Saturday, October 31, 2009

[Friends of Peltier] Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 14

"I first interviewed Leonard Peltier in Marion Penitentiary in 1981, and... I inspected the Jumping Bull Ranch at Oglala where the shoot-out had taken place. Later, after reading many if not most of the pertinent documents... I returned to Oglala... Like the FBI, I would hear all sorts of rumors... without learning [who] had fired the fatal shots; however there seemed to me no doubt whatever that Leonard Peltier had been railroaded into prison."--Peter Matthiessen

* The Tragedy of Leonard Peltier vs. the US by Peter Matthiessen *

On July 27, 2009, I drove west from New York to the old riverside town of Lewisburg in central Pennsylvania, the site of the federal penitentiary where early the next morning I would make an appeal to the parole board on behalf of the American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier in his first parole hearing in fifteen years. On this soft summer evening, a quiet gathering of Peltier supporters from all over the country [shared] a makeshift picnic... [and] were optimistic about a favorable outcome. Surely a new era of justice for minorities and poor people had begun with the Obama administration, and anyway, wasn't Leonard's freedom all but assured by the Parole Act of 2005, which mandated release for inmates who had spent thirty or more years in prison?

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* Circle for Clemency *

When: 05 November 2009; 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC

Supporters will gather in Lafayette Park on Pennsylvania Avenue (across from the White House) at 6:00 a.m. From Lafayette Park, supporters will walk to the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW, where tribal leaders will assemble for their meeting with President Obama. For information contact

If you haven't already done so, please be sure to sign the online clemency petition.

* Do You Know... *

... that prosecutorial misconduct is a major cause of wrongful convictions? More than 25 percent of the first 240 DNA exonerees in the United States cited prosecutorial misconduct in appeals
or civil lawsuits. In 38 percent of those cases, prosecutors were alleged to have withheld evidence that could have proven innocence.

Prosecutorial and other official misconduct are key elements of the Peltier case yet to be addressed by the government. Actively support an Executive Review of the case by writing to Attorney General Eric Holder, today:

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

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* Events *

19 Oct-30 Nov. San Francisco, CA: La Pena Cultural Center and Polu Manu Productions proudly presents: The artwork of Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier. The exhibit can be
viewed either during show times (with admission ticket only) or by appointment. Call 510-849-2568. Opening Reception Date on Friday, 13 November, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

01 Nov. Philadelphia, PA: Native American Rights and Spirituality--And the Case of Leonard Peltier. A Forum by Lenny Foster, Navaho. 1:00-3:00 p.m., at the Arch Street Meetinghouse,
4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.

03 Nov. Washington, DC: National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Embassy of Tribal Nations Gala Open House at 2:00-8:00 pm, 1516 P Street, NW. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Tonya Deal at

04 Nov. Berkeley, CA: AIM-West will host a benefit in acknowledgement of the 40th anniversary of the occupation at Alcatraz. Come to honor and commemorate those warriors who sacrificed and gave of their time and placed themselves in social turmoil to help re-claim
the destiny for all Indians of the Americas.

07 Nov. Washington, DC: Briefing on Indian Country for the UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Ms. Raquel Rolnik. 4:00 - 8:00 pm, NCAI Embassy of Tribal Nations, 1516 P Street, NW. For more information or to RSVP, contact April Hale at
202-454-0496 or Hosted by the National American Indian Housing Council.

26 Nov. Coles Hill Plymouth, MA: 40th National Day of Mourning. 12:00 noon. Contact: United American Indians of New England, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, (617) 522-6626,

26 Nov. San Francisco, CA: Indigenous Peoples Annual Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island. Fisherman's Wharf, Pier #33.

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* Winter Storm *

Another storm hit South Dakota last week. Help provide warmth to Indigenous families this winter. Donations are desperately needed to prevent deaths from freezing in the night.

"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to sway you from your conscience."--Leonard Peltier

Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

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