Monday, March 17, 2008
Two Minutes for Dr. Al-Arian
It's day 14 of Dr. Al-Arian's hunger strike, he's lost 25 pounds and he isn't getting the medical attention he needs. Oh and did you forget that he's imprisoned despite a jury's inability to find him guilty of anything?
You've got your wedding dress and jacket ready? Your party menu is set? Your sinuses got you down? You ready for finals?
I don't know. If I had to weigh the questions I'm scared of being asked on the day of judgment, none of the above really frightens me. The one that does:
Did you do EVERYTHING you could?
Do yourself a favor, and do something for Dr. Al-Arian.
Two ideas to get you started:
1. Please call the Butner Medical Center today and inquire about Dr. Al-Arian's health. Ask why they haven't taken any steps to give him an IV to make sure he survives. Their number is (919) 575-3900.
2. Send a letter. We've got the form, all you have to do is personalize and hit send:
To: The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org); Senator Patrick Leahy (email@example.com); U.S. Department of Justice (AskDOJ@usdoj.gov)
To whom it may concern:
My name is xxx, and I am one of the many United States citizens who are concerned about the health of this country's democratic apparatus. One striking example of the numerous miscarriages of justice, is that of Dr. Sami Al-Arian. I am deeply concerned for the health of Dr. Sami Al-Arian who currently remains incarcerated, despite the fact that he has been acquitted of all serious charges brought against him by the U.S. government. Dr. Sami Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike now for over ten days, and has been refused adequate medical care (as simple as an IV!) He is close to dying from starvation.
In the spirit of our constitution and all that it contains pertaining to the civil rights of U.S. citizens, I beseech you to take an initiative in the immediate end to Dr. Al-Arian's suffering, and to responsibly care for his deteriorating health.
Go on, do something. We can all spare a few minutes from Grey's and Eli Stone to help a brother out.