Human Rights Action Center (HRAC) is joining a flood of supporters seeking clemency for Native American Leonard Peltier.
Native peoples across the United States have joined with HRAC, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other luminaries and organizations including, but not limited to Harry Belafonte, Kris Kristofferson, the late Pete Seeger, members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, The National Congress of American Indians, Wes Studi, Chris Eyre, Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne, Irene Bedard, Peter Gabriel, Michael Moore, Chaske Spencer, Chef Art Smith, Tom Morello and others to bring Peltier’s case back to the public's attention.
Peltier, now 70, has been in prison since 1976 for his alleged involvement in an incident that occurred on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. The Peltier case has been the subject of "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" by acclaimed author Peter Matthiessen and "Incident at Oglala," a documentary film produced and narrated by Robert Redford.
In declining health, Leonard Peltier has served nearly 40 years in prison.
The circumstances of Peltier's conviction have drawn the attention of
Amnesty International (AI) and other human rights organizations. The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, The World Council of Churches, The European Parliament, The former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Coretta Scott King, Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), and thousands of other supporters have asked for Peltier's release.
The Human Rights Action Center has been instrumental in the campaigns to free Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others.
This five minute clemency PSA is Executive Produced by Jack Healey, Directed by Douglas Busby, Produced by Jack Magee and Douglas Busby and conceived and written by Sheron Wyant Leonard.