NOTE: I am as disgusted and as heartbroken as I can be. As bad as it has been for me, these many years, as a target of the U.S. government, although I am financially destitute, although I am persecuted, although I am suffering chronic illness for lack of medical care, I am still free.
It is so much worse for Leonard Peltier and other political prisoners who are wrongfully and unlawfully incarcerated, for crimes they did not commit.
Leonard Peltier is innocent!
Free Leonard Peltier!
February 25, 2010
INTERNATIONAL PELTIER FORUM
February 25th 2010:12438 days of WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT !!!
Subject: Appeal Denied
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:36:06 -0800 (PST)
LP-DOC - PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206; Fax:701/235-5045
Phone: 701/235-2206; Fax:701/235-5045
February 24, 2010
Today we received word that the parole decision has been affirmed by the U.S. Parole Commission. The Parole Commission made no concessions except for one -- to finally recognize Leonard's "recent prison record of good conduct".
The Parole Commission went on to say that Leonard's age, health, and release plan were all considered, but that these elements “don't warrant his release at this time”. All legal arguments made by the Peltier attorney Eric Seitz were rejected.
Once again, we're told that innocence is no defense. Yet again, the government has singled out Leonard Peltier as a scapegoat. As has always been the case, they intend to force Leonard Peltier to pay the price for the killings of their agents despite the lack of evidence against him. This is nothing short of politically motivated vengeance.
Leonard won’t receive another full parole hearing until he is nearly 80 years old. Already at risk for blindness, kidney failure, stroke, and certainly premature death given his diet, living conditions, and health care, this parole decision is also nothing less than a death sentence.
Don’t accept the unacceptable. Demand Leonard’s freedom. Call the White House comment line every day to express your outrage. Call: (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1112. You also can send an e-mail to the White House. Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
Mail or fax a letter to President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500; Fax - (202) 456-2461.
Benefit for the Children of Haiti
Moved by news reports about the earthquake in Haiti, Leonard Peltier has organized an art auction to help with relief efforts. Asked recently why he would do this, he said the children -- whether red, white, black or yellow -- are the future. We must care for them equally. Leonard has donated his work for the event and has reached out to other Indigenous artists to join him in this effort to give aid and comfort to earthquake victims. As of this writing Billy Warsoldier, Faron Blakely, Joanne Bird, Jo Ellis, Leslie Thunderhawk, Kenneth Hari and Chad Brady have answered the call. The benefit will be held at the Trickster Gallery at 190 South Roselle Road in Schaumburg, Illinois, on Saturday, March 6, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both a live and silent auction will occur and paintings will be on exhibit beforehand.
The auction will be held in conjunction with Trickster Gallery's 5th Anniversary Benefit for the Arts. The public is invited to join Native Folk and Blues musician Keith Secola, the Mark Cleveland Band, Guia Rivera, Aztec Dancers, Native American Drum and Dancers, Native Artist Andrew Morrison, and others in a celebration of First Peoples' art.
Call 847-301-2090 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information.
John Byrn won the Peltier original, “Mystic Storyteller,” and Jody Rasmassen won the cedar wood flute hand crafted by gifted artist Leslie C. Thunderhawk. Congratulations to you both and thank you to everyone who participated in the raffles.
Artwork by Leonard Peltier
Images of new paintings by Leonard Peltier are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto your choice of canvas, fine art, or photo-base paper. Visit Leonard Peltier Art for details and order your reproduction today.
Leonard's artwork is timeless and available. These paintings are the prime resource for the Committee to raise funds.