20 February 2012
International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier
Several months ago, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense
Committee called on supporters worldwide to protest against the
injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier.
You answered the call. Over 28 reported actions
occurred 03-09 February, many at federal court houses and U.S.
embassies/consulates worldwide. Together, we demanded
freedom for a man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned
for 36 years! We gathered to tell President Obama—on
constitutional and overriding human rights and compassionate
grounds—to free Peltier now!
friends and supporters, for gathering in solidarity with Leonard
Peltier. We congratulate you on a job well done.
Now, raise your voices tomorrow and every day. Do this
until freedom is won!
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Locally and regionally, please support
national protest of U.S. prisons on 20 February.
Join us at the
Amnesty International-USA Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado,
30 March-01 April (Volunteers wanted to table and canvass during
the conference; if interested, contact Michael WolfHeart at wolfheartlodge [at] live.com.
Participate in the Anti-Racism March,
Oakland, California, 01 May.
Plan to attend the Oglala Commemoration,
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, 26 June.
Actions will be planned for the Republican National Convention, Tampa,
Florida, in late August; and the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte,
North Carolina, in early September.
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Wounded Knee II
On February 27,
1973, members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), together
with a number of local and traditional Native Americans, began
their 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Their
goal was to protest injustices against their tribes, violations
of the many treaties with the United States government, and
current abuses and repression against their people. There were
no "radical" demands made. All that was asked was that the
government follow its own laws.
The U.S. government
responded to the occupation of Wounded Knee with a military
style assault. Two brave warriors—Buddy Lamont and Frank
Clearwater—died during the siege where over 200,000 rounds of
ammunition were fired at the protesters. The use of military
force by the federal government was later ruled unlawful.
After the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee, the FBI caused 542
separate charges to be filed against those it identified as "key AIM leaders." This resulted in only 15 convictions, all
on such petty or contrived offenses as Interfering with a
Federal Officer in the Performance of His Duty.
The pattern of government misconduct seen in the Peltier case
first emerged during these prosecutions. For example, the long
trial of Dennis Banks and Russell Means in 1974 for charges
stemming from the occupation at Wounded Knee was marked by
discovery that the defense team had been infiltrated by a
government informant, and perjured testimony was presented and
evidence withheld by the prosecution. Judge Alfred Nichol
criticized the government for being "more interested in
convictions than in justice."
Nichol spoke with particular severity of the FBI. "It's hard for
me to believe," he remarked, "that the FBI, which I have revered
for so long, has stooped so low."
Addressing the court, Nichols said: "The fact that incidents of
misconduct formed a pattern throughout the course of the trial
leads me to the belief that this case was not prosecuted in good
faith or in the spirit of justice. The waters of justice have
been polluted, and dismissal, I believe, is the appropriate cure
for the pollution in this case."
All charges against the defendants were dismissed.
We Shall Remain: Wounded
Knee—Episode 5 of
the acclaimed PBS series. 11 May 2009 Air date. Watch
Wounded Knee—Actual audio from Wounded Knee provided by
the Freedom Archives
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