Leonard Peltier: “I am everyone”

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December 13, 2012 by SCNCC

Free Leonard PeltierSupporters of imprisoned Native American rights activist Leonard Peltier will be a holding a concert Friday in New York to raise awareness of Peltier’s case. A member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Peltier has languished in prison since his 1977 conviction for first degree murder in the killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The FBI’s case against Peltier is riddled with holes and doubts have been raised over the fairness of his trial. Amnesty International considers Peltier a political prisoner. His next scheduled parole hearing won’t occur until the year 2224. In the meantime, Peltier’s supporters are calling on President Obama to issue a pardon. For more on Peltier’s case watch today’s Democracy Now!
Peltier wrote the following poem from federal prison:
I am Everyone
I am everyone
who ever died
without a voice
or a prayer
or a hope
or a chance…
everyone who ever suffered
for being an Indian,
for being human,
for being indigenous,
for being free,
for being Other,
for being committed…
I am every one of them.
Every single one.
Yes.
Even you.
I am everyone.

2 thoughts on “Leonard Peltier: “I am everyone”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great cause. KAren

  2. James Simon says:

    Here’s another poem he wrote, borrowed from a favorite song:

    Somewhere over my cell bro
    I’ll fly high,
    There’s a scam I hadn’t thought of,
    One in another lie.

    Someday I’ll wish upon a bar
    And wake up where my buddies are far
    Behind me.
    Where bubbles smell like prison mops
    Away above my chubby tops
    That’s where you’ll find me.

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