March 6, 1989
President George Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Dear President Bush:
Enclosed is a Petition for Presidential pardon which we submit to you with confidence that your actions will match your compassionate words.
It seems particularly ironic that a person as gentle and generous as Sunrise S. Harmony should be sentenced to federal prison, at enormous taxpayer expense, because he has given up comforts to communicate that we must stop killing each other. Meanwhile murderers walk the streets, in part because of an overburdened prison system.
Your pardon would be more than an act of kindness. It would be a logical extension of your campaign promises to reduce unnecessary expenditure of taxpayers' dollars and to eliminate burdensome regulations, and would send a signal that a regulation which is used to stifle harmless First Amendment religious expression* is NOT acceptable to the Bush administration.
This matter needs to be addressed quickly. Sunrise is due to enter prison as soon as space is found for him, or March 17, whichever comes first. We will be happy to answer any questions and provide any documents you need. Our phone number is 462-0757.
With prayers for a swift and positive reply, we are
/s/W.Thomas /s/E. Thomas
William and Ellen Thomas
Enclosure: Information packet
C: Mrs. Barbara Bush
* We will be happy- to provide information on how the 1982 "camping" regulation has been used selectively to criminalize vigils in Lafayette Park, which historically had previously been protected by the First Amendment, the Senate, and legal precedent.