It is safe to say that in the case of Leonard Peltier, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the 37 years he has been held in the US Prison system his defense committee has changed many times. People have come for a few months or even a few years, and done wonderful work, but in time they are forced by life’s realities to move on. Most have remained forever supportive of his efforts to gain freedom at last. The office has been in such diverse places as Port Angeles, Washington, Rapid City, South Dakota, Lawrence, Kansas, and Fargo, North Dakota.
What stays the same is the day to day reality for Leonard Peltier. He has lived behind the iron bars for more then half his life and he lives in a place where every single minute of his time is accounted for, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Yet he remains strong in spirit and continues to hope for justice. He also lives some 1800 miles from his home and family. We would like to change that reality very soon.
We are announcing a total reorganization of the Defense Committee and the first step in producing that change will be in naming a new coordinator of all Support Groups world-wide. That person will also become the manager of the LPDOC office in Fargo, North Dakota effective almost immediately
We are pleased to announce that Paulette Dauteuil (Robideau) who has been a political organizer since the sixties will take over those two very important positions as of September 1st. She has been committed to bringing about social change and justice through political movements for many years. She is connected to many powerful social change organizations around the world and we expect that her arrival in Fargo will bring an almost instantaneous spark of new energy for Leonard. She has worked on the Peltier case for decades and knows the ins and outs of it as well as anyone. She will be assisted in the LPDOC office by Ryan Garcia. Ryan recently participated in the Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights and was with the walk from beginning to end. He is committed to working for Leonard’s freedom and we are grateful to him for his committement going forward.
Jack Magee of New Bedford Massachusetts will continue to work as media contact person and liason for members of Congress.
We are also strengthening Leonard’s veteran Board of Directors and will have an announcement on that very soon.
And we are very pleased to announce a major concert event to be held in New York city this fall. Date and acts TBA.
We are happy to say that Leonard’s case is enjoying a flurry of new media activity and we invite all those who care for him to join us going forward in an all-out effort to put his case back on the front pages and into the hearts and minds of all those who truly care about human rights and freedom.
Thank you for all of your hard work and participation over the years, now, and in the future!