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Forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
September 6, 2010

Sisters, brothers, friends and supporters,

I wish I could sit across the table from each of you right now. We’d
share a meal and reflect on changes in this world over these 35 or
so years. Yes, I pay attention to things on the outside (as much as
possible). I know the world is in turmoil and I ache for the Native
people who languish in utter poverty on reservations and in inner
cities across America.

As a young man, all I wanted to do was make a positive difference
in the People’s lives. I’ll turn 66 years old next week and I
still want that. It’s difficult to have an impact in my current
circumstances, though. That’s a constant source of frustration for
me. On the outside, given the chance to roll up my sleeves once
again, I suspect I’d still be somewhat frustrated. All that must
be done is more than any one person can accomplish. I’d still like
the opportunity to do my part.

Thinking back to those days on Pine Ridge, what I remember is the
funerals. There were so many funerals… So many families lost
loved ones.

There was a powerful force at work on the reservation back then,
one with a single purpose-to stamp out the last resistance of the
Lakota people.

We (the Oglala traditionals and members of the American Indian
Movement) stood up because we were trying to defend our People. It
was the right thing to do. We had-have-the right to survive.

The land was being stolen, too… used for mining mostly. No thought
was given to the disposal of toxic waste. The rivers were full of
poisons. Not much has changed, I hear.

In those days, though, the reservation was torn apart by a
tribal dispute and the federal government armed one group against
another. The result was a long line of tragedies for the People
of Pine Ridge… and for the People who were there that day in
June 1975.

I honestly understand the pain and anguish suffered by all concerned
and I have been part of that suffering.

I have watched people lie on the witness stand countless times and
felt the doors closing on me.

I have heard judges admonish prosecutors for allowing false evidence
in and, in some cases, for participating in the falsification itself.

The government hid evidence, too.

Or manufactured it. Literally.

The courts say none of this is even in dispute anymore. So I wonder,
if the American standard of justice is still “beyond a reasonable
doubt,” why am I still here?

Some people have had their convictions overturned because of one
constitutional violation. The number of constitutional violations
in my case is staggering. Yet, I continue to wait here for the same
justice to be applied for me.

I hope that someday someone can put it all on the table and show
the enormity of the railroading I have been victimized by.

Last year, as you know, my parole was denied. That was a
disappointment, but I am not defeated. My fight for freedom-for
my People and myself-is not over. I am a pipe carrier and
a Sundancer. Abandoning The Struggle is not-never will be-a

I am an Indian man and proud of it. I love my People and culture
and spiritual beliefs. My enemies like to suggest otherwise and
seek to rob me of all dignity. They won’t succeed.

When I look back over all the years, I remember all the good people
who have stood up for me, for a day or a decade. Of course, many
have stayed with me all along the way. I think of the hundreds of
thousands of people around the world who have signed petitions for
me, too… people on the poorest of reservations to the highest of
political offices.

As we have learned over these many years, my freedom won’t come
quickly or easily. To succeed, the coming battle will have to be
hard fought. Please continue to help my Committee and legal team
as you have always done. Your support is more important now than
ever before. When freedom comes, it will be due in no small part
to the actions you take on my behalf.

Again, thank you for remembering me. You can’t know the comfort you
bring to an innocent man locked away from the world for so very long.


Leonard Peltier
US Penitentiary
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Launched into cyberspace by the Leonard Peltier Defence Offense
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
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Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

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Here is a continuation of my listing of blogs from around the world.  Most of these blogs reflect my longtime concern for the Third World, and the effects of Western imperialism on indigenous peoples.


Gaza Mom:  The Writings of a Mother from Gaza

I have quite a few blogs from Gaza.  This is the only one I will list for now.

Michael Geist [Prof. U. Ottawa, Internet and e-commerce law]

Global Guerrillas
“Networked tribes, systems disruption, and the emerging bazaar of violence.     Resilient Communities, decentralized platforms, and self-organizing futures. By     John Robb”

Tony Greenstein’s Blog [UK]
“Socialist, anti-Zionist, anti-racist”

Guelph Now! [Canada]
“The personal blog of Phil Allt”

Guerrillas Without Guns
“Utopean Means for Imperial Gain in the Former USSR”

Haiti Analysis

Haiti Justice Blog

Haiti Reborn

Kelly Sans Culotte

Hands Off the People of Iran

Zameerul Hassan [Lahore, Pakistan]

Honduras Oye!
“… news, analysis, opinion, photos, videos and important alerts straight from     the Honduran Resistance in the streets.”

Inca Kola News

Indigenous Voices
“A live Bluestocking Bookstore event…”

Iran-Persia Blogspot

Irish Girl

Jefferson Corner
Sami Jamil Jadallah, On My Mind

Kenyan Pundit

Khabrein [India]

“Scholarly commentary on Middle East politics, culture and media coverage”

Yumi Kikuchi’s Blog and Podcast [Japan]

Carlos Latuff [Rio de Janeiro, Brazil]
“Would you like to join the army?  Better read these comics first!”
Tales of Iraq War

Carlos Latuff is a well-known cartoonist who regularly lampoons The Empire and Israeli aggression in Palestine.

The Laughing Diplomat
Carlo Ungaro

Leftclick [Austalia]
“Blog and Multimedia for a Left and Green Perspective”

Leitin að Svörum [English and Icelandic]

Live in Guyana
[I would appreciate analysis and comments on this blog.  Romi]
“Slow fire! Slow fire!  Restarted…”

Antony Loewenstein [Australia]

Liam MacUaid [UK]


Ashin Mettacara [Burmese Buddhist monk]
“Free Press for Freedom of Thought, Belief and Expression”

Mi Mundo

Ghulam Muhammed. Mumbai

The Mossadegh Project
“‘If I sit silently, I have sinned.’  ~Mohammad Mossadegh”

Munaeem’s Blog

Mundo dos Sonhos

My Two Beads Worth

Navajo sand painting by thebestfromjmh7

Navajo sand painting.

Native Pride
“…taking the mystery out of our traditional beliefs so they cease to be beliefs     at all and become understanding and awareness of what is real.”

Native Vote Washington

Several years ago, a local bookstore (which sadly went out of business when B&N came to town) used to have a sign that said something to the effect that nobody with any brains ever has enough BOOKSHELF SPACE.

So, bearing that little gem in mind, I am now going to contribute to your gridlock with a few contributions that I consider ESSENTIAL reading, both fiction and nonfiction.

In the fiction category, the best novel of the twentieth century, IMHO, is far and away by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marques.  I s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d through Hundred Years of Solitude, which someone assured me was an allegory of Latin American history, feeling all the time like it was written by someone on peyote, or pot, at the very least.

But then when I read Love in the Time of Cholera, I felt like my brain REALLY was on fire.  The review on the dust jacket informed me, as I recall, that people said it, “returned our worn souls to us.”

And so it did.

It is not for young people, though.  I would not give it to anyone under forty.   Well, okay, thirty at the very least.  Even if it doesn’t take that long for their soul to wear out.

The other fiction that I like includes most of

(1) Naguib Mahfouz.  Start with the Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk,  Palace of Desire and Sugar Street).

(2) Ray Bradbury.  His best full length novel is Fahrenheit 451, which was made into a movie with Oskar Werner and Julie Christie, but his collections of short stories, particularly Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, are classics.  Does this date me?

In the nonfiction category, the best book I have read recently is, of course, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  I honestly think that if you read this book (which weighs in at a hefty 558 pages), you will not need to read much else in the social sciences category for, oh say, twenty or thirty years, except maybe for Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America.  Her depth of analysis is that good.  IMHO it is the best thing since Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, which, while inspired mostly by the Algerian struggle, of course, was about the Third World and imperialism all over the globe.

Another book I really like, also somewhat dated, is Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre.  O! Jerusalem.  This one has just come out in another edition, I think.

So, here are my picks for a few nonfiction essentials.

Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex.

Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre.  O! Jerusalem.

Franz Fanon.  Wretched of the Earth.

Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Eduardo Galeano.  Open Veins of Latin America:  Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.

Mohammed Heykal (Heikel).    Autumn of Fury.  Editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram and  friend of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, he is considered a leading commentator on Arab politics and has authored many other books.

_________ . Nasser: The Cairo Documents.

Naomi Klein. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Thomas Edward Lawrence (T.E.), The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Amin Maalouf.  The Crusades Through Arab Eyes.

Charles C. Mann.  1491:  New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus.

Joseph Wilson.  The Politics of Truth.

This list is longer than I had intended when I started writing this post, but I feel like it doesn’t do justice to many other works I would mention, so I guess I will write another post at some time in the not-too-distant future.

~ Romi



When I was growing up, my father refused to let us have a TV set.  Instead, we listened to a radio station that broadcasted from Berkeley, California, called KPFA.  (One of my father’s friends was some kind of electrical engineering guru, and fixed us up with an antenna so that we could listen to the station even though we lived more than a hundred miles away, in Monterey.)

KPFA was one of the first (maybe even THE first) radio stations that had no commercials.  It relied on listener support, and had a fantastic repetoire that included classical and jazz music, as well as news from around the world, interviews and commentaries by socialists, peace and anti-war folks and other people who are now called progressives, but were called everything from beatniks to communists back then.  I got a great education listening to KPFA every night while my classmates were suffering years of brainwashing by the MSM, until some of them finally threw off some of it in the sixties.

Radio is still a great medium for enlightened communication, and  KPFA is still alive.  (Now, it is part of the Pacifica network which has stations in LA, Houston and New York.)

These are a few radio stations that offer news and views you won’t hear on the MSM (mainstream media, or–as a friend calls it–the “lamestream media.”)  As with everything that is spoken or written, you should, “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”  In other words, like everything else, you should subject everything broadcast, even on these stations, to critical examination.

It’s the only way to defend your brain.

And then, when you do, let us know what you think.

~ Romi

A-Infos Radio Project

Air America

American Freedom Radio

BlogTalk Radio
“Social issues, empowerment, and history with a concentration on black     America and politics.”

Coop Radio CFRO 102.7 FM  [Vancouver]

First Voices Indigenous Radio

Free Radio Network

Law and Disorder Radio

NAMAW on blogradio

National Public Radio

No Lies Radio
Radio Station KPFK  90.7 FM  [Los Angeles]
☼  “Middle East in Focus” [radio program]
“Weekdays on Pacifica Radio”

Prison Radio
“A Project of the Redwood Justice Fund”

Progressive Radio Network
“The #1 Radio for Progressive Minds”


Radio Cadena Agramonte [Cuba]

Radio Free Georgia
“Your Station for Progressive Information”

Radio Free Palestine

Radio Guáimaro [Cuba]
“Voice of the First Cuban Constitution”

Radio Insurgente
“La voz de los sin voz”
“…official voice of the National Zapatista Liberation Army”

Radio Jamaica

Radio Lajee

Radio Netherlands

Radio New Zealand

Radio Station KBOO Community Radio! 100.7 FM [Fort Hood/Corvallis, Oregon]

Radio Station KPOO 89.5 FM [San Francisco]
“…community-based nonprofit, noncommercial radio station that caters to the     needs of populations traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream media.”

Radio Station WHUS
“Radio for the People”
University of Connecticut

Reality Radio WPRR, 1690 AM [Grand Rapids, MI]


… listening to the radio. Circa 1954.

Sawt Beirut [“Voice of Beirut”]

SIRIUS Satellite Radio
“The best radio on radio”

Taking Aim Radio [on WBAI 99.5 FM]
“With Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone”

TUC Radio
[“’Time of Useful Consciousness,’ an aeronautical term…”]

Turner Radio Network
The Hal Turner Show

Voice of Palestine [102.7 FM]

WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City
“Your Peace and Justice Community Radio Station”
☼ Beyond the Pale
“BEYOND THE PALE explores cutting edge Jewish culture and offers local,     national, and international political debate and analysis from a Jewish perspective.”

“The voice of WBAI in Exile”

We Ourselves  [Radio Station WPFW, Washington DC]
Talk Show with Ambrose I. Lane, Sr.

The Young Turks [Sirius Satellite Radio]

There are too many tribes for me to list them all.  I will be adding to this list, though, and if you know of others, or are looking for one in particular, please let me know.

~ Romi

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation [Canada]

Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas [UC Davis]

Comanche Lodge

First Nations

The Fourth World
By Juan Santos

Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust
“The Untold Story of the Genocide of Aboriginal Peoples”

Hunter Bear
“Our basic cultural perspective is Iroquoian and Wabanaki–strongly     influenced by Navajo and Laguna.”

Lakotah [Sioux] Freedom Delegation

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Looking Back woman

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community
“Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Dakota Culture for Future     Generations”

Mescalero Apache Reservation

Mohawk Nation News

Navajo Justice Page:  Uranium Mining in the Southwest

Navajo Nation


Red Lake Net News [Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota]

Potawatomi Nation

Republic of Lakota

The Seminole Tribe of Florida

Seventh Native American Youth Generation

The United Cherokee People

Weisser Lakota

Pascua Yaqui Tribe [Official Website]

Nonviolent activism is the only hope for changing a society hellbent on destruction and death.  Here are some sites for activists.

Please check back with me, as I will be updating this, or write to me if you have a particular concern and want to contact groups that are active on that issue.

~ Romi
Activist Post
“Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming”

Angry White Kid

Campus Activism

The Carter Center [President Jimmy Carter]
“Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.”

Catholic Worker
Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG)

Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Rachel’s Words
Let Me Stand Alone

Courage to Resist
“Support the Troops who Refuse to Fight!”

Cultures of Resistance


Friends Committee on National Legislation
Of Peace and Politics [interns’ blog]

NGO Friends of the Earth
“We champion a healthy and just world.”

George Galloway, M.P. [Viva Palestina founder]
Official Site

The GI Rights Hotline

GI Sanctuary City
Bellingham, Washington


(Copyright notice: © Greenpeace / Zwaneveld)

Greenpeace. Stopping the Russian ship Mumrinskiy from unloading a potentially illegal cod shipment.  Info:

Greenpeace International
Nuclear Reaction
“Blogging the Meltdown of the Nuclear Industry”

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Habitat for Humanity

Sea Shepherd

The Shministim Letter
“Refusing to serve the occupation!  We are Israeli teenagers who refuse to take part     in an army that illegally and brutally occupies Palestinian Territories and are willing     to pay the price for our struggle against the occupation and in favor of peace.”

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development

Women in Black
“For justice. Against war.”  “…a world-wide network of women committed to     peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms     of violence.”

Women in Black
“For justice. Against war.”  “…a world-wide network of women committed to     peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms     of violence.”

Here are a few general Native American sites.   These are only sites in the U.S. and Canada, and I have not listed websites of tribes.  I hope to do that in a later post.

Again, if you have a specific interest in this area, please let me know. I plan to be adding to this list, and updating it.

~ Romi

500 Nations

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
“To foster the restoration and revival of indigenous California language
so that they may be retained as a permanent part of
the living cultures of native California”

American Indian Movement

The Circle
“Native American News and Arts”

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
“The CIW is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan     Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the     state of Florida.”

First Nations
First Nations Issues of Consequence

Free Leonard Peltier 2009

Haudenosaunee:  People Building a Long House

Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust
“The Untold Story of the Genocide of Aboriginal Peoples”

Indian Country Online
“Your internet resource”

Indigenous Youth

Manataka American Indian Council

Russell Means Freedom

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community
“Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Dakota Culture for Future     Generations”

Mohawk Nation News


National Native News

Native America on the Web

Native American Indian Cultures

Native American Indian Labor Union #12

Native American Journalists Association

Native American Netroots
“A Forum for Native American Issues…”

Native American Sites

Native American Web Sites


Native News Online [Canadian native American]

Native Pride
“…taking the mystery out of our traditional beliefs so they cease to be beliefs     at all and become understanding and awareness of what is real.”

Native Web
Resources for Indigenous Cultures Around the World
Canadian Genocide

Native Wiki
“… a free, open-to-the-public library of information about indigenous     nations and peoples (past and present) of the world.”

Navajo Justice Page:  Uranium Mining in the Southwest

An excellent site that explains the Navajo traditional beliefs about uranium, and the consequences of  being forced to mine the radioactive mineral.

News from Indian Country

Northern Californian Indian Development Council

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Release Withheld FBI Documents in Leonard Peltier Case (Petition)

Red Lake Net News [Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota]

Reznet News
“Reporting from Native America”

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development

Seventh Native American Youth Generation


Trail of Tears Association

The United Church of Canada
Aboriginal Peoples: Indian Residential Schools

United Native America

Virginia’s First People
“Past and present”

White Bison
“Native American Wellbriety and Culture Based Community Healing     Programs”

White Earth Land Recovery Project & Native Harvest Online Catalog