Friday, January 23, 2009

Send Cards and Letters

As many of you know, Leonard Peltier is in solitary confinement. We wonder if you know what that means.

Picture living in a cage the size of your bathroom, with tiers of single cages above, below, and to either side. You remain alone in this cage nearly 24 hours a day, day in and day out.

"The use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons began in 1829, based on the early Quaker religious philosophy that solitary introspection would lead to penitence and reform. It soon became clear that people in isolation often suffer mental breakdown, so the general practice of isolation was abandoned. However, isolation as a means of administrative control continued and has grown to alarming proportions. In more recent times, abuse of isolation is combined with behavioral modification programs, including physical beatings, use of devices of torture, and psychological abuse... Sensory deprivation as a form of behavior modification has been used extensively for... imprisoned political prisoners [in the United States.[ At one time or another, they all have found themselves living in extended isolation, sometimes for years on end. Many political prisoners still live in isolation, not because they have received charges for infractions, but because of who they are and what they believe."--Bonnie Kerness, from "Solitary Confinement Torture in the U.S."

Leonard has been through this before--from a week to as long as 18 months or more at a time. As you wage the fight for his freedom, remember to write to Leonard. Do it often to remind him that he's not forgotten.

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472

But continue to wage the fight for freedom.

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