Thursday, March 19, 2009

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 2

The human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else. Even when it's not shouting. Even if it's just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard over armies... when it's telling the truth.

* Call to Action *

As you know, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians passed a resolution late last year requesting Peltier's transfer into their custody to serve the remainder of his sentence. Family members are supportive of such a transfer. Alternatively, family members want Peltier transferred closer to home, either to FCI Sandstone (MN) or FCI Oxford (WI). Peltier's security rating has been greatly reduced by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in recognition of his model behavior for the past 30 years.

Keep up the pressure on the BOP to transfer Leonard to one of the three above locations. Send a letter by e-mail or fax by * Friday, March 20 *.

For details and guidance, see:

Don't be dissuaded by the BOP's canned response to your letter on Leonard's behalf. Write back. Reiterate that Mr. Peltier followed BOP procedures in submitting his request for a transfer. Make note of the fact that Mr. Peltier has never been in an institution within 500 miles of his home and tell them this is unacceptable and doesn't comply with the BOP's guidelines. An appropriate transfer would take his home reservation into account, as well as his current
security rating. All the way around, Peltier should be transferred to Turtle Mountain, Sandstone, or Oxford.

Next, write to or call the director of the BOP:

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW, Room 654
Washington, DC 20534
(202) 307-3250 (office)
(202) 514-6878 (fax)

Then, forward all your communications with BOP staff to Attorney General Eric Holder. Raise all of the same issues with the Attorney General:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001 (If you use e-mail, be certain to address your message to the Attorney General)

Last, follow up with a phone call to the Office of the Attorney General:

(202) 353-1555.

Raise all the same points but also talk about things like government accountability and ask why the BOP's guidelines don't appear to apply (and never have applied) to Leonard Peltier. Why in over 33 years has Leonard Peltier not been held within 500 miles of home? Why does BOP falsely claim that Peltier hasn't followed procedure as regards his request for a transfer? Why does BOP continue to hold Peltier in a maximum security facility when his current security rating qualifies him for a transfer to a lower security facility?

We know we're asking a lot. Your active support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Mr. Peltier.

* LP-DOC Needs Your Help *

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