Update: Leonard Peltier Denied Parole

To our deep disappointment, Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Friday, nearly a month after his July 28 parole hearing. In addition to our online action, Amnesty International had sent an open letter to the parole board in early July urging that Peltier be granted parole, and Amnesty continues to call for his immediate release on parole. You can read more about Leonard’s case in this blog post, and in the full AI press relase. The US Department of Justice also issued a lengthy press release on Friday.

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29 thoughts on “Update: Leonard Peltier Denied Parole

  1. I am so sorrowful over this decision. This is the time we have waited. Even in Mr. Peltier's Sundance, there is a time when Spirit comes and frees us from our binds. May sorrow and restlessness, and justice remain inconsolable until Leonard goes home again.

  2. I wish to offer my personal thanks to everyone for your continuous work and dedication. I was at my computer Friday morning when my google alert brought me the first news of the denial, and then I received an email from Wanbli containing the same news. It was like the dam busted, I received several hundred within the first hour and a half from many of you expressing your sense of outrage at the injustice done to Leonard.

    One of my friends wrote something to the effect that a new movement was born today. I really want to see this and so does Leonard, I know we can all agree the White House needs to feel it.

    So what is it going to take? It is going to take everything we got – 101%! And trust me – that kind of commitment demands sacrifices and you will be challenged for your stand on this principle. When Leonard was convicted, the late Lew Gurwitz stated, "This is a case that is not going to go away!" Lew lived his words traveling and sleeping in his car to create the awareness of this case. When he passed on, his brother Shep took up the cause. There are many of us who have been here supporting Leonard for years.

    Last year, we made a commitment to do what we can to bring Leonard home before his birthday next month. We have less than three weeks to really put our hearts into this, and some of us have personal responsibilities and burdens to overcome and it comes down to making some hard decisions. It isn't going to be easy. So as a National Branch Support Group Coordinator, I want to ask everyone if they would consider again forming a branch support group in your area. We have a lot of organizing and networking to do with the clock ticking.

    We have to overcome the media turning a blind eye to Leonard’s plight. They are more than happy to spread detrimental news of his parole, as you have noticed recently. Let’s turn this into something positive for us, each of you can write letters to the editor in your local respective paper. Sit down and write a letter expressing your disgust and outrage.

    As most everyone has heard, the White House phone lines were shut down today immediately after the news came out. The fact they shut down the lines is proof of how they were overwhelmed. You know that was brought to the presidents’ attention. I hope he leaned back in his chair and looked out the window of the Oval Office, and really thought that day about Leonard Peltier. And how much he obviously means to the people to shut down his hi-tech phone system.

    And relatives, we only flinch! We’ve known the system has not treated Peltier fairly in the 33 years of his imprisonment. Imagined what would happened if we shouted? So yes, we need a revitalized and disciplined movement, not only for Peltier or other native prisoners, but also for all of us.

    Once, we were a movement of people who traveled around the country to help put out fires of racism, greed and abuse. We have learned a lot from those days of protesting, civil disobedience or conducting roadblocks and occupations of government offices some valuable lessons. We also know that we are now in the day of hi-tech surveillance capabilities and out of control police powers. We don’t need more people going to jail. The government is doing a good job as it is, so be mindful of what you do and say, but always speak from the heart and act with your conscience. Don’t allow oppression to silence your voice of dissent – not now.

    When there is a call to action, we can be more effective in organizing in our own communities, you know what resources are available to you there and it is going to take solidarity actions across this country, including developing media contacts, mainstream/alternative, in your locale. That is a good place to start because we will grow in numbers quickly, whereas, if we attempted to travel across country at great expense, then we may cut our participating numbers down dramatically.

    Those of us who have been doing the work had to start alone or we might have had help, but we all started somewhere. We had to, just as we have to keep building this up. So for now, go to http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info and fill out the application to form a Leonard Peltier Branch Support Group (city or state), and then Monday morning, your first action is to ring the phone off the hooks at the White House, and start recruiting your friends and other organizations to follow this course of action. Do this as often as possible throughout the day, everyday.

    We’ve been saying that we wanted to start a prairie fire of outrage to the Oval Office of the White House for Peltier, and now we have cause. Leonard Peltier should not have to spend one more birthday in prison for something the government admits they cannot prove.

    Offer your prayers to the Creator to give you guidance, then join this international movement for our brother and lets bring him home.

    Email completed application: bencarnes@eaglecouncil.com & wanbli@gvtc.com.

    We've got some work to do now.

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Leonard Peltier,
    Ben Carnes

  3. Leonard Peltier's imprisonment has been a shameful scandal from the beginning and the US government missed a golden opportunity to end this travesty–and blew it when the parole board refused to grant this man a parole. For shame! Land of the free and home of the brave–hogwash.

  4. I believe this is a shameful case of injustice, malpractice by the prosecution, and a continued carriage of an unjust decision from an unfair trial. What ever happened to the philosophy that our justice system should let one criminal go unpunished, than to unjustly punish an innocent man? I truly believe that our founding fathers would turn in their graves if they knew how deteriorated our notions of "rights" and "crimes" have become, and I believe that parole boards should have to justify their actions when it is so obvious they are making poor decisions. Perhaps it is time to make it easier to replace parole boards across the US. I pray for some powerful person with an open, fair mind to influence these events on Mr. Peltier's behalf.

  5. So awful! When will the cruel injustice stop? The world will lose a great activist and leader to the AIM to injustice if he dies in jail. Speaking of injustice, last week Ohio governor Ted Strickland denied Jason Getsy clemency despite the recommendation from its Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Getsy was killed by Ohio last Tuesday morning for murder of elderly Ann Serafino. I feel so awful for the injustice of the death penalty, and that the Serafino family got their vengeance in the form of justice satisfied in unknowingly causing the Getsy family grief they were undergoing in the loss of their loved one, but I was able to pray for the forgiveness and comfort of the Serafino and Getsy families in time of sorrow, and I also prayed for Jason's forgiveness for his horrible crime of murder and for his soul to be with his victim Ann Serafino once he was executed. I truly believe that Jason made his peace with God before he died, and that he is now with God the Holy Trinity in heaven, praying for the forgiveness and comfort of his family and of the Serafino family and for the forgiveness of the world. May Jason and Ann rest in the eternal peace they truly deserved. :(

  6. I wish to offer my personal thanks to everyone for your continuous work and dedication. I was at my computer Friday morning when my google alert brought me the first news of the denial, and then I received an email from Wanbli containing the same news. It was like the dam busted, I received several hundred within the first hour and a half from many of you expressing your sense of outrage at the injustice done to Leonard.

    One of my friends wrote something to the effect that a new movement was born today. I really want to see this and so does Leonard, I know we can all agree the White House needs to feel it.

    So what is it going to take? It is going to take everything we got – 101%! And trust me – that kind of commitment demands sacrifices and you will be challenged for your stand on this principle. When Leonard was convicted, the late Lew Gurwitz stated, "This is a case that is not going to go away!" Lew lived his words traveling and sleeping in his car to create the awareness of this case. When he passed on, his brother Shep took up the cause. There are many of us who have been here supporting Leonard for years.

    Last year, we made a commitment to do what we can to bring Leonard home before his birthday next month. We have less than three weeks to really put our hearts into this, and some of us have personal responsibilities and burdens to overcome and it comes down to making some hard decisions. It isn't going to be easy. So as a National Branch Support Group Coordinator, I want to ask everyone if they would consider again forming a branch support group in your area. We have a lot of organizing and networking to do with the clock ticking.

    We have to overcome the media turning a blind eye to Leonard’s plight. They are more than happy to spread detrimental news of his parole, as you have noticed recently. Let’s turn this into something positive for us, each of you can write letters to the editor in your local respective paper. Sit down and write a letter expressing your disgust and outrage.

    As most everyone has heard, the White House phone lines were shut down today immediately after the news came out. The fact they shut down the lines is proof of how they were overwhelmed. You know that was brought to the presidents’ attention. I hope he leaned back in his chair and looked out the window of the Oval Office, and really thought that day about Leonard Peltier. And how much he obviously means to the people to shut down his hi-tech phone system.

    And relatives, we only flinch! We’ve known the system has not treated Peltier fairly in the 33 years of his imprisonment. Imagined what would happened if we shouted? So yes, we need a revitalized and disciplined movement, not only for Peltier or other native prisoners, but also for all of us.

    Once, we were a movement of people who traveled around the country to help put out fires of racism, greed and abuse. We have learned a lot from those days of protesting, civil disobedience or conducting roadblocks and occupations of government offices some valuable lessons. We also know that we are now in the day of hi-tech surveillance capabilities and out of control police powers. We don’t need more people going to jail. The government is doing a good job as it is, so be mindful of what you do and say, but always speak from the heart and act with your conscience. Don’t allow oppression to silence your voice of dissent – not now.

    When there is a call to action, we can be more effective in organizing in our own communities, you know what resources are available to you there and it is going to take solidarity actions across this country, including developing media contacts, mainstream/alternative, in your locale. That is a good place to start because we will grow in numbers quickly, whereas, if we attempted to travel across country at great expense, then we may cut our participating numbers down dramatically.

    Those of us who have been doing the work had to start alone or we might have had help, but we all started somewhere. We had to, just as we have to keep building this up. So for now, go to http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info and fill out the application to form a Leonard Peltier Branch Support Group (city or state), and then Monday morning, your first action is to ring the phone off the hooks at the White House, and start recruiting your friends and other organizations to follow this course of action. Do this as often as possible throughout the day, everyday.

    We’ve been saying that we wanted to start a prairie fire of outrage to the Oval Office of the White House for Peltier, and now we have cause. Leonard Peltier should not have to spend one more birthday in prison for something the government admits they cannot prove.

    Offer your prayers to the Creator to give you guidance, then join this international movement for our brother and lets bring him home.

    Email completed application: bencarnes@eaglecouncil.com & wanbli@gvtc.com.

    We've got some work to do now.

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Leonard Peltier,
    Ben Carnes

  7. I wish to offer my personal thanks to everyone for your continuous work and dedication. I was at my computer Friday morning when my google alert brought me the first news of the denial, and then I received an email from Wanbli containing the same news. It was like the dam busted, I received several hundred within the first hour and a half from many of you expressing your sense of outrage at the injustice done to Leonard.

    One of my friends wrote something to the effect that a new movement was born today. I really want to see this and so does Leonard, I know we can all agree the White House needs to feel it.

    So what is it going to take? It is going to take everything we got – 101%! And trust me – that kind of commitment demands sacrifices and you will be challenged for your stand on this principle. When Leonard was convicted, the late Lew Gurwitz stated, "This is a case that is not going to go away!" Lew lived his words traveling and sleeping in his car to create the awareness of this case. When he passed on, his brother Shep took up the cause. There are many of us who have been here supporting Leonard for years.

    Last year, we made a commitment to do what we can to bring Leonard home before his birthday next month. We have less than three weeks to really put our hearts into this, and some of us have personal responsibilities and burdens to overcome and it comes down to making some hard decisions. It isn't going to be easy. So as a National Branch Support Group Coordinator, I want to ask everyone if they would consider again forming a branch support group in your area. We have a lot of organizing and networking to do with the clock ticking.

    We have to overcome the media turning a blind eye to Leonard’s plight. They are more than happy to spread detrimental news of his parole, as you have noticed recently. Let’s turn this into something positive for us, each of you can write letters to the editor in your local respective paper. Sit down and write a letter expressing your disgust and outrage.

    As most everyone has heard, the White House phone lines were shut down today immediately after the news came out. The fact they shut down the lines is proof of how they were overwhelmed. You know that was brought to the presidents’ attention. I hope he leaned back in his chair and looked out the window of the Oval Office, and really thought that day about Leonard Peltier. And how much he obviously means to the people to shut down his hi-tech phone system.

    And relatives, we only flinch! We’ve known the system has not treated Peltier fairly in the 33 years of his imprisonment. Imagined what would happened if we shouted? So yes, we need a revitalized and disciplined movement, not only for Peltier or other native prisoners, but also for all of us.

    Once, we were a movement of people who traveled around the country to help put out fires of racism, greed and abuse. We have learned a lot from those days of protesting, civil disobedience or conducting roadblocks and occupations of government offices some valuable lessons. We also know that we are now in the day of hi-tech surveillance capabilities and out of control police powers. We don’t need more people going to jail. The government is doing a good job as it is, so be mindful of what you do and say, but always speak from the heart and act with your conscience. Don’t allow oppression to silence your voice of dissent – not now.

    When there is a call to action, we can be more effective in organizing in our own communities, you know what resources are available to you there and it is going to take solidarity actions across this country, including developing media contacts, mainstream/alternative, in your locale. That is a good place to start because we will grow in numbers quickly, whereas, if we attempted to travel across country at great expense, then we may cut our participating numbers down dramatically.

    Those of us who have been doing the work had to start alone or we might have had help, but we all started somewhere. We had to, just as we have to keep building this up. So for now, go to http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info and fill out the application to form a Leonard Peltier Branch Support Group (city or state), and then Monday morning, your first action is to ring the phone off the hooks at the White House, and start recruiting your friends and other organizations to follow this course of action. Do this as often as possible throughout the day, everyday.

    We’ve been saying that we wanted to start a prairie fire of outrage to the Oval Office of the White House for Peltier, and now we have cause. Leonard Peltier should not have to spend one more birthday in prison for something the government admits they cannot prove.

    Offer your prayers to the Creator to give you guidance, then join this international movement for our brother and lets bring him home.

    Email completed application: bencarnes@eaglecouncil.com & wanbli@gvtc.com.

    We've got some work to do now.

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Leonard Peltier,
    Ben Carnes

  8. Leonard Peltier’s imprisonment has been a shameful scandal from the beginning and the US government missed a golden opportunity to end this travesty–and blew it when the parole board refused to grant this man a parole. For shame! Land of the free and home of the brave–hogwash.

  9. I believe this is a shameful case of injustice, malpractice by the prosecution, and a continued carriage of an unjust decision from an unfair trial. What ever happened to the philosophy that our justice system should let one criminal go unpunished, than to unjustly punish an innocent man? I truly believe that our founding fathers would turn in their graves if they knew how deteriorated our notions of “rights” and “crimes” have become, and I believe that parole boards should have to justify their actions when it is so obvious they are making poor decisions. Perhaps it is time to make it easier to replace parole boards across the US. I pray for some powerful person with an open, fair mind to influence these events on Mr. Peltier’s behalf.

  10. So awful! When will the cruel injustice stop? The world will lose a great activist and leader to the AIM to injustice if he dies in jail. Speaking of injustice, last week Ohio governor Ted Strickland denied Jason Getsy clemency despite the recommendation from its Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Getsy was killed by Ohio last Tuesday morning for murder of elderly Ann Serafino. I feel so awful for the injustice of the death penalty, and that the Serafino family got their vengeance in the form of justice satisfied in unknowingly causing the Getsy family grief they were undergoing in the loss of their loved one, but I was able to pray for the forgiveness and comfort of the Serafino and Getsy families in time of sorrow, and I also prayed for Jason’s forgiveness for his horrible crime of murder and for his soul to be with his victim Ann Serafino once he was executed. I truly believe that Jason made his peace with God before he died, and that he is now with God the Holy Trinity in heaven, praying for the forgiveness and comfort of his family and of the Serafino family and for the forgiveness of the world. May Jason and Ann rest in the eternal peace they truly deserved. :(

  11. I wish to offer my personal thanks to everyone for your continuous work and dedication. I was at my computer Friday morning when my google alert brought me the first news of the denial, and then I received an email from Wanbli containing the same news. It was like the dam busted, I received several hundred within the first hour and a half from many of you expressing your sense of outrage at the injustice done to Leonard.

    One of my friends wrote something to the effect that a new movement was born today. I really want to see this and so does Leonard, I know we can all agree the White House needs to feel it.

    So what is it going to take? It is going to take everything we got – 101%! And trust me – that kind of commitment demands sacrifices and you will be challenged for your stand on this principle. When Leonard was convicted, the late Lew Gurwitz stated, “This is a case that is not going to go away!” Lew lived his words traveling and sleeping in his car to create the awareness of this case. When he passed on, his brother Shep took up the cause. There are many of us who have been here supporting Leonard for years.

    Last year, we made a commitment to do what we can to bring Leonard home before his birthday next month. We have less than three weeks to really put our hearts into this, and some of us have personal responsibilities and burdens to overcome and it comes down to making some hard decisions. It isn’t going to be easy. So as a National Branch Support Group Coordinator, I want to ask everyone if they would consider again forming a branch support group in your area. We have a lot of organizing and networking to do with the clock ticking.

    We have to overcome the media turning a blind eye to Leonard’s plight. They are more than happy to spread detrimental news of his parole, as you have noticed recently. Let’s turn this into something positive for us, each of you can write letters to the editor in your local respective paper. Sit down and write a letter expressing your disgust and outrage.

    As most everyone has heard, the White House phone lines were shut down today immediately after the news came out. The fact they shut down the lines is proof of how they were overwhelmed. You know that was brought to the presidents’ attention. I hope he leaned back in his chair and looked out the window of the Oval Office, and really thought that day about Leonard Peltier. And how much he obviously means to the people to shut down his hi-tech phone system.

    And relatives, we only flinch! We’ve known the system has not treated Peltier fairly in the 33 years of his imprisonment. Imagined what would happened if we shouted? So yes, we need a revitalized and disciplined movement, not only for Peltier or other native prisoners, but also for all of us.

    Once, we were a movement of people who traveled around the country to help put out fires of racism, greed and abuse. We have learned a lot from those days of protesting, civil disobedience or conducting roadblocks and occupations of government offices some valuable lessons. We also know that we are now in the day of hi-tech surveillance capabilities and out of control police powers. We don’t need more people going to jail. The government is doing a good job as it is, so be mindful of what you do and say, but always speak from the heart and act with your conscience. Don’t allow oppression to silence your voice of dissent – not now.

    When there is a call to action, we can be more effective in organizing in our own communities, you know what resources are available to you there and it is going to take solidarity actions across this country, including developing media contacts, mainstream/alternative, in your locale. That is a good place to start because we will grow in numbers quickly, whereas, if we attempted to travel across country at great expense, then we may cut our participating numbers down dramatically.

    Those of us who have been doing the work had to start alone or we might have had help, but we all started somewhere. We had to, just as we have to keep building this up. So for now, go to http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info and fill out the application to form a Leonard Peltier Branch Support Group (city or state), and then Monday morning, your first action is to ring the phone off the hooks at the White House, and start recruiting your friends and other organizations to follow this course of action. Do this as often as possible throughout the day, everyday.

    We’ve been saying that we wanted to start a prairie fire of outrage to the Oval Office of the White House for Peltier, and now we have cause. Leonard Peltier should not have to spend one more birthday in prison for something the government admits they cannot prove.

    Offer your prayers to the Creator to give you guidance, then join this international movement for our brother and lets bring him home.

    Email completed application: bencarnes@eaglecouncil.com & wanbli@gvtc.com.

    We’ve got some work to do now.

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Leonard Peltier,
    Ben Carnes

  12. American policy is all hypocrisy,or was it conspiracy?Taylored made democracy while the worlds all in poverty,all american sovereignty,plenty of raciest philosophy there's no talk of equality got the book of necrology.The worlds full of war,with no peace or no harmony,take advantage get the dollars to exploit these commodities,disadvantaged youth all famished,single parents still manage to take good care of these kids growing up in this madness.Sadness and pain seems all part of the game,destroy what we fear,kill what we cannot explain.No indication for it all to end,when indiscrimination is are only friend,on the thin road of love,more like the highways of hate and at this rate it seems death is our only fate! Im relieved in my dying state and hopefully I'll get to glimps right at the heavens gates,at least once before Im thrown into the firery lake,cause there no escape from gods judgement day,or your book of life,although our dastardly deeds put peoples lives thru strife,and why is it we only talk instead of acting right?It seems this life is a fight thruout these days and nights. FREE PELTIER!!!! MITAKUYE OYASIN …… APACHEAJAX.

  13. American policy is all hypocrisy,or was it conspiracy?Taylored made democracy while the worlds all in poverty,all american sovereignty,plenty of raciest philosophy there’s no talk of equality got the book of necrology.The worlds full of war,with no peace or no harmony,take advantage get the dollars to exploit these commodities,disadvantaged youth all famished,single parents still manage to take good care of these kids growing up in this madness.Sadness and pain seems all part of the game,destroy what we fear,kill what we cannot explain.No indication for it all to end,when indiscrimination is are only friend,on the thin road of love,more like the highways of hate and at this rate it seems death is our only fate! Im relieved in my dying state and hopefully I’ll get to glimps right at the heavens gates,at least once before Im thrown into the firery lake,cause there no escape from gods judgement day,or your book of life,although our dastardly deeds put peoples lives thru strife,and why is it we only talk instead of acting right?It seems this life is a fight thruout these days and nights. FREE PELTIER!!!! MITAKUYE OYASIN …… APACHEAJAX.

  14. i thank all of you who express your outrage. Jan Conklin has given an idea whose time is overdue : Parole boards must be made ACCOUNTABLE for their decisions, & we should look for an alternative to the parole board itself, & replace it with a truly accountable & representative form of decisionmaking.

    Too often the movement itself gives us warmed up leftovers for its statements. Ben Carnes' voice bids goodbye to all that. He connects the Leonard Peltier struggle to this moment in the rise of the police state, & gives very sound advice to all of us to be careful & selfcontrolled but conscientious & concentrated at our community level, & spark a prairie fire of outrage for our brother's freedom at the Oval Office by organising at the grassroots.

    i remember the old teaching of the Shawnee nation now : Bear pain without grimace, danger without fear, & loss without depression.

    The native people of Aboriginaland ( australia ) also counsel : "If you come to help us, we don't need you. But if you think your liberation is bound up with ours, then come & join us in the struggle."

    It's been a long drought across these Indian Americas. Let's bring the Thunderbeings for the rain.

  15. i thank all of you who express your outrage. Jan Conklin has given an idea whose time is overdue : Parole boards must be made ACCOUNTABLE for their decisions, & we should look for an alternative to the parole board itself, & replace it with a truly accountable & representative form of decisionmaking.

    Too often the movement itself gives us warmed up leftovers for its statements. Ben Carnes’ voice bids goodbye to all that. He connects the Leonard Peltier struggle to this moment in the rise of the police state, & gives very sound advice to all of us to be careful & selfcontrolled but conscientious & concentrated at our community level, & spark a prairie fire of outrage for our brother’s freedom at the Oval Office by organising at the grassroots.

    i remember the old teaching of the Shawnee nation now : Bear pain without grimace, danger without fear, & loss without depression.

    The native people of Aboriginaland ( australia ) also counsel : “If you come to help us, we don’t need you. But if you think your liberation is bound up with ours, then come & join us in the struggle.”

    It’s been a long drought across these Indian Americas. Let’s bring the Thunderbeings for the rain.

  16. Leonard should have been granted parole because he is innocent, as indicated by the two other defendants acquitted by a jury on grounds of self-defense. Yet today, an observant Berkeley officer and State parole officers discovered a REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER on FEDERAL PAROLE had been keeping three people captive in a hidden backyard in Antioch, CA. This man had been convicted of kidnapping and rape, yet he was released to return to the captive he and his wife and family were hiding. Apparently this dangerous and sick predator was more deserving of parole in the minds of U.S. Parole boards.

  17. Leonard should have been granted parole because he is innocent, as indicated by the two other defendants acquitted by a jury on grounds of self-defense. Yet today, an observant Berkeley officer and State parole officers discovered a REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER on FEDERAL PAROLE had been keeping three people captive in a hidden backyard in Antioch, CA. This man had been convicted of kidnapping and rape, yet he was released to return to the captive he and his wife and family were hiding. Apparently this dangerous and sick predator was more deserving of parole in the minds of U.S. Parole boards.

  18. When the news was announced that Leonard was denied parole, I can't say I was surprised. I have been following his story for years and how justice is blind when it comes to Leonard Peltier.

    I was ashamed also that the parole board was from my home state of North Dakota. This state has a disdain for their Native Americans.

  19. When the news was announced that Leonard was denied parole, I can’t say I was surprised. I have been following his story for years and how justice is blind when it comes to Leonard Peltier.

    I was ashamed also that the parole board was from my home state of North Dakota. This state has a disdain for their Native Americans.

  20. I read Leonard Peltier's recent message and I cried at the injustice he has suffered .. can the United Nations not do anything?……re:International Law – ?Human Rights etc? If they are not able to, something needs to change drastically……………………………………Justice must prevail……………..

  21. I read Leonard Peltier’s recent message and I cried at the injustice he has suffered .. can the United Nations not do anything?……re:International Law – ?Human Rights etc? If they are not able to, something needs to change drastically……………………………………Justice must prevail……………..

  22. To all our Relations seeking justice —

    The work for Leonard's liberation needs to be part of a broader stategy which needs us to fight for a major shift in US politics today.

    Read Leonard's new piece, "I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now", in "Counterpunch", America's finest political website, at http://www.counterpunch.com.Scroll down the list of latest articles to find it.

    Leonard says in the 1970s the struggle was at a different level than it is now.

    Today's battle rages around ideas, he says.We have to crystallise our thinking of our histories, all of us races & classes & sexes & groups, & we must distill our experiences into ideas as to how to mobilise our collective powers ALONG DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LIFE & SOCIETY in order to change life & society themselves.

    For Leonard's liberation in particular we continue to work with his Defense Committee, but we will fail if we restrict ourselves only to a small definition of this work. We must link this core work, this struggle on an internal line of battle ( the battle for Leonard ), to a broadening struggle along external battle lines — part of which he posits as helping the Indian peoples & nations of North & South Dakota to unite their political forces to form a single electoral bloc — with the goal of changing the balance of power in these twin racist states.

    This will constitute the beginning of an Indian intervention within the mainstream politics of the Northern Plains.

    It will be the first time in history that this is attempted — it will bring rain for Indian people in the prolonged drought of injustice throughout Indian country, AND IT WILL TURN LEONARD'S STRUGGLE FROM A MASSBASED MORAL DEMAND ONLY, which the system always ignores with impunity, into A POLITICAL POWERHOLDER WHICH THEY CAN NO LONGER NEGLECT.

    Only such a force can link Leonard's freedom to his People's, from whom derives his real strength.Leonard's vast popularity itself can become his obstacle to release from prison unless it focuses on a more concrete & concentrated springboard & powerbase. We must re – connect his struggle to Indian country in its biggest sense, embracing the reservations as well as the urban Indian country.

  23. To all our Relations seeking justice —

    The work for Leonard's liberation needs to be part of a broader stategy which needs us to fight for a major shift in US politics today.

    Read Leonard's new piece, "I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now", in "Counterpunch", America's finest political website, at http://www.counterpunch.com.Scroll down the list of latest articles to find it.

    Leonard says in the 1970s the struggle was at a different level than it is now.

    Today's battle rages around ideas, he says.We have to crystallise our thinking of our histories, all of us races & classes & sexes & groups, & we must distill our experiences into ideas as to how to mobilise our collective powers ALONG DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LIFE & SOCIETY in order to change life & society themselves.

    For Leonard's liberation in particular we continue to work with his Defense Committee, but we will fail if we restrict ourselves only to a small definition of this work. We must link this core work, this struggle on an internal line of battle ( the battle for Leonard ), to a broadening struggle along external battle lines — part of which he posits as helping the Indian peoples & nations of North & South Dakota to unite their political forces to form a single electoral bloc — with the goal of changing the balance of power in these twin racist states.

    This will constitute the beginning of an Indian intervention within the mainstream politics of the Northern Plains.

    It will be the first time in history that this is attempted — it will bring rain for Indian people in the prolonged drought of injustice throughout Indian country, AND IT WILL TURN LEONARD'S STRUGGLE FROM A MASSBASED MORAL DEMAND ONLY, which the system always ignores with impunity, into A POLITICAL POWERHOLDER WHICH THEY CAN NO LONGER NEGLECT.

    Only such a force can link Leonard's freedom to his People's, from whom derives his real strength.Leonard's vast popularity itself can become his obstacle to release from prison unless it focuses on a more concrete & concentrated springboard & powerbase. We must re – connect his struggle to Indian country in its biggest sense, embracing the reservations as well as the urban Indian country.

  24. To all our Relations seeking justice —

    The work for Leonard's liberation needs to be part of a broader stategy which needs us to fight for a major shift in US politics today.

    Read Leonard's new piece, "I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now", in "Counterpunch", America's finest political website, at http://www.counterpunch.com.Scroll down the list of latest articles to find it.

    Leonard says in the 1970s the struggle was at a different level than it is now.

    Today's battle rages around ideas, he says.We have to crystallise our thinking of our histories, all of us races & classes & sexes & groups, & we must distill our experiences into ideas as to how to mobilise our collective powers ALONG DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LIFE & SOCIETY in order to change life & society themselves.

    For Leonard's liberation in particular we continue to work with his Defense Committee, but we will fail if we restrict ourselves only to a small definition of this work. We must link this core work, this struggle on an internal line of battle ( the battle for Leonard ), to a broadening struggle along external battle lines — part of which he posits as helping the Indian peoples & nations of North & South Dakota to unite their political forces to form a single electoral bloc — with the goal of changing the balance of power in these twin racist states.

    This will constitute the beginning of an Indian intervention within the mainstream politics of the Northern Plains.

    It will be the first time in history that this is attempted — it will bring rain for Indian people in the prolonged drought of injustice throughout Indian country, AND IT WILL TURN LEONARD'S STRUGGLE FROM A MASSBASED MORAL DEMAND ONLY, which the system always ignores with impunity, into A POLITICAL POWERHOLDER WHICH THEY CAN NO LONGER NEGLECT.

    Only such a force can link Leonard's freedom to his People's, from whom derives his real strength.Leonard's vast popularity itself can become his obstacle to release from prison unless it focuses on a more concrete & concentrated springboard & powerbase. We must re – connect his struggle to Indian country in its biggest sense, embracing the reservations as well as the urban Indian country.

  25. To all our Relations seeking justice —

    The work for Leonard’s liberation needs to be part of a broader stategy which needs us to fight for a major shift in US politics today.

    Read Leonard’s new piece, “I Am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now”, in “Counterpunch”, America’s finest political website, at http://www.counterpunch.com.Scroll down the list of latest articles to find it.

    Leonard says in the 1970s the struggle was at a different level than it is now.

    Today’s battle rages around ideas, he says.We have to crystallise our thinking of our histories, all of us races & classes & sexes & groups, & we must distill our experiences into ideas as to how to mobilise our collective powers ALONG DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LIFE & SOCIETY in order to change life & society themselves.

    For Leonard’s liberation in particular we continue to work with his Defense Committee, but we will fail if we restrict ourselves only to a small definition of this work. We must link this core work, this struggle on an internal line of battle ( the battle for Leonard ), to a broadening struggle along external battle lines — part of which he posits as helping the Indian peoples & nations of North & South Dakota to unite their political forces to form a single electoral bloc — with the goal of changing the balance of power in these twin racist states.

    This will constitute the beginning of an Indian intervention within the mainstream politics of the Northern Plains.

    It will be the first time in history that this is attempted — it will bring rain for Indian people in the prolonged drought of injustice throughout Indian country, AND IT WILL TURN LEONARD’S STRUGGLE FROM A MASSBASED MORAL DEMAND ONLY, which the system always ignores with impunity, into A POLITICAL POWERHOLDER WHICH THEY CAN NO LONGER NEGLECT.

    Only such a force can link Leonard’s freedom to his People’s, from whom derives his real strength.Leonard’s vast popularity itself can become his obstacle to release from prison unless it focuses on a more concrete & concentrated springboard & powerbase. We must re – connect his struggle to Indian country in its biggest sense, embracing the reservations as well as the urban Indian country.

  26. I had not read the right email. Certainly we were not shocked at the Parole board denied Leonards long awaited parole attempt. What is the continued purpose for this torture has the Government not proven over and over that justice does not apply to everyone. How much more inhumane treatment will this man be subjected to. What is the purpose if this could only be explained what has this man done to deserve such treatment and why are the lords words not sought in humans looking out for others. Our Government just keeps verifing that it has and continues to fail the people of the United States by running our Government by their force not that of the peoples and continue to pacify other country's while ours is in such a mess.leonard is not the target in this injustice he suffers it while we the people watch and feel his hopelessness and dispair.

  27. I had not read the right email. Certainly we were not shocked at the Parole board denied Leonards long awaited parole attempt. What is the continued purpose for this torture has the Government not proven over and over that justice does not apply to everyone. How much more inhumane treatment will this man be subjected to. What is the purpose if this could only be explained what has this man done to deserve such treatment and why are the lords words not sought in humans looking out for others. Our Government just keeps verifing that it has and continues to fail the people of the United States by running our Government by their force not that of the peoples and continue to pacify other country’s while ours is in such a mess.leonard is not the target in this injustice he suffers it while we the people watch and feel his hopelessness and dispair.

  28. It's time for many of our Native American Tribes to band together as one and bring Leonard home to his people. The only thing Mr. Peltier is guilty of is what all of us would do, to protect our people and our tribe. The Feds declared this war just as they did when they shot that woman and her child down in Idaho in 1992 during the Militia movement. If the Feds would own up to their mistakes as they have pushed us around for years we wouldn't be in these types of situations. They have done a poor job from get go!