Dec 9, 2012

Lenard Peltier

Leonard Peltier Benefit Concert

Beacon Theater

On Friday, December 14, 2012 a diverse group of people from the music community, in the United States and Canada, ( will ) gather(ed) at the Beacon Theater, in NYC to sing for freedom for a man who has been locked away since the tumultuous days of the early seventies and the violence at Wounded Knee and Oglala, South Dakota. Many around the world question whether he has received justice.

This concert is ( was ) a cross-cultural event meant to bring awareness to the 37 year long ordeal of Native American Activist Leonard Peltier. Pete Seeger says it is the blessing he’s been waiting for. The chance to gather with those he’s invited to participate has been a long time coming. Joining forces with Civil Rights icon Harry Belafonte, the two have invited artists including Jackson Browne, Canadian Hall of Fame folk artist, Bruce Cockburn, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Native American singers Bill Miller and Jennifer Kreisberg and others.

The line-up:

Special appearance by:

Mos Def

Printable Mailer > :

Mr President:

I am writing to you regarding Mr. Leonard Peltier. Mr Peltier is a Native American activist, who is serving two consecutive life sentences for the 1975 shooting deaths of two FBI agents. His 1977 trial was anything but fair and is the subject of controversy to this day. The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, for example, made the following observation concerning Mr. Peltier's trial, "Much of the government's behavior at The Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemnede. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed." See Peltier vs. Booker 348F. 3d 888, 896 (10th Cir. 2003)

Under Article II, Section Two of the United States Constitution, you have the authority to commute Mr. Peltier's sentence. I strongly urge you to exercise this power without delay. Mr. Peltier was 31 when he entered prison and is now 67 years of age. He does not pose a threat to anyone. Over 36 years in prison is enough. the time to free Mr. Peltier is now.

Call the White House : 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112