Saturday, March 27, 2010

Universal Periodic Review: Call to Action for Leonard Peltier

There have been a lot of recent activities on Leonard’s behalf. For example, in front of even the lead banner at the major anti-war protest in San Francisco this week, strode a contingent of Native Americans and their supporters calling for freedom for Leonard Peltier. Awesome!

Last week, four persons attending the U.S. State Department “listening” session in Albuquerque spoke up on Leonard’s behalf. More mention was made at the second Albuquerque session the next day. Other supporters will speak on Leonard’s behalf today and tomorrow at the Berkeley and San Francisco “listening" sessions, respectively. We can’t thank you enough.

For your information, the remaining sessions (as of this writing) include:

-- Detroit/Dearborn, MI, on April 7, 2010, at Wayne State Law School (Host organizations: NAACP, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee)
-- Chicago, IL, on April 13-14, 2010, at John Marshall Law School (Host Organizations: Housing Action Illinois, John Marshall Law School)
-- Birmingham, AL, Date TBD (week of April 19) at Miles College (Host Organizations: Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama ARISE)
-- NEW! Washington, DC, on April 22-23, 2010, Location TBD, (Host organization: Federalist Society).

If you are unable to attend a session, you’re encouraged to send a message directly to the U.S. Department of State. Those interested in providing their views, comments, proposals and recommendations regarding the human rights violations related to the Peltier case can send an e-mail (

With YOUR support, we’ll build a strong case to put before the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN. So, again, thank you for all you do on Leonard’s behalf.

In solidarity and as appropriate, the LP-DOC will become a signatory to cluster reports currently under development. These reports are being developed by a coalition of human rights organizations and each report addresses a specific area of concern. The LP-DOC has already submitted material for the cluster report on political prisoners and will submit its own report directly to the United Nations next month. We plan also to participate in the UN session in Geneva later this year which will conclude the review of the United States government’s record in meeting its human rights obligations.

Posted by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

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