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"Free Leonard Peltier "

rec. 2-5-06

1) 1:34  News Essay Mp3

2) 1:35  Speech Essay Mp3

 

FREE LEONARD PELTIER!
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[Col. Writ. 2/5/06] Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal


It is mind-boggling for us to be here, now, at this late hour, with Leonard Peltier still in chains.

Books have been written; documentaries have been produced; congresspeople have joined his freedom campaign -- all for naught. For Leonard Peltier, a former leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), is still not free!

That, to anyone with a soul, is a damned shame.

Many Peltier supporters put their trust in a politician named Bill Clinton, who told them that when he got elected he "wouldn’t forget" about the popular Native American leader.

Their trust (like that of so many others) was betrayed once Clinton gained his office, and the FBI protested. In the waning days of his presidency, he issued pardons to folks like Mark Rich, and other wealthy campaign contributors. Leonard Peltier was left in his chains!

I won’t re-state the obvious: Leonard’s innocence; the blatantly unfair trial; the crooked tricks that led to his extradition -- others may do that.

What is needed is more *support*, not from two-faced politicians; but from the People -- the many, who, like you and I, know injustice when we see it!

For those folks who know little about Leonard Peltier, check the library. Or check out his recent book, *Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance: U.S.P. #89637-132* [Harvey Arden, ed.] (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999).

What the Movement needs isn't more books, but more Movement!

Join the movement to free Leonard "Gwarth-ee-lass" (or "He Who Leads the People")!

In his book, Peltier tells us of the U.S. government's war against AIM, and other radical groups. His writings, which predated the events of 9/11, shows us that repressive tactics didn't begin then:

"They hid behind their usual cloak of 'national security' to do their dirty work. Their first tactic: forget the law, the law's for suckers, subvert the law at will to get your man, however innocent he may be; suborn the whole legal and judicial systems; lie whenever and wherever you have to to keep the focus of inquiry on your victims, not on your own crimes.

I have to admit, they succeeded brilliantly. In the name of Law, they violated every law on the books, and, in their deliberate strategy of putting me -- and how man other innocents? -- away in a cell or a grave, they turned the Constitution of the United States into pulp fiction." [pp. 95-6]

What Leonard needs is a renewed, revitalized, powerful people's movement fighting for his freedom.

Build the Movement to Free Leonard Peltier!


Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.]

FREEFree Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier!

Political Prisoner held for 30 years by U.S. government


A Hearing has been scheduled for February 13, 2006 to correct the illegal sentencing that occurred in Leonard Peltier's case.  The basis for this motion is that the United States District Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction under the statutes upon which Mr. Peltier was convicted and sentenced.

Leonard Peltier is a citizen of the Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations who has been unjustly imprisoned since 1976, even though government attorneys and courts acknowledge that the government withheld evidence,  fabricated evidence, and coerced witnesses to fraudulently convict him.  Leonard is recognized worldwide as a political prisoner and a symbol of resistance against the abuse and repression of indigenous people.  To many Indigenous Peoples, Leonard Peltier is a symbol of the long history of abuse and repression they have endured.

This year marks the 30th year of Leonard’s imprisonment.  Despite the fact that the government has admitted that the trial was a fraud, Leonard is still behind bars because the U.S. doesn’t want this vocal defender of indigenous rights to be free.

Call or Fax the Federal Court in St. Louis:

Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse
111 South 10th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone (314) 244-2600
FAX (314) 244-2605

for more information about Leonard Peltier's case and how you can help go to leonardpeltier.org .

 

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

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