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Please urge the Supreme Court Chief Justice of Canada to accept John Graham’s appeal (hand written letters are preferred, rather than e-mails). It should be stressed that the case is a matter of national importance. Letters should also be written to the justice critics of the oppostion parties.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice, Jill Copeland
Liberal Justice Critic
The "Release John Graham" Letter Writing Campaign
Join the growing chorus of people opposed to the the extradition of John Graham — and to the FBI's continuation of judicial abuse — by sending an e-mail to Canada's Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Yukon's Minister of Justice, and your Member of Parliament.
your letters opposing John Graham's extradition to the following:
Canada’s Minister of Justice
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs
Yukon's Minister of Justice
If you would like a response, please specify in your e-mail and include your return mailing address.
Right Honourable Stephen
Harper, Prime Minister,
Honourable Peter Van Loan,
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons,
Honourable Marjory LeBreton,
Leader of the Government in the Senate,
Honourable Rona Ambrose,
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada,
Honourable Jim Prentice,
Minister of Indian Affairs and Norther Development,
Honourable Josée Verner,
Minister of International Cooperation,
It is also helpful to send a signed hard-copy of your letter opposing John Graham's extradition to the following address:
Add your signature to the growing list, on our on-line petition opposing John Graham's extradition.
If you prefer to use our draft letter, please "cut and paste" the following text for your e-mails and letters.
Dear Honourable [NAME OF MINISTER OR M.P. HERE]
John Graham is a Canadian aboriginal man from Whitehorse, Yukon. He is a father to eight children, a community organizer, and an advocate for aboriginal issues. John Graham was arrested on a U.S. indictment in Vancouver on December 1, 2003, and is currently awaiting an extradition hearing.
John Graham is charged with the murder of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash, who was his friend and colleague in the American Indian Movement during the mid-1970s. John has always maintained his innocence of this crime which occurred in South Dakota 28 years ago.
Leonard Peltier, a fellow activist in the American Indian Movement, suffered an extradition from Canada based on fabricated evidence and false affidavits presented by the FBI. The former justice minister and judge who allowed the extradition, Warren Allmand, has since said that he would never have agreed to the extradition had he known some affidavits and evidence presented by the U.S. were false.
In a recent statement of support, Leonard Peltier himself said, "I fear that John will not receive a fair trial in the U.S. anymore than I did. I must remind you, it is court record that the FBI lied to extradite me back to the U.S."
Leonard Peltier's subsequent trial has been widely recognized as a travesty of justice, attracting criticism from human rights organizations and activists including Amnesty International, Nelson Mandela and Jesse Jackson.
Because Leonard Peltier's case was based on
matters directly connected to the
charges against John Graham, I am deeply concerned that the evidence
presented may be false and groundless. In
fact, the trial of John Graham's co-accused Arlo
Looking Cloud revealed a case built entirely on hearsay and innuendo.
In the wake of Leonard Peltier and Maher Arar, we must not allow Canada to facilitate - either knowingly or otherwise - another human rights tragedy against one of its own.
If you would like more information about the matter of John Graham, please visit the John Graham Defense Committee website at www.grahamdefense.org.
I look forward to your reply.
[YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS HERE]