I Will, Will You? FREEDOM CAMPAIGN FOR LEONARD PELTIER
The "I Will, Will You?" Freedom Campaign has been started as a means to show the support of numerous people across America for Leonard Peltier. Celebrities such as Desmond Tutu, Michael Moore, Sting, Ringo Starr and Kenney Jones, speak up and ask President Barack Obama to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier! You can see all the videos on Human Rights Action Center YouTube Channel or our Facebook Page.
Leonard Peltier was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which promotes Native American rights. In 1975, during a confrontation involving AIM members, two FBI agents were shot dead. Peltier was convicted of their murders, but has always denied killing the agents.
Leonard Peltier has been in jail for over 40 years now. The trial that sent him to jail for two life sentences was flawed. Amnesty International said so immediately and was joined by other human rights groups and activists. While special agents Coler and Williams died that day, Leonard Peltier did not do the killings. A major confrontation did go on for quite a while between the FBI and the American Indian Movement. Many Indians were lost in this period.
Massive support has come from the communities of film, stage and spiritual leadership and tribal leadership across the world. Our goal is simple and it is to ask for clemency, pure and simple. We are not arguing the legal case. We are asking from President Obama for clemency for Leonard Peltier. We feel he has suffered long enough and it is the right of every American to ask for clemency by the Constitution.
Thus, we are mobilising to show the POTUS that there is a massive support for clemency for Peltier, both in the Indian communities and tribes as well as the American people. This will be Leonard Peltier’s last chance for Freedom.
This campaign will have much higher chances of success if everyone gets involved and takes action. Below are a few ways that you can take action!
During Human Rights Week (December 6-10), and culminating with the International human Rights Day, we are asking for clemency for Peltier from President Barack Obama in the following ways:
CONTACT THE WHITE HOUSE
Given that all legal remedies have been exhausted and that Peltier has spent 40 years in prison and is in poor health, please write to President Obama to grant clemency on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice.
Please contact the White House and leave this courteous message via email or call:
President Obama, I Will Ask you to please grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier
White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111
TAKE A SELFIE
During Human Rights Week (December 6th-10th) write #ClemencyForPeltier on the palm of your hand or on a sign or anywhere you like. Take a selfie and share it on all your social media, and ASK THEM to do the same.
I Am Asking @POTUS to please grant #ClemencyForPeltier and allow him to return to his family. #HRAC #FreePeltier #HumanRightsDay
Alternatively, you can share one of the posts that HRAC has shared on our social media pages:
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DRUM FOR PELTIER
We want to bring the tribes together with the American people in an unusual way!
As unprecedented, we are asking all 567 American Indian tribes to drum for Peltier on December 10, and have them joined and supported by drummers in American bands, including Kenney Jones, The WHO drummer.
Please join Human Rights Action Center and Native American and First Nations drum groups and hand drummers in singing for clemency for Leonard Peltier on Saturday, December 10th. You can sing one song in your homes or host a public event.
This is new and never done before! Participants would get to drum with the Apaches. They will have your number and email and a schedule can be worked out so the timing can be synchronised. If you can ask someone to send a photo of you drumming to the Apaches as well as our social media contact. It is that simple.
All drummers are welcome to participate and support this in their own way. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name or group to the list.