Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) “strongly” supports releasing Native American rights activistic Leonard Peltier from prison, according to a missive to a constituent obtained by HuffPost.
“As you know, Leonard Peltier has spent implicit 40 years of his beingness successful situation contempt the information that the authorities has admitted they bash not cognize who is liable for the transgression helium was convicted of,” Sanders said successful the June 8 email. “Despite nationalist and planetary campaigns to escaped Peltier, helium remains incarcerated, wherever helium continues to advocator for the rights of autochthonal peoples.”
“For this reason, I person and volition proceed to powerfully enactment petitions for Leonard Peltier’s release,” Sanders concludes.
A constituent passed the missive to HuffPost. A Sanders spokesperson confirmed its legitimacy, but did not supply further remark connected the senator’s views connected Peltier’s imprisonment.
The missive means that Sanders is the 4th U.S. legislator successful caller months to advocator for President Joe Biden to springiness clemency to the now-77-year-old, ailing activistic and nonstop him home. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) person separately and publically called connected Biden to merchandise Peltier.
If you haven’t heard of Peltier, deliberation of him arsenic America’s longest-serving governmental prisoner — a autumn feline that the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office desperately needed aft failing to fig retired who murdered 2 FBI agents successful a 1975 shootout connected Pine Ridge Reservation successful South Dakota.
If you person heard of Peltier, past you cognize however problematic his imprisonment is: The blatant 1970s-era racism against Indigenous radical that helium was up against. The information that each of Peltier’s co-defendants were acquitted based connected self-defense. The world that the FBI was astatine slightest partially liable for the shootout that day. The admission of U.S. authorities officials that Peltier’s proceedings was truthful flawed helium should beryllium released. The decades of outcry from Indigenous leaders, members of Congress, celebrities and quality rights leaders, including Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and Amnesty International, an enactment different focused connected governmental prisoners successful different countries.
Today, the bottommost enactment is simple: An aged Indigenous antheral has been successful situation for 46 years and ne'er should person been determination successful the archetypal place.
A White House spokesperson did not respond to a question astir whether Biden is considering granting clemency to Peltier.
Here’s a transcript of Sanders’ missive to his constituent: