I’m more familiar than I’d like to be with the mistakes and malice of our FBI and Justice Department, and their role in instigating conviction corruption as well as covering it up, although mandates contrarily direct the FBI to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes. Spending the better part of the day looking at Justice Department grant disbursements was more than disheartening … it is quite apparent that our pockets are being picked for dark purposes. Nothing will change if we, the people don’t conduct the Oversight we pay for and do not receive, and demand that expenditures serve justice. I do not want to spend another cent on incarcerating Leonard Peltier (or another minute fighting for his incarceration not to be cruel and unusual); I want my dollars to go towards investigating and prosecuting public corruption.
Date: December 20, 2012 10:11:59 AM EST
Subject: Holiday Greetings From Leonard
Greeting My friends and Family
I write this to you with mixed feelings today. I cannot stop
thinking of the events at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown,
Connecticut. If I had the power to change only one event of this
past year, to assure that only one thing could be taken back,
I would erase the events of that day and see each of those
beautiful children come home to their families as if it had never
happened. But I cannot change those things and can only live with the
knowledge that such things do happen in this world. And I cannot
help but be reminded by the violent deaths of those children,
of the murders of my own people, children included,on the winter
banks of Wounded Knee Creek, Sand Creek and on the Washita and so
many other places. Violence against children or women can never be
acceptable to any society…..but it is part of history now and
must not be forgotten. We have to work toward a more humane and
My wish list is long and I will not bore you with all of it but I
will ask you to add your prayers to mine so that the Oglala people
and others who are working so hard to stop the XL Pipeline and
protect our Mother Earth will be strong and will feel the much needed
support of more and more others going forward. Anyone who looks at
the pictures, the evidence, will know at a glance that this is a
careless and reckless destruction of our precious natural world. We
are the only ones who can say the words out loud. The four legged and
the winged beings and the fish that swim are powerless to protect
themselves. The very life’s blood of our being, the water itself is
being poisoned as we speak. We have the technology to change our way
of fueling our cars and heating our homes. But it is greed and the
thirst for money that keeps us from using this technology. We have
to do better. Life itself is at stake for the coming generations.
And I wish for an end to all wars and that we will find a way to
move toward a more fair society that allows all people to work and
provide for their families. That is the least we can do.
And let me close by asking you to understand my need to express the
thoughts and feelings above and get back to the much more positive
reason for writing this letter.
I want to wish each of you the warmest of Holiday Greetings and
pray that you will have the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years.
I am grateful to all those who came together to drum and sing and
play and speak for me in New York City. I have heard that it was a
wonderful evening of love and music and that the audience was both
multi-cultural and ranged in age from 8 years old to two women from
Massachusetts in their 90’s. And of course I say Thank You to the
ageless Pete Seeger and Harry Belafonte who stayed with this idea
and finally made it become reality. And a personal Thank You to all
who were there for me. The names are too many to list and I am afraid
I might forget someone so I will just offer my thanks for all you.
I am deeply grateful to you and will not forget what you have done
You have given me hope again. It has been twelve years since I have
allowed myself to have hope. I like the way it feels, but there is
a very long way to fall if it turns out to be un-fulfilled hope. I
have been here before and the very thought of it is frightening,
but I know I have to envision myself walking through the steel
doors. I know that is my part of this and I am doing that now.
I am willing and prepared to take that risk and hope that this will
be the year that I will get to know freedom again and will get to
embrace my family and friends again.
Thank You to all of you who have not forgotten me. Doksha !
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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106