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by Philip Barron on October 15, 2008 · 9 comments

Gregg Reese, contributor to the Los Angeles-based Our Weekly, has written on the case of PFC LaVena Johnson. The article provides an informative snapshot of the background behind LaVena’s death, autopsy findings and official statements, accounts of Congressional efforts that have thus far fallen short of results, and a broader look at the issue of [...]

Press release from

by Philip Barron on August 19, 2008 · 2 comments

This week, advocacy group 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 [...]

Post-migration site issues

by Philip Barron on August 17, 2008 · 0 comments

This weekend, I discovered a couple of malfunctions in the website that resulted at least indirectly from this site’s move from Blogger to WordPress. The first involved incomplete posts – about ten percent of the entries on the site were oddly truncated, cut off after the first few lines. I can only think that this [...]

Danielle Vyas calls for justice

by Philip Barron on August 10, 2008 · 9 comments

Danielle Vyas, an activist and the author of, first learned of the story of LaVena Johnson via Electronic Village and immediately set about spreading the word. She submitted the story to the Care2 network of activists and added it to stumble, and digg, casting for the widest audience possible. After learning of the original [...]

Status note on Care2 petition for LaVena

by Philip Barron on August 5, 2008 · 7 comments

A quick check of the Justice for LaVena Johnson petition authored by activist Danielle Vyas and hosted at the Care2 petition site – addressed to Congress and the President – shows that it is just 45 signatures shy of its goal of 3000! Excellent work, Danielle! If you haven’t stopped by to lend your name [...] launches LaVena petition

by Philip Barron on July 23, 2008 · 8 comments

The online grassroots organization, a black advocacy group founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has lent its support to the family of LaVena Johnson. The group has launched a new petition addressed to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its chairman, Representative Henry Waxman. From the petition page:
Justice for LaVena [...]