[Pnews] Vigil for Leonard Peltier takes place amid growing calls for clemency

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  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)
*http://nupge.ca/content/12088/vigil-leonard-peltier-takes-place-amid-growing-calls-clemency*

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 
<http://nupge.ca/sites/nupge.ca/files/images/2015/freepeltier_poster_feb_6_2015-4.jpg>for 
the poster). This year's event is taking placea mid 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.


      /Vigil in Toronto highlights Canadian complicity/

For 22 consecutive years, the Leonard Peltier Defence Committee Canada 
(LPDCC) has organized the Vigil for Leonard Peltier in order to raise 
awareness and educate people on what happened to Leonard and to 
generations of peoples who defended their cultures, their lands and 
treaty rights.

The LPDCC points out that Leonard requested political asylum and safety 
in Canada, but he was denied. Today, Canada and world human rights 
bodies, including the UN and Amnesty International, are powerful voices 
for justice in our call for President Obama to grant Leonard clemency 
and unlock Leonard's prison cell.


      /The I Will video/

Created by the U.S.-based Human Rights Action Center (HRAC),the video is 
part of the growing number of individuals and organizations supporting 
the call for clemency for Native American Leonard Peltier.

Native peoples across the United States have joined with HRAC, 
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and other luminaries and organizations 
to bring Peltier’s case back to the public's attention. This is a 
partial list of participants in the campaign:

  * Harry Belafonte
  * Kris Kristofferson
  * [the late Pete Seeger]
  * members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
  * The National Congress of American Indians
  * Wes Studi
  * Chris Eyre
  * Carlos Santana
  * Jackson Browne
  * Irene Bedard
  * Peter Gabriel
  * Michael Moore
  * Chaske Spencer
  * Chef Art Smith
  * Tom Morello


        More information:

22nd Annual Traditional Prayer Vigil for Leonard Peltier - Canada 
<http://nupge.ca/sites/nupge.ca/files/images/2015/freepeltier_poster_feb_6_2015-4.jpg>

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada(link is external) 
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/LPDCCanada/>


        NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of 
Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our 
mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a 
stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common 
good. /NUPGE/

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