On the daily there are so many issues that crave our attention. I guess we literally choose what to focus on, and sometimes it’s just our own lives because sometimes making that work is enough. Recently though, I heard about a surge of support for Leonard Peltier, which has really inspired me.
Leonard Peltier is a Native American elder, artist, and humanitarian who remains behind bars because of racial profiling and a flawed system. As the election circus happens [again], Leonard Peltier is incarcerated in a maximum security federal prison. The Lakota Grandmothers, the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, and many more autonomous groups are all calling for Executive Clemency for this man who means so much to so many people.
An incomplete history of Native American people is covered in history class, but their struggle is not over. The Native people, who tend the land and honor Mother Earth and all the beings here, sends a strong message to a fast-growing world which is disconnected from the devastation of the Earth and the separation of people and animals.
Leonard Peltier is from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, a place that speaks so strongly and so loudly that it will move you to tears (which was my experience when I visited there). The land and the people are so infinitely intertwined as they share their struggle, their oppression, as well as their beauty, their inspiration, and their spiritual strength. I believe that the land-based movement has a part in the conversation for racial justice and ultimately spiritual solidarity. Calling for the support of Leonard Peltier’s will give voice to calls unheard by so many. President Obama, please listen and free this innocent man!
This movement has no central fundraising, and your voice will speak louder than any other contribution, so, Please, call The White House Today at 202-456-1111 and leave a message for President Obama. If enough of us call, he will listen.
Yours in Solidarity.