Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vigil for Leonard Peltier takes place amid growing calls for clemency

Calls for clemency for Leonard Peltier are coming from Canada and the United States, and from around the world.

Toronto (04 Feb. 2015) — On February 6, the 22nd Annual Traditional Prayer Vigil and Feast Calling for the Freedom of Leonard Peltier is taking place at Toronto's COUNCIL FIRE Native Cultural Centre (click here for the poster). This year's event is taking place amid growing calls for U.S. President Obama to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier.

Leonard Peltier is a Native American man who has been in prison in the Unted States for the past 39 years. Despite evidence of law enforcement officers creating false evidence against Peltier, efforts to secure his freedom have been denied. An international movement, which includes the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), as well as a number of Nobel Peace Prize winners and celebrities, insists that it is time that Peltier be freed.

NUPGE has been a long-time supporter of the campaign on Leonard's behalf. The union played an important role in the 2000 campaign to convince former president Bill Clinton to grant clemency to Peltier.


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