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On Friday, December 14, 2012 a diverse group of people from the music community, in the United States and Canada, will gather at the Beacon Theater, in NYC to sing for freedom for a man who has been locked away since the tumultuous days of the early seventies and the violence at Wounded Knee and Oglala, South Dakota. Many around the world question whether he has received justice.
The line-up features:
Harry Belafonte
Jackson Browne
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
Bruce Cockburn
Pete Seeger

More here. Leonard Peltier

Hosted by Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger, the concert will feature performances by Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, Common and Pete Seeger. Native American groups will also perform include Jennifer Kreisberg, Bill Miller, Buddy and Geronimo Powless, Gina Buenrostro, Eagleheart Singers and Mashpee Wampanoag.

Throughout the evening, notable speakers take the stage including Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Peter Coyote, Danny Glover, Jack Healey, Tom Poor Bear, Bill Means and Dorothy Ninham.

Originally posted to Protest Music on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM PST.

Also republished by Rebel Songwriters, DKOMA, An Ear for Music, Musical Moondays, Team DFH, and Invisible People.

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  •  tp'd and recd- thank you for the diary n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21<> Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

    by Thousandwatts on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:28:57 PM PST

  •  You were faster than me ... (12+ / 0-)

    I just was trying to write a little diary about it. So I just put that what touched me today from Democracy Now's show about the Leonard Peltier case, which included  a never shown video clip of Leonard Peltier reading his own poetry from prison, recorded by a German reporter Claus Biegert somewhere in 2000.

    Please watch the video and pay attention to how Bill Clinton reacted when asked to grant clemency for Peltier:

       AMY GOODMAN: What is your position on granting Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist, executive clemency?

        PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, I don’t—I don’t have a position I can announce yet. I think if—I believe there is a new application for him in there. And when I have time, after the election is over, I’m going to review all the remaining executive clemency applications and, you know, see what the merits dictate. I will try to do what I think the right thing to do is based on the evidence. And I’ve never had the time actually to sit down myself and review that case. I know it’s very important to a lot of people, maybe on both sides of the issue. And I think I owe it to them to give it an honest look-see. So, part of my responsibilities in the last 10 weeks of office after the election will be to review the requests for pardons and executive clemencies and give them a fair hearing. And I pledge to do that.

        AMY GOODMAN: And you will give an answer in his case?

        PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Oh, yeah, I’ll decide one way or the other.

    Bill Clinton granted clemency to Mark Rich instead, who lived in Switzerland and since a 1983 indictment on charges of wire fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and trading with Iran in violation of a U.S. embargo.

    From Democracy Now's transcript:

    Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich, was a major donor to the campaigns of both President Clinton and his wife, then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Peltier said in response, quote, "We can see who is granted clemency and why. The big donors to the president’s campaign were able to buy justice, something we just couldn’t afford. Meanwhile, many political prisoners continue to languish unjustly, proof that this nation’s talk about reconciliation is nothing but empty rhetoric," said Leonard Peltier.

    This is the transcript of the poem Peltier read from his prison for the video clip you can see Native American Activist Leonard Peltier’s Jailhouse Plea for Long-Denied Clemency
       In the Shadowed Night."

        in the shadowed night
        I become spirit.
        The walls, the bars, the gratings dissolve into light
        and I unloosen my soul
        and fly through the inner darkness of my being.
        I become transparent,
        a bright shadow,
        a bird of dreams singing from the tree of life.

        "The Knife of My Mind"

        I have no presence.
        I have only a past
        and, perhaps, a future.
        The presence has been taken from me.

        I’m left in an empty space whose darkness
        I carve at with the knife of my mind.
        I must carve myself anew
        out of the razor-wire nothingness.

        I will know the ecstasy
        and the pain
        of freedom.
        I will be ordinary again.
        Yes, ordinary,
        that terrifying condition,
        where all is possibility,
        where the presence exists and must be faced.

    There is a long interview with a longtime friend and advocate of Leonard Peltier, Peter Coyote, well worth listening to or reading.
  •  Democracy Now today (5+ / 0-)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

    by JayRaye on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:35:44 PM PST

  •  I would very much like for this pardon (3+ / 0-)

    to happen. Mr. Peltier is a political prisoner, and I find it heartbreaking America does this.

    "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

    by glorificus on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:17:05 PM PST

    •  Mr.Peltier is a cold blooded convicted murderer (1+ / 1-)
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      And he is coming home in 2012 only in a box. One of the guiltiest martyrs of the far Left since Alger Hiss went to that big Soviet Typewriter in the Sky. Please read the trial transcript, appellate court opinions of the lack of merit to his  tiresome, repetitive appeals  and objective reports of this loser's thuggery before proclaiming him a "political prisoner".

      •  From the FBI? I'd need more credible sources. (1+ / 0-)
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        "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

        by glorificus on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:45:18 PM PST

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        •  There is some controversy (1+ / 0-)
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          Peltier's indictment and conviction have been the subject of much controversy; Amnesty International placed his case under the "Unfair Trials" category of its Annual Report: USA 2010, citing concerns with the fairness of the proceedings.[1]
          - wikipedia

          He was a targeted activist and there is also this.

             An FBI ballistics expert testimony during the trial asserted that a shell case found near the dead agents' bodies matched the rifle tied to Peltier. He said that a forensics test of the firing pin, which would have more definitively matched the gun to the cartridge case, was not performed because the gun was damaged in the fire. A less definitive test indicated that the extractor marks on the case and rifle matched.

              Years later, after an FOIA request, the FBI ballistics expert’s records were examined. His report said that he had performed a ballistics test of the firing pin and concluded that the cartridge case from the scene of the crime did not come from the rifle tied to Peltier. That evidence was withheld from the jury during the trial.[16]

          No one will ever really know what happened but that is the point. We're supposed to know to keep a man in jail for life.


          Hairy Larry

          Please join the Protest Music Group where we sing truth to power.

          by hairylarry on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:06:10 AM PST

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          •  Peltier is another example of discriminative (0+ / 0-)

            sentencing exacerbated by racism, I believe.

            "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

            by glorificus on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:18:57 AM PST

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