Saturday, September 01, 2012

Call the White House on Friday for Leonard Peltier

*AIM for Freedom Campaign: Bring Leonard Home!*

The Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee is presenting their
campaign plans to our supporters, friends and allies in the 36-year
movement to bring Leonard Peltier home. With Leonard in our minds,
hearts and spirit, we will try to bring him home. That is our goal and
commitment, and we will do this is with your support. This outline means
nothing without each of you rising to this call and putting your energy
into it.

In the urgent spirit of this campaign, we will begin directing our
concerns to those with the ability to influence change, namely,
President Obama.

**Write a letter to Obama about your feelings and outrage at Leonard’s
continued imprisonment.

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of The United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
White House Fax: 202-456-2461
TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213

**Encourage your church leaders and members to write President Obama,
including any humanitarian groups on their stationary.

Contact congressional delegates. Schedule a meeting to talk with them
about Leonard’s case. This is your opportunity to urge them to take a
position on Leonard’s release. Seize the opportunity to educate members
of Congress who may not know the specifics of the case or even about
Leonard Peltier. Meet with those who are sitting on the fence. Others
who are long-time supporters need to be asked to become Leonard’s
champions in this important year. You might want to frame your request
for a meeting with a phrase similar to “How may we work together to seek
justice for Native Americans? How may I help you in your role as a
leader?” Then ASK your representative, along with his colleagues, to
write a personal letter to President Obama urging the immediate release
of Leonard Peltier.

*Talking points:*

1. Leonard has served over 36 years in prison.
2. The government has conceded that it does not know who shot the two
3. The government is still fighting vigorously to prevent the release
of thousands of pages of documents under FOIA – documents that
should have been turned over to defense attorneys years ago.
4. Leonard will be 68 on September 12th; he is not in the best of health.

*Tribal Council Resolutions* (If tribal member)

Contact us to assist you in getting a resolution passed by your tribal

*Phone Actions Every Friday: Call the White House for Leonard: 202-456-1112*

The average hold time has been 5-6 minutes. If we are waiting 10-15,
then we are building our presence in the White House for Leonard. This
is necessary and must be maintained.

*International Supporters:* Write letters to President Obama, and urge
your government/parliament, etc. to issue an official position on
Peltier’s case and to bring Peltier up to the state department and
Obama. Also, contact your U.N. representatives to consider a resolution
directed to President Obama to carefully review the Peltier case, in
regards to clemency.

Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

This time, the agents who have opposed Leonard’s bid for freedom will
fail, because the lies will not be covered up or twisted. They are
afraid Obama will do the right thing, so join us in setting this prairie
fire for Leonard for the last time! He doesn’t have the luxury of time,
and we have none to waste.

Don’t anyone dare let their hearts hit the ground because we have to
work harder to get him out after his birthday. The most powerful means
of accomplishing our goal is to know in your heart that this will
happen. And if we get some good news, such as a transfer, don’t let up.
Instead, increase your efforts and never stop believing you will be a
part of something wonderful and honorable.

*Sample letter to President Obama:*

Your name
City, State, Zip Code

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of The United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

re: Leonard Peltier USP #89637-132

Dear President Obama,

This letter is among millions that have been written to US presidents on
behalf of Leonard Peltier in the past 36 years of his incarceration.
Foreign heads of state and world religious leaders, members of Congress
and even a federal judge who was hamstrung by legal precedents have
asked for clemency in Peltier's case.

The deaths of the agents is a horrible tragedy for their families, but a
even greater tragedy is being done to Mr. Peltier, who has been
nominated for the Nobel prize six times for his humanitarian works from
behind prison walls.

As an American citizen, my conscience has been haunted by the inability
of previous administrations to do the right thing and let Peltier go
home. When I look at the trial as a whole, there is shocking information
about FBI and prosecutorial misconduct in his case. What happened, Mr.
President, that an American, an American Indian at that, can languish in
a federal prison for so long without a real look at what happened to him?

I have been aware that some federal agents have been actively
undermining Mr. Peltier's efforts for years. They have lied about the
evidence and testimony, and ignore evidence to the contrary in their
statements to keep Mr. Peltier imprisoned. Attorney General Janet Reno
reprimanded FBI Director Freeh for voicing his complaint publicly.

Mr. President, we ask that you please take a very detailed review of Mr.
Peltier's cases, including the withheld FBI records supposedly
classified for national security reasons, inquire about his transfer to
a medium security facility that meets his classification, and grant
clemency. Mr. Peltier also is eligible for a parole under a 30 year law,
but has not been granted this according to 28 U.S.C., section 4206(d).

When you were elected to the Oval Office, millions of us felt we were
granted a fresh of breath air, and through this we hope that you will
grant Mr. Peltier a breath of fresh free air. I'm sure you will see the
world rejoice.


Your name

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206 • Fax: 701/235-5045


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