From: LPDOC, Northwest Organizer's Office
LEONARD PELTIER MEDICAL ALERT
"A man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes in this country. Why
does my brother have to wait over a year to receive even a diagnosis?"
Leonard Peltier's sister
Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who maintains his innocence, was
wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977. Imprisoned for 35
years-currently at the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania-Peltier
has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International. Nelson
Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others-including a judge
who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier's appeals-have all
called for his immediate release. Widely recognized for his humanitarian
works and a six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Peltier also is an accomplished
author and painter.
Sister Betty Solano says Peltier began exhibiting symptoms commonly
attributed to prostate cancer over a year ago. His age (he is 66 years
old) and family history are risk factors for the disease. Pressured by
Peltier's attorneys, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ran standard blood tests
in June. Peltier received the results last week, over four months later.
A physician only now says a biopsy is needed to make a diagnosis. Prostate
cancer affects 1 in 6 men in the United States. Medical experts agree
that the cure rate for prostate cancer is high, but only if detected
early. Even if Peltier doesn't have cancer, the symptoms indicate a
serious medical condition and one that could lead to serious complications
if left untreated. Please write letters to:
Harley G. Lappin, Director
U.S. Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Dear Mr. Lappin:
It has come to my attention that Leonard Peltier #89637-132, an inmate at
the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is in dire need of
I believe that Mr. Peltier's medical needs are urgent. He needs to be seen
by proper medical staff. Therefore, I respectfully request that Leonard
Peltier be transferred to FCI-Oxford in Wisconsin or FMC-Rochester in
Minnesota. Either of these facilities can adequately accommodate Mr.
Peltier's medical needs.
Thank you in advance for transferring Leonard Peltier and immediately
From: Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee Northwest Regional
P.O. Box 5464
Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
We greatly need donations of money or stamps for our mass mailing. The
mailing includes information on the march, a background article on
Leonard's case, information on the clemency campaign and a medical alert
for Leonard. Any amount will help. Please make checks out to the Leonard
Peltier Defense Offense Committee (marked for NW March) and send them to:
Tacoma Chapter, LPDOC, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464. Thank you.
As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a
mighty fist. -- Sitting Bull
REGIONAL MARCH AND RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR LEONARD PELTIER
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011, TACOMA, WA.
12:00 NOON: MARCH FOR JUSTICE Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between
E. 35th & E. Fairbanks. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)
1:00 PM: RALLY FOR JUSTICE U.S. Federal Court House, 1717-Pacific Ave.
Yu'Pik/Yakama, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC
Steve Hapy: Tacoma Chapter LPDOC
Albert Combs: Coastal Salish drum song
Keynote Speaker: Ramona Bennett: Puyallup Tribal Member, Long time Native
Dorothy Ackerman: Lakota Elder
Chauncey Peltier: Son of Leonard Peltier
Deeahop Conway, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC
Peter Bohmer, long-term activist, member of Olympia Movement for Justice
and Peace, and faculty at the Evergreen State College
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Coordinator/Organizer, The Committee for Immigration
Reform and Social Justice (El Comite Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia
David Duenas: Puyallup
Arthur J. Miller: Northwest Regional Organizer LPDOC
Michael One Road: Portland Chapter LPDOC
CAR POOLS: OLYMPIA: There will be a carpool leaving from the parking lot
at Harrison and Division at 10:15 am. SEATTLE: Meet at the Red Apple
parking lot at 23rd and Jackson. Will be leaving at 10:30 am.
AFTER RALLY MEAL AND GET TOGETHER: At past Tacoma Peltier Marches we have
had an after rally meal and get together. We are trying to organize that
again for this march. This is very important this time because we want to
organize groups in different aspects of the clemency campaign. If you can
help with this please let us know, send an e-mail to: email@example.com and
this will be something we will need donations for. Please make checks out
to the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee (ear marked Tacoma march)
and send them to: Tacoma Chapter, LPDOC, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma WA
The flier and poster for the May 21st Leonard Peltier Regional Clemency
March has been scanned and made into a pdf file that can be downloaded off
the internet. This was done by an Olympia supporter. This is a good
example of grassroots support. Thank you
Here's the link.
This march will kick off our New Northwest Campaign for Clemency for Leonard
Peltier. It will take time to build this campaign and we ask for your
help. Leonard has been in prison since 1976 for a crime he did not commit.
His health has gotten bad and he needs all of us now. We need people to
pass this statement to their friends, groups, organizations, publications,
web sites and Facebook. We need people to post and pass out fliers. We
need donations. We need to make this march as large as possible to show
others that there is support for Leonard Peltier. Please help
us. Please contact us if you can help.
For donations: Please make checks out to the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense
Committee (mark them for NW March) and send them to: Tacoma LPODC, P.O.
Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415. Thank you
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