Justice for Jason: A Fundraiser! Please Give to Secure His Freedom.
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Jason Green—husband, mentor, and employee of the City of Richmond, CA—was convicted of a parole violation for being near a gun he didn’t know was there. His friends created Jason’s Angels to support him and raise money for his defense. Will you donate?

***Before continuing, PLEASE CLICK ON AND WATCH THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnhFphvoknc***

 

Who are we?  

We are Jason’s Angels, a group of friends supporting our friend Jason L. Green.  Many of us met him through his participation in the Landmark Forum, and particularly the Self-Expression and Leadership Program, offered through Landmark Worldwide.  There are currently around twenty core members of Jason's Angels.  Niema Green (his wife), Mel Halbach (friend/mentor), Erik Ortman (friend/mentor), and Jocelyn Truitt (friend), are responsible for this crowdfunding campaign.  We are based in the East Bay & San Francisco.

How much do we need, and where is it going? 

We will be raising $5000, which will cover $4500 in attorney’s fees and the service fees for receiving your donations. We have hired a well-recommended parole defense attorney, Tracy Lum, to give him the best chance possible when his case comes up before the parole board in April or May of 2019. The Angels raised the initial $500 for her initial consultation (among ourselves), and now we need *your* help!

How long will this campaign run?

Until we meet our goal, or until January 31st, 2019.

What happened?

On the morning of Friday, September 14th, 2018, at approximately 5:30 a.m., an FBI-led gang task force conducted a lawful search of Niema & Jason's residence.  The search yielded a gun, legally registered to his wife Niema.  The gun was hidden, in a protective case, and Jason was not aware that it was in the house.  Nonetheless, after nearly two years on parole with ZERO violations, Jason was hastily arrested.  This led to three hearings to determine whether or not Jason violated his parole.  After two requests for continuance (postponements), the third hearing was set in a trial format.  After the testimony of credible witnesses on Jason's behalf, the decision ultimately hinged on the nebulous legal definition of the word "access." The judge ultimately ruled that, while Jason did not know there was a gun in the house, he technically had "access" because it was in the house, whether he knew about it or not.  His parole was violated, and Jason is now back in San Quentin, awaiting his turn to see the Parole Board, which won't be until April or May of 2019.

Who *is* Jason Green?

Jason Lamont Green is a husband, mentor to youth, employee of the city of Richmond, CA, churchgoer, and an advocate for leadership and transformation within his communities.  He is a peaceful, gregarious man who is curious about life; both excited and challenged by re-creating himself in his community outside of prison.  He has been gainfully employed with the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, CA,  since his release in 2016, where he mentors the young men of Richmond, encouraging them to seek nonviolent solutions to their problems.  Since early 2017 he has been participating in the transformative and breakthrough-oriented programs that Landmark offers.   Jason completed Landmark's primary Curriculum, the "Curriculum For Living," in early September, 2018 , just a week before he was arrested.

Who *was* Jason Green?

Jason grew up in Richmond, CA.  He came of age in the the 1980's at the beginning of the crack era, and just as guns were hitting the streets at unprecedented levels.  As a 16-year-old, Jason took an action that would forever change the course of his life.  Raised without a father, he was eager to prove himself to the older men he looked up to.  When they asked for someone to commit a retaliatory shooting, he jumped to the front of the line.  Young, naive, and desperate to prove his worth, Jason shot and killed another young black man from a different territory.  Tried as an adult, Jason was convicted in 1989 of second-degree murder.  He became eligible for parole in 2000.  After numerous appearances before the Board of Parole, in 2016 -- after serving 28 years in jail -- Jason was released on parole.

Jason's nonprofit project "We Are Richmond":

At the time of his arrest, Jason was in the process of filing his 501(c)(3) papers for his nonprofit "We Are Richmond."  Despite no prior experience, and limited resources, Jason was determined to get his idea to be of service to the youngest members of his community off the ground.  The aim of the nonprofit is to assist children and young teens in having experiences outside of the inner city, to show and inspire them that there is more to life than what they see on a daily basis.  These kind of trips and activities might otherwise be difficult for the children and their parents to afford and/or organize for them.  The first two outings and an explanation from Jason himself detailing his motivation behind "We Are Richmond" are available in the video at the top of the page, or click the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnhFphvokncs (video credit: Mel Halbach).

How can you help?

First and foremost, by donating money! :-)

Also, by sharing this widely on social media and following this campaign for updates and education about the larger social justice issues related to this!

Further impact:

We also want to draw attention to larger issues in the justice system, such as being thrown in jail for a violation you had no way of knowing you were committing, and the shaky meaning of the term “access,” among other technicalities sending people back to prison.

 

We thank you for taking the time to read this, informing yourself of the facts and realities facing young men in the inner city, and for donating to this worthy cause!

 

Sincerely,

Niema, Mel, Erik, Jocelyn, Jason,

& all of Jason's Angels!

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