International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Greetings Friends, Family and Supporters;

I am sorry that it has taken me so long to get this letter to you. Things have been picking up in the Tampa area and throughout the world for Leonard, and I got a little behind in my report to all of you.

First Leonard had a cold for over a week and I was concerned as he is still recovering his strength from the heart surgery. He is better now but it is extremely cold within the prison and during the cold snap here in Florida he had to get extra blankets to keep warm. The coldness extends to the visiting area where the visitors often wear sweaters or jackets and Leonard and other prisoners have on short sleeved jumpsuits. The prisoners are Not even allowed to wear long sleeve undershirts or sweatshirts to stay warm in the visiting area for security reasons the guards say.

I saw Leonard this past Monday and he asked his supports to write to:

Warden Charles L. Lockett USP
Coleman 1
P.O. Box 1023
Coleman FL. 33521

Request that Leonard be given an operation for his Prostate Problem. Leonard saw a specialist 2 years ago for the problem and was informed that the procedure only takes 10 to 15 mins. The Dr. recommended Leonard have the procedure done, and Leonard has requested the surgery, but nothing has been done. Leonard said his enlarged prostrate is causing him increased pain and discomfort. Also, on the health front we are still waiting for Leonard to get relief on his hip and knee problems. Even brother Turtle moves faster than the Bureau of Prisons when it comes to health care.

On a positive note I would like to introduce you to the Archangels of Justice who have taken up Leonard’s case and will be producing a series of podcast dealing with FBI misconduct and the Constitutional Violations in Leonard’s case. Here is the link to the first podcast, Please share this podcast with your friends and let Kari Ann and I, along with Leonard, know your views.

On Tuesday night at a Pipe Ceremony on the Miccosukee Land outside of Tallahassee, Leonard was presented with a Pipe From his Odowa brother who carried the Pipe from his family in the Northeast. Here is a little part of the story. “My name is Paul Tobin (Coyote Song) Five years ago I made Pipes for the Two Row Wampum renewal campaign. The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign was a partnership between the Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) to develop a broad alliance between the Haudenosaunee and their allies in New York and throughout the world…We would like to make a Pipe for Leonard. We don’t know if they are allowing him to have sacred items in prison. We would like to present it to you on his behalf.” It was a beautiful ceremony and I was also gifted with a Pipe. As our thanks to our family in the North we sent them home with one of the last drums made by Bob Robideau, a blanket & T-shirts for the travelers. The Pipe will be held at the National Office per Leonard’s request and when Pipe carriers and Sundance Sisters and Brothers stop by to see Leonard and visit with us we will have a Ceremony to smoke the Pipe for Leonard.

Check the Event Page for Feb. There will be events on the 6th of February recognizing the start of Leonard’s 43 year in captivity. I will send out more events as they are sent to me. There is also a Meet and Greet for Leonard’s attorney on Feb 11th to introduce him to the St. Pete and Tampa Bay area.

Friday, Feb. 2nd ILPDC has been included in this wonderful event in Sarasota, FL. Be Sweet! Turn on the Heat! Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

525 Kumquat Court Sarasota, FL 34236 The benefit is to help the EREZ fund, which provides heat for poorer Native Americans in the United States and Canada in the form of firewood, propane and/or electricity.

Also, for the supporters in Georgia- Friday the 9th of Feb. I will be speaking for Leonard as part of Mumia’s Book Tour. The event will be from 7-10pm at the Omenala Griot Museum 337 Dargan Place SW Atlanta.

As you can see we have been very busy and while I always think of writing you all a quick note to let you what Kari and I are doing time slips away. So please accept my humble apologies.

And I want to thank all of you that have contributed money to support the office and Leonard’s Legal team. They are working diligently to craft a brief to get Leonard back into the Court and on the Road To His Freedom! ALL donations big and small help with these efforts so please continue to buy merchandise (Black AIM t-shirts are Back in stock), Prints and if you can afford it check with Kari Ann about one of Leonard’s original paintings.

With Respect

Paulette & Kari Ann

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