Join Leonard Peltier Support Group of Silicon Valley, LPSG SV, on Saturday 10th December to honor Leonard Peltier, an honorable leader and Native Rights activist, and all political prisoners, on International Human Rights Day.
Saturday 10th December
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
School of Arts & Culture @ Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., corner of King Road, San Jose, CA.
This is a potluck. Please bring something to share with othes.
Program includes statements by and about:
Reverend Edward Pinkney
Oscar Lopez Rivera
Love Not Blood Campaign
Disaster Support Network for the Philippines (DSNP)
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 advocate for Indigenous Rights since 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 information about Leonard Peltier: http://www.WhoIsLeonardPeltier.info http://www.FreePeltierNow.org https://djfreeleonard.bandcamp.com/
For more information about Mumia Abu-Jamal: http://www.freemumia.com
For more information about Reverend Edward Pinkney: http://www.bhbanco.org/
For more information about Oscar Lopez Rivera: https://www.facebook.com/freeoscarlopezriveranow/
For more information about Move 9: http://onamove.com/move-9/ http://move9parole.blogspot.com/
For more information about Rasmea Odeh: http://justice4rasmea.org/
For more information about Kevin Cooper: http://www.savekevincooper.org/
For more information about Love Not Blood Campaign: http://www.lovenotbloodcampaign.com/
For more information about Disaster Support Network for the Philippines (DSNP): https://disastersupportnetworkphilippines.wordpress.com/about/
Sponsored by LPSG Silicon Valley (Leonard Peltier Support Group).
Endorsed by: Justice for Palestinians, San Jose Peace & Justice Center, South Bay Committee Against Political Repression
For more information contact Donna Wallach:
(h) 408-557-8824 (cell) 408-569-6608 FreedomNow4LeonardPeltier [at] gmail.com