Thursday, October 8, 2009

LPDOC Newsletter - 08 Oct 2009

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
October 8, 2009

Obama, Congress, and the UN

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our raffle. We exceeded our fundraising goals and identified supporters in key strategic states and legislative districts. Unfortunately, there could be only one lucky winner, Peggy Harman of New Mexico. Congratulations​.​.​,​ Peggy, and better luck next time for everyone else.

As most of you know, Leonard Peltier’s fate is now in the hands of President Obama. While many of us hoped that his vision of change included the release of political prisoners and more just policies in Indian Country, there is no evidence to suggest anything of the sort. President Obama and Attorney General Holder have ruled out a meeting with the LPDOC and ignored a weeklong fast by former support group coordinator Ben Carnes, not to mention executive director Betty Peltier-​.​.​Solano’s chaining herself to the White House fence. At the United Nations recently, we had meetings scheduled with two world leaders that somehow failed to materialize, perhaps due to pressure from the U.S. government.

Nevertheless, we know we have support around the world, and we will continue to reach out to nations in the Americas in particular to stand up for human rights in the United States, which once was a leader in the fight for international standards the U.S. now says do not apply to it. We have proposed a UN General Assembly resolution calling on President Obama to free Peltier, for which we will continue to seek a national sponsor. If you are an international supporter, please write to your leaders and ask them to publicly support clemency for Leonard Peltier.

In the United States we are beginning a grassroots campaign to persuade members of congress to propose a resolution calling on Barack Obama to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier. Please write to your congressional representatives​.​.​ in the next few days, and be sure to send us a copy of the reply letters so we can figure out where they stand and how we can respond. Of the dozens of legislators that have supported Leonard in the past, there are 12 still in office. If any of the following are your representatives​.​.​,​ please send us your name, address, phone and email information so we can coordinate a grassroots effort in your area.

Edward Markey
William Clay
Pete Stark
Daniel Inouye
John Conyers
Neil Abercrombie
Nancy Pelosi
Alice Hastings
Carolyn Maloney
Xavier Becera
John Lewis
Barney Frank

Leonard must not die in prison.

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

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