Lenny Foster visits Leonard Peltier at U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida last month.
SAN FRANCISCO – Thursday, February 27th, known in Indian country as “Liberation Day,” is the 41st year anniversary of historic Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973 where there was a 71-Day Siege.
A commemoration rally and press conference is being planned by AIM-WEST and a coalition of support groups in San Francisco Bay Area next Thursday, February 27th from 12-1 pm with a noon rally at the Federal Department of Justice Building (450 Golden Gate Street – between Polk & Larkin) in San Francisco and reception later that evening at the California Institute for Integral Studies, from 6:30 to 9 pm, located at 1453 Mission Street.
Wounded Knee seige began on February 27, 1973.
Len Foster, spiritual advisor to political prisoner Leonard Peltier, who has been incarcerated for over 38 years, is our guest speaker with news to share about Leonard Peltier’s case, and his recent visit last month along with a United Nations special rapporteur who is now also calling for executive clemency which he included in his final report to the United Nations.
AIM-WEST demands Leonard Peltier’s immediate release, either through a new trial, a fair trial, executive clemency, or compassionate release! Further, AIM-WEST calls on the FBI to be held responsible for their assaults and (65) unaccounted murders inflicted on the American Indians at Pine Ridge, South Dakota during the “Reign of Terror” (1973-76) which set the stage for Leonard Peltier’s travesty of polluted justice and inhumane imprisonment.
Also, Professo Roxanne D. Ortiz, book author, “The Great Sioux Nation: Sitting in Judgement on America” an oral history of the Sioux Nation & it’s Struggle For Sovereignty, will discuss Treaties US made with Indigenous nations and all ratified by the Congress, and yet all have been violated!
A film “Tattoo on my Heart” (2004) testimonies from Wounded Knee veterans will be screened, and a brief DVD footage of last year’s 40 year commemoration held in South Dakota will be available for a donation.