I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Warriors Press On. Free Leonard Peltier.

Found this notice of the parole decision on a blog site run by Friends of Peltier: they aren't giving up until that man comes home. Nor should the rest of us. Any non-law enforcement agents bothering to read this blog this weekend should have the time and the wherewithall to click on a few of these links below and argue for a DOJ investigation and a Presidential pardon. An extra 20 minutes and you could write a real letter - those things go at least twice as far as emails can ever get, especially the hand-written ones.

Every political prisoner in the country is waiting to see what we do next, because if we fail Leonard Peltier, then surely there is no hope left for them. I, for one, intend to see them all free by the end of this administration. They've already begun to die; they can't wait for another president. Nor can Leonard. His friends know what to do, so read on, and write...


"When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once; therefore, you and your brothers [and sisters] press on and let nothing discourage you until you have entirely finished what you have begun."--Teedyuschung, Delaware

News from North Dakota, today, is that Leonard Peltier's parole has been denied. He won't receive another full parole hearing until 2024, at the age of 79 years.

As sad as we all are, we are steadfast, undefeated. We will not go away. We will not be quiet.

Take a moment to reflect. Just a moment. But then put your disappointment behind you. Gather your strength. There's much work to be done.

* Action Item 1: Contact the Attorney General *

On June 23, 1995, Amnesty International submitted a letter of concern about the Peltier case to the then U.S. Attorney General. There was no response. Write to Eric Holder, Attorney General. Ask him to conduct an executive review of the case and to finally right the wrongs of the past. Tell him it's never too late to find the truth. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Eric A. Holder, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Or call the Office of the Attorney General at 202-353-1555.

And while you're at it, ask Mr. Holder why more than 140,000 documents from a 30+-year-old case are still being withheld by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tell him America has a right to know what occurred over 30 years ago and demand the release of all documents related to the Peltier case.

* Action Item 2: Contact Members of Congress *

Use all the resources at your disposal to contact your Members of Congress and continue urging them to support freedom for Leonard Peltier. That support should be formally expressed in correspondence to President Obama.

Also demand a full congressional investigation into the Reign of Terror on the Pine Ridge Reservation during the '70s. It's long past time for the truth to be told. See:

Do you use Twitter? Try using this service to quickly and easily reach your Members of Congress:

You also can sign the petition:

Congress will not be in session for most of August. This is a good time to meet with your Members of Congress in their home offices. Make the appointment now. You can find locations, telephone numbers, etc., via our congressional directory:

* Action Item 3: Call the White House *(Do this!!! Really!!! Call Obama out! He Promised Change.)

Call the White House comment line to express your outrage at the outcome of the parole hearing. Demand that President Obama free Peltier now. Call:

(202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1112.

You also can send an e-mail to the White House. Go to

If you prefer, mail or fax a letter:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Fax - (202) 456-2461

Better yet... Do all three.


Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

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