Thursday, October 8, 2015
Peter Clark, Co-Director, International Leonard Peltier Defense contact@whoisleonardpeltier.
Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in coordination with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) sent a letter urging President Obama to grant Executive Clemency to 71-year-old political prisoner and Native American activist, Leonard Peltier.
“Despite overwhelming evidence of FBI misconduct—including the coercion and intimidation of witnesses, the utilization of false testimonies, and the concealment of a ballistics test reflecting his innocence—Mr. Peltier has been denied a new trial and is long overdue for parole,” the letter states.
An innocent man, Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977. Imprisoned for nearly 40 years—currently at the federal prison in Coleman, Florida—Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others—including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release. Widely recognized for his humanitarian works and a six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Peltier also is an accomplished author and painter.
The NLG also advocated for Peltier's release during the Clinton Administration.
“It’s long past time for the healing to begin between Indigenous Nations and the U.S. government—with regard to the Peltier case, as well as other tragic incidents of the past,” said Peter Clark, Co-Director, ILPDC.
The Peltier case has been examined by renowned author Peter Matthiessen (“In the Spirit of Crazy Horse”) and by a documentary film produced and narrated by Robert Redford (“Incident at Oglala”). Although the courts have acknowledged evidence of government misconduct—including the coercion of witnesses, the intentional use of false testimonies, and the concealment of ballistics evidence reflecting his innocence—Peltier remains in a maximum security prison.
The power to commute Peltier’s sentence of two life terms rests with President Obama.
“Mr. Peltier is 71 years old and in poor health. This is the very time for renewed commitment and unity. We’re very pleased that the National Lawyers Guild have taken this action on Mr. Peltier’s behalf and are actively involved in securing his freedom,” said the ILPDC.
NLG Letter to President Obama: http://www.
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Oct. 8, 2015 -- After nearly a three-week lockdown at UPS Coleman I, what we feared has occurred. Due to being served one warm meal a day and bread and water for the other meals during this period, Leonard Peltier's blood sugar is high and out of control. The solution? The doctor gave Leonard a list of foods not to eat. But here's the problem: ALL the foods Leonard has been told not to eat are the only foods available to him.
Demand a transfer to medium security in a location that will afford Leonard quality health care. Do NOT contact the prison. Instead, contact:
Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Be respectful, but firm. The situation is life threatening. After many years of high blood sugar, Leonard is at serious risk for kidney failure and the need for dialysis, blood vessel damage in the eyes that can lead to blindness, and nerve damage in the feet that could lead to the need for amputation. Supporters should also remember that Leonard already suffers from a heart condition. Heart disease is, in fact, the number one cause of death in people with diabetes.
Leonard needs our help. Act now. Write or fax a letter. Make a call. Send an e-mail.
Update Oct. 7, 2015: The lockdown at USP Coleman I was lifted for a brief period this morning and Leonard was able to contact us. We expect that the lockdown will end altogether . Leonard and the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee wish to thank you for stepping up to help Leonard during these difficult weeks, and for everything you do on behalf of Leonard Peltier. Onward!
Thank You NLG!
Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in coordination with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee sent a letter urging President Obama to grant Executive Clemency to 71-year-old political prisoner and Native American activist, Leonard Peltier. "Despite overwhelming evidence of FBI misconduct—including the coercion and intimidation of witnesses, the utilization of false testimonies, and the concealment of a ballistics test reflecting his innocence—Mr. Peltier has been denied a new trial and is long overdue for parole," the letter states. Read the full letter from the NLG here.
Are you a member of a national or local group or organization? Make a presentation to the membership and urge them to formally support a grant of clemency to Leonard Peltier via a letter to President Obama and/or a resolution. Collective support by members of religious groups, tribal governments and Indigenous organizations, civic and service organizations, political parties, etc., are welcome. Reach out to collectives in your community and get them involved in our movement to free Leonard Peltier. Letters and resolutions should be mailed to the ILPDC, PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Need assistance? Send an email tocontact@whoisleonardpeltier.
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