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10 months ago

December 7, 2013

Dear President Obama:
Dear Representative King:
Dear Senator Grassley:
Dear Senator Harkin:

Leonard needs to receive adequate health care, which he is not receiving at this time. Leonard is a hero and martyr to people all over the world and is considered President Obama's political prisoner. I URGE YOU TO HELP THIS INNOCENT MAN.

Sincerely,

Ms. morgan feathers

10 months ago

 SO SIGNED

10 months ago

Free Leonard

10 months ago

All of the petitions that Roxy posted a couple days ago have been signed and shared. First petition had already been signed and I couldn't sign it again. Took the poll and shared several articles.

I certainly hope he does get his clemency. He certainly deserves it and if nothing else I hope they move him for his medical issues.

Thanks for posting it all Roxy.

10 months ago

Freedom for Leonard Peltier

http://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Freedom_for_Leonard_Peltier_Grant_Clemency_Now/

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"To my Brothers and Sisters in the Struggle,

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I have been locked away for 37 years, and though my body is starting to fail, my heart is still strong with the people who are fighting for our basic human rights. Your willingness to use your voices in a coordinated, united effort to help me gain my freedom give all the people of the world a reason to hope against injustice.

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We can never stop until every man, woman and child has the right to live in the way of our ancestors, rich in our own culture and traditions. Part of our creation story spells out the responsibility of living in harmony with all living things. We need to put our minds together to create a world where our children, and the children of the next seven generations can live in peace, knowing that truth and justice can and will prevail.

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Truth and Justice will light a fire that won't be extinguished. No human being should ever have to fear for his or her life because of their political or religious beliefs.

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We are in this together, my friends, the rich, the poor, the red, white, black, brown and yellow. We share responsibility for Mother Earth and those who live and breathe upon her. Never forget that.

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Thank you for your commitment to do your part. I am standing with you. Thank you for standing with me.

Leonard Peltier Petitions!
10 months ago

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Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier

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http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/peltier_clemency2008/

We, the undersigned, say enough is enough, Mr. President. Do the right thing. Grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier right away.
Thank you for giving fair consideration to Leonard Peltier.

Sponsor
Friends of Peltier Call the White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111. Mr. President, Free Peltier NOW!
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Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier!
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Equal Justice for Leonard Peltier

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http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/executive_review/

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Congressional Hearings on COINTELPRO and the Pine Ridge "Reign of Terror"

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http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Pine_Ridge/

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Free Leonard Peltier!!

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http://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Free_Leonard_Peltier

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Presidential Clemency for Leonard Peltier

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http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/presidential-clemency

http://petitions.moveon.org/s/xfMVRh

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LEONARD PELTIER: Clemency Petition

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This copy of Wild Horse's letter to NativeNews requesting assistance in finding those who wish to assist in obtaining Leonard Peltier's freedom; and the copy of "The Petition" are posted here for your convenience. The Petition can be signed online at the link given below. There are also other information, telephone numbers and links in this letter.

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Please copy and share by email or posting on your site...

http://www.ewebtribe.com/NACulture/articles/lp-petition.htm

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Free Leonard Peltier

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http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/free-leonard-peltier.html

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Clemency for Leonard Peltier!

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http://www.petitiononline.com/Clemency/petition.html

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Petition to move Leonard Peltier to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota

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http://www.petition2congress.com/3923/petition-to-move-leonard-peltier-to-mayo-clinic-in-minnesota/

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PLEASE VOTE!!!!!!!

Do you Support the petition for clemency for Leonard Peltier!

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http://www.sodahead.com/living/do-you-support-the-petition-for-clemency-for-leonard-peltier/question-3846839/?link=ibaf&q=Leonard+Peltier+petition

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Do you Support the petition for clemency for Leonard Peltier

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Freedom for Leonard Peltier!

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http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14924078-freedom-for-leonard-peltier

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http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Freedom_for_Leonard_Peltier_Grant_Clemency_Now/?txmZmab&goback=%2Egde_74437_member_230937901

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We need 5,000+ siignatures quickly

11 months ago

I just tried signing this last Leonard Peltier petition and can't get it to go through. On Google Chrome, I got this message:

Not Found, Error 404

The page you are looking for no longer exists. Perhaps you can return back to the site's homepage and see if you can find what you are looking for. Or, you can try finding it with the information below.

I tried on Firefox and got this message:

The requested URL "http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/processEditValues.jsp" cannot be found or is not available. Please check the spelling or try again later.
11 months ago

Signed to free Leonard thank you Roxy

Thank you
11 months ago

Thanks Roxy for adding the information I had put together concerning Leonard Peltier below as well as the Veterans information. xoxo

Incident At Oglala - Veterans Day.....Petitions for Veterans and Leonard Peltier
11 months ago

Incident At Oglala - Veterans Day.....Petitions for Veterans and Leonard Peltier


 

Many of you are aware of Leonard Peltier from the asking of signatures on Petitions and such. However, some may not be aware of what led up to his trial and the trial itself.

The movie below is produced and narrated by Robert Redford, directed by Michael Apted. Incident at Oglala bares the bones of "one of the most infamous political frame-ups in modern U.S. history."

I hope at some point you might find the time to view this and continue as many of you have to support the efforts to free Leonard Peltier. In fact I have left the Clemency link below if you have not signed it yet.

INCIDENT AT OGLALA

http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3670356

Exexcutive Clemency For Leonard Peltier

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/peltier_clemency2008/

Photo: Your Fingers Can Walk the Talk Please RT #LeonardPeltier via @PeltierHQ Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 for Leonard Peltier, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST.  If the lines are busy, try the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414. Ask for the comment line.

Homeward Rolling Soldier

http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3670374

November 11th is Veterans Day in the United States. I leave a link below as to which places are offering free meals.

2013 Veterans Day Discounts, Sales, Deals, and Free Meals....

http://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW ICON TO FEED A VETERAN

Click Every day! The Veterans Site

http://theveteranssite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/vet/home?origin=VET_linktous_Small

I had sent this story around last year but the information is still as much needed today as then. Share this with those who may need it....

Homeless Veterans - Where to Find Help

http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3482388

Soldiers Angels

http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3530104

PETITION:

END THE VA BACKLOG

http://iava.org/sth2013-home

11 months ago

This is Part 1 to view part 2 go to link below.
Part 2 of Incident at Oglala

Please sign Petition of Clemency for Leonard Peltier
Executive Clemency For Leonard Peltier

Also make a call to the White House asking them to Free Leonard Peltier the Political Prisoner
#202-456-1111

Incident At Oglala

http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3670356


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Incident At Oglala, American Indian, Native American, AIM, Wounded Knee, Leonard Peltier, Political prisoner, frame up, history, South Dakota, USA, movie )
Dandelion - 22 hours ago - youtube.com

Produced and narrated by Robert Redford, directed by Michael Apted, 'Incident at Oglala' bares the bones of "one of the most infamous political frame-ups in modern U.S. history."
Peltier Tribunal Judges Findings: Restoration of Justice in Indian Country
1 year ago
Peltier Tribunal Judges Findings: Restoration of Justice in Indian Country

 

             US Politics & Gov't          (tags:           First Nations,          Native Americans,          indigenous rights,          human rights,          Leonard Peltier,          Green Bay,          Wisconsin,          Tribunal,          Findings,          FBI crimes,          accountability,          free Peltier,          end environmental racism    )     

     Brian             -       

  10 hours       ago    - popularresistance.org      

 

Peltier Tribunal Findings include holding FBI agents responsible for crimes, freedom for Leonard Peltier and an end to environmental racism.
 
 
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President Barack Obama: free Leonard Peltier
1 year ago

President Barack Obama: free Leonard Peltier

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-free-leonard-peltier-4

 

 

Petitioning The President of the United States!
1 year ago

Free Leonard Peltier: Contact the President to grant Leonard Peltier Clemency!

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/free-leonard-peltier-contact-the-president-to-grant-leonard-peltier-clemency

 

Free Leonard Peltier: Contact the President to grant Leonard Peltier Clemency.

 

 

 

1 year ago

Obama, Mandela and Leonard Peltier

 

Barack Obama has taken his two daughters on a dramatic visit to the Robben Island cell once occupied by Nelson Mandela. Let's hope he takes them next to the one now occupied by Leonard Peltier.

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Human Rights Are Beyond Politics -- Justice Should Be Too

 

As we look into the New Year, it is also time to look back and see which governments might free a prisoner or two due to the decline of age or ill health.

 

 

 

 

1 year ago

 

         Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on Indigenous  Rights Day 3: Testimony             By Brenda News    Censored News EXCLUSIVE...
1 year ago

San Francisco American Indians Celebrate Leonard Peltier's Birthday

http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/san-francisco-american-indians-celebrate-leonard-peltier-birthday.html

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Leonard Peltier’s statement to Longest Walk 4

 

http://climate-connections.org/2013/09/04/leonard-peltiers-statement-to-longest-walk-4/

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Photo: Lisa Zahner Reinhold

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Leonard Peltier Inspires Native American Long Walkers now in St Louis

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/08/leonard-peltier-inspires-native.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leonard-peltier-inspires-native-american-long-walkers-now-in-st-louis

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Censored News Reader Favorites this week!
1 year ago

Jackson Browne and Common Unite to Bring Leonard Peltier Home
 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jackson-browne-and-common-unite-to-bring-leonard-peltier-home-20121215#ixzz2h251926h

 

 

Jackson Browne and Bruce Cockburn performs at the "Bring Leonard Peltier Home  2012" Concert at The Beacon Theatre on December 14th, 2012 in New York City.

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Leonard Peltier in his own words:

 http://www.democracynow.org/20...

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 Leonard Peltier Day Honors Imprisoned Native Icon

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/26/leonard-peltier-day-honors-imprisoned-native-icon-150122.

Peltier (Anishinaabe-Lakota) was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences  in 1977 for the death of two FBI agents during a confrontation with American  Indian Movement (AIM) members on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South  Dakota June 26, 1975. Peltier admits to being present, but denied at his trial  and ever since that he shot the agents. Amnesty International calls Peltier a political prisoner.

 

Oglala Lakota Nation President Bryan Brewer and Vice-President Thomas Poor  Bear issued a proclamation June 24 naming June 26thLeonard Peltier Day.

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.Leonard Peltier

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/security-and-human-rights/leonard-peltier

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Exclusive: Leonard Peltier Speaks Out from Prison on Denial of Medical Care, Bid for Clemency 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/19/exclusive_leonard_peltier_speaks_out_from

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This post was modified from its original form on 07 Oct, 4:12
1 year ago

I feel so bad for this man...Another shinning example of the American Injustice system...The Judge, Prosecutors and in this case, the lying FBI agents should be thrown in jail and serve time when they get it wrong...I bet we wouldn't have so many innocent people in jail...
I hope he gets his freedom back SOON !!!...%#&!*% like this makes me absolutely crazy!

1 year ago

All links and petition were shared. Petition was signed of course. I think I may have signed that petition at some point, but I'm guessing they can ferret that out.

I truly hope this man is released.

Extra Articles and Links for care2 to post and for reference
1 year ago

Leonard Peltier http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404705036.html

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IN THE SPIRIT OF LEONARD PELTIER VISIONS OF US PRISONER #89637-132 http://www.leonardpeltier.net/ http://lpdctexas.blogspot.com/2008/01/in-spirit-of-leonard-peltier-visions-of.html

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Welcome to www.FreeLeonard.org http://freeleonard.org/

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Free Leonard Peltier http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=520070

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The Free Leonard Peltier Project http://www.letters4leonard.com/

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Leonard’s artwork http://www.leonardpeltierart.com/

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LEONARD PELTIER

A.I.M. http://www.greatdreams.com/leon.htm

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http://www.ani-kutani.com/nativeamericanfacts/leonardpeltier.htm

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THE BILL OF RIGHTS... JUST ANOTHER BROKEN TREATY? http://www.freepeltiernow.org/

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Leonard Peltier http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/leonard-peltier

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Canadians who have been wrongfully convicted because of improper investigations combined with zealous Crown http://injusticebusters.org/index.htm/LeonardPeltier.htm

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1 year ago

Has sponsored several clothing and toy drives for reservations.

Distributes to Head Start and halfway houses, as well as women’s centers.

 

Every year he has sponsored a Christmas gift drive for the children of Pine   Ridge, SD. Organized and emergency food drive for the people of Pohlo, Mexico in   response to the Acteal Massacre

 

Serves on the board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

 

Donates his artwork to several human rights and social welfare organizations   in order to help them raise funds. This most recently includes the ACLU, Trail   of Hope (a Native American conference dealing with drug and alcohol addiction),   World Peace and Prayer Day, the First Nation Student Association, and the   Buffalo Trust Fund.

 

By donating his paintings to the Leonard Peltier Charitable Foundation, he   was able to supply computers and educational supplies such as books and   encyclopedias to libraries and families on Pine Ridge.

 

By donating his paintings to the LPCF, he was also able to raise substantial   supplies for the people of Pine Ridge after last year’s devastating tornado hit   and caused a multitude of damage on the reservation

 

He has been widely recognized for his efforts and   has won several human rights awards, including the North Star Frederick Douglas   Award, Humanist of the Year Award, and the International Human Rights   Prize

 

      Leonard, Presidential Candidate

 

 

Political Prisoner on the Ballot in California       

Lawrence, Kansas, February 11, 2004

 

Kevin Shelley, Secretary of the State of California has announced that   Leonard Peltier will be on the primary election ballot as a candidate for the   Peace and Freedom Party's Presidential nomination.

 

Leonard Peltier is deemed as a political prisoner by Amnesty International   and has been unjustly incarcerated for nearly 3 decades. Peltier was convicted   of committing the crime of murdering two FBI agents, even though the prosecution   has since admitted in open court (Oct. 15, 1985) that the government did not   have proof of who killed their agents. The courts have also admitted (10th   Circuit Court of Appeals) that "the prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be   condemned; they withheld evidence, coerced testimony. These facts are   undisputed".

 

Leonard Peltier is an advocate of peaceful resolution of all issues and has   been instrumental in getting people from different tribes with a history of   animosity to come together in peace. He has piloted the Leonard Peltier Health   Care Reform Package whose intent is to fundamentally alter health care delivery   on reservations throughout the US. Peltier has established a scholarship at NYU   for Native Students seeking law degrees, has implemented job creation/job   training programs and is the sponsoring father of two children in ChildReach.   Peltier has sponsored clothing, emergency food and toy drives and distributes to   Head Start, halfway houses and women's centers. Peltier serves on the board of   the Rosenberg Fund for Children and donates his artwork to several human rights   and social welfare organizations, including the Leonard Peltier Charitable   Foundation. He has been widely recognized for his efforts and has won several   human rights awards, including the North Star- Frederick Douglas Award; Humanist   of the Year Award and most recently, is a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Mr. Peltier's choice as Vice-President is Barry Bachrach, lead counsel for   Peltier. Mr. Bachrach is a Litigation Partner with extensive experience in   managing and handling a wide variety of litigation. He graduated Magna Cum Laude   from the University of Maine, School of Law, has authored several legal   publications and is currently co-authoring a book about the Massachusetts   Constitution. Bachrach has bar admissions in the states of Maine, Massachusetts   and Minnesota and in the United Claims Court, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals   and the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit.

 

Mr. Bachrach has been with the Defense Committee for 3 years and believes   that Leonard's campaign will offer hope to the oppressed, bringing back the   principles that this country was founded upon, regaining the soul that this   country has lost. Bachrach believes that Native Americans are the foundation of   this country, spiritual people who cherish the earth, not strive to own it.

 

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

 

Leonard Peltier, Activist
1 year ago

 

 &   the world. It's a flaming arrow aimed at the circled wagons of American   injustice."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls it: "A deeply moving   & very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice & an eloquent   cri de coeur of Native Americans for redress & to be regarded as human   beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution.   We pray that it does not fall on deaf ears. America owes it to herself."

 

Leonard, the Nobel Peace Prize   Candidate

Leonard Peltier Nominated for 2004 Nobel   Peace Prize

Feb. 11, 2004

Last week we posted the call for support from Ward Dossche and Harvey Arden   about nominating Leonard for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. The deadline for the   2004 NPP nominations was February 1st. But even though there was little time   left, Ward Dossche reports that three people - a university professor from   Texas; another university professor from Belgium; and Bart Staes, member of the   European Parliament and IPF signatory - sent in their nominations in time.

 

Leonard  Peltier Nominated for 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

On April 3rd, 2007, the LPDC has received confirmation of  Leonard Peltier's official nomination for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. This year  181 candidates have been registered. The name of the Prize recipient for 2007  will be announced in mid-October.
        We want to thank the people who nominated Leonard for this prestigious award.         Respectfully,         Leonard Peltier Defense Committee


 Note:         We ask that supporters NOT send letters of support or recommendation  to         the Nobel Peace Prize Committee as only selected individuals can nominate for  the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 

Leonard’s Human Rights Achievements

Advocate of peaceful resolution of all issues that deal with Native   Americans; always taking a non-violent approach and argued for respect for   rights of others.

 

Has helped several prisoners rehabilitate themselves by advocating drug and   alcohol free life styles while encouraging pride and knowledge in their cultures   and traditions.

 

Has been key in getting people from different tribes, with a history of   animosity, to come together in peace

 

Has worked with Dr. Steward Selkin of New York (ear, nose, and throat   specialist) on efforts to restructure health delivery systems on reservations. A   pilot program on Rosebud was undertaken in order to document needs and   requirements for delivery and care. This is known as the Leonard Peltier Health   Care Reform Package, and the ultimate intent is to fundamentally alter health   care delivery on reservations throughout the US. Substance abuse programs are an   important part of this program.

 

Has worked with professor Jeffery Timmons on a job creation/job training   program to stimulate reservation based economics and investments in Native   American business enterprises.

 

Also worked with Professor Timmons on a youth entrepreneur program for   reservation kids to teach them to learn how to establish and run their own   businesses.

 

In 1992 he established a scholarship at New York University for Native   American students seeking law degrees

 

Instrumental in the establishment and funding of a Washington (state) Native   American newspaper by and for Native young people.

 

Has been the sponsoring father of two children in Childreach, one in El   Salvador, and the other in Guatemala

 

Has worked to have prisoners’ artwork displayed around the country and the   world in art galleries in hopes of starting art programs for prisoners and   increasing their self-confidence.



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Leonard Peltier, Activist
1 year ago

http://www.leonardpeltier.net/theman.htm

 

Leonard Peltier, Activist

Leonard Peltier -- a great-grandfather, artist, writer, & indigenous   rights activist -- is a citizen of the Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations who   has been unjustly imprisoned since 1976.

 

A participant in the American Indian Movement, he went to assist the Oglala   Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the mid-70s where a tragic   shoot-out occurred on June 26, 1975. Accused of the murder of two agents of the   Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Peltier fled to Canada believing he would   never receive a fair trial in the United States.

On February 6, 1976, Peltier was apprehended. The FBI knowingly presented the   Canadian court with fraudulent affidavits, and Peltier was returned to the U.S.   for trial.

Key witnesses were banned from testifying about FBI misconduct &   testimony about the conditions and atmosphere on the Pine Ridge Reservation at   the time of the shoot-out was severely restricted. Important evidence, such as   conflicting ballistics reports, was ruled inadmissible. Still, the U.S.   Prosecutor failed to produce a single witness who could identify Peltier as the   shooter. Instead, the government tied a bullet casing found near the bodies of   their agents to the alleged murder weapon, arguing that this gun had been the   only one of its kind used during the shootout, and that it had belonged to   Peltier.

 

Later, Mr. Peltier’s attorneys uncovered, in the FBI’s own documents, that   more than one weapon of the type attributed to Peltier had been present at the   scene and the FBI had intentionally concealed a ballistics report that showed   the shell casing could not have come from the alleged murder weapon. Other   troubling information emerged: the agents undoubtedly followed a red pickup   truck onto the land where the shoot-out took place, not the red and white van   driven by Peltier; and compelling evidence against several other suspects   existed and was concealed.

 

At the time, however, the jury was unaware of   these facts. Peltier was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.   He is currently imprisoned at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

 


Leonard Peltier, Artist

Leonard Peltier’s self-taught style is an outgrowth of drawing and carving   lessons he received as a child from tribal elders.

Leonard began working with pastels in 1983, proving he had talent to put what   he saw on paper. His spirit began to know a freedom he had never before   experienced.

Although limited by the prison environment, Mr. Peltier has emerged as a   master of Indigenous Art.

 

Leonard’s artwork reflects his beliefs and commitment to Native American   culture. It is The People’s struggle to survive and his desire to portray their   cultural beauty that inspires Peltier to paint.

 

In 1986, Leonard suffered a stroke and lost about eighty percent of his sight   in his left eye. "My eye problem has slowed me down considerably, but I am still   inspired."

Leonard’s paintings are collected by such noted   personalities as Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, Jane Fonda, Val Kilmer, Michael   Apted, Shep Gordon, and Oliver Shanti, as well as many other international   celebrities & luminaries.

 

 

Leonard, the Writer

 

Doing time creates a demented darkness of my own imagination;   doing time does this thing to you. But of course, you don't do time. You do   without it. Or rather, time does you. Time is a cannibal that devours the flesh   of your years day by day, bite by bite.

 

Prison Writings:         My Life Is My Sun Dance

 

This book was written from behind the cold prison bars of Leavenworth   Penitentiary by Leonard Peltier, who has been called America's Nelson Mandela.   Peltier is serving two life sentences for crimes the U.S. government has   admitted they can't prove were even committed by Peltier. He is considered by   Amnesty International & many other humanitarian organizations to be a   political prisoner.

 

According to prison officials, Peltier's plight has attracted the attention   of luminaries such as Britain's Queen Elizabeth. In February 1999, the European   Parliament approved a resolution calling for Peltier to be freed. France's   former First Lady Danielle Mitterand, who is president of the French human   rights organization, France Libertés, has called for the release of Leonard   Peltier.

 

The   book's editor, Harvey Arden said, "Leonard Peltier's powerful memoir, a Native   American spiritual testament, will shake the conscience of the nation

 

Gael Force Art Display on Behalf of Leonard Peltier
1 year ago

http://lpdoc.blogspot.com/2013/08/gael-force-art-display-on-behalf-of.html

 

Friday, August 9, 2013
Gael Force Art Display on Behalf of Leonard Peltier
 
Today, Gael Force Art placed a  gigantic display of protest on Black Mountain in Belfast for long time activist  and political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Well done !!!
 
 
Send Birthday Greetings to Leonard Peltier !
1 year ago

http://lpdoc.blogspot.com/2013/08/send-birthday-greetings-to-leonard.html

 

Friday, August 9, 2013
Send Birthday Greetings to Leonard Peltier
 
Leonard's birthday is on 12 September.  Send cards and letters:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132 USP Coleman I PO Box 1033 Coleman, FL  33521
 
5 Reasons President Obama Should Release Leonard Peltier CONT.
1 year ago

Leonard Peltier’s most recent petition for release on parole was denied by the U.S. Parole Commission in 2009, and Amnesty understands that he is not eligible for consideration for parole again until 2024

 

Given that all available legal remedies have been exhausted and that Leonard Peltier has now spent more than 36 years in prison, Amnesty believes that in the context of these ongoing concerns, the U.S. authorities should order Leonard Peltier’s release from prison on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice.

 

Take action: Urge President Obama and Charles E. Samuels Jr., Director Federal Bureau of Prisons, to free Leonard Peltier.

 

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5 Reasons President Obama Should Release Leonard Peltier
1 year ago

http://blog.amnestyusa.org/americas/5-reasons-president-obama-should-release-leonard-peltier/

 

By Zeke Johnson                 

July 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM
 
Leonard Peltier
 
 
 

Leonard Peltier

 

Leonard Peltier was a leading member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), an activist group that was involved in promoting the rights of “traditionalist” Indians during a period of intense conflict in the 1970s. On June 26, 1975, during a confrontation involving AIM members on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler were shot dead.

Leonard Peltier was convicted of their murders in 1977 and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Leonard Peltier does not deny that he was present during the incident. However, he has always denied killing the agents as was alleged by the prosecution at his trial. Here are 5 reasons he should be released:

1) A key alleged eyewitness to the shootings was Myrtle Poor Bear, a Lakota Native woman who lived at Pine Ridge. On the basis of her statement that she had seen Leonard Peltier kill Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, Leonard Peltier was extradited from Canada, where he had fled following the shootings. Although Myrtle Poor Bear later retracted her testimony, the trial judge refused to allow Leonard Peltier’s attorneys to call her as a defense witness on the grounds that her testimony “could be highly prejudicial to the government.” In 2000, Myrtle Poor Bear issued a public statement to say that her original testimony was a result of months of threats and harassment from FBI agents.

 

2) In 1980, documents were released to Leonard Peltier’s lawyers as a result of a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents contained evidence which might have assisted Leonard Peltier’s case, but which had been withheld by the prosecution at trial. However in 1986, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit denied Leonard Peltier a retrial, stating that: “We recognize that there is some evidence in this record of improper conduct on the part of some FBI agents, but we are reluctant to impute even further improprieties to them.”

 

3) In 1991, Gerald Heaney, the judge who presided over Leonard Peltier’s 1986 appeal hearing, expressed his concerns about the case. In a letter to Senator Daniel Inouye, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, Gerald Heaney wrote that he believed “the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier’s extraction from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case.” He added: “Although our Court decided that these actions were not grounds for reversals, they are, in my view, factors that merit consideration in any petition for leniency filed.”

 

 

 
 
4) The U.S. Parole Commission has held a number of parole hearings on Leonard Peltier’s case. However, it has always denied parole on the grounds that Peltier did not accept criminal responsibility for the murders of the two FBI agents. This is despite the fact that, after one such hearing, the Commission acknowledged that “the prosecution has conceded the lack of any direct evidence that you personally participated in the executions of two FBI agents.”
 
5) Leonard Peltier is currently imprisoned in Florida, approximately 2,000 miles from his family in North Dakota. It is a physical hardship for his family to visit him, and almost impossible financially. As a result, he is very rarely visited by his loved ones. Leonard Peltier is now aged 69 and in poor health, suffering from diabetes, among other things.
 
In sum, Amnesty International has studied his case extensively over many years and remains seriously concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to his trial and conviction. Amnesty believes that political factors may have influenced the way in which the case was prosecuted.
 
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Leonard Peltier, One of the World’s Longest-Held Political Prisoners
In the Coleman, FL, Penitentiary, about 60 miles west/northwest of Orlando, there's an American who's been in U.S. prisons fighting for his freedom and the freedom of his people for almost four decades. Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota, was wrongfully convicted of killing two FBI agents in a shootout on the Pine Ridge, SD, Indian reservation on June 26, 1975. He and other members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) were there at the request of traditional Lakota people on that reservation who were opposing the exploitation of their mineral resources and were met with much oppression as a result. AIM supported their efforts and sent a contingent of its members, led by Peltier, to protect the people.  More:  http://www.dsausa.org/leonard_peltier
 
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