Please join Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley in honouring Leonard Peltier on Sunday 10th December 2017, International Human Rights Day, as we also honour others who struggle for human rights.
Potluck: Please bring something to share
Speakers & Performers:
Roberto Tinoco Duran, Purepecha, performing
Sharat G. Lin, boardmember of SJPJC, speaking about human rights and militarization of police
Masao Suzuki, Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC), speaking about EO 9066, Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, and anti-Muslim policies today.
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
FreedomNow4LeonardPeltier [at] gmail [dot] com
Leonard Peltier is an activist, an artist, a humanitarian and a writer. He is of the Anishinabe, Dakota, and Lakota Nations and traces the roots of his political activism to the rank racism and brutal poverty he experienced every day as an Indigenous child growing up on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Fort Totten Sioux reservations in North Dakota.
As an activist, Leonard Peltier has been a tireless advocated for Indigenous Rights sine his teen years. A participant in the American Indian Movement (AIM), he went to assist the Oglala Sioux people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the mid-1970s where on June 26, 1975, a tragic shoot out occurred. He was wrongfully convicted for the deaths of two FBI agents & has been illegally incarcerated since 1976.
Leonard Peltier is a self-taught artist. His style is an outgrowth of drawing & carving lessons he received as a child from tribal elders. Although limited by the prison environment, he has emerged as a master of Indigenous Art. Leonard’s artwork reflects his beliefs & commitment to Native American culture. It is The People’s struggle to survive & his desire to portray their cultural beauty that inspires him to paint. In 1986, Leonard suffered a stroke & lost about eighty percent of his sight in his left eye. “My eye problem has slowed me down considerably, but I am still inspired.”
Leonard Peltier has made remarkable contributions to humanitarian & charitable causes during his over 4 decades in the torture chambers called prison. He has won several human rights awards, including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; & the 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2009, for the sixth consecutive year, Mr. Peltier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has played a key role in getting people from different tribes, with a history of animosity, to come together in peace. He advocates for peaceful resolution of all Native American issues & respect for the rights of others.
In 1999 Leonard Peltier’s book “Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance”, was released and was met with critical acclaim. In addition, he often writes commentaries which are read publicly and published on his official website.
“Doing time creates a demented darkness of my own imagination; doing time does this thing to you. But of course, you don’t do time. You do without it. Or rather, time does you. Time is a cannibal that devours the flesh of your years day by day, bite by bite.” ~Leonard Peltier
For more detailed information about Leonard Peltier’s case and the man himself:
LPSG SV (Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley)
San Jose Peace & Justice Center (SJPJC)
South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR)