Chuck Turner addresses supporters outside District 7 Office in Roxbury, Oct 30. 2010
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Chuck Turner Judge Woodlock Petition
Tell U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock that Chuck Turner does not belong in jail.
Please tell U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, with copies to the Boston City Council, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional leaders, the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, Governor Deval Patrick, U.N. Secretary General Ban and the media that Chuck Turner does not belong in jail.
YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!
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To: Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock, Judge, U.S. District Court, Boston
cc: Boston City Council, Mayor Thomas Menino, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional leaders, the Massachusetts congressional delegation, Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the New York Times, the Associated Press
I am writing to appeal to you not to sentence Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner to jail time, but instead to allow him to continue to serve the community and the people of Roxbury. Since his election in 1999, Chuck Turner has gone beyond the call of duty in representing his constituents and serving their needs. He alone among Boston politicians maintained a full-time office in Roxbury at his own expense to serve the residents of the community. He has devoted his life to community leadership and service. Councilor Turner does not belong in jail.
Mr. Turner's prosecution must be seen as part of a national campaign to oust African-American elected officials by demonizing them and prosecuting them, whether in congressional hearings or in the courts. In reality, these officials are singled out for who they are, for the disenfranchisement of the communities they represent, and for their outspoken ideas and points of view. Sentencing him to jail would cause irreparable harm to those communities for which he advocates.
At a time of massive budget cutbacks and economic crisis, the people of Roxbury must not be deprived of their leader and their voice.
Do not send Chuck Turner to jail! Allow him to serve the people of Boston and the communities of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan..
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