Friday, January 9, 2009

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Peltier's Transfer

From the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
09 Jan 2009; 7:30 p.m.


Thursday afternoon, we were notified that Leonard would be transferred on Monday. We don’t know which facility he will be assigned to, but we want to ask everyone to email/fax the officials at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC) in Grand Prairie, TX.

Email: GRA-DSC/PolicyCorrespondence&AdminRemedies@bop.gov
Fax to: 972-352-4395

Re: Leonard Peltier 89637-132

Inform them the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council has passed a resolution to have Leonard there. In addition, there are two other federal facilities, Sandstone, MN & Oxford, WI, which Leonard could be assigned to which will allow his relatives to come and see him.

This transfer will offset his parole hearing scheduled for February, and we won’t have any information until Leonard has arrived at his next facility.

I would also ask you to send up a prayer for my brother, along with your messages supporting his transfer to these locations. We still have his parole and clemency to concentrate on after he arrives at what our family hopes will be the last stop of our 33-year-old nightmare. I can’t begin to imagine the insanity of being locked away for so long, and the whole time you know you are innocent as the rest of the world outside of America does.

This nightmare has to end now and it is going to take each and everyone one of you to make an active stand to help end it. For years we have said that Leonard could have been any one of you. Anyone with a conscience, heart and soul who dares to speak up against the government could end up falsely imprisoned or dead.

My brother was in South Dakota that day to help provide safety to a community of Elders and traditional people. He and his friends in the American Indian Movement were asked to come there. Leonard didn’t have to, but he is a very unselfish person, so without regard to his own safety, he went to Oglala. Everyone can see the Robert Redford film “Incident at Oglala”, and Leonard’s trials, for all of the details about what happened there.

This February 6th will mark 33 years since his arrest and so much has happened. A generation has been born and is having children, many of Leonard’s friends and family has passed on, and the world has moved on. Maybe that is a way to understand what it feels to be falsely imprisoned and to live a nightmare. A life sentence is really a sentence of death. And being innocent is a 24/7 torture. All you have to look forward to is another day like yesterday with tomorrow being no better.

My brother has two life sentences to look forward through, and it is his belief, as well as mine, that he will come home. Keep sending us your prayers and support so that we can break down those walls!

Thank you,


Betty Ann Peltier-Solano
Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee


Friends of Peltier wrote:

The classification and designation functions of the Bureau of Prisons have been centralized at the Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC), located at the Grand Prairie Office Complex. Please send e-mails to: mailto:GRA-DSC/PolicyCorrespondence&AdminRemedies@bop.gov. But also fax letters if at all possible: 972-352-4395.

Please also note that the warden at Lewisburg and the related regional director do not make decisions with regard to classification/designation. The ultimate power rests with the director of the Bureau of Prisons. You can cc the director on correspondence to DSCC and fax a copy of your correspondence: 202-514-6878.

Sample Letter

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC)
Grand Prairie Office Complex
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132

Dear DSCC:

I am contacting you seeking consideration for Mr. Leonard Peltier who will be transferred from USP Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in the near future.

Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner and his security rating has been greatly reduced. Mr. Peltier deserves to be transferred to a lower security prison. Also, Mr. Peltier should be transferred to a facility close to his home in North Dakota. Mr. Peltier has served over 32 years in prison and deserves to be close to his family during this crucial time in their lives.

It is my understanding that the Tribal Council, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has requested that Mr. Peltier be transferred to their custody. I ask that you transfer Mr. Peltier to the Turtle Mountain Reservation's custody as soon as possible. The alternative that would help satisfy this request is a transfer to the federal facility in Sandstone, Minnesota, or that in Oxford, Wisconsin.

In the name of all things good and humane, I ask you to do the right thing.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your City, Your State, Your Zip Code and/or Country]

cc:

Director Harley G. Lappin
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534

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