US politicians petition Obama to pardon Garvey

US politicians petition Obama to pardon Garvey

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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NEW YORK, USA — Another attempt is underway in the United States Congress to have Jamaica’s first National Hero Marcus Garvey pardoned of federal mail theft.

The move is being led by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressmen Charlie Rangel and John Conyers. Clarke made the announcement shortly after accepting the Marcus Garvey Award for politics and government at the Jamaica Diaspora Awards Banquet here Saturday night.

Legislation introduced by Rangel to have Garvey pardoned has been languishing in the US Congress for several years. The latest move is to have President Obama "deal with the issue before he leaves office", according to Clarke.

She told the Jamaica Observer in an interview after her announcement that the petitioners are seeking to have the president act through an executive order "as the atmosphere in Washington is not conducive to getting it done through Congress".

Garvey was charged and convicted in the 1940s.

— Harold G Bailey

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