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              <p>July 31, 2018</p>
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                      <p>Dear Friends, Supporters and Family,</p>
                      <p>The lock-down has ended after 50+ days and we
                        were able to have a legal visit with Leonard and
                        share all the work done in his absence.</p>
                      <p>Our FOIA attorney has been successful in
                        obtaining 6,020 new pages of documents withheld
                        from Leonard for well over 40 years. However, we
                        are still requesting the release of all
                        remaining FOIA documents for specific time
                        periods, so the struggle continues.</p>
                      <p>Leonard received word the Washington case
                        regarding his First Amendment Right to have his
                        paintings shown in public spaces will be allowed
                        to move forward. There is a very insightful
                        article in <a target="_blank"
href="https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/court-case-can-move-forward-for-political-prisoner-leonard-peltier-and-son/">Native
                          News</a> (SEE BELOW) with an excellent
                        overview of the case. The new lawyer is very
                        positive about the case which will allow him to
                        show the misconduct of the FBI has continued
                        from the false affidavits sent to Canada to
                        their attempts to Leonard from showing his art
                        to the community today.</p>
                      <p>During the lockdown, Leonard was taken out for
                        his post heart surgery 9th month check-up; he
                        received a very positive report from the doctor.
                        Due to this, there should not be a reason for
                        the BOP to deny Leonard his much needed prostate
                        surgery, or hip replacement. Leonard will be
                        sending a medical request and hopes you help by
                        writing a letter, make calls, or send an e-mail
                        in support of his request. We will send out an
                        email with an update as this progresses.</p>
                      <p>On the 28th of July, the 2018 Peltier Freedom
                        Ride kicked off from Mankato, Minnesota. Ken
                        Fourcloud and 7 other men are on horseback
                        riding to Coleman, Florida to highlight
                        Leonard’s continued struggle for freedom; they
                        hope to arrive by Sept. 22nd. To show Leonard’s
                        appreciation, ILPDC is raffling one of his
                        paintings “Filling the Chanupa to Pray”. The
                        tickets are $25.00 for 1 ticket and 5 tickets
                        for $100.00. You can purchase your tickets by
                        using the donate button on our website, or send
                        a check to the International Leonard Peltier
                        Defense Committee, 116 W. Osborne Ave., Tampa
                        Florida 33603. If you are interested in
                        following the Freedom route If they are riding
                        through an area near you, please show your
                        support for Leonard and the riders.</p>
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                      <p>The 12th of September is Leonard’s 74th
                        birthday, a wonderful gift for Leonard would be
                        for his supporters to hold fundraising events in
                        their area. All proceeds help to maintain the
                        office and pay the much needed attorney fees.</p>
                      <p>In the words of Leonard Peltier: “Only one
                        thing's sadder than remembering you were once
                        free, and that's forgetting you were once free.</p>
                      <p>Please help us make Leonard’s freedom a
                        reality. Leonard and the committee appreciate
                        all your continued support.</p>
                      <p>In the Spirit of Freedom,</p>
                      <p>The National office and Board<br>
                        _________________________________________<br>
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        <h1 class="reader-title">Court Case Can Move Forward for
          Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier and Son</h1>
        <div class="credits reader-credits">by Levi Rickert<em> -
            Published July 18, 2018</em></div>
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            <p><strong>TACOMA, Wash.</strong> — A federal judge in
              Tacoma, Washington on Monday ruled that case brought by
              political prisoner Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Band
              of Chippewa Indians) and his son, Chauncey, can move to
              trial. The Peltiers claim their First Admendment rights
              were violated when Leonard Peltier’s paintings were
              removed from a public exhibition were removed after former
              FBI agents complained to officials at the Washington State
              Department of Labor and Industries.</p>
            <p>Peltier, who is a considered a political prisoner from
              people such as BIshop Desmond Tutu, American Indians and
              Amnesty International, was convicted of killing two FBI
              agents in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at
              Oglala, South Dakota. Notable legal experts, including
              former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark who says Peltier
              was not given a fair trial by the U.S. government.</p>
            <p>Peltier is currently incarcerated at the U.S.
              Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida.</p>
            <p>Monday’s ruling involves the removal of four paintings
              from a state building in Washington state. Peltier, who
              took up painting as a prisoner, had the four paintings on
              display at a public exhibition the Labor & Industries
              headquarters in Olympia, Washington during Native American
              Heritage Month in November 2015. The paintings after being
              on display for two weeks were removed after two ex-FBI
              agents complained to State of Washington officials.</p>
            <p>After the paintings were removed the elder Peltier told
              his son his rights were violated. Chauncey Peltier told
              Native News Online that he began receiving calls from
              attorneys who said the Peltiers should file a lawsuit.</p>
            <p>In Monday’s federal district court ruling, U.S. District
              Judge Ronald Leighton said that the Department of Labor
              & Industries failed to show a “compelling government
              interest” when it took down the four paintings.</p>
            <p>“Freedom of speech, though not absolute, is protected
              against censoship or punishment, unless shown likely to
              produce a clear and present danger of a serious
              substantive evil that rises far above public
              inconvenience, annoyance or unrest,” Leighton writes in
              response the State of Washington’s motion to have the
              lawsuit dismissed.</p>
            <p>The judge’s decision was met with excitement from
              Chauncey Peltier. Leonard Peltier has yet to react
              publicly to Monday’s ruling.</p>
            <h6><font size="+1"><em><strong>“This is the first time in
                    43 years of my father’s incarceration that any court
                    has ruled in his favor of his rights, ” Chauncey
                    Peltier told Native News Online on Wednesday
                    afternoon. “This is a big deal because a court has
                    finally recognizes the rights of my father. This
                    comes from a known conservative judge who recognized
                    the rights of my father were violated.”</strong></em></font></h6>
            <p>Chauncey Peltier does not know when the case will go to
              trial.</p>
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                the ruling HERE</a>.</p>
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                        <h4>About The Author</h4>
                        <p>Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie
                          Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and
                          editor of Native News Online. Previously, he
                          served as editor of the Native News Network.
                          He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.</p>
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