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One Last Chance for Activist Leonard Peltier

Political Blind Spot
Political Blind Spot

Native American activists are making a final push to urge President Obama to grant executive clemency to activist Leonard Peltier.

Peltier was convicted of killing two agents in a shootout between the FBI and the American Indian Movement (AIM) activists during the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee.  Witnesses say two unmarked cars drove onto Lakota property, and a firefight broke out resulting in the death of two FBI officers and one native man. Peltier was arrested after a massive manhunt and extradition from Canada and sentenced to two life sentences after ballistic evidence matched shell casings with the AR-15 he reportedly fired.  

Peltier’s story has become a rallying issue for native rights activists and recently gathered the support of former US Attorney James Reynolds who publicly called upon President Obama for the release in a statement released earlier this week.  Since taking office, Obama has extended acts of clemency for 1,324 individuals, one of the largest for a president.

Cynthia Dunne is a lawyer with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.  She says his failing health conditions and age of 72 makes this his last chance for freedom.

If unpardoned by President Obama, the next opportunity for Peltier’s parole would be in 2024. 

A historical crash course (albeit Pro-Peltier) can be found on The Rage Against the Machine video for ”Freedom”. [explicit content warning]  

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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