International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Greetings Friends and Family;

It has been a busy couple of weeks with the ILPDC board members Jean Roach and Yvonne Swan’s trip to the UN for the 17th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the election of new leadership to the National ILPDC Board.

Jean and Yvonne along with members of AIM West presented an intervention on Leonard’s behalf and made the following request “We respectfully request the 17th session United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to appoint Special Rapporteur Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to study the US Department of Justices’ actions that are based on ‘ Racial Decimations’ and ‘double standards ‘ and to also investigate the case of Leonard Peltier. We also ask the Special Rapporteur to make a personal visit to Leonard Peltier inside the US Penitentiary in Coleman Fl. and make a special report before the 18th United Nations Permanent Forum session.”

The Defense Committee and supporters will follow through with the contacts made by Jean and Yvonne to work with the larger national and international Indigenous networks as well as new allies from this year’s forum.

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The new leadership of the ILPDC board: Chairperson, Stephanie Autumn, (Hopi), Vice chair; Sheridan Murphy, (Lakota), Secretary; Dan Battaglia, Treasure; Geri Timmons; Media Coordinator; Jean Roach, (Lakota) and Fundraising Coordinator, Mark Maxey, (Yuchi). You will learn more about the ILPDC board over the next few newsletters.

The important Bunduge Conference took place last weekend in Paris and we received wonderful news that Angela Davis, the Key Note speaker spent part of her speech talking about the importance of Leonard’s case. While we were not able to attend the conference Leonard’s statement and documents were translated into French, thanks to our comrades in Montreal and submitted by our representative in Paris, Sylvain Duez-Alesandrin. Merci Beaucoup!

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We have good legal news, our lawyers will be filing a new brief for Leonard regarding sentencings and an FOIA appeal to get the remaining thousands of documents withheld from his attorneys over the last 43 years, by the FBI. We see these filings as a start to getting Leonard’s case back into court. These filings will be costly, but with your help we have now put together a Legal Trust Fund. We need to increase our funds so that we are able to meet our legal obligations.

One of ways to support fundraising is to give you the opportunity to purchase one of Leonard’s paintings as a lithograph. The lithographs will be available within the next two weeks. “I Was Once a Young Warrior Too” will be 16X20 with a ½ white border on 95 lb. Hopsack paper. It is a gorgeous print and will only be $125. + shipping.

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Another way you can help us raise the necessary legal funds is to purchase a raffle ticket for this incredible hand painted purse by Leonard. If you look closely you can see a portrait of his old friend Dennis Banks in the upper left corner. The tickets are $25.00 each or 5 for $100. When we have raised $1,000 in raffle sales we will have a drawing for the new owner of Leonard’s first painted purse. If you use pay-pal or a check we will put 1 ticket in the box per $25.00 donation and 5 tickets for $100.00. Amazing if you win you will have an original Peltier painted purse for a $25.00 a ticket.

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Please help raise the necessary funds to keep the legal path open for Leonard’s Freedom.

The ILPDC board is going to help us redesign our newsletter and we are asking for your suggestions in how to make it more interesting. You can send your suggestions to contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info and put newsletter on the topic line.

Check out our Event page and you will see posted the first June 26th event in Oglala, SD. I know that many of you won’t be able to be there, but it would be great if we have a hundred events commemorating this tragic day. If you are having an event planned please send us the information, and we can post to the Event page on our website to share with our supporters.

Don’t forget to check out our new merchandise: the Innocent t-shirt, 3 new stickers, prints and our greeting cards. We thank you for your prayers and support for Leonard and all you have done for the office.

In Solidarity Paulette & KariAnn

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