Leonard Peltier, has now been a political prisoner for over 36 years.
As of December 18, 2011, The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights began their cross-country journey from Alcatraz. The walkers plan to arrive in Washington DC on May 18, 2012 and actor and activist Danny Glover has committed to meeting them there. Supporters of Leonard Peltier know that there are many more actors, musicians and political officials who have supported Leonard Peltier fight for freedom over the years. We should encourage them to join Danny Glover along with all the walkers and supporters of Leonard in Washington DC on May 18, 2012.
As former political prisoner Lorenzo Komboa Ervin wrote:
“I was in prison with Leonard Peltier at the Marion, IL. Federal Pen. What a tremendous warrior he is, along with the now deceased Standing Deer. I wish I could be there for him now in this demonstration, but advanced age and poor health prevent it. I will just say that as long as Leonard has sincere supporters and comrades on the outside putting pressure on the government, it increases the possibility of this gov’t having to release him. I had two life sentences, was a former member of the Black Panther Party, and served 15 years in prison. Were it not for my own international defense committee, I would still be in federal prison right now. It is not the state that determines how long he remains in prison, I am convinced, but the protest level of his supporters who pressure the U.S. gov’t. A clenched fist for Leonard Peltier! Keep up the struggle for his release.”
On December 30th (see calendar section on blog for more info) the Prison Radio Show will be airing an interview that was recorded on December 26th with Dorothy Ninham, one of the coordinators and participants in The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights.
36 years is too long! The Prison Radio Show will do its part in the upcoming year to put more emphasis on the case of Leonard Peltier on our show’s programming. However when all is said and done, it’s about us folks on the outside to put pressure on the American Government. It’s about unions supporting Leonard; it’s about feminists and environmentalists supporting Leonard; it’s about the ‘occupiers’ supporting Leonard; it’s about people from around the world supporting Leonard. He must come home!
Let’s make 2012 the Year of Leonard Peltier’s Freedom!