UPDATED on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. 6:50pm.
Brothers, sisters, friends and supporters:
Our hearts are heavy today. President Obama has denied Leonard’s application for a commutation. His name appears on the January 18 list of commutations denied by Obama as issued by the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Leonard’s attorney Martin Garbus was also notified. (Pardon Attorney’s Letter)
Today, in an email, Leonard said, “If I should not [receive clemency] then after we are locked in for the day I will have a good cry and then pick myself up and get myself ready for another round of battles until I cannot fight [any] more. So, don’t worry. I can handle anything after over 40 years.”
It’s hard to bear such a blow, though. And make no mistake — Leonard has been hit hardest of all. But let’s not mourn so very long. Instead, let’s move ever forward. Channel your grief and anger in a positive way. Remember that Leonard still needs our help. He needs quality health care and a transfer to a medium security facility, among other things. We’ll always work towards freedom for Leonard, but these actions may help to make his life more bearable until freedom is won.
Now, we urge you to write to Leonard and help to keep his spirits up. Tell him you won’t give up, that you’ll walk the rest of the way with him. Send cards and letters to:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
PO Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
Thank you for your hard work and determination. Blessings to all of you.
Please stay tuned.
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. New York City – Oscar López Rivera and Chelsea Manning are free! Tell Obama, FREE Leonard Peltier NOW!
CALL TO ACTION
“Today, the White House announced another group of over 200 commutations approved by the President. That list has NOT been posted, as yet. Further, in its announcement, the White House did NOT say these are the last commutations to be issued. As of last Friday, Leonard’s name was NOT on the list of commutations denied by President Obama.
So don’t stop. Keep advocating for Leonard Peltier! The President has until noon on January 20 to free Leonard. Turn up the heat!”_International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
The White House Comment Line has been closed. You can still advocate for Leonard Peltier. Email President Obama: www.whitehouse.gov/contact.
Post a comment on Obama’s and White House Facebook page and send a tweet to President Obama.
Obama Twitter’s account: twitter.com/BarackObama
Obama Facebook’s account: facebook.com/barackobama
POTUS Facebook’s account: facebook.com/potus
POTUS Twitter’s account: twitter.com/POTUS
White House Facebook’s account: www.facebook.com/whitehouse
White House Twitter’s account: twitter.com/WhiteHouse
PRESIDENT OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE ON JANUARY 20 — THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP,
NYC FREE PELTIER
“Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent over 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called “murder weapon”); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice.”_WhoIsLeonardPeltier.info
Annual Indigenous Day Of Remembrance.
Harry Belafonte to President Obama: Free Native Activist Leonard Peltier Now.
Watch “WARRIOR The Life of Leonard Peltier”
The Guardian: “In the most audacious – and contentious – commutation decision to come from Obama yet, the sitting president used his constitutional power just three days before he leaves the White House to give (Chelsea) Manning her freedom. She will walk from the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 17 May, almost seven years to the day since she was arrested in a base outside Baghdad for offenses relating to the leaking of a vast trove of US state secrets.
Nancy Hollander, Manning’s lawyer, spoke to the Guardian before she had even had the chance to pass on to the soldier the news of her release. “Oh my God!” was Hollander’s instant response to the news which she had just heard from the White House counsel. “I cannot believe it – in 120 days she will be free and it will all be over. It’s incredible.”
Oscar López Rivera
Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera has served more than 35 years in prison, convicted of seditious conspiracy for his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico, though he was not accused or convicted of causing harm or taking a life.
Serving a sentence of 70 years, he is among the longest held political prisoners in the history of Puerto Rico and in the world. No other country keeps its political prisoners behind bars for as many decades as does the United States.
Born in 1943 in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, at age 14 he moved to Chicago, as part of “Operation Bootstrap,” a mass migration of Puerto Ricans to U.S. cities in search of work. He quickly learned English and helped his Spanish-speaking neighbors. Graduating from high school and entering college, he soon had to abandon his studies to help support his family.
Like many young Puerto Rican men, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam. It was there that he began to understand his identity as a Puerto Rican, seeing other Puerto Rican soldiers with Puerto Rican flags on their helmets and talking about independence and self-determination for Puerto Rico. He began to see that he had more in common with the Vietnamese people, fighting for their own independence and self-determination, than he had with the U.S. armed forces. He was decorated with the Bronze Star for his courage and valor.
Read more on boricuahumanrights.org
Domingo, 25 de Diciembre, 2016. Ciudad de Nueva York – Un grupo de puertorriqueñas y puertorriqueños y sus aliados se reunieron hoy en Times Square para pedir a Obama la libertad de Oscar López Rivera.
El prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera ha cumplido más de 35 años en prisión, condenado por conspiración sediciosa por su compromiso con la independencia de Puerto Rico, aunque no fue acusado ni condenado por causar daño o por matar.
Sirviendo una condena de 70 años, está entre los presos políticos con más años en la historia de Puerto Rico y en el mundo. Ningún otro país mantiene a sus prisioneros políticos encarcelados por tantas décadas como los Estados Unidos de America.
Democracy Now writes:
“President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of two high-profile prisoners.
Chelsea Manning, who released a trove of U.S. documents to WikiLeaks to incite “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms,” will be freed on May 17. Obama also commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, which will now also expire on May 17.
The two were among 200 who received commutations and pardons in what some analysts say will be Obama’s last such act as commander in chief. Missing from the list is 71-year-old Native American activist Leonard Peltier.”
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