For over 33 years, Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been illegally held as a US prisoner. On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975, an unprovoked attack took place that lead to a shootout where the lives of two FBI agents were claimed. Leonard was involved in the conflict, taken into custody, and has been famed for these killings; the other defendants in the case have been acquitted.
For the past three decades numerous individuals, organizations, leaders and activists have lobbied for Leonard's release. Through court trials information has been shared on behalf of the US Court system that states the FBI were equally at fault for this shootout, that no direct information states Leonard was the one who shot these men, and moreover, he was simply acting in self-defense.
In a case that clearly shows judicial abuse, racism, and a continued domination of Native Americans, the only achievable justice at this point is to free Leonard Peltier. An unfair trail on a man persecuted for his beliefs in a peaceful, justice driven world must be finally overturned. The injustices brought forth to Native America continue today as they have since First Contact. Today, Tuesday July 28, 2009 marks the first time Leonard will have a parole hearing since 1993.
Write to the Parole Commission, do some research, educate yourself, share this knowledge with others and get involved. In a world where the values of Holistic Sustainability, Peace and Justice are continuously undermined, the only way towards a brighter future is to educate and act-get involved! Even the smallest incremental step individually paves the way for cumulative positive change cumulatively.