from heavy.com: ‘Leonard Peltier Clemency Denied: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know’
Brenda Norrell at censored news has a heart-wrenching email that Leonard had recently sent to attorney Martin Garbus in case he were denied clemency. He knows he will die in prison, old and sick, but cherished by millions of us around the globe who understand he is an icon of martyrdom to resistance.
one of leonard’s self-portraits.
Our hearts to your heart, Leonard.
sigh. read more background at freepeltier.org. and from leonard, in his own words:
‘41 Years Since Jumping Bull (But 500 Years of Trauma)’, june 27, 2016 at counterpunch. he opens with:
“June 26th marks 41 years since the long summer day when three young men were killed at the home of the Jumping Bull family, near Oglala, during a firefight in which I and dozens of others participated. While I did not shoot (and therefore did not kill) FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, I nevertheless have great remorse for the loss of their young lives, the loss of my friend Joe Stuntz, and for the grieving of their loved ones. I would guess that, like me, many of my brothers and sisters who were there that day wish that somehow they could have done something to change what happened and avoid the tragic outcome of the shootout.
This is not something I have thought about casually and then moved on. It’s something I think about every day. As I look back, I remember the expressions of both fear and courage on the faces of my brothers and sisters as we were being attacked. We thought we were going to be killed! We defended our elders and children as they scattered for protection and to escape. Native people have experienced such assaults for centuries, and the historical trauma of the generations was carried by the people that day — and in the communities that suffered further trauma in the days that followed the shootout, as the authorities searched for those of us who had escaped the Jumping Bull property.” (the rest, again, is here)
‘My 40 Years in Prison’, counterpunch, feb.5, 2016
‘A Special Appeal’, counterpunch, dec. 30, 2016
the cover art is by Leonard: ‘protector of the woods’, one of my favorites. this song ain’t a fave, but it does tell the story well.
Sorry, i can’t seem to stop… this maybe be mr. wd’s favorite from the late, great santee sioux, john trudell, may he rest in power:
to send cards or letters:
USP Coleman I
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
Chicken shit O knows he didn’t kill them FBIs, they all know it, but someone had to pay; he’s been in prison for 14,958 days already …and he’ll keep on paying until death releases him.
Yes: in the spirit of Crazy Horse‘ we keep you in our hearts.
I reckon we’ll hear from Leonard when he can afford to truly grasp the truth of his, and our, dashed hopes for his release. Heh, again: Obama sure managed to turn ‘hope’ into just another four-letter word, didn’t he?