wouldn’t put any limit on it and just look at everybody’s case and who’s deserving, but because of the numbers of people in prison serving sentences that are long, I think they just had to say we’re going to start here,” Ms. Stewart said.

Inmates who think they meet the criteria in every federal prison should have begun receiving surveys, she said. The Bureau of Prisons will then send applications to the Clemency Project 2014, a working group which includes five major advocacy organizations. The groups will review the cases and recommend those who fit the new criteria, and connect them with lawyers. “It’s a long process and is going to be much more work than it has been … But work that’s well worth it if it means at the end of the day we’re going to see people get liberty, get freedom that they otherwise wouldn’t have had and perhaps would have died in prison,” Ms. Stewart told The Final Call.

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Community Legal Research is Affiliated With the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP)

The Community Legal Research Center is a proud partner member of AVP and would like to take this time to ask someone to facilitate a meeting or attend a basic and advanced training meeting by attending AVP’s sessions in Santa Monica or in various areas of the State. From time to time, AVP has meetings on training and on general sessions knowledge in various places within Los Angeles County to help one learn the nature of AVP, how it got started, and particulars such as transforming power, affirmations, trust the process, and other key elements of the AVP philosophy. The President of Community Legal Research Center, Michael Chattom, learned under Doug and Diana Couch — probably the best trainers in the state. They usually go to the Statewide and National (America) conferences and are usually the Top facilitators in the World competition. For now, I would strongly urge those that have people still locked up in Prison with violence problems to participate in AVP. Please take time to learn and make it your business to share information about AVP (The Alternatives to Violence Project) with your incarcerated loved ones. This self help program helps address issues of violence that incarcerated people may be facing — especially LIFERS who have indeterminate sentences hanging above their heads.

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AVP Facilitators and formerly Incarcerated Facilitators Are Eligible and Wanted For Workshops in the LOMPOC Federal Prison

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitators are needed for an exciting new opportunity in the LOMPOC Federal Prison!!! A new warden, who had AVP workshops in his previous post in upstate New York, is enthusiastic about having AVP workshops in the Medium Security facility at Lompoc. He has directed his staff to give us what we need to make it happen! PLEASE respond ASAP if you are willing and able to go to Lompoc to facilitate AVP workshops. Because AVP has not been in Lompoc for many years and is in only 5 other Federal prisons in the country, we expect there will be NO trained facilitators inside, so we need lots of outside facilitators for these workshops. If you are interested, please contact Bill Dial for more information. For formerly incarcerated facilitators we have been assured that compensation for travel and lodging can be provided by the USP. PLEASE REPLY TO: Bill Dial at wkdial@hotmail.com or call (805) 220-6159 and please provide your email and phone contact information.

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Poll workers needed — Carson, CA., Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We need campaign workers for next Saturday, February 20th, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you are available, please call (310) 722-2757 as soon as possible. We will go door-to-door to gather and distribute voter information for the City of Carson. We need approximately 30 people and the pay is $10 per hour. Training will start at 9:00 a.m. sharp! We must complete our list of workers by this afternoon SO please call us at (310) 722-2757 ASAP! NABSIO - vote hands

“Activists, Advocates, Community Legal Research Center, and Citizens Picket For Six Issues and Against Corruption in Compton”

An “Information Walk” to address six issues of City Services, Compton VHF Post, Clean Streets, Pot Holes, Transparency, and Bring Back Compton College was held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 outside the front of Compton City Hall. Activists and advocates came out to do what they do best … TALK SMACK!!! Also carrying picket signs were members of the Community Legal Research Center (a local non-profit activist and advocacy organization) along with concerned citizens of Compton — all wanting to draw proactive attention and action to the issues and all intent on doing so by exercising their First Amendment Right to protest for the issues and against corrupt and wrongful acts within the City of Compton. Our First Amendment right guarantees … freedom of speech and the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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“Unity Sunday – NAAFRA Million Dollar Perpetual Unity Fund”

PRESS RELEASE — Unity Sunday is November 8, 2015.

The NAAFRA UNITY SUNDAY OPERATIONAL PLAN with the blessing of our Heavenly Father, is moving forward collectively to activate the growing officially of our ‘NAAFRA Million Dollar Perpetual Unity Fund’ the monetary strength, needed to begin bringing into reality the resources needed to officially announce the Black Church and Black Family America is firmly positioned as the vanguard in our family movement; for any and all, actions taken to remove all impoverished conditions from the life circumstances of far too many of our families.

In the activation process November 8, 2015 is the official date for all churches to be registered in our ‘Umbrella of Churches in Support of Our Unity Sunday Plan’ at NAAFRA.ORG. In this most historic day, to make their first ($1) donation to be deposited in the 100 Million Dollar Perpetual Unity Fund PayPal Account, for the purpose of financing (paying the cost) to begin the long process to replace poverty with a plateau of plenty.

Mound Bayou, Mississippi is the historic townsite where this historic change is now coming into view. From this oldest Black Townsite in America from July 12, 1887 to the present day. Our Family Movement’s Field Headquarters, jewel of the Greater Delta of the stat of Mississippi. Our NAAFRA staff is in full agreement with our beloved brother James Clingman that, “The appropriate response to those who transgress against us must be grounded in economics” Without our family movement moving into the reality of building our membership to a Marcus Garvey size number, we can never get to the point where leverage, can become an effective to be used against those who transgress against us.

November 8, 2015 where all talk ends, and action begins, to get our Black Church/Black Family involved in growing our Unity Fund and membership numbers in response to our President’s clarion call for help in eliminating all poverty from the lifestyles of far too many American families. With this our family plan fully operational, the formerly incarcerated family member will not have to feel the pain of being stigmatized, because, they will know in advance their family is waiting to take them back into the family. The shame, as our beloved brother Dorsey Nunn, co-founded “All of Us or None” himself a formerly incarcerated individual once put it, “The biggest hurdle you gatta get over when you walk out those prison gates is shame—-that shame, that stigma, that label, that thing that you wear around your neck saying ‘I’m a criminal.’ It’s like a yoke around your neck, and it’ll drag you down, even kill you if you let it. Fixing this problem and others that are burdensome to the family, will become less burdensome once the Church Family movement is focused on bringing it under control of this plan. TIME FOR TALK IS OVER! (NOTE: this is a tax deductible contribution.)

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SOURCE: Dr. Donald R. Evans, Sr., Founder/President
The National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association (NAAFRA)
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email – Dr.DREvans@aol.com

“IBEW Local 18 Sponsoring Apprenticeship via UPCT”

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18 is opening up labor jobs for the Utility Pre-Craft Training (UPCT) occupations in the County of Los Angeles for both men and women. It is urgent that you register at the IBEW Local 18 office located at 4189 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90004. The open season to sign up is between October 1, 2015 and October 20, 2015. It is imperative that you sign up at their office to become registered so that you will be eligible for the utility pre-craft training and hiring. If you have any further questions, please call 310 722-2757.

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“Dr. Evans on Live Internet Talk Show”

Dr. Donald Evans, a national activist, CEO of NABSIO, and author of “From Mis-Education to Incarceration”, to be a guest speaker on the Dr. Rosie Live Internet Talk Show on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 10:00am-11:00am PST. He will speak on the topic, “Is the Black Church Beneficial or Detrimental for Black Folks?” The black church used to be the pillar of the community and was relevant to our struggle for better education, jobs,and economics. Who do we blame for the failure of the black churches today — the leaders or the misled and misinformed members? To listen, go to www.DrRosie.com and click “Listen Live” or click on the www.innerLightRadio.com website link. The Call-In number is 310-928-7733.

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“Black Church / Black Family Standing Together”

PRESS RELEASE — Black Church / Black Family Standing Together. The urgency of the moment.

The urgency of the moment requires that this missive be placed in full view of Black Clergy/Black Church Family America. When horrific evil lift its hands against people of good will, there must by necessity be a powerful response by all people of good will. To man up against this un-American behavior.

One way Black Church America can stand up against this evil behavior is to come together by moving forward with a plan that calls for church and family to work together. Leading the building of our ‘100 Million Dollar Perpetual Development Fund’ to be used to build infrastructure, create new jobs, bring formerly incarcerated family members back into the family unit, produce more products to become less consumers, that will make it possible to increase our life span by eating healthier food to be provided by these resources, and bringing our children into Saturday Safety Zones away from the kill crazy gun nuts of all hues. As we teach them how to live and value their lives while building a better future.

A plan is already on the table, for Black Church/Black Family to move forward to either embrace, or continue to accept the ‘status quo’ that holds our people in a slave mentality state of mind. That has far too many of our people in an incarcerated poverty condition, and we the people hold the key to set them free, or leave them as they are. People, we are in a state of mental warfare and it is time to accept the blessing of our Heavenly Father, and use our collective strength and resources, to heed our President’s clarion call to put more energy into eliminating all poverty in America.

Black Church/Black Family America, this plan is not asking you to stand alone, in facing this evil force that has lifted its head against our people. You are only asked to take the vanguard position in this ‘Army of Good Will’ for positive change. Standing to your right is the full Hip-Hop Nation that will move in lock step with you Black Church/Black Family America. You are not alone!

If you were privileged to view the ‘2015 BET Entertainment Spectacular’ you witnessed a glimpse of Black Folk America’s gift of ‘song’. On stage was such power in full view of what’s possible. When our behavior change from the existence of divisiveness, to one full of collective love and togetherness as New Afrikans. We are New Afrikans for having survived the worst ‘holocaust’ known to the history of man. Thus, we are in deed New Afrikans, but also first class citizens of our America.

Were you listening when our brother Smokey Robinson responded to the question, “What do you attribute your greatness to as a song writer?” Without hesitation he responded “love.” If you have a problem with that response, try letting your mind step into the eye of his “Quiet Storm” and still your spirit to listen that you may understand our blessing of the gift of “song”.” Love. Was not love what was shown to our queen mother in training ‘Janet’ when she walked on stage, after being absent for a period of time? She is royalty of one of our musical families, ‘The Jacksons’ and we love them. Sister to the one, and only Michael Jackson, that we dearly love. Not because he was without a doubt, one of the greatest musical talents that ever lived. That isn’t all, he was more than a musical talent, he was a deeply compassionate humanitarian. In 1985, when there was a widespread starvation in Ethiopia and the Sudan, our Michael felt their pain; just as our President feels the pain of our American families in poverty. Michael joined another of our people’s great musical talents, our dearly beloved brother Lionel Ritchie to give us a small touch of their genius shown in the heart moving song. “We Are The World”. When placed in the hands of their big brother Quincy Jones making it possible for many artists to record and video tape their collaboration that netted millions. Saving many lives in those African countries.

If it become necessary that this 87 year old WWII, Korean, Vietnam and MMM veteran ask you Black Church/Black Family America, to come together in a workable plan that permit all Black Americana to amplify the President’s clarion call, then consider it done. I Beg you to put our divisiveness behavior behind us, and move forward to save our nation before these evil hate filled individuals, destroy our country from within. By coming together in this plan on the table, “The National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association”, we first heal ourselves, making it possible to have a great leverage influence in healing our country.

Thus, I again beg the Black Churches that will come forward and work together to begin building a stronger America. An America that truly lives up to her potential to protect all of her people as first class citizens. Citizens that must use our time wisely, and be not afraid to say ‘We need our police’. We don’t need and will not tolerate corrupt, racist police departments anywhere in our nation.

We must use our time left to develop a new way of trusting, that will be born out of our Black Church/ Black Family ending our divisive behavior. That often sends out negative information enabling others, to mistakenly think some evil act that murders our family members, will cause some senseless act on our part and result in a large number of deaths among our people, is racist stupidity, born in the hearts of those with terrorist intent.

For literally doing little or nothing to show our Heavenly Father how much we appreciated the blessing of our President being able to come center stage in the beginning, we didn’t get the job done when he came in the door of the white house. We damn sure plan to get it done before its time for him to depart center stage. So YES, Mr. President we do indeed have your back. People, we know that our brother Michael Jackson is gone, who among the masses of our people in the entertainment world will step up to replace our brother in a new collaboration expressing our ‘Love’ in a ‘We Are Love’ song bringing us together for the purpose of building our”100 Million Dollar Perpetual Development Fund”.

The writer of this press release has no more words to put forward with the exception of ‘To God Be The Glory’ and please Heavenly Father, “Bless Our Country And Keep it Safe”!

dr_donald_evans_naafra-149x125 Respectfully, Dr. Donald R. Evans, Sr. Founder/President www.naafra.org.