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Emergency Protest to Defend the Safety of American Indian Movement Leader Leonard Peltier!

Date:
Friday, January 23, 2009
Time:
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
Tony Gonzales
Location Details:
New San Francisco Federal Building, 7th & Mission Sts. San Francisco


Join us in an emergency protest to defend the safety of American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier, who has been unjustly imprisoned for more than 30 years. Leonard was severely beaten upon his transfer to Canaan Federal Prison in Pennsylvania.

When: Friday, January 23, 11 am - 1 pm
Where: New San Francisco Federal Building, 7th & Mission Sts.

Sponsored by: American Indian Movement West
Endorsed by: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition - Act Now to Stop War & End Racism

Following are excerpts from a letter received on January 21 from Betty Peltier-Solano, Executive Coordinator of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

"I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him. The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

"We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his safety. It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner."
To read the entire letter and for contact information to call and write Canaan Prison and other federal authorities, go to: http://www.aimwest.info/

Added to the calendar on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 2:14PM
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