Eyes On Members of Congress

Eyes On Members of Congress
Your help is urgently needed. Please, everyone, take a few minutes
to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to write a letter
to the U.S. Parole Commission by TUESDAY, JULY 14, on behalf of
Leonard Peltier.  Use fax or e-mail.  You may also consult your
senators’ and representative’s Web sites for telephone numbers.
Get started now.
Please also contact the following Members of Congress who have
supported Peltier in the past to urge them to immediately write a
letter to the U.S. Parole Commission.
–> Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Chairman, House Judiciary Committee.  Call
–> Sen. Daniel Inouye via the Committee on Indian Affairs at (202)
224-2251; <comments@indian.senate.gov>.  A SHOUT OUT to Minnesota:
Remember that your new senator, Al Franken, is the newest member
of the Committee on Indian Affairs.  Drop him a line, too.
–> The members of the Congressional Black Caucus at 202-226-9776;
<congressionalblackcaucus@mail.house.gov>.  Remind them of the
congressional briefing with the CBC on the Peltier case on May
17, 2000.  A number of the members supported Leonard a decade
ago and must do so again.  They can help to educate their newer
members, as well. But time is of the essence. Members of special
note include Rep. John Conyers, Jr., (MI), Rep. John Lewis (GA),
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC).
The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee also has
asked that all supporters contact Speaker of the House Nancy
Pelosi to urge her also to renew her commitment to Leonard’s
freedom.  Contact the Speaker of the House at 202-225-0100.
Or use e-mail: <http://speaker.house.gov/contact/> or
<AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov>. San Francisco constituents
may also reach Ms. Pelosi at (415) 556-4862 or at her DC office
Additions   🙂
Sample Letter   🙂
United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
(Insert Date)
Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132
Dear Commissioners,
Convicted in connection with the deaths on June 26, 1975, of Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Leonard Peltier remains imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
The court record in this case clearly shows that government prosecutors have long held that they do not know who killed Mr. Coler and Mr. Williams nor what role Leonard Peltier "may have" played in the tragic shoot-out.
Further, in a decision filed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on December 18, 2002, Mr. Peltier’s sentences "were imposed in violation of [Peltier’s] due process rights because they were based on information that was false due to government misconduct,” and, according to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2003: "…Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Leonard Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed."
Despite these admissions, Leonard Peltier has served over 33 years in prison.
After careful consideration of the facts in Leonard Peltier’s case, I have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to the public. First, Leonard Peltier has no prior convictions and has advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore, Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively, disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive writer. Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over their deaths.
Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered women’s shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates an annual holiday gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Leonard Peltier is widely recognized for his good deeds and in turn has won several awards including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times.
Leonard Peltier is now over 60 years of age—a great-grandfather—and suffers from partial blindness, diabetes, a heart condition, and high blood pressure.
I recognize the grave nature of the events of June 26, 1975, and I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of those who died that day. However, I find aspects of this case to also be of concern and I believe Leonard Peltier deserves to be reunited with his family and allowed to live the remaining years of his life in peace. I also believe that, rather than presenting a threat to the public, Mr. Peltier’s release would help to heal a wound that has long impeded better relations between the federal government and American Indians.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely yours,
(Your Name)
(Your Street Address)
(Your City, State, and Zip Code)
IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUPPORTERS: When you write a letter in support of Leonard’s parole, mail the letter directly to the U.S. Parole Commission, but also please send a copy of your correspondence to the Peltier Legal Team, c/o LP-DOC, P.O. Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.
Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.
Friends of Peltier
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