Peltier ‘Circle for Clemency’ White House Nov. 5, 2009
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NATIVE AMERICANS AND SUPPORTERS RALLY TO SEEK CLEMENCY FOR LEONARD PELTIER 11/05/09
The Circle For Clemency is a group of Leonard Peltier supporters that will be joining together in a peaceful and prayerful act of solidarity. This action is to bring attention to Mr. Peltier’s continued unjust imprisonment as a Native American political prisoner. This will be in conjunction with the planned Tribal Nations Conference to be held at the Department of the Interior building in Washington, DC. on November 5, 2009.
This past summer, imprisoned Native Activist/Nobel Peace Prize nominee Leonard Peltier was once again denied parole. The decision was extremely disheartening to Leonard, his family and his many supporters here and worldwide. Since that day, our focus has turned towards seeking Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier.
In September of 2009, Native Activists Ben Carnes and Robert Fife fasted for seven days and offered prayers in an attempt to seek an audience with President Obama that he might consider Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier. This simple and humble gesture took place in front of the White House and has given birth to a renewed enthusiasm from the Indigenous community and their supporters. In October of 2009, the Circle For Clemency for Leonard Peltier was founded by Indigenous Rights Activists Wanbli Tate, Larry Monterrey, Barbara Low, Ben Carnes and Robert Fife. Last week, President Obama announced a first of its kind Tribal Nations Conference to be held in Washington, on November 5th, 2009. Leaders from all 564 federally recognized Tribes have been invited.
The Circle For Clemency For Leonard Peltier and their supporters will be gathering at Lafayette Park in front of the White House for sunrise prayers conducted by Traditional Spiritual Leaders at 6:00 AM, November 5, 2009, after which they will walk to the Department of the Interior building to respectfully greet their tribal representatives, welcome them to the conference and ask that each of the them include within their individual nation’s agenda a simple request for clemency regarding Leonard Peltier. They will then spend the day in a prayer vigil at the Department of the Interior for the release of our brother, Leonard Peltier.
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