from Dale Pfeiffer
Copyright © 1999 Pfeiffer
Beginning April 19th, Leonard Peltier supporters are calling for a renewed campaign to preassure the Bureau of Prisons into sending Leonard Peltier to the Mayo Clinic! Please join us in four days of FAXing, Phoning, Emailing, and Letter Writing!
The pressure is on the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to send Leonard Peltier to the Mayo Clinic. The BOP has denied him medical attention for two years now, in defiance of the United States constitution. The campaign to pressure the BOP into sending Leonard to the Mayo Clinic has so far, moved them to consult with their own doctors at Springfield Medical Prison Facility. Their own doctors have admitted that they cannot treat Leonard and have advised that he be sent to the Mayo Clinic, yet the BOP is still sitting on their hands. So now is the time to intensify the pressure on them.
For this reason, we are urging everyone to join in a campaign of four days of faxing, phoning, e-mailing and snail mailing to pressure the BOP. This campaign will begin on APRIL 19th. Every day of the campaign, please send a fax to the BOP, along with an email, a phone call, and a postal letter. We want to bring the BOP offices to a stand-still. And, please, send copies of your faxes and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can monitor the campaign. The contact information for the BOP can be found at the end of this alert.
PINE RIDGE AND LEONARDíS IMPRISONMENT
The United States prides itself on being the champion of civil rights and humanitarian causes, and yet ethnic cleansing continues in the US without interruption. Aside from the millions of blacks and Hispanics who are now held captive, the US prison system is the largest growing Indian reservation. Native people are being locked up as part of an effort to take away from them what little they have left. The events on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, and the continuing imprisonment of Leonard Peltier are a case in point.
In the 1970ís, the US Geological Survey discovered uranium on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Knowing that traditional Lakota Indians on the reservation would resist their attempts to take this land, the US supported a corrupt tribal government and armed death squads which operated on the reservation to terrorize traditionals into submission. Between 1973 and 1976 over 60 traditional Lakota were murdered; there has never been an inquiry into their deaths.
In 1975, out of desperation, the traditional Lakota people asked the American Indian Movement (AIM) to come to their aid. AIM established a camp at the Jumping Bull compound and began building community. On June 26, the FBI closed off the reservation and launched a pre-emptive assault on the AIM encampment. To justify the assault, they first sent two agents into the compound, allegedly in pursuit of a man who had stolen a pair of cowboy boots. In the fire fight which followed, two FBI agents and one Indian were killed. The rest of the AIM members managed to escape. At the same time that these events were happening, the U.S. government illegally seized 133,000 acres of Lakota land.
Subsequently, two AIM leaders were arrested and placed on trial. They were found not guilty by reason of self-defense. Leonard Peltier was arrested in Canada and extradited on the power of false affidavits. Peltier's trial was a travesty. The judge was prejudiced against Indians and would not allow any evidence of self-defense. The government presented fabricated ballistics reports and perjured testimony attributing the crimes directly to Leonard and he was sentenced to two life terms.
Over the years, Leonardís defense team has disproven every piece of evidence and all of the testimony against him. One of the chief prosecutors in his case even admitted that Leonard did not commit the crime of which he was convicted, but "somebody has to pay for it". The truth is that Leonard remains in prison in an effort to cover up the seizure of Lakota lands and the billions in profits taken from this land by multinational corporations and the U.S. government.
While in prison, Leonard Peltier has thwarted two assassination attempts and fought in numerous struggles not only for himself but for the rights of others. Most recently, he almost died as a result of a botched maxilla-facial surgery at Springfield Medical Prison Facility. Leonard remained in a coma for eighteen hours following the surgery, and he has been in constant, excruciating pain ever since. For two years now, ever since that surgery, he has not been able to move his jaw. Leonard feeds himself by jamming what food he can through a small gap between his teeth, then crushes it up with his tongue until he can swallow it.
Dr. Keller of the Mayo Clinic has offered to treat Leonard for free, yet to date the BOP has denied him this treatment. Now that their own doctors have admitted that they can do nothing for Leonard and recommended that he be sent to the Mayo Clinic, the BOP can offer no more excuses for not doing so.
Now is the time to put on the pressure. Please write, fax, email, and call the BOP. And please send copies of your messages to email@example.com. We are also asking you to please contact the officials listed below, along with your congressperson, and urge them to look into this matter.
On April 19th, in conjunction with the campaign to send Leonard to the Mayo Clinic, we are asking people to join us in four days of fasting and prayer for Leonard. Whatever your beliefs or religion, please keep Leonard in your thoughts during this time. If you plan on joining us during this period, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to include your name and location.
Ms. Kathleen Hawk, Director, Bureau Of Prisons:
email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or postal mail: 320 First St.NW, Washington, DC 20534,
Phone: (202) 307-3198 Fax: (202) 514-6878.
Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Eric Holder
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20530
Phone: (202) 514-2000
Fax: (202) 514-0467
Warden Booker, Leavenworth Federal Prison
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Senate Judiciary Committee
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6275
Phone: (202) 224-5225
Fax: (202) 224-9102
House Of Representatives Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3951
Fax: (202) 225-7682
President Bill Clinton
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20500
Write the Congressperson from your district
HOUSE WEB PAGE for addresses and contact numbers:
The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515
Write the Senators from your state
SENATE WEB PAGE for addresses and contact numbers:
The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Leonard Peltier's official source of communication:
The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
P.O. Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044 USA.
Phone number: (785) 842-5774
FAX: (785) 842-5796
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Justice for Leonard Peltier! Author, Dale Pfeiffer