Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) will be at the US-12 Bar & Grill in Wayne, Michigan on Sunday July 8th where he will address the greater Albanian community on issues surrounding immigration, Kosova, and the Albanian prisoners in Montenegro. Levin, who recently turned 73, will bid for another term in the U.S. Senate where he is the current Chair on the Committee on Armed Services.
Levin's involvement with Albanian issues have spanned for more than 20 years. In 1986 he successfully appealed and won the release of Pjeter Ivezaj, a U.S. citizen who was detained and sentenced by the Yugoslav communist government for his peaceful participation in an anti-discrimination rally in the United States. In 2007, Levin is again investigating and appealing for the release and fair treatment of Albanians being held on bogus charges of terrorism in Montenegro. Levin has requested the U.S. Department of State to pay special attention on the treatment of these prisoners and demand they receive a fair trial. Additionally, Levin has also petitioned the Montenegrin government to treat the prisoners in accordance to international and European laws protecting minorities and political prisoners.
Senator Levin, along with his brother Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI) continuously invite and receive Albanian constituents to their local and Washington, DC offices where they listen and respond to the many concerns regarding minority rights abuses and its effects on U.S. Foreign Policy.
Levin's interest on the status of Albanians in Kosova and Montenegro are a special concern to him given his committment to the region and his voting record where he is for enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe.