Sunday, December 1, 2013

[SDCPJ] TODAY AT 3PM: Rally for Kimberly Rivera and her newborn son!

Clemency for Imprisoned War Resister Kimberly Rivera Denied!

by on November 30, 2013 · 0 comments

in Activism, Government, Military

Rally Dec. 1 in protest of Rivera's separation from new born son to serve remaining 4o day sentence.

By Staff

Matthew Rivera

Matthew Rivera

Kimberly Rivera gave birth to her son Matthew Kaden Rivera in the Naval Hospital on November 25th.   Her husband Mario was initially denied access to the birthing room but was ultimately granted permission to attend the delivery.  Although the delivery itself went smoothly, this was no ordinary birth– Rivera has been serving a ten month sentence for deserting the US army while deployed in Iraq.  She deserted in 2007 because she felt morally unable to take part in the conflict.  She was arrested after she was denied refugee protection in Canada in September 2012.

Amnesty International has requested urgent action on her case based on humanitarian reasons because of her pregnancy.  Rivera is the mother of four other children, ages 11, 9, 4 and 2.  She has been separated from her family in Texas since she began serving her sentence here in San Diego.

When Fort Carson Senior Commander Brigadier General Michael A. Bills rejected her application for clemency on November 27th, Rivera sustained yet another separation–from her newborn son Matthew, who is being cared for now by his father here in San Diego.  Military regulations reportedly include no provision for her to breastfeed her baby while she is in prison.

Rivera has less then forty days remaining on her sentence.  She is scheduled for release in early January 2014.  It is impossible to view Brigadier General Bills' refusal of clemency as anything less than excessively punitive and cruel.  He is punishing a newborn infant and four other young children as well as Rivera.

Rally for Kimberly Rivera

Sunday December 1   3pm

8998 Miramar Rd.  North Gate

 

If you are unable to attend the rally, please send an appeal to Brigadier General Bills:

Senior Commander

Brigadier General Michael A Bills

c/o Fort Carson Public Affairs Office

1626 Ellis Street

Suite 200, Building 1118

Fort Carson, CO 80913, USA

Fax: +1 719 526 1021

Salutation: Dear Brigadier General

And copies to:

Kimberly Rivera's attorney

James M Branum

PO Box 721016

Oklahoma City, OK 73172, USA

Email: girightslawyer@gmail.com

Web action: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/752/756/678/free-a-pregnant-war-resister-from-us-military-prison



--
Lynn
San Diego Military Counseling Project
www.sdmcp.org
Post a Comment

The Hidden Enemy

Healing

Healing
Healing

Corruption

Corruption
Corruption in the Senate

Compassion

Compassion
Compassion

Raise the Minimum Wage

Raise the Minimum Wage

Capitolism

Capitolism

Hypocrits

Hypocrits

My New Book About Sudan

Ceasar's Messiah Movie Trailer

The Dark Side of Coffee Trade

Miko Peled "The General's Son" Exposes Israeli Lies

Are these Your Heros?

Are these Your Heros?

National shame

National shame

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Stephen Fry on Catholisism

Juanita Ayson on Accupuncture

Interview with Congressman Filner

Free Trade Enslaves Us All

Blog Archive

Farouk Al Nasser

Farouk Al Nasser
Farouk Al Nasser at NCCPJ

Victor Calle

Victor Calle
At NCCP April 2008

Gore Vidal and Floyd Morrow

Gore Vidal and Floyd Morrow
April Fundraiser in San Diego

Tanja and Cindy Sheehan

Tanja and Cindy Sheehan
Fund raiser for Cindy April 2008

CITN

CITN
The Citizens' Internet Television Network

CITRad

CITRad
The Citizens' Internet Radio Network

Save America

Save America
Save America

Fighting

Fighting
Fighting

Believe

Believe
Believe

We Are All One

We Are All One
We Are All One

Secular Humanism

Secular Humanism
Secular Humanism

Change the System

Change the System
Change the System

A Lie Does Not Become the Truth

A Lie Does Not Become the Truth
A lie does not become the truth

Coexist

Coexist
Coexist

Bankers

Bankers
Bankers

Fetus Rights

Fetus Rights
Fetus Rights

The Earth Was Created

The Earth Was Created
The Earth Was Created

Lessons

Lessons
Lessons