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TRE ARROW TO HAVE HEARING TODAY @ 2PM - sample letter

Tre Arrow will appear before a Canadian court today at 2pm. Join others in the global activist community in focusing energy on, and flooding the Solicitor Generals office with demands for, a diet of conscience for Tre. In the 4 months he has suffered catostrophic weight loss, and now weighs only 91 lbs. There but for grace, go any of us.

Solicitor General
Honourable Rich Coleman
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
E-mail:  rich.coleman.mla@leg.bc.ca

Phone: 250 356-7717
Fax: 250 356-8270

Mail: PO Box 9053
STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC
V8W 9E2
SAMPLE LETTER/EMAIL

Dear Solicitor General Colman,

It has come to my attention that an pre-trial
prisoner, Tre Arrow (also known as Michael Scarpitti),
has been restricted from the general population and is
slowly being starved to death at your North Frasier
Pretrial Centre in BC.I am writing to express my
outrage over an innocent man, who has not been tried
or convicted of anything, slowing starving to death on
your watch.

It is my understanding that Mr. Arrow has been removed
from the general population, where raw foods were
available; and that apples in his cell were removed,
while he was being taken to the doctor monitoring his
starvation. If true, that treatment appears to be
either grossly or
criminal negligent care of a human being.


There is no equitable or legal reason why someone
cannot be fed produce while waiting for justice. It's
not like Mr. Arrow is asking for gourmet meals or
anything expensive. It is my understanding that
Canadian law allows prisoners a diet in keeping with
their conscience, yet you are refusing to follow this
policy in Mr. Arrow's case. Mr.Arrow's diet is an
essential part of his personal spiritual practice, and
it is no more appropriate for you to insist that
Mr.Arrow consume cooked food than it would be to
insist that an orthodox jew eat pork..

I am witting to advise you that the whole world is
watching, and to implore you to return Mr. Arrow to
the general population and provide him with fresh
produce before this becomes an international
"incident". He has lost over 50 pounds while waiting
for trial, how long will you allow this abuse to
continue?.


cc: Amnesty International


Please call or email TODAY
and please hold a good thought for Tre at 2pm

Ccontributions for Tre's defense can be sent to: tre
arrow legal defense fund p.o. box 229 roberts creek,
bc v0n 2w0 canada

homepage:  http://trearrow.org
address: tre arrow legal defense fund p.o. box 229
roberts creek, bc v0n 2w0 canada

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Interview w/ Tre's sister TONIGHT 03.Aug.2004 11:27
* link

Tre's sister, Shawna, will give a rare interview
TONIGHT AT 9PM on FREE RADIO OLYMPIA >
 http://www.frolympia.org
CHECK IT OUT!

Amnesty International's contact info

When writting to the solicitor general, drop a cc: to
Amnesty International, see contact info below

Amnesty International USA

National Office
Amnesty International USA
322 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
phone: (212) 807-8400
fax: (212) 627-1451

Legislative Office
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003
phone: (202) 544-0200
fax: (202) 546-7142
Thanks - but there was no hearing yet. 04.Aug.2004 16:45

Jane Doe, Earth First (BC)

Thank you for re-posting the information here.
But there has been a miscommunication about the hearing. There was no hearing at 2 pm yesterday and there is no hearing at 2 pm today. No hearing has been scheduled yet. We request that folks don't post conjecture or unconfirmed information, because it causes confusion for supporters here in Vancouver.
Thanks again.