Leonard Peltier – The Spirit Lives On

Following on from the previous post, I thought to repost this one to remind folk how easy it can be to make a difference to the day of someone whose days are much longer than ours… as easy as a few minutes and a stamp.

How old were you 37 years ago? If you were alive, think about what you’ve done and where you’ve been in that time. Now think about how it would have been if those 37 years had been lived in prison; within the walls of a cell, or a dining hall, association room, the corridors between each, a walled and razor wired yard. Each day, all week, and the next and the next and the next…

indian-defence-portrait-1Leonard Peltier, 68, has spent more than half his life behind bars. Throughout those years his supporters have included Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama,  and Bishop Desmond Tutu. In 2011, an international human rights award was given to him by the human rights organisation The Mario Benedetti Foundation.

“Leonard Peltier has spent more than half his life in prison. He is a symbol of resistance to repressive state policies by the United States, where there are people in jail for ethnic, racial, ideological and religious reasons,” a foundation statement said.

I’ve tried to put myself in Leonard Peltier’s shoes, knowing that no matter how intense the feelings produced, they’re nothing to what Leonard must have felt/still does feel. Peltier is the Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of aiding in the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. The incident occurred two years after the American Indian Movement occupied the village of Wounded Knee for 71 days. During that time, some 64 local Native Americans were murdered; most of them had ties to AIM. Their deaths went uninvestigated by the FBI. Leonard Peltier has long maintained his innocence. Amnesty International considers him a political prisoner who was not granted a fair trial.

The full story can be found at the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee website (link below).

In December 2012 a host of well-known media personalities, including Michael Moore who read out a heartfelt poem to President Obama, hosted a ‘Bring Leonard Peltier Home’ event to raise awareness about the case and the plea for executive clemency.

I will never give up dreaming of his release, but the reasons why Peltier has never been granted a fair trial are obvious when one knows the full story. Back then was an era of innocent American citizens being murdered by the State, with criminal and anti-constitutional behaviour practiced as standard by the FBI COunter INTELligence PROgram (COINTELPRO) when dealing with the revolutionary groups and individuals active at the time.

Again, imagine yourself in prison. How do you think getting an unexpected letter from someone you don’t know would feel? The politicians that people petition can easily ignore their voice. Those voices, delivered to the address below, can reach in and lift a man momentarily out of the darkness.

Let him know you know he’s there, write to him, write him a poem even (he’ll appreciate it more than the President).

The injustice continues…but the spirit lives on!
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(Respect to Skrillex and crew for the reminder)

No messing around, get clued up on the case and then ask yourself, are you or are you not going to write to him? If the answer’s yes, do it.

P.O. BOX 1033

(Check here for  information about what Leonard is allowed to receive by mail)

Leoanard Peltier Defense Offense Committee.

Freeing Leonard Peltier The Scientific Way


(Sent to the Leonard Peltier Defense Commitee and other support groups)


I write to you with an idea I want to share with all supporters of Leonard. In essence it’s probably not an original idea, but as I’ve not heard it expressed in this detail, I felt to share it.

Many of you will know the power of vision, recognised as it is in native tradition. Others outside of that tradition may also be aware of the concept and/or reality of focused intention. For those that aren’t, long ago science validated the traditional knowledge that our thoughts influence reality. Despite this being accepted scientific fact, especially in the field of Quantum Mechanics, the concept is usually pictured as fringe, flaky or kooky. A possible reason for this trivialising in the mainstream media is that such knowledge can restore to each individual power taken away as a result of conditioning within societies that operate according to teachings and systems based on Newtonian science. Despite being consigned to the bin by the likes of Einstein and Schrödinger in the middle of last century, Newtonian physics is still being taught in schools.

What some call ‘manifestation’ has correlations with ‘quantum decoherence’, the reduction of a quantum wave function described by quantum physicists from a ‘superposition’ of all possible states, wherein every possibility already exists, into a single state where one of those possibilities becomes reality.

intention-experiment-examplesSeveral years ago an international group of scientists conducted the first worldwide, double-blind series of experiments to test the effect of focused intention. The experiments demonstrated that focused intent has a observable and measurable effect on matter, even materials shielded inside a Faraday cage on the other side of the world.

One of the underlying principles of manifestation is that focus must be on the desired outcome as if it were already the case. For a simplistic example, manifestation of money would involve visualising having the money and the feelings and emotions (relief, elation, etc) having it would produce. This would be rather than focusing on the desire to have money, which would influence the (continued) collapsing of the wave function into the state producing the desire, i.e. poverty.

leonard-peltier-parole-hearing-released-from-prison-leonard-peltier-out-on-paroleMy idea is this, that on a regular basis, even on a specific day of the week or month we can synchronise to, each individual supporter of Leonard visualise how they will feel on his release.  See him on this side of the prison gates. Hear the cheering and whooping of the crowd, see the tears running down people’s faces. See Leonard. He’s smiling a huge smile, tears are running down his face. His hands are in the air. Free at last, free at last!

As I write this the tears stream down my face. The feeling is real, the time is real, let’s bring it into the now. We have the power.

For more information about Leonard Peltier:


Redemption – a Leonard Peltier Tale


Download a free PDF copy of  Redemption


The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee blog

Leonard Peltier – America’s Longest-Serving Political Prisoner

Today is the 67th birthday of Leonard Peltier, America’s longest-serving political prisoner Leonard Peltier.

Peltier, a Native American activist who was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in its heyday, was convicted in 1977 for the alleged murder of two US FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

The following short video gives an overview of current details of the case.

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More detailed information, the background to the case,  the trial, and  the FBI COunter INTELligence PROgram (COINTELPRO) used can be found on the website of the Leoanard Peltier Defense Offense Committee.

The LPDOC has sent out  A Call to Action regarding recent Bureau of Prisons treatment of Leonard  including a extended solitary confinement and a pending disciplinary transfer. The website provides  prison and congressional  contact details to direct requests/demands for a congressional investigation into the treatment of Leonard Peltier. It also provides an address to write to Leonard.

The case is covered in the documentary film (90 mins), Incident at Oglala, narrated by Robert Redford.

Please take the time to write letters (or email) on behalf of Leonard, and/or to Leonard himself. Contact details can be found at the LPDOC website.

Messages of support and birthday wishes are circulating the Internet through the likes of Facebook and Youtube.

Human rights organisation The Mario Benedetti Foundation gave out its first international human rights award earlier this week. The award was given to Leonard Peltier.

“Leonard Peltier, who on September 12, 2011 will turn 67, has spent more than half his life in prison. He is a symbol of resistance to repressive state policies by the United States, where there are people in jail for ethnic, racial, ideological and religious reasons,” a foundation statement said.

Ricardo Elena, a member of the foundation’s honorary board, said that the United States,  “likes to think it is the seat of democracy, but it has political prisoners just like a dictatorship might have.”

The Mario Benedetti Foundation was established to support human rights and cultural causes in synch with the work of the Uruguayan writer who it was named for, who died in 2009.