17 January 2012
International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier
The Leonard Peltier
Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to
protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist
Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal
court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand
the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned
for 36 years!
Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist wrongfully accused
in 1975 in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Government documents
show that, without any evidence at all, the FBI decided from the
beginning of its investigation to 'lock Peltier into the case'.
U.S. prosecutors knowingly presented false statements to a
Canadian court to extradite Mr. Peltier to the U.S. The
statements were signed by a woman who was forced by FBI agents
to say she was an eyewitness. The government has long since
admitted that the woman was not present during the shootings.
Meanwhile, in a separate trial in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mr.
Peltier's co-defendants were acquitted by reason of self
defense. Had Leonard been tried with his co-defendants, he also
would have been acquitted.
with the outcome of the Cedar Rapids trial, prosecutors set the
stage for Mr. Peltier's conviction. His trial was moved to an
area known for its anti-Indian sentiment—Fargo, North Dakota.
The trial judge had a reputation for ruling against Indians, and
a juror is known to have made racist comments during Mr.
FBI documents prove that the U.S. government went so far as to
manufacture the so-called murder weapon, the most critical
evidence in the prosecution's case. A ballistics test proved,
however, that the gun and shell casings entered into evidence
didn't match. The FBI hid this fact from the jury. Mr. Peltier
was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
According to court records, the United States Attorney who
prosecuted the case has twice admitted that no one even knows
who fired the fatal shots. Although the courts have acknowledged evidence of government
misconduct—including forcing witnesses to lie and hiding
ballistics evidence reflecting his innocence—Mr. Peltier has
been denied a new trial on a legal technicality.
accomplished author and artist, Mr. Peltier is renowned for his
humanitarian achievements. A six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Leonard Peltier is 67 years old and in poor health.
Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others—including a
judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Mr. Peltier’s
appeals—have all called for his immediate release.
The Courts may not be able to act but Barack Obama, as
President, can. Please join with us to free an innocent man. On
February 4, 2012, tell Obama to grant clemency to Leonard
Host an event or
plan to attend a scheduled event near you. View our online
Call to Action
In late 2011, the National Congress of American Indians,
representative of 500+ Indigenous Nations, passed an historic resolution on Leonard's behalf.
If you are a U.S. supporter, please
print a copy of the
Resolution (PDF) and send it to your Members of Congress. Urge them to
advocate with President Obama for Leonard's release. Other
supporters around the world may send a copy to President Obama or
a nearby U.S. embassy or consulate. Also encourage the
Assembly of First Nations in Canada as well as other Indigenous
assemblies/organizations worldwide to pass similar resolutions to
help secure freedom for Leonard Peltier. You may view
current and past expressions of support for Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier has been widely recognized for his humanitarian works,
honors including but not limited to:
1986 Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human
1993 North Star Frederick
2003 Federation of Labour
(Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award;
2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime
2009 First Red Nation Humanitarian Award;
2010 Kwame Ture Lifetime
Achievement Award; and
2010 Fighters for Justice Award.
Most recently, Leonard was awarded
the first International Human Rights Prize by the Mario Benedetti Foundation
in Uruguay. Last week, after a long journey, the award
arrived at our international headquarters in Fargo, North
Mario Benedetti Foundation
First International Human Rights Prize
Wind Chases the Sun
upcoming documentary film, “Wind Chases the Sun,” now has a
powerful crew of consultants, filmmakers and musicians on board
including Tom Morello, Peter Coyote, Ray Zimmerman and Q’orianka
Kilcher—all of whom are
devoted to seeing the truth exposed and justice prevail for
Leonard Peltier. Producer/Director Preston Randolph also
recently joined forces with Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover of
Louverture Films, and artist Shepard Fairey (best known for his
Obama 2008 campaign poster) has lent his talents in creating a
poster for the film.
years, Randolph and his lead researcher Dan Battaglia have
traveled the country accessing document archives and conducting
interviews. The film will not only bring a detailed analysis
of the Peltier case to the screen, they say, but show the
relevance of this injustice to all Americans and the freedoms they
hold so dear. Randolph's intent is to explore the events
that occurred on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during
the turbulent 1970s. He will expose the role of the FBI in
fomenting violence that culminated with the tragic 1975 shootout
and in orchestrating Peltier's wrongful conviction.
Randolph's focus also is on Leonard Peltier's 36 years of
imprisonment, his harassment by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and
the FBI’s continuing influence on his treatment and ongoing legal
proceedings. Randolph hopes to bring new light to the case
in a unique and creative style and generate the public outcry
necessary to gain Mr. Peltier's release.
Learn more at
www.windchasesthesun.com or on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/windchasesthesun. Contact Preston
Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights
One good man
or one good woman can change the world, can push back the evil,
and their work can be a beacon for millions, for billions. Are
you that man or woman? If so, may the Great Spirit bless you.
If not, why not? We must each of us be that person. That will
transform the world overnight. That would be a miracle, yes,
but a miracle within our power, our healing power.
Peltier Walk for Human Rights departed Alcatraz Island
on December 18, 2011, and is due to arrive in Washington, DC, on or around
May 18, 2012. This event is sponsored and coordinated by Wind Chases the Sun,
Inc., N5679 Skylark Drive, DePere, WI
54115. For more information, contact Dorothy Ninham at
920-713-8114 or Gina Buenrostro at 920-713-2205. Donate
time, energy, resources, and funds to the Walk. Visit
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help us reach our goals for 2012. Your $10, $25, or
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legal team continues to address issues surrounding parole; a
transfer so that Leonard can be closer to home and family,
as well as have access to quality health care; Executive
Clemency; Leonard’s conditions of confinement; etc. We
welcome the support of and active participation by the
National Congress of American Indians and several interested
Nations who, with the attorneys and the Turtle Mountain Band
of Chippewa Indians, are developing strategies and advancing
the work towards Leonard's freedom. Several high-level
meetings (some with Administration officials) are expected
to occur in Washington, DC, in early 2012. Our activities
will continue to involve work with the United Nations, as
well. Frequent meetings between Leonard and his attorneys
at USP-Coleman in Florida also will be necessary. Travel
expenses, in particular, are expected to be a significant
part of our budget for 2012.
Lobbying the U.S. Congress—As
has been done in the past, we’re busy lobbying senators and
other Members of Congress to gain their support for
Leonard's freedom, as well as for hearings on the “Reign of
Terror” and other issues related to the Peltier case. To
date, this activity has been focused on mail and fax
communications. To enhance our effectiveness, a lobbying
trip to Capitol Hill and face-to-face meetings with
congressional leaders is planned.
Outreach and Public Education—We
continue to reach out to luminaries and activist
organizations to galvanize support for Leonard’s freedom.
We've recently received the support of the largest labor
union in Canada, as well as resolutions passed at various
Occupy Movement sites. In addition, we're conducting
outreach to U.S. colleges and universities to educate the
students about the Indigenous Rights movement and Leonard
Peltier's case. Demonstrations are planned worldwide on the
International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier on 04
February 2012, too. Participate as you can. These and more
activities will be the highlights of 2012.
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