Matt Tomaso (Tomaso@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU)
Mon, 5 Feb 1996 11:11:13 -0600

For those interested.

>>Date: Sat, 03 Feb 1996 23:43:35 -0600
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>>Subject: Peltier
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>>Date: Tuesday, February 6th
>>Time: 10:00am
>>Place: Federal Courthouse, 200 W. 8th St.(across from City Hall)
>>Contact: Shelly Cason 476-6286
>>At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6th, a coalition of Austin activists will
>>hold a news conference at the Federal Courthouse demanding the release of
>>American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier from Federal Prison and
>>condemning F.B.I terrorism. This group of concerned citizens will release
>>the latest information on the Peltier case and add their voices to the
>>international outcry for justice for Peltier. "Leonard Peltier stood up for
>>the rights of his people, and for that he has been falsely accused of murder
>>and imprisoned for nearly two decades."
>>Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist who has been in prison since
>>1977 serving two consecutive life sentences for the 1975 shootout between
>>the F.B.I and the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) in which two federal
>>agents and a Native American man were killed. Four years after his
>>incarceration, a Freedom of Information Act (F.O.I.A.) suit released
>>documents which proved Leonard Peltier's innocence and the F.B.I.'s use of
>>their infamous COINTELPRO program in their efforts to "neutralize" members
>>of the Movement.
>>The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Peltier's trial and previous
>>appeals had been riddled with F.B.I. misconduct and judicial impropriety,
>>including: coercion of witnesses, perjury, fabrication of evidence, and the
>>suppression of evidence which could have proved Peltier's innocence. The
>>court called the F.B.I.'s misconduct "a clear abuse of the investigative
>>process" which "cast strong doubts on the government's case".
>>Peltier is known worldwide as a political prisoner of the United States
>>Government. In fact, 55 members of the U.S. Congress, Amnesty International,
>>78 world religious leaders (including the Archbishop of Canterbury and
>>Desmond Tutu), the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and millions
>>of world citizens have called for a new trial and an investigation into the
>>illegalities surrounding the Peltier case. His case has also been the
>>subject of several books and Robert Redford's feature length film Incident
>>at Oglala.

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Matt Tomaso
U. Texas Austin

It is a sick and beautiful world.