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fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:55 am
Urgent Action: Demand Clemency For Leonard Peltier (USA: UA 33/16). January 11, 2017

Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned in the USA for over 40 years despite concerns over the fairness of his trial. President Obama must grant him clemency before he leaves office.

Leonard Peltier was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which promotes Native American rights. In 1975, during a confrontation involving AIM members, two FBI agents were shot dead. Leonard Peltier was convicted for their murders but has always denied killing the agents.

There are serious concerns about the fairness of proceedings leading to his trial and conviction. A key eyewitness was allegedly coerced into testifying against Leonard Peltier following months of FBI harassment and threats. Her testimony was used as the basis to extradite Leonard Peltier from Canada. She later retracted her testimony, but was not allowed to be called as a defence witness at his trial. There are further concerns about the evidence linking Leonard Peltier to the shootings as well as the prosecution’s withholding of evidence that might have assisted Leonard Peltier’s defence. Parole examiners have thus far failed to take mitigating factors into account. In February 2016 Leonard Peltier’s lawyers filed a petition for clemency with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leonard Peltier is 72 years old. He is imprisoned in Florida, approximately 2,000 miles from his family in North Dakota. It is both a physical and financial hardship for his family to visit him. After decades of incarceration, some of which was spent in solitary confinement, there are serious concerns about Leonard Peltier’s health. He suffers from diabetes, and in January 2016 was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it ruptures.

Given that all legal remedies have been exhausted and that Leonard Peltier has spent 40 years in prison and is in poor health, Leonard Peltier’s lawyers filed a clemency petition with the Obama administration in March. President Obama must commute Leonard Peltier’s sentence and release him on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice.

1) TAKE ACTION

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

• Urging President Obama to grant Leonard Peltier’s application for clemency on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice;
• Urging that he is given access to appropriate medical treatment in accordance with his wishes, and is moved to a facility that can address his medical needs as a matter of urgency until he is granted release.

Contact below official by 19 January, 2017:

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Comment Line: +1 202 353 1555
Contact form: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
Salutation: Dear Attorney General Lynch

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:58 am
TAKE ACTION With Only Days Left in Office, Will Obama Release Leonard Peltier?

In a letter to the president, a former prosecutor of Leonard Peltier asks for clemency for the political prisoner.

PETITIONS

http://www.care2.com/news/member/213931729/4030929
 

Animae C (507)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 2:07 am
Absolutely done!

YOUR MESSAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Thank you, your submission has been received.

i also let them know i took action;
Either email uan@aiusa.org with “UA 33/16” in the subject line or click this link.

TY Jess
 

Animae C (507)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 2:09 am
Petition here;

http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/4031500

and another one here;

http://www.care2.com/news/member/830217428/4026658
 

Mariana L (83)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 2:56 am
petitions already signed,noted thanks
 

Brenda P (125)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 3:18 am
TY
 

Tania N (883)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 3:57 am
Thank you for sharing
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 4:16 am
Reshared all the petitions as well as the urgent demand for clemency posted by Jess over social media as well as over the active facebook groups, as well as sent some of you INVITATIONS to LIKE the facebook groups.
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 9:34 am
S&N, Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 11:01 am
Have signed everything i see to get this poor man freed. Shared this. Leonard should've been the 1st to be freed in my opinion+i'm worried he's been forgotten completely. thx Jess
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:12 pm
The White house comment line is closed at this time - please email/ or contact

www.whitehouse.gov/forward/contact

OEN COMMENT LINE:

• Urging President Obama to grant Leonard Peltier’s application for clemency on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice;
• Urging that he is given access to appropriate medical treatment in accordance with his wishes, and is moved to a facility that can address his medical needs as a matter of urgency until he is granted release.

Contact below official by 19 January, 2017:

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Comment Line: +1 202 353 1555
Contact form: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
Salutation: Dear Attorney General Lynch



 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:56 pm
Thank you, your submission has been received.

I would pass this around on C2 if I could but my messages go nowhere with the glitches; terrible time to have no ability to share on here.

So if you don't have a problem with your message box please send this around. Time is of the most urgent.

 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 5:05 pm
I can't post any PM's from my Inbox right now, but Rosemary has just posted this terribly sad news:

Leonard Peltier's' Clemency Denied By President Obama

 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 4:11 pm
OPEN COMMENT LINE:

• Urging President Obama to grant Leonard Peltier’s application for clemency on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice;
• Urging that he is given access to appropriate medical treatment in accordance with his wishes, and is moved to a facility that can address his medical needs as a matter of urgency until he is granted release.

Contact below official by 19 January, 2017:

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Comment Line: +1 202 353 1555
Contact form: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
Salutation: Dear Attorney General Lynch
 

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 5:36 pm
I've signed many petitions in the past for the release of this man. Injustice at work.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 8:59 pm
Leonard Peltier Denied Clemency by Obama.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney has announced President Obama has denied clemency to imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Peltier is a former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He has long maintained his innocence.

Amnesty International condemned the decision.

“We are deeply saddened by the news that President Obama will not let Leonard go home,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “Despite serious concerns about the fairness of legal proceedings that led to his trial and conviction, Peltier was imprisoned for more than 40 years. He has always maintained his innocence. The families of the FBI agents who were killed during the 1975 confrontation between the FBI and American Indian Movement (AIM) members have a right to justice, but justice will not be served by Peltier’s continued imprisonment.”

Peltier’s attorney Martin Garbus appeared on Democracy Now! today.

"I think it’s fair to say that if he doesn’t get commuted by President Obama, he’ll die in jail. He’s a very sick man," Garbus said. "So, Obama’s not granting him clemency is like a sentence of death. Trump ain’t going to do it. And he’s very sick, and he’s not going to live past that time. I don’t want to be negative, but that’s the reality. He’s very sick, and he’s been in prison over 40 years, hard years, six years of solitary."

Garbus was notified of Obama’s decision earlier today. In an email, the Office of the Pardon Attorney wrote: "The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017... Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision."

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/18/breaking_leonard_peltier_denied_clemency_by
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 9:44 pm
Our hearts are heavy today. President Obama has denied Leonard’s application for a commutation. His name appears on the January 18 list of commutations denied by Obama as issued by the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Leonard’s attorney Martin Garbus was also notified. (Pardon Attorney’s Letter)

Today, in an email, Leonard said, “If I should not [receive clemency] then after we are locked in for the day I will have a good cry and then pick myself up and get myself ready for another round of battles until I cannot fight [any] more. So, don’t worry. I can handle anything after over 40 years.”

It’s hard to bear such a blow, though. And make no mistake — Leonard has been hit hardest of all. But let’s not mourn so very long. Instead, let’s move ever forward. Channel your grief and anger in a positive way. Remember that Leonard still needs our help. He needs quality health care and a transfer to a medium security facility, among other things. We’ll always work towards freedom for Leonard, but these actions may help to make his life more bearable until freedom is won.

Now, we urge you to write to Leonard and help to keep his spirits up. Tell him you won’t give up, that you’ll walk the rest of the way with him. Send cards and letters to:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
PO Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

Thank you for your hard work and determination. Blessings to all of you.

Please stay tuned.

In solidarity,

International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/president-obamas-mixed-farewell-legacy/
 

ewoud k (68)
Friday January 20, 2017, 1:40 am
Sent a letter to Obama two days ago.

Time's running out, so whatever you do do it quick....

For now it looks like Obama preferred staying on good terms with the FBI, to differ himself from the next president. Once again Peltier was the victim of political behavior.

He, Obama, let go the possibility to make a statement, the statement that justice coms before politics.

A pity.
 

Sandra P (135)
Friday January 20, 2017, 5:19 am
I'm sorry, Jess, it's devastating.
 

Jae A (316)
Friday January 20, 2017, 10:59 am
As of today Frump is in the White House and the Repubs control congresss...I soubt this man will ever go free with those facts In mind. Jussss say'n.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 20, 2017, 2:27 pm
we urge you to write to Leonard and help to keep his spirits up. Tell him you won’t give up, that you’ll walk the rest of the way with him. Send cards and letters to:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
PO Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:44 am
Have saved his address, thanks, Dandelion!
 
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