Cutcha Risling Baldy: Don't let Leonard Peltier die in prison system

Leonard Peltier. Photo from Amnesty International

Cutcha Risling Baldy, a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, calls for the release of imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier:
Leonard Peltier, a Chippewa-Lakota man, has been in prison for 40 years, incarcerated for the murder of two FBI agents in 1975. The case against him is shaky, that’s the best way I can describe it, and it seems he is the victim of an overzealous prosecution during a period of time when being a Native activist was treated like an act of treason. Peltier’s involvement with the American Indian Movement (AIM) made him a target, as it made several other Natives activists, their families and their children targets during the 1970s while AIM led a resistance against corrupt federal, state and local government policies.

Netflix hasn’t done a ten part documentary series on Peltier’s case, but for the past 40 years many people have fought in the hopes of bringing to light the corrupt nature of his prosecution. Native people are reminded each time Peltier asks for clemency of the precarious nature of the justice system. It is what struck such a chord with audiences as they followed the saga of Steven Avery, a man who was wrongfully convicted, in Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” series. What if the system can be easily manipulated by a select few in authority who just want you to be guilty? What if they lock you up and throw away the key?

How many letters will you write home that begin, “please don’t let me die in prison”?

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Cutcha Risling Baldy : We Resist, We Survive: Leonard Peltier and Imprisoned Indians (teleSUR 2/6)

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