Veteran Jamaican DJ, activist and “Caribbean Runnings” producer, Jason Walker has launched a campaign urging all supporters of Grammy-award winning artist Buju Banton to send letters of support to U.S. District Judge James Moody asking for leniency in his sentencing this week, Bruno Baston reports.
The campaign is a last ditch effort to rally fans after several celebrities expressed support for Banton -including Actor Danny Glover, Reggae singer Stephen Marley and Atlanta Hawks basketball player Etan Thomas.
Walker says the fans are the most important evidence that Banton is a positive force within Caribbean culture that has touched the world.
“Some people would say the Buju is the one of the leading conscious voices in dancehall,” he said. “His music has actually turned people away from crime.
“Judge Moody needs to hear that from fans around the world….not just celebrities.”
Buju Banton, whose real name is, Mark Anthony Myrie, is scheduled to be sentenced in Tampa,Fla. on Thursday after a federal court jury convicted him of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and using a telephone to commit a drug offense. He faces a minimum 15-year sentencing, but his legal team is seeking a sentence below the mandatory minimum.
Fans can get more information on the campaign at Jason Walker’s blog: http://jasonskywalker5.wordpress.com/
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