Help! Leonard Peltier needs medical transfer

Imprisoned Indigenous elder Leonard Peltier is in urgent need of medical care.  Peltier was falsely convicted and imprisoned and has been kept there as revenge for his community daring to resist.  He has withstood decades of torture in US prisons, taking a terrible toll on him physically.  There have been endless nonviolent campaigns for decent treatment and freedom. Leonard and his campaign do not give up, and neither can we.  Please make urgent calls today, tomorrow and Friday to elected officials — see below from the Leonard Peltier Official Ad Hoc Committee

As in Gaza, in the US the war on Indigenous peoples continues.  Earth cries out for an end to it.  Freeing Leonard Peltier is key to everyone’s freedom.

Global Women’s Strike (GWS), Women of Color/GWS & Payday men’s network

Dear Supporters,

Leonard Peltier is still in need of urgent medical care. Your efforts, along with the strong advocacy of Leonard’s legal team and the Ad Hoc Committee, got the attention of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). However, BOP personnel informed Leonard that he will need to wait at least 8-10 months to see an eye specialist. This is unacceptable.

The BOP has deprived Leonard of necessary medical care for decades and in doing so has sentenced Leonard to Death By Incarceration. Locked down for 22 hours a day in high security prison USP Coleman I, Leonard, who is almost 80 years old, suffers from multiple severe health conditions. Leonard’s current conditions include kidney disease, heart condition, diabetes, high blood pressure, bone spurs, a degenerative joint disease, and painful injuries to his jaw – all of which require immediate and ongoing medical care. Leonard is in constant pain from arthritis in his hip and shoulder, has an enlarged prostate, and an aortic aneurysm. Leonard uses a walker and is having a hard time eating due to a lack of any dental care, having lost most of his teeth as a result. This dangerous cocktail of neglect puts Leonard in serious risk of harm and amounts to Death By Incarceration.

Our physician expert believes that not only is the BOP failing to properly address Leonard’s medical care but cannot meet Leonard’s medical needs at USP Coleman I. Leonard’s lawyers are working to ensure Leonard receives health care as required by the 8th Amendment and is transferred to an appropriate facility pending his release.

We do not want our vulnerable elder to be in pain and go without proper care, and we don’t want him to die in prison! We need you to stand united with us for Leonard. Act now. Enough is enough. Not one more year in prison for Leonard Peltier. Enough is enough.

Please call and email the following officials and tell them Leonard Peltier needs immediate medical treatment, transfer to a medical facility, and RELEASE. Sample script below. 

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“Hello, I’m calling about immediate medical care needed for Leonard Peltier, a 79 year-old federal prisoner. His prisoner number is 89637-132, and he’s in USP Coleman 1.

We need [name of Senator or Representative]’s assistance.

1)   First, Leonard must see an eye specialist without further delay. His loss of vision poses serious risk of him falling, and he depends on other prisoners to perform basic life activities.

2) Second, Leonard is in constant pain and has multiple severe health conditions requiring immediate and ongoing medical care.

I am asking (Sen/Rep) to request an immediate transfer for Leonard Peltier to the Federal Medical Prison Facility in Rochester Minnesota (FCI Rochester) where he can get treatment for all of his medical conditions.

I also urge the Sen/Rep to advocate for elder Leonard Peltier’s release so he can receive healthcare outside of prison and be with loved ones and community. Aside from Leonard Peltier being innocent of any crime, immediate release is proper and humane given his advanced age and medical conditions.  Thank You.”

Senator Cory Booker D.C. Office: (202) 224-3224 Newark, NJ: (973) 639-8700

Sen. Dick Durbin DC Office: 202-224-2152 Chicago Office: 312-353-4952

Sen. Alex Padilla DC Office: 202-224-3553 Los Angeles Office: 310-231-4494

US Rep. Maxwell Frost DC Office: 202-225-2176 Orlando Office: 321-388-9808

(Please reach out to any other congressional contacts you may have.)

Miigwech, Leonard Peltier Official Ad Hoc Committee