Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights


START DATE: Sunday December 18
TIME: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location Details:
Alcatraz Island - The ferry to Alcatraz will leave Pier #33 at 8:45 a.m.
(assemble at 8:00 a.m.). The first 300 tickets are available for $14.00
(under 5 years free). Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event, or
on-line at starting Friday, December 9th.
Mention “AIM event”. The next boat will leave Pier #33 at 9:10 a.m.
Tickets will be sold at regular price ($26).

Event Type: Vigil/Ritual
Contact Name Dorothy Ninham
Email Address dorothyninham [at]
Phone Number (920)713-8114 or (920) 869-2641
Address N5679 Skylark Drive, DePere, WI 54115

12 December 2011
Contact: Dorothy Ninham, Wind Chases the Sun, Inc., N5679 Skylark Drive,
DePere, WI 54115; Telephone: (920)713-8114 or (920) 869-2641. Also Gina
Buenrostro at (920) 713-2205 or Geronimo Powless at (920-713-3828) or by
Web form:

Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights to Begin on December 18

With the goal of advancing the economic, social, and cultural rights of
all people, the Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights will begin on
Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on the morning of December 18, 2011.
The Walk will follow a route across the southern United States to the east
coast and end in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2012.

"Leonard Peltier planned this spiritual walk to give voice to all peoples
of this continent," said Dorothy Ninham (Oneida), Wind Chases the Sun,
Inc., coordinator of the Walk.

"We are all related. We all want peace in our lives. We all want an
healthy environment for ourselves and the coming generations. We all want
decent work, adequate housing, nutritious food, quality health care, and
education for our children and grandchildren."

On Sunday, a diverse group of people from all over the United States will
gather at Alcatraz for a Native American pipe ceremony and the blessing of
those participating in the five-month Walk.

"According to Native American prophesies, the races will come together to
create a better world. This Walk is an opportunity for all peoples to
gather together, freely express our concerns, and participate in the
decisions affecting all our lives."

Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier, an accomplished author and artist, is
renowned for his humanitarian achievements. In 2009, he was nominated for
the Nobel Peace Prize for the sixth consecutive year. Mr. Peltier also has
been awarded the Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human
Rights Prize (1986); North Star Frederick Douglas Award (1993); Federation
of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award (2003); Silver
Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); First Red Nation Humanitarian
Award (2009); Kwame Ture Lifetime Achievement Award (2010); Fighters for
Justice Award (2010); and First International Human Rights Prize, Mario
Benedetti Foundation (2011).

Wrongly imprisoned since 1976, Leonard Peltier has been designated a
political prisoner by Amnesty International. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu,
the late Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, 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.

"We walk as much for Mr. Peltier as with him. As a defender of our human
and constitutional rights, President Obama must release Peltier. It's

A reception is scheduled for December 17 at 5:00 p.m., at the Inter-Tribal
Friendship House, 523 International Boulevard, Oakland. Participants will
gather the next day on Pier 33 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The ceremony will
begin on Alcatraz soon after all have assembled on the island. A press
conference will be help at Pier 33 at 1:00 p.m.

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