Thursday, December 02, 2010

Stop the Deportation of Eddy Zheng:::

Happy new breath everyone.

Please review the following information on my request for your presence at my ninth circuit deportation oral argument hearing. I hope you can make it. If not, please help circulate the request among your friends.

I'm grateful for your time and support.

WHAT: Eddy Zheng’s Ninth Circuit Appeals Hearing – Oral Arguments to prevent deportation to China. Eddy’s lawyer will be given 15 minutes to make 2 legal arguments in appeal to the Eddy’s order of deportation handed down from the previous Immigration Judge.

WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 2010 Please arrive to the courthouse at 9:00am in order to be processed in time for the hearing.

WHERE: James R. Browning US Courthouse United States Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit. Courtroom 3, 3rd Floor 95 Seventh Street San Francisco, California 94103 (Picture ID required to enter Courthouse)

WHAT EDDY NEEDS FROM YOU: We need to pack the courthouse (100 seat capacity) to show the Immigration Judge that Eddy has tremendous community support! We will also have supporters outside of the Courthouse with signs in support of Eddy. Please pass on this message to your friends and help get as many people as possible to the hearing on December 9th.

CONTACT: For more information and to get involved in planning, organizing, and additional support activities, please contact:

Lisa Chen, Asian Law Caucus 415-896-1701

Ben Wang, Asian Prisoner Support Committee 510-292-0852

WHY: In order to prevent being deported to China, well-respected community leader Eddy Zheng needs your support at his Ninth Circuit Appeals hearing. After being convicted as an adult for a crime he committed when he was 16-years old, Eddy served over 20 years behind bars, where he transformed himself into a renowned prisoner rights advocate, youth mentor, and poet and author. Released from prison in 2007, Eddy has dedicated his life to preventing youth violence and delinquency through his work at the Community Youth Center, Community Response Network, and many other SF Bay Area programs and organizations.

Having spent more than half of his life behind bars for a crime he committed at 16, Eddy won his parole only by demonstrating to the parole board and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that he was a model inmate who acknowledged his mistakes, expressed remorse for his crime, and did everything he could to improve himself. The judge who sentenced Eddy, the Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted him, a former director of the California Department of Corrections, and dozens of state legislators, local politicians, and community leaders wrote letters of support for his parole. Eddy Zheng now faces deportation to a country he left as a child and needs your support in order to remain in the U.S.

List of Awards and Committees: - 2009 Department of Children Youth and their Families Roots Fellow - 2008 “Outstanding Leadership Award” from the Bay Area Asian Pacific American Law Students Association - 2007 “Community Hero Award” from the Chinese language newspaper World Journal - Mayor appointed council member of the San Francisco Safe Community Reentry Council - Member of the San Francisco central police station Citizen Advisory Board - National Advisory board member of Asian American Law Journal - Co-Chair of Asian Prisoners’ Support Committee based in Oakland - Published co-author of “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology”

Partial List of Supporters for Eddy’s release from prison and immigration detention:

• San Francisco Board of Supervisors • San Francisco Youth Commission • Michael Honda, US Congressman • Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman • Mark Leno, CA State Senator • Leland Yee, CA State Senator • Loni Hancock, CA State Senator • Carol Liu, CA State Senator • Gloria Romero, CA State Senator • Don Perata, former CA Senate President Pro Tem • John Burton, former CA Senate President Pro Tem • Sheila Kuehl, former CA State Senator • Byron Sher, former CA State Senator • John Vasconcellos, former CA State Senator • Judy Chu, U.S. Congresswoman • Phil Ting, SF Assessor-Recorder • Jane Kim, SF Board of Education • Eric Mar, SF Board of Supervisors • Alice Lai-Bitker, Alameda County Supervisor • Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor • Jerry Enomoto, former Director, CA Dept of Corrections • Chris Nedeau, former SF District Attorney who prosecuted Eddy Zheng • Rev. Norman Fong, SF Chinatown Presbyterian Church • Dale Minami, Minami Tamaki LLP • Victor Hwang, SF Assistant District Attorney • Yuri Kochiyama, Community Activist • Isami Arifuku, National Council on Crime and Delinquency * organizations listed for ID purposes only

Eddy Zheng Project Manager Street Outreach Component – North West Community Response Network (NW-CRN) Intervention Component - Intensive Home Base Supervision (IHBS) Parent and Youth Empowerment Program (PYEP) Cell.:415.298.1833

Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) Main Office & CYC-Intel Computer Clubhouse 1038 Post Street San Francisco, California 94109 Tel.: 415.775.2636 ext. 216 Fax: 415.775.1345

CYC empowers youth to reach their highest potential as individuals with a positive self and cultural identity.

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