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Brothers, sisters, friends and supporters: Our hearts are heavy today. President Obama has denied LeonardâEUR(TM)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



   

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RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 4:02 pm
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Brothers, sisters, friends and supporters:

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
 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 4:53 pm
Oh Rosemary, this just makes me sick. We need to all send letters, cards, anything we can to Leonard Peltier. Pres. Obama made a grave mistake in passing up this opportunity to be a decent human being. The things has done that are good are few and far between, but I had hoped he would open his eyes to the truth of the denial of justice in the case of Leonard Peltier. Thanks Rosemary.
 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 4:56 pm
Leonard Peltier's email bears witness to his amazing strength of character and his powerful, indomitable spirit.
 

Freya H (345)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 5:12 pm
WHAT!!!!!!!

What what what what what what what what what what?!?!?

After years of pleading, fighting, sending messages, creating and signing petitions, praying, this is what we get. Peltier will die in prison. Something great about this country has died, and cannot be brought back.
 

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 5:30 pm
No reason given for his decision ?
 

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 7:28 pm
I haven't seen anything on the news that would state what his reason was Peggy.

I just finished watching this video which describes from various individuals what Leonard's life was like as a child through the years of his desire to help his people, which leads to that fateful day when he became the victim, the pawn of the FBI who knew he was innocent, but targeted Leonard anyway, as the killer of 2 FBI agents. This lie has lasted for over 40 years, kept Leonard from the freedom he deserved, kept him from his family and friends, and destroyed any opportunities his life would have realised had he not been incarcerated.
Here's the video... it's about 1 hr and 24 minutes long.

WARRIOR The Life of Leonard Peltier

 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 7:37 pm
I also had posted this from seeing it on Democracy Now......

I was so hopeful that as he saw fit to help Chelsea Manning and Oscar Lopez Rivera, both high profile cases, that Leonard Peltier could also be given clemency finally after all these years.

To say I'm disappointed is an under statement.
 

Janis K (129)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 7:38 pm
Thanks for sharing, very sad
 

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 9:14 pm
Message on fb from Leonard's family
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 10:02 pm
Can't believe this--why there is no rational reasoning behind it. One of the most dissapointing actions/non action from Obama. There is still 2 days to change his mind tho so we keep trying. Shared thx Rosemary
 

Fran F (116)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 10:50 pm
This makes no sense at all as he was framed and subjected to a sham trial. I've always wondered what exactly the FBI has been trying to hide. He has the support of the former FBI agent, Desmond Tutu and Amnesty International and many others. He clearly deserves clemency.
 

Darren W (218)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 11:25 pm
Shared this all over social media and posted on all the active facebook groups to raise and spread awareness.

 

Animae C (507)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 12:23 am
i'm SHATTERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 5:00 am
When I clicked onto your link Rosemary "message on fb from Leonard's family"

I got......Sorry, this content isn't available right now

What, now they censor his family's words?

Awful lot of censorship going on......and I'm not speaking of only FB
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 5:13 am
Despite this Top Prosecuter In Leonard Peltiers Case Requests Clemency Leonard was still denied.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 8:58 am
Sadly noted - and disappointed . another opportunity Obama threw away

Solidarity
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 9:00 am
I agree with Judy. White House comment line closed again today, apparently.

doubt pointing out he made a mistake would get to him - but he ought to be told.
Justice is more important than politics
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 9:04 am
Natasha is right - need to contact/ email white house - Obama directly

whitehouse.gov/
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 10:00 am
Noted, Thanks
 

End CrueltyDeb W (154)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 1:13 pm
Thing is people ... If you are not either Muslim or a serious terrorist in some way, Barack H. Obama does not "give a shit" for you. That's why his clemency was denied.
 

Colleen L (3)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 1:43 pm
We will keep fighing. THanks Dandelion
 

Colleen L (3)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 1:47 pm
Sorry, I had Dandelion's comment making me think of of other ways to protest. Thanks Rosemary
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:27 pm
Thanks
 

Donna G (42)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:33 pm
This is so sad. Either Obama lacks compassion or the FBI has something on him that is causing him to succumb to their pressure. Why on earth did Obama commute Chelsea Manning's sentence then? Of course, I recall Julian Assange indicating that he would turn himself in if Obama pardoned Manning. I wonder if that is the only reason that Obama commutated Manning's sentence?

I voted for Obama in 2008; but, he has been such a disappointment. The good things he has done do not make up for the many good things he could have done; but, didn't.

Does this mean that Leonard Peltier will die in prison for a crime he has insisted that he did not commit?

I read something this morning that Peltier was given two life sentences for the deaths of those FBI agents. At the time, of his incarceration, a life sentence was the equivalent of 9 years. I think it's higher than that now; but, still....



 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:52 pm
Please keep signing, emailing, calling, contacting white house - regardless

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

- Sir Edmund Burke.
 

Birgit W (160)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 5:50 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 8:28 pm
Message from Leonard's niece, Kari Ann Boushee:

I woke up this morning excited, happy, hopeful and imaginging the upcoming weekend. I was going to pick Uncle Leonard up from prison and drive him up north. I was going to stop at his daughter Marquetta's in Kansas, his sister Betty Ann's in Fargo, ND, and his grandchildren Cyrus and Alex in Grand Forks and lastly his hometown in Turtle Mountain.

The family has been commuicating constantly in these last hours, so excited about our future plans and finally having the eldest man in the family home.

We have had thousands of people from all over the world praying for his freedom, which could only be given by Obama. We all believed and had so much faith in our President. We believed he truly cared for Leonard.

I had just finished visiting with a friend with so much joy that Uncle Leonard would be free and home by this weekend. Not even fifteen minutes later, i was given the heart wrenching news he was denied clemency. Basically a death sentence. I am asking all of you to let Obama hear our OUTCRY over and disappointment with his decision today.

Call, email, tweet. Use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and your powerful prayers... whatever is your means of communication... to let him know we are not happy. The people are not happy. His family is not happy. You can change your mind, Obama. You have the power.
I beg and plead. Hear our outcry!
On behalf of Leonards family
Kari Ann Boushee
Co-Director of the ILPDC
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 9:05 pm
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, 9:43 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/
 

Margie F (148)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 11:24 pm
TY
 

ewoud k (68)
Friday January 20, 2017, 1:37 am
Politics...,.. 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.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 20, 2017, 2:26 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
 

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Friday January 20, 2017, 8:39 pm
Megwetch Dandelion, Sheryl my sister for sharing the message from Leonard's niece, Kari Ann Boushee.
We hear Leonard's family's OUTCRY, and feel their bitter disappointment in our hearts!
jess b thank you for all your sharing!
" We Shall Overcome" MLK Jr. said ... I too say " WE SHALL OVERCOME" and we will continue to battle for Leonard's freedom!
Yes dear friends, as Dandelion, Sheryl my sister has shared.we need to let Leonard know that we are standing, walking with him all the way, every day, with strong spirits we will make our voices heard along with Leonard's.
Our prayers for Leonard will rise and the eagle will carry them forth to Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit.
 

Chen B (0)
Saturday January 21, 2017, 8:58 am
thanks for sharing
 

Anne H (52)
Wednesday January 25, 2017, 12:43 am
Just seen this and I must say I am stunned that Obama's humanitarianism did not stretch this far to free Leonard Peltier --- what courage he has. Still, the fight is not over.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday January 25, 2017, 7:34 am
The American Indian is always the last and least thought of and most punished upon, even more so than the African Americans, and at least, due to the larger population of them as a minority, it is at least noticed by a larger segment of people how they are treated.
 

Darren W (218)
Wednesday January 25, 2017, 3:14 pm
We can consider Obama's terms in office a failure based on the continuation of Warfare, and the treatment of Leonard Peltier, to name two obvious examples.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday January 25, 2017, 7:12 pm
We certainly didn't get that "hope and change" he had promised, not even close.
 
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