CALL TO ACTION: Clemency for Leonard Peltier & Indigenous Peoples Day 2016



For 41 years, Native activist Leonard Peltier has been falsely imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. As the Obama presidency winds down, the coming months are critical for Peltier’s freedom. Due to failing health and exhausted legal options, it is highly unlikely Peltier will live through another presidency.

This is his last chance at freedom. We must act now, or Leonard Peltier will surely die in prison.

We call on all Native and progressive movements to focus on Peltier’s clemency campaign this October 10, a day nationally celebrated as Columbus Day, as movements across the world push for the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day instead. In 2015 Leonard Peltier was named the Grand Marshal of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s first Indigenous Peoples Day, in honor of his lifelong commitment to Native freedom and justice. Although he could not march with us physically, Peltier marched with us in the spirit of Crazy Horse.

Let’s pledge, as people of peace and justice, to have Leonard march with his people as a free human and spirit for Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017! No excuses. In the name of justice for 500 years of genocide, dispossession, enslavement, mass incarceration, humiliation, and dishonor, we demand clemency for Leonard Peltier this year!

Join The Red Nation and the Native community of Albuquerque this October 10 for Indigenous Peoples Day and to demand clemency for Leonard Peltier!

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

The Red Nation:

Important dates with flyers and information on how you can volunteer:

Aug. 20: Clemency for Peltier and Pueblo Resistance March at Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM. Download the flyer here.

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Sept. 10: Free Showing of “Incident at Oglala” at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Ballroom A & B, Albuquerque, NM. Download the flyer here.

Sept. 12: Leonard Peltier’s birthday celebration. Showing of “Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier” at the Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM.

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Oct. 10: Indigenous Peoples Day. International actions centering Peltier’s clemency campaign. March and rally in downtown Albuquerque in coordination with international Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations. Download the flyer here.Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.21.50 PM.png

Dec. 5-10: “Peltier Week” in Washington, D.C. Events and actions will focus on drawing attention to Peltier’s clemency campaign and lobbying elected officials and the White House. Solidarity actions nationwide and across the globe.

Jan. 20: President Obama’s last day in office and Peltier’s last chance at freedom.