A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY IN OTTAWA: Come show support for unjustly convicted Ojibway man John Moore as his struggle against the racist criminal justice system reaches the floor of Parliament!
WHEN: Thursday, November 25, at 10am (note new time – 10am! … and get there early to leave time to go through security)
WHERE: Parliamentary gallery
WHAT: On November 25, 2010, Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault will be presenting a petition in Parliament calling for the Department of Justice to order a judicial review of John Moore’s unjust conviction for second degree murder in 1978. Moore’s trials were tainted with systemic racism, and the law under which he was convicted was ruled unconstitutional in the late 1980s in another case. Yet Moore continues to bear the burden of the stigma of this conviction.
This is a pivotal moment in Moore’s long fight for justice. He and supporters will be traveling from Sudbury to Ottawa for this event, to be visible and present in the gallery in Parliament while Thibeault presents the petition. We are also tentatively planning a media conference for after the presentation of the petitions. Come join us!
If possible, please also let us know that you will be coming. We’re trying to determine how much space we need to reserve in the Parliamentary visitors’ gallery. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-688-8694.
BACKGROUND: John Moore, an Ojibway man from Serpent River First Nation, was convicted of second degree murder in 1978. This happened despite the fact that he was not present when the crime was committed and had no role whatsoever in perpetrating it, and was based solely on him having spent time earlier that day with the individuals who committed the crime. His trials were tainted with systemic racism. The law under which he was convicted was ruled unconstitutional in the late 1980s in another case, and no one would be convicted under similar circumstances today. Yet Moore continues to bear the burden of the stigma of this conviction. He must regularly report to a parole officer and must ask permission if he wishes to leave the city of Sudbury, Ontario, which is impeding his freedom of movement and his capacity to find meaningful work.
Moore has been actively involved in struggles for social justice in Sudbury for many years. Over the last several months, Moore and supporters in Sudbury, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver have collected over 3000 signatures on a petition asking the Department of Justice to order a judicial review of his conviction. On November 25, 2010, all of this organizing work will reach the national stage. It is crucial that Moore have as many supporters present as possible.
For more background information on Moore’s struggle for justice, see http://justiceandfreedomforjohnmoore.blogspot.com
To contact the Justice and Freedom for John Moore committee, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-688-8694.
To join the Justice for John Moore Facebook group, go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=179780527688
To RSVP on Facebbok for the Nov 25 presentation of the petition in Parliament, go to: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163470690352109