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Peltier 7-Year Clemency Anniversary <> AI - Truth and Reconciliation Walk

19 November 1993 was when Leonard Peltier filed his petition for Presidential Executive Clemency, which normally requires a process that takes six to nine months for review. Now, finally, President Clinton recently publicly stated that he would reply to the petition soon. The following press release from the Leonard Peltier Support Group of Greater New England has more details on this case and what you can do to support a justice that is good for all people and our environment. Next, is a short blurb that was in the Boston Globe regarding Amnesty International's support of a Clemency pardon. For a better Thanksgiving, actively support the efforts and directions for the Truth and Reconciliation Walk on Human Rights Day.

Friday November 17, 2000
Boston Globe

page 2

The Nation Today

Washington, D.C.

Rights group urges a pardon for Peltier

Washington -- Amnesty International yesterday urged President Clinton to pardon Leonard Peltier, an American Indian leader who has spent 24 years in prison for killing two FBI agents during the 1975 siege at the Pine Ridge Reservation. The international human rights organization said Peltier's case was riddled with prosecutorial misconduct, perjury, fabrication of evidence, and suppression of exculpatory evidence. (Reuters)

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New York City <> Human Rights Day <> December 10, 2000
Truth and Reconciliation <> Peltier Walk For Freedom

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then December 10 has been widely recognized as "Human Rights Day." The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee is sponsoring a "Free Peltier March" at noon from Union Square, NYC to the United Nations (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza) December 10, where a candlelight vigil, speakers, cultural activities, and traditional music will be presented from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. The walk will be led by members of the Pine Ridge Lakota Nation and members of Leonard Peltier's family.

Leonard Peltier may now be facing the most critical time ever in his campaign for freedom and indeed, his life. His only chance for a near future release lies in the hands of President Clinton by Executive Clemency. Already, seven years have passed since Leonard Peltier filed his petition, in a process that normally takes six to nine months for review. Many supporters of Leonard Peltier would welcome a Presidential Pardon for just time served. A quarter of a Century is already excessive time spent in prison, especially when formerly withheld evidences forced the government to change its position from the time of the trial to a later admission that they can't prove who actually shot the two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation June 26, 1975.

Robert Redford's film, Incident at Oglala, tells more of this story during a time still described by Pine Ridge residents as a Reign of Terror. Besides an investigation of the shoot-out with the FBI, where, tragically, three people died, the film describes circumstances of more than sixty murders in three years with high FBI presence, and to this day, these murders have not been investigated. Leonard Peltier was targeted by the FBI due to his role with the American Indian Movement. Amnesty International claims that Peltier is a political prisoner who should be "immediately and unconditionally released." Such concerns are echoed by European Parliament resolutions, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and millions of people, who believe that the freedom of Leonard Peltier is critical for human rights everywhere.

For more information on the Countdown to Clemency - Walk for Truth and Reconciliation - December 10, 2000 - contact the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (LPDC), Tel (785)842-5774 or . For NYC Free Peltier March Hotline call (212)539-6027. Leonard Peltier's book, Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance, was published in 1999 by St. Martins Press, and available in bookstores and LPDC. To subscribe to email updates from the Leonard Peltier Support Group of Greater New England, reply to with subscribe in subject field.
Call the White House Comment Line Weekdays (202)456-1111, 0
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New York City <> Human Rights Day <> December 10, 2000
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