[Ppnews] February 4: International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

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Tue Jan 17 16:08:45 EST 2012


04 February:  International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee 
calls on supporters worldwide to protest against 
the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist 
Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at 
every federal court house and U.S. embassy or 
consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a 
man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned for 36 years!

Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist 
wrongfully accused in 1975 in connection with the 
shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Government 
documents show that, without any evidence at all, 
the FBI decided from the beginning of its 
investigation to 'lock Peltier into the case'.

U.S. prosecutors knowingly presented false 
statements to a Canadian court to extradite Mr. 
Peltier to the U.S. The statements were signed by 
a woman who was forced by FBI agents to say she 
was an eyewitness. The government has long since 
admitted that the woman was not present during the shootings.

Meanwhile, in a separate trial in Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa, Mr. Peltier's co-defendants were acquitted 
by reason of self defense. Had Leonard been tried 
with his co-defendants, he also would have been acquitted.

Unhappy with the outcome of the Cedar Rapids 
trial, prosecutors set the stage for Mr. 
Peltier's conviction. His trial was moved to an 
area known for its anti-Indian sentiment­Fargo, 
North Dakota. The trial judge had a reputation 
for ruling against Indians, and a juror is known 
to have made racist comments during Mr. Peltier's trial.

FBI documents prove that the U.S. government went 
so far as to manufacture the so-called murder 
weapon, the most critical evidence in the 
prosecution's case. A ballistics test proved, 
however, that the gun and shell casings entered 
into evidence didn't match. The FBI hid this fact 
from the jury. Mr. Peltier was convicted and 
sentenced to two consecutive life terms. 
According to court records, the United States 
Attorney who prosecuted the case has twice 
admitted that no one even knows who fired the 
fatal shots.  Although the courts have 
acknowledged evidence of government 
misconduct­including forcing witnesses to lie and 
hiding ballistics evidence reflecting his 
innocence­Mr. Peltier has been denied a new trial on a legal technicality.

An accomplished author and artist, Mr. Peltier is 
renowned for his humanitarian achievements. A 
six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Leonard Peltier is 
67 years old and in poor health.

Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of 
Congress and others­including a judge who sat as 
a member of the court in two of Mr. Peltier’s 
appeals­have all called for his immediate release.

The Courts may not be able to act but Barack 
Obama, as President, can. Please join with us to 
free an innocent man. On February 4, 2012, tell 
Obama to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Host an event or plan to attend a scheduled event 
near you.  View our online 
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm>calendar.

LP-DOC - PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206; Fax:701/235-5045
www.whoisleonardpeltier.info


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Updates

Call to Action

In late 2011, the National Congress of American 
Indians, representative of 500+ Indigenous 
Nations, passed an historic resolution on 
Leonard's behalf.  If you are a U.S. supporter, 
please print a copy of the 
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/download/PDX-11-082_final.pdf>Resolution 
(PDF) and send it to your Members of 
Congress.  Urge them to advocate with President 
Obama for Leonard's release.  Other supporters 
around the world may send a copy to President 
Obama or a nearby U.S. embassy or 
consulate.  Also encourage the Assembly of First 
Nations in Canada as well as other Indigenous 
assemblies/organizations worldwide to pass 
similar resolutions to help secure freedom for 
Leonard Peltier.  You may view current and past 
expressions of support for Leonard Peltier 
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/statements.htm>here.

Honors

Leonard Peltier has been widely recognized for 
his humanitarian works, winning 
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/humanitarian.htm>honors 
including but not limited to:

1986 Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize;

1993 North Star Frederick Douglas Award;

2003 Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award;

2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement;

2009 First Red Nation Humanitarian Award;

2010 Kwame Ture Lifetime Achievement Award; and

2010 Fighters for Justice Award.

Most recently, Leonard was awarded the first 
International Human Rights Prize by the Mario 
Benedetti Foundation in Uruguay.  Last week, 
after a long journey, the award arrived at our 
international headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota.




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