Hamburg: solidarity with Leonard Peltier

Free All Political Prisoners! 26.08.2011 19:21 Themen: Antirassismus Repression Weltweit
On Thursday August 25 some forty internationalist from diverse regions of the world gathered in front of the US Consulate in Hamburg, Germany to protest against Leonard Peltier being placed in solitary confinement and being denied the neccessary medical care.
During the hour long manifestation the political activists held a banner with the wording "Yes you can Set him free" and distributed flyers. Speakers highlighted the case of Leonard and his more than 35 years of unjust incarceration, but also spoke about the situation of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the general plight of political prisoners in US dungeons.

Recalling the case of the Italien anarchists Nicola Sacco und Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were executed in 1927 after a politically motivated trial and only 50 years later rehabilitated after the Massachusetts "Report to the Governor in the Matter of Sacco and Vanzetti" came to the conclusion that Sacco and Vanzetti had been unfairly tried and convicted, the activists called for the immediate release of Leonard and Mumia who similarly were unfairly tried and convicted and the release of all political prisoners.

Attempts to hand over a large envelope addressed to Barack Obama containing among things a flyer and the above mentioned part of the banner were blocked by the consulate. After the police guarding the consulate compound refused to pass on the envelope to the consulate a strong arm was needed to send it per 'air mail'. It landed safely on the other side of the security fence.
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(Bln) Info Veranstaltung über Leonard Peltier

Free Mumia Berlin 26.08.2011 - 19:50
Info-Veranstaltung über die Hintergründe der Inhaftierung von Leonard Peltier, die aktuelle Situation (Isolationshaft!) und Solidarität in den USA - anschließend Fragen und Diskussion

Referent: Michael Koch von Tokata e.V.
Er hielt sich im August 2011 im Pine Ridge Reservat auf und nahm auch an Protesten vor dem Gefängnis in Lewisburg, PA teil, indem Leonard Peltier gerade sein 35. Haftjahr verbringt.

Do 24. November 2011
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Amnesty International has called on

prison authorities 27.08.2011 - 17:37
Amnesty International has called on prison authorities at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary to reconsider draconian sanctions against imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier and to improve conditions for Peltier and other inmates held in isolation at the facility.

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Torture in the US Prison System:

The Endless Punishment of Leonard Peltier 27.08.2011 - 17:39
Your visit to one of America's prisons may last only a few hours, but once you pass the first steel threshold, your perception of humanity is altered. The slammed doors, metal detectors and body frisks introduce you to life on the inside, but the glaring hatred from the guards and officials make it a reality. When you creep back into your own world afterward, you wonder what is really happening to the people who permanently languish behind bars.


Vigil set for ailing inmate sentenced to

23-hour SMU 27.08.2011 - 17:44
LEWISBURG — In a 32-year quest to be freed, a famous inmate at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg hit a setback after being found guilty of violating prison rules.

American Indian Leonard Peltier, 66, serving two life sentences for the 1975 killing of two FBI agents at a South Dakota reservation, was caught June 27 with currency not authorized by the penitentiary. Peltier claims he received a 20-pound note from a woman in Scotland.


Hurricane Irene and the Prisoners

on New York’s Rikers Island 27.08.2011 - 18:32

Locked Up and Left Behind: Hurricane Irene and the Prisoners on New York’s Rikers Island
August 26, 2011
by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

“We are not evacuating Rikers Island,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference this afternoon. Bloomberg annouced a host of extreme measures being taken by New York City in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, including a shutdown of the public transit system and the unprecedented mandatory evacuation of some 250,000 people from low-lying areas. But in response to a reporter’s question, the mayor stated in no uncertain terms (and with more than a hint of annoyance) that one group of New Yorkers on vulnerable ground will be staying put.


Leonard Peltier: Walk for Human Rights

The "Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights" will kick off on December 18, 2011 at Alcatraz Island and will end Memorial Day weekend 2012 in Washington DC.

"It's about time we walk for Leonard Peltier," said Dorothy Ninham, Oneida, national chair of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee. "This walk is about all of the human rights violations committed against him. It's a shame. I go to visit him all the time."

Peltier, Lakota, has been in prison for the past 35 years. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents who showed up on June 25, 1975 at a private residence in Oglala, South Dakota.

In late June, Peltier was placed in solitary confinement in the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Many American Indians and others around the world view Peltier as a political prisoner. Through the years, Peltier's supporters have included: the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Bishop Desmond Tutu, among other prominent names.

Peltier's story has been documented elsewhere, such as "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" by Peter Matthiessen and in Robert Redford's "Incident at Oglala," but "Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance" provides the closest glimpse of the man himself.

Last month, Dennis Banks (1) finished the Longest Walk 3 - Reversing Diabetes in Washington DC.

"We want to stop at reservations along the Walk's route so that we can educate a whole new generation of American Indians about who Leonard Peltier is," commented Ninham.

Banks will assist Ninham with the coordination of the Walk's route, according to Ninham.


(1) Infos on Dennis Banks