2016 Human Rights Week:
Indigenous Rights and Clemency for Leonard Peltier
December 4 – 10, 2016
Sunday, December 4 – Friendship/Welcoming Circle
From 1:00-3:00 p.m., join us at the National Museum of the American Indian (outdoor space), 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560.
Monday-Saturday, December 5-10 – White House Vigil
Join us daily for a vigil at the White House for Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier, peak hours from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and a candlelight vigil on December 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 6 – Evening screening of “Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier”
Join us at the George Washington University Amphitheater, Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 3rd Floor, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. The event is open to the public and the doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
“Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier” is the definitive feature documentary about American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. His story is told within the context of the American Indian Movement, the US federal government, and the multinational companies interested in mining the land in South Dakota. Produced and directed by Suzie Baer (1992)
To understand Peltier’s story, Warrior takes us back to the violent confrontations at Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee in the 70s, and then to today’s Indian reservations where the government’s plans for uranium mining and waste dumping are still being heatedly resisted by Indian activists. The heart of the film, though, is a detailed painstaking account of Peltier’s harrowing odyssey through the American justice system.”
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Suzi Baer.
Wednesday, December 7 – “Leonard Peltier: The Case for Clemency”
A press conference will be conducted beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045. The panel will include Martin Garbus, lead counsel for Leonard Peltier; Cynthia Dunne, attorney for Leonard Peltier and former federal prosecutor; Bruce Ellison, long-time attorney for Leonard Peltier; Justin Mazzola of Amnesty International-USA; John Dulles, former Regional Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (and successor to Bill Muldrow); and Jean Roach and Norman Patrick Brown, survivors of the June 26, 1975 firefight at the Jumping Bull ranch, commonly referred to as “the Incident at Oglala” that led to the decades-long imprisonment of Leonard Peltier. The panel will be joined by Peltier family members and other invited guests. The panel presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Opportunities for individual interviews with panelists and other attendees will be provided.
Friday Evening, December 9 – “Indigenous Rights and Environmental Issues: Problems and Solutions”
Join us at the Continental Ballroom, George Washington University, Cloyd Heck, Marvin Center, Floor 3, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052 for presentations by and discussion with Indigenous organizers and advocates from across the country. Topics will include a range of environmental issues and updates on how Native communities are addressing them. From resource extraction, to transport of oil and nuclear waste, and to deforestation how are the country’s earliest residents and their ancestral homelands affected? How is colonization still happening today and what can be done about it? Speakers include Leona Morgan of Diné No Nukes, Jasilyn Charger of the International Indigenous Youth Council on the Dakota Access Pipeline, and other special guests. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Human Rights Day, December 10 – “U.S. Prisons: Conditions of Confinement”
Join us for a conference at the Washington College of Law, American University – Tenley Campus, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Yuma Building, Claudio Grossman Hall, Washington, DC 20016. Speakers include:
- Daniel McGowan, former federal prisoner, on Communication Management Units and First Amendment rights of prisoners;
- Robert King of the Angola 3 (former Louisiana state prisoner) on solitary confinement;
- Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, on aging prisoners in the U.S., and early release options, as well as an update on activists’ rights;
- Jamelia Morgan, American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, on an array of prisoners’ rights issues including medical neglect;
- Lenny Foster, Navajo Nation Corrections Project and International Indian Treaty Council, on infringement of spiritual/religious rights of Indigenous prisoners;
- Nick Estes, Red Nation, on Indigenous Peoples and the Criminal Justice System; and
- Jasmine Heiss, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, on Leonard Peltier and conditions of his confinement, including current health-related concerns.
Doors will open at 8:00 a.m.
A candlelight vigil will follow at the White House (5:00-8:00 p.m.).