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

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Call to Action: UN Universal Periodic Review to assess

The United States is a member of the United Nations Human Rights
Council (HRC) and will be reviewed for the first time this year by
the HRC's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in November
2010. Under the UPR all 192 UN member States (countries) are reviewed
every 4 years to assess compliance with their obligations to respect
and implement human rights for all. The review is based on each
country's national report as well as independent submissions from
"civil society stakeholders," including Indigenous Peoples.

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee is participating in
the national report in a number of different ways, but we can't be
in all places at one time. Therefore, we're asking supporters to
attend the U.S. State Department's "listening sessions" around the
country and speak up on Leonard's behalf. While five sessions have
already occurred, there are still five locations where sessions will
occur during the next several weeks. These are unique opportunities
to bring attention to Leonard's case and the human rights violations
to which he has been subjected by the U.S. government.

Session Schedule

-- El Paso, TX, on March 8-9; Location: Camino Real Hotel

-- Birmingham, AL, on March 11-12, Location: Miles College

-- New Mexico, on March 16 and 17; Locations: UNM Law School (16th); Window
Rock, Navajo Nation (17th). The NM sessions have been planned
specifically for Indigenous Peoples and Nations, to receive input
for its national report. Focus themes for the Albuquerque session
will include Sovereignty and Self Determination, Nation to Nation
Relations, Lands, Territories and Natural Resources,
Treaty Rights and Sacred Sites among others.

-- Chicago, IL, Date TBC, Location: TBC

-- San Francisco, CA, on March 25-26, Location TBC (USF Law School
and/or Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley)

Although these cities have been confirmed, in some cases the meeting
sites and/or local contact organizations are still being worked out
with the onsite hosts and Coordinating Committees. The best contact
at this time for specific information about the rest of these
listening sessions and who you can contact for more information
about participation is Sarah Paoletti, Senior Coordinator for
the US Human Rights Network UPR Project. She can be reached . You can also contact Laura Baum, USHRN
Staff Coordinator at

A word from Leonard: He's pleased that supporters are stepping up
to speak on his behalf this way. He thanks you and asks only that
you do your homework. It's imperative that you relay complete and
accurate information.

If you need assistance with preparing your statement for a session,
contact us. We'll be happy to brainstorm with you. Otherwise,
we recommend that you use "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" by Peter
Matthiessen as your source material.

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
(701) 235-2206 (Phone); (701) 235-5045 (Fax)

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