Sunday, November 23, 2008

Leonard Peltier Day of Justice, Fargo, ND, Nov. 28, 2008

'DAY OF JUSTICE' scheduled for Friday, November 28th at the Fargo Federal Courthouse.

On Friday November 28th, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee will hold a demonstration called “Day of Justice” at the Fargo Federal Courthouse 110 Quentin N Burdick, 655 First Avenue North, Fargo North Dakota.

The “Day of Justice” will increase awareness about the case of Leonard Peltier and the fact that he has been imprisoned for 33 years. Not only was he convicted based on coerced statements, and false evidence Peltier has spent more time in prison for aiding and abetting than any reasonable person can justify. The “Day of Justice” is a call to action for concerned citizens to question why Peltier is serving two life sentences and has been imprisoned for more than half of his life.

The “Day of Justice” is about how laws designed for everyone are not equally applied. The US Bureau of Prisons is not following the law in regard to releasing Leonard Peltier on parole. Legally Peltier should have been released after serving 20 years; at the most he should have served 30 years, under United States Code Title 18 Sections 4205 and 4206 respectively. If justice is blind then the “Day of Justice” asks why Leonard Peltier is still in prison today. All people should be aware of the ability of this bureaucracy to ignore laws and hold model citizens long after the law states a release is due. Public Law 98-473 further states prison resources are, first and foremost, reserved for those violent and serious criminal offenders who pose the most dangerous threat to society of which Leonard Peltier is neither violent nor dangerous.

Featured speaker for the “Day of Justice” is Russell Means, a member of the Lakota Oglala Nation. Means has been on the forefront of organizing for the American Indian Movement since the early 1970’s. Means has acted in a number of movies produced in Hollywood, written an autobiography and led a delegation from the Republic of Lakotah to secede from the United States in December 2007. More information about Means can be found at his official websites of www.russellmeans.com and www.russellmeansfreedom.com.

Participants at the “Day of Justice” will hear from other speakers on the subject of Leonard Peltier’s case and how they can help seek justice for all political prisoners. Drum groups and musicians are also invited to be part of the program which is still growing. The “Day of Justice” will also include an event at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and possibly more locations worldwide. The Turtle Mountain Tribal Council recently passed a resolution demanding the release of Leonard Peltier to their custody immediately. The “Day of Justice” calls for the US Bureau of Prisons to recognize the sovereignty of Turtle Mountain and let Leonard Peltier go home now.

Contact persons are: Betty Ann Peltier-Solano and Kari Ann Cowan at (701) 235-2206; the website of the LP DOC is www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

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