Friday, February 06, 2009

International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

February 6 of each year has become The International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier. Protest gatherings to publicize Peltier's plight and help gain his release are held around the world, from a few individuals in small towns, to thousands on the Internet registering their protest with elected officials and the White House.
Peltier is considered by many to be a political prisoner and has received support from individuals and groups including Nelson Mandela, Rigoberta Menchú, Amnesty International, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama), the European Parliament, the Belgian Parliament, the Italian Parliament, the Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Michael Apted, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Matthiessen, Madonna, Bono, Sting, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Cher, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Oliver Stone, Danielle Mitterrand, Mikhail Gorbachev, Raquel Welch, Joan Collins, Ozzy Osbourne, Bianca Jagger and Kate Moss.
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Blogger Fignatz said...

And don't forget, Pip, that before he was elected President, Bill Clinton promised to pardon Leonard Peltier. Ha!

8:21 PM  
Blogger Fignatz said...

And another thing: Your list of supporters should also include Buffy Sainte Marie, who makes reference to Leonard Peltier in her furiously powerful song "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" on what (in my opinion) is one of the great "protest" albums – "Coincidence and Likely Stories". Well worth a listen if you can find it.

9:22 AM  

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