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Support Native American Activist Leonard Peltier

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Jeffry Scott

FLORIDA – February 16, 2019

February 6 marked 43 years of unjust imprisonment for Leonard Peltier. He is a man of almost 75 years who has lived in prison for 43 years, just because he was born in the wrong part of the world and because of his courage to fight for the redemption of his people. The Native American activist has been imprisoned despite concerns over the fairness of his trial.

Today, Leonard needs your help. The Bureau of Prisons should grant his request for a transfer, so he can be in a facility that is closer to his relatives and with better access to medical care facilities to treat his chronic health issues. We also continue to call for Leonard Peltier to be granted clemency and be released.

Please take action as soon as possible until March 21, 2019:

Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to the government official listed below. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.

Chief John O’Brien
Designation & Sentence Computation Center
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Grand Prairie Office Complex
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Phone: 972-352-4400 I Fax: 972-352-4395
Email:
GRA-DSC/PolicyCorrespondence@bop.gov
Contact form:
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp
Please choose Coleman I USP for the facility
(please mention inmate #89637-132)

Dear Chief O’Brien,

Leonard Peltier (inmate register number 89637-132) was a member of the American Indian Movement, which promotes Native American rights, he is 74 years old and has been incarcerated for more than 40 years. He has applied for a transfer to the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford (Wisconsin) to be closer to his family and medical facilities.

Leonard Peltier is imprisoned in Florida, approximately 2,000 miles from his family in North Dakota and Minnesota. It is both a physical and financial hardship for his family to visit him. If transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford, Wisconsin, a medium security facility, his relatives would be able to visit him more frequently and provide him with additional support.

James H. Reynolds, former US Attorney and the supervisor of the attorneys who prosecuted Leonard Peltier and handled his appeal, has publicly called for clemency and the release of Leonard Peltier.

After decades of incarceration, some of which was spent in solitary confinement, there are serious concerns about Leonard Peltier’s health. He suffers from diabetes, and in January 2016 was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it ruptures. More recently he has developed issues with his prostate that he describes as both painful and bothersome.

I urge you to see that Leonard Peltier is transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford, Wisconsin, to be in closer proximity to his family as well as proper medical facilities to address the chronic health issues he faces after more than 40 years in prison.

Yours Sincerely,

Visit the Amnesty International (AI) webpage to let them know about the actions you took on Urgent Action 16.19. It’s important to report because AI shares the total number with the officials they’re are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.

As USA Really wrote, the FBI continues to withhold over 70,000 documents that are known to exist and hiding the truth. Despite overwhelming evidence of FBI misconduct—including the coercion and intimidation of witnesses, the utilization of false testimonies, and the concealment of a ballistics test reflecting his innocence — Peltier has been denied a new trial and is long overdue for parole.

Peltier, whose health is failing fast last years, released a statement from the Coleman penitentiary saying, “I have had such high hopes over the years that I might be getting out and returning to my family in North Dakota. And yet here I am in 2018 still struggling for my FREEDOM at 73.” He went on to say, “I have pleaded my innocence for so long now, in so many courts of law, in so many public statements issued through the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, that I will not argue it here. But I will say again I DID NOT KILL THOSE AGENTS!”

Leonard Peltier has always lived with dignity and without submitting to those who wanted him annihilated. He’s a living example that we must never give up in the face of injustice. We can’t remain indifferent before his struggle. And precisely because they have tried to erase his intelligence and his integrity by stealing his freedom, we must cling to his side and shout loudly “Freedom for Leonard Peltier!”

Author: USA Really