Dozens of organizations representing people of color, women and LGBTQ voters on Wednesday called on President Biden to reach an agreement on the release of Brittney Griner, a WNBA star who has been imprisoned in Russia since February.
In a letter to Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the groups said. Griner “continues to tolerate inhumane treatment, deprived of contact with his family.”
The letter said the United States “acknowledged that Brittney was essentially a political game in classifying her as an unjustly arrested person.” And while the signatories expressed “deep gratitude” for the administration’s efforts to free his wife. “We now call on you to agree for Brittany to return to her American home immediately and safely,” Greener said.
The Phoenix Mercury basketball player was detained in Russia in February. 17 on charges of having hashish oil in his luggage. First, madam. Greener’s camp was concerned that advertising could worsen the situation due to tensions between Russia and the United States, including the war in Ukraine.
However, the group’s approach changed after the State Department announced on May 3 that it had appointed a wife. Griner was “arrested by mistake.” This meant that despite the lawsuit against him in Russia, the United States could do more to bring him home.
In recent weeks, WNBA players have been working with the lady. Greener’s wife, Cherelle, and others tried to draw attention to his work.
The latest effort, a letter from groups including the National Women’s Organization, the Human Rights Campaign, the National City League and the National Action Network, was coordinated by Democratic strategist Karen Finney. Groups representing the coalition of constituencies helped Mr. choose. Biden is speaking amid growing frustration with the pace of his efforts to bring his wife. Green house.
“I don’t think they started negotiations on his release, so this letter is very strong because it’s a much-needed support to emphasize that we’re at a stage where you have to make a deal,” Griner said.
“I wish I could say I understand that clearly,” he said of the White House strategy. “They talk to me a lot of code.”
He said the administration was “discussing the need to start negotiations” if it was already established that his wife had been unjustly arrested. “Instead, they argue and waste time on my husband’s life.”
White House officials declined to comment.
Administration officials said Mr. Biden’s team maintains regular contact with the Greener family, and Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken spoke with Cherelle Griner in May. The Special Representative for Hostages is also in touch with her. Griner team.
However, Cherelle Griner said she was not sure how much the White House preferred the job. She told the Associated Press that she had to speak to her husband on the phone for the first time in nearly four months over the weekend, but that plans for a material and technical problem at the US embassy in Moscow were thwarted.
According to the AP, the embassy had to facilitate the call between the two women. However, when Brittney Greener called the embassy to contact her husband in the United States, there was no response. According to AP, Brittney Greener’s lawyers said that he tried to call the line 11 times, and his wife was waiting for the call in vain.
“I am just angry. I was injured. I’m done, I’m tired, “Cherelle Griner told AP