Thursday, January 29, 2009

'Educational event,' march, rally for murderer in Boulder

Lenny "Still in a Cage" Peltier, that is:
"America, when will you live up to your own principles?" (Leonard Peltier)

Boulder, Colorado -- The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (Colorado Support Groups), Indigenous Support Network and 180-11 will be presenting an educational event on the University of Colorado campus on February 6th, 2009 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of Native American political prisoner, Leonard Peltier. The event will feature talks by Chief Leonard Crow Dog (spiritual leader), as well as David Hill and Ben Carnes, of the LPDOC. There will also be performances from local Lakota drum group, the Plenty Wolf Singers and Aztec dancers, Grupo Tlaloc, from Denver. The event will begin at 7:00pm in room 100 of the Mathematics building.

That Group Tlaloc shows up for everything. Hardest-working Aztec dancers in show biz.
(The LPDOC will also be staging a rally followed by a march outside the Boulder City Courthouse on Pearl Street starting at noon on Feb.6th 2009-same day)

Leonard Peltier is an internationally recognized political prisoner who has been imprisoned for 33 years.

(recognized by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Amnesty International, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson)
Saintly men all, especially Willie Nelson. But what does "recognized" mean here? I'd recognize Peltier if I saw him on the street (and cross to the other side). Luckily, that'll never happen.

This case needs to be brought back into public awareness at this pivotal time in American history.
Maybe President Obama will pardon him.
To quote Leonard Peltier, "To heal will require real effort, and a change of heart from all of us. To heal means that we will begin to look upon one another with respect and tolerance instead of prejudice, distrust and hatred. We will have to teach our children-as well as ourselves-to love the diversity of humanity....We can do it. Yes, you and I and all of us together. Now is the time. Now is the only possible time. Let the Great Healing begin." (Peltier from Prison Writings My Life is my Sun Dance).
This from a man who shot two people in cold blood at point-blank range.
The ideals of a nation and a man's life are hanging in the balance.

(h/t: a reader)

Update: Quote of the Day: "“The mother fucker was begging for his life, but I shot him anyway."

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