Press release from ColorofChange.org

by Philip Barron on August 19, 2008 · 2 comments

This week, advocacy group ColorofChange.org sent out a press release regarding LaVena Johnson and the petition to Rep Henry Waxman to a number of media and activist organizations. Readers here are encouraged to copy and send the text below to such news outlets and other parties which may be interested. As of yesterday, the petition’s signature count stood at 53,134 names.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

50,000 sign ColorOfChange.org Petition for Hearing into LaVena Johnson’s Death
Womens’ and veterans’ groups join campaign to urge US Rep. Henry Waxman to lead Congressional investigation into potential US Army coverup of rape-murders

Oakland, CA

1 ANNYAH L HASLER August 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

REQUESTS AND RESPONSES TO DATE;

From: Senator_Clinton@clinton.senate.gov
Subject: Thank you for writing to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
To: zaris5@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 5:47 PM
Dear Friend:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with me via e-mail. I hope you will understand that, because of the volume of e-mails I receive from residents of New York State, I cannot at this time respond to messages received from residents of other states. I encourage you to contact your U.S. senators if you have an issue or concern that needs immediate attention. You can access your senators electronically by visiting http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm for a listing of their contact information. If you are still interested in learning more about the work I am doing on behalf of New York State, I hope you will continue to monitor my work through my website at http://clinton.senate.gov.

Sincerely,

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
New York State

DEAR SENATOR CLINTON,

NOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN ADDRESSED BY MY STATE SENATOR, I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER ADDING YOUR VOICE TO IT WITH ANY TIME YOU HAVE AVAILABLE. I HAVE SENT THE SAME TO OTHER SENATORS AND DO NOT EXPECT A PERSONAL RESPONSE.

I KNOW THIS ISSUE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS. PLEASE LEND YOUR UNIQUE PROFILE TO THIS. I BELIEVE IT WILL BRING IT MORE FOCUS.

THANK YOU KINDLY,
ANNYAH L HASLER
From: ANNYAH HASLER
Subject: Re: Response from Senator Casey
To: “Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.”
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 1:36 PM
DEAR SENATOR CASEY,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROMPT AND DETAILED RESPONSE TO MY QUERY ON THIS ISSUE.
I WILL VISIT YOUR WEB SITE FOR UPDATES.

SINCERELY,
ANNYAH L HASLER

— On Tue, 8/19/08, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
wrote:

From: Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Subject: Response from Senator Casey
To: zaris5@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 11:39 AM
Dear Mrs. Hasler:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding incidents of sexual assault in the United States military. I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians about this important issue.

After hosting several constituent roundtable discussions, I am troubled that incidents of sexual assault remain prevalent within the United States military. It is my understanding that the Department of Defense has taken steps to prevent such incidents and punish offenders; however, more still needs to be done.

For this reason, I wrote Secretary of Defense Robert Gates a letter in July asking him a series of detailed questions. I asked him to explain how the U.S. military deals with sexual assault reports, why a servicemember must report a sexual assault claim to their commanding officer instead of an
independent advocate and who makes the final decision on what type of punishment is given to an offender.

Since 2003, more than 160,500 – or one in seven – servicemembers deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East are women. This number
demonstrates the vital contribution that women provide to our all-volunteerforce. As your United States Senator, I believe our Nation owes these
women a debt of gratitude for their service; therefore, I called upon Secretary Gates to provide the necessary leadership to eradicate this scourge of sexual assault.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site, http://casey.senate.gov. I invite you to use this online
office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,
Bob Casey
United States Senator

2 Thomas Jackson August 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Rep. Elijah Cummings would mention anything and everything for a photo op or to get his name in the news. Action however is not what he’s about. He’s left 40,000 Coast Guard employees in the dark on Civil Rights while Terri Dickerson snow balls leadership and his staff.

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