Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Sad Day In American History


Today we received word that the parole decision has been affirmed by the U.S. Parole Commission. The Parole Commission made no concessionsexcept for one -- to finally recognize Leonard's "recent prisonrecord of good conduct."

The Parole Commission went on to say thatLeonard's age, health, and release plan were all considered, but that these elements "don't warrant his release at this time."

All legal arguments made by the Peltier attorney Eric Seitz were rejected. Once again, we're told that innocence is no defense. Yet again, the government has singled out Leonard Peltier as a scapegoat. As has always been the case, they intend to force Leonard Peltier to pay the price for the killings of their agents despite the lack of evidence against him. This is nothing short of politicallymotivated vengeance.

Leonard won't receive another full parole hearing until he is nearly 80 years old. Already at risk for blindness, kidney failure, stroke,and certainly premature death given his diet, living conditions,and health care, this parole decision is also nothing less than a death sentence.

Don't accept the unacceptable. Demand Leonard's freedom. Call theWhite House comment line every day to express your outrage. Call:(202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1112. You also can send an e-mail to the White House. Go to Mail or fax a letter to President Barack Obama, The White House,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC20500; Fax - (202) 456-2461.

When is enough enough? When will it stop? When will justice be served? It is a sad day.


Brett Ward said...

What the bloody hell?? Still????? I am going to that link right now and letting them know how I feel about this totally absurd situation that has lasted far too long...the fact that he was even arrested was too much! When are they going to "get it"???
Now do you want to know how i REALLY feel? I had better not.

yankeegirl said...

So sorry to hear about this Joni. Sad for you and the Native American people as a whole.

Brenda said...

It's very sad when they let a Level 3 Sex Offender out to do it again or a whack job like Hinckley, but a man who seems to have been railroaed is still locked up...
Shame on us...

jstinson said...

Brett, Yankee, and Brenda. Wado for your comments. I appreciate your support and am glad you are equally upset!

Anonymous said...

i met leonard years ago and he's always been my friend,and he'll continue to be my friend. this damn so called justice system is not for native americans.

Jan said...

Continues to be unbelievable !!!