The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Leonard Peltier Put in Solitary Confinement

Jul 18, 2011

Leonard Peltier, an American Indian activist falsely imprisoned, was sent to solitary confinement in late June. He was initially framed for the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975, based on false ballistics evidence and eyewitness testimony from a mentally handicapped woman the cops tricked into testifying.

Peltier has been imprisoned for more than 35 years and repeatedly denied parole. He is in poor health, suffering from severe diabetes and urological problems as a result of his long imprisonment.

The prison system routinely uses solitary confinement as a form of torture against prisoners it targets. The latest move against Pelter is yet another effort by the government to harass and intimidate him because of his militant stance in support of American Indian rights.

Supporters of Leonard Peltier are calling for those who are outraged by this inhumane treatment to send letters demanding immediate action to:

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C. 20500