Monday, March 2, 2015

DeKalb County, Georgia Police Assaulted My Son: Alexyss Taylor

Human rights for prisoners is treated like hate speech by prison investors. Stalkers at Blogtalkradio have decided to prevent my photographs from showing on the billboard there. I suspect that is because somebody at Blogtalkradio is a prison investor. Tonight we interviewed Alexyss Taylor, whose son was allegedly attacked and brutalized by a police officer at DeKalb County Police Department, in Georgia in January 2015. Our guests recounted the most frightening night of their lives during our Human Rights for Prisoners March radio broadcast on the "Human Rights Demand" channel, March 2, 2015. The photographs that stalkers, perhaps at the police department, NSA, CIA, FBI, or Blogtalkradio itself, prevented from showing at the billboard for the show are below. Radio shows are archived for your access 24/7. Listen at this link
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2015/03/03/alexyss-taylor-dekalb-co-police-beat-my-son 
Alexyss Taylor and Dinero Red will return next Monday at 3pm, where you can call in and speak to them at (347)857-3293. The first photo is our guest, Alexess Taylor. The video shows her sons's injuries:








More photographs about police brutality are at Google Images 

My billboard at Blogtalkradio is not allowed to post photographs. I am America's most censored person, as pointed out in an article naming 14 reasons why http://goo.gl/aELp3 See the screenshot below of our blank picture billboard:

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Willacy County, TX Prison Riot and Giants Who Caused It


Friday morning, the inmates at the Willacy County Correctional Center, in southern Texas, refused to report to work and eat breakfast, the Valley Morning Star reported. Inmates then “breached” their housing units — which are a collection of massive tents — and entered the yard, the Associated Press reported. The prison is now uninhabitable. The prison's pattern of abuse of inmates that was established in a criminal case against federal officials in 2008 was never properly addressed. Instead, the prisoners' abuse was swept under the rug, like most brutality in American correctional institutions is, whether in domestic jails and prisons or in overseas War on Terror camps.


Russia Times reports, "After 2,000 inmates, mostly immigrants, took over a Texas prison in a riot over poor medical services, federal authorities have decided to relocate all the detainees from the now “uninhabitable” correctional facility. The riot at the Willacy County Correctional Center erupted on Friday afternoon, when prisoners refused to eat breakfast or report for work to protest medical services at the facility." http://rt.com/usa/234471-texas-uninhabitable-prison-riot/

I wrote about Wallacy County, Texas jails and prisons and a brave district attorney who brought Dick Chaney, Antonio Gonzales, and other federal and local officials up on charges for prisoner abuse in 2008. The information was placed in an article about Johnnie Cochran, which CoIntelPro blacked out to prevent a friend from reading yesterday: Johnnie Cochran's CoIntelPro Murder Theory, at http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/johnnie-cochrans-cointelpro-murder.html




Wallacy County, Texas is where VP Dick Chaney and former U.S. Attorney General Antonio Gonzales were indicted for prisoner abuse in 2008. They were accused of withholding federal investigations of prisoner abuse and wrongful deaths in exchange for prison stock and other good and valuable consideration. The case never went to trial. Instead, the D.A. was brought up on false charges and lost his reelection bid. 

The judge, who Prosecutor Juan Guerra had asked to recuse himself, dismissed the case against high federal officials and local judges. Information about Juan Guerra, the fearless D.A., is in an article I authored called "Johnnie Cochran's CoIntelPro Murder Theory," which CoIntelPro may not let you read. They would NOT let a friend read the article yesterday. Stalkers blackened her screen. She took a screenshot and posted it at Facebook, and stalkers made it invisible on her Facebook screen for everyone except her. https://plus.google.com/+MaryLovesJustice/posts/MP1zSdPweCo

Apparently, the Justice Department still takes payoffs to help cover-up prisoner abuse and wrongful deaths. That is likely why my family is not told how and why Larry Neal was secretly arrested for 18 days and murdered in Memphis Shelby County Jail in 2003, and we are DENIED any explanation, excuse, inquest, documents, and information about his secret incarceration for 18 days and murder, +United Nations. It is sad to know that the prisoners in Wallacy County, Texas are still enduring so much abuse that they riot, which is an act of desperation. 

It is wrong to use one's position over justice in America to withhold justice for monetary gain, if that is happening, and cause prisoners and their families to suffer. It shows deprivation of character to bring false charges against court officers like Juan Guerra and to possibly kill defense lawyers like Johnnie Cochran for working to improve justice in America and apply the protections under the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to inmates. It is horrible to censor people like Mary Neal who write about these crimes against humanity. American officials use surveillance technology and their executive authority to conceal rather than correct injustices.

At least four cyber stalkers go online with me whenever I do, and they interfere with my ability to communicate with the public about such abuses as those that led to the latest riot in Wallacy County, Texas. Yesterday, a woman who sent me messages about her mentally ill sister who faces criminal charges in California was told twice by AT&T that my home phone number is disconnected, although that is a lie. I have reported the sabotage against my communication to DeKalb County Police, and Detective Wilson said sending viruses and Trojans to my computers and preventing my ability to communicate by telephone and computer takeovers are not illegal. The FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney's Office, USDOJ, and other government officials have all been notified, as have many media companies. The general consensus is that secret arrests, brutality, and murders of prisoners in the United States must be tolerated and discussion around these issues must be silenced. Therefore, prisoners riot.

Please pray for the prisoners in Wallacy County, Texas and throughout America, where inmates are boiled to death, starved to death, baked to death, Tasered to death, beaten to death, misused for medical experiments, and possibly killed for their organs. Families like mine are subjected to financial persecution, false arrests, gangstalking, and aggressive censorship for exposing our relatives' covered-up murders. My street, a quiet circle in an Atlanta surburb, looks like an expressway sometimes with all of the Negro gangstalkers driving by my home repeatedly for intimidation to silence my complaints about my mentally ill brother's lynching and the continuing abuses against America's prisoners. 

We must not be silent. As long as brave prisoners whose lives are directly in the criminals' hands have the courage to resist prisoner brutality, we prisoners who are on the outside can do no less.

I understand your warnings, Mr. Holder, Mr. Chaney, Mr. Gonzales, Mr. Comey, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kerry, and other Genesis 6:4 giants, if the warnings to stop advocacy for prisoners' human rights or face severe consequences come from you. I understand your power using NSA, militarized police forces, NDAA, and extrajudicial assassination rights that were illegally assigned. But I cannot hear your warnings. There is somebody BIGGER than you and I, and it is only His voice that I can hear. He said:

"But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. " ~John 10:26-30

Many people have learned about brutality and murders of America's prisoners. We are of different religions, nationalities, races, and ethnic groups. We are on a human rights for prisoners march, and we are ONE. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Dave Koch: Slaying the Dragon re Re-Entry


Dave Koch joins "Human Rights for Prisoners March" at 9pmPST on January 26 for Part 2 of his interview about successful reentry. He advises parolees on how to reinvent themselves. Join us by phone at (818)572-2947 or via computer at 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2015/01/27/dave-koch-joins-human-rights-for-prisoners-march-from-prison-to-the-ivory-tower 

The Dave Koch interview Part 1 was taped at 3pmEST on Blogtalkradio on January 25. The archived tape is available at Blogtalkradio 24/7.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2015/01/25/david-koch-advises-parolees-on-successful-re-entry We were joined on air by Nancy Lockhart, a justice advocate; Dr. Mustafa Ansari, an international human rights lawyer; and Joanna, administrative assistant of Human Rights for Prisoners March.

Koch reinvented himself after prison and believes we all can. His website is called "Self Reinvention" http://www.selfreinvention.org/

Don't miss this opportunity to converse with Dave Koch, who went from prisons to become co-founder, president, CEO and chairman of the 68th fastest growing company in America - Fiber Network Solutions, which was one of the companies that built the infrastructure of the Internet in North America. Koch authored "Slaying the Dragon," a book to inspire us all to conquer the dragons in our lives. Even released prisoners like himself can make it to the ivory tower.

"Don't tell me that you can't have a great life after serving time in prison! It requires work, and just don't quit!" ~Dave Koch

"The Urban News" published an article in 2009 about the ex-con who became one of the most successful men in the USA, called "Ex-Con Turned CEO Declares: 'Accept Self-Blame and Re-Invent Yourself!'"
http://theurbannews.com/lifestyles/2009/ex-con-turned-ceo-declares-accept-self-blame-and-re-invent-yourself/


Over 30 years ago, on August 7, 1980, at the age of 24, Koch was released on parole after serving both federal and state sentences of 18 months to five years. Koch made the commitment to never return to prison, and set out on his life-long journey, reentering mainstream society and pursuing a new life and careers that include; Flight Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot, Software Developer and co-founder, President & CEO of the 68th Fastest Growing Company in America - 2001 Inc 500 List. 

Throughout his career as a pilot, Koch earned all of his commercial and instructor certificates and ratings, including the highest certificate attainable - the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Koch spent many years providing flight and ground instruction, and flying corporate jets, including the Learjet, Cessna Citation and Israeli Westwind II, and numerous turboprop aircraft. Koch co-founded Fiber Network Solutions during 1995 and served as its Chairman, President & CEO until he sold the company in 2003. Fiber Network Solutions was one of the companies that built the infrastructure of the Internet in North America. Fiber Network Solutions was started on a shoe string. 

Among his many awards, Koch earned the Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Best in Business, and was twice distinguished on the Inc 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies - # 68 Nationally, and # 1 in Ohio. Koch’s life and career began after his release from prison. His compelling 30-year career as a member of mainstream society provides the irrefutable evidence that a successful reentry into mainstream society, a path of normalcy and legitimacy, and all of the rich rewards that life has to offer are attainable after a felony conviction and an incarceration event. Whether a person wants one or not, they are going to have a journey. The destinations of their journey are dependent upon the choices they make during their journey. (Background info re "Slaying the Dragon," by Dave Koch)



"Slaying the Dragon" can be ordered from Amazon
"Slaying the Dragon: The Journey from the Dungeon to the Ivory Tower" 
http://www.amazon.com/Slaying-Dragon-Journey-Dungeon-Ivory/dp/0976660636

Dave Koch is at Google+
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DaveKochOhio/posts
Dave Koch is at Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/koch.davidJ


Repeat of paragraph 1 and 2: 
Dave Koch joins "Human Rights for Prisoners March" at 9pmPST on January 26 for Part 2 of his interview about successful reentry. He advises parolees on how to reinvent themselves. Join us by phone at (818)572-2947 or via computer at 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2015/01/27/dave-koch-joins-human-rights-for-prisoners-march-from-prison-to-the-ivory-tower 

The Dave Koch interview Part 1 was taped at 3pmEST on Blogtalkradio on January 25. The archived tape is available at Blogtalkradio 24/7.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2015/01/25/david-koch-advises-parolees-on-successful-re-entry We were joined on air by Nancy Lockhart, a justice advocate; Dr. Mustafa Ansari, an international human rights lawyer; and Joanna, administrative assistant of Human Rights for Prisoners March.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

"Getting Away With Murder": George Mallinckrodt, Former DOC Psychoanalyst


GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER - "Human Rights Demand" channel presents two interviews of the author, George Mallinckrodt. Call-in number (347)857-3293. Mallinckrodt was a licensed mental health counselor in the Florida prison system who helped reveal the murder by scalding of Darren Rainey and a pattern of abuse and cover-ups by the Florida Department of Corrections against mentally ill inmates. Part 1 aired live on January 11, 2015 at 3pm EST. Part 2 of our interview will air live Thursday, January 15, at 9pm EST. Both links are below:
January 15, 9pm EST

You are invited to call "Human Rights Demand" radio broadcast and make comments or ask questions, which will be aired live on the show. The broadcasts will also be available via computer and archived at Blogtalkradio for future listening and sharing 24/7.

"The Florida Department of Corrections is riddled with amoral, sadistic sociopaths and the people who support, enable, and cover-up their crimes." ~ @GeoMallinckrodt . . . (Twitter address)

"If what is done to mentally ill Florida inmates was done in the military, these would be considered war crimes." ~George Mallinckrodt

Mallinckrodt advocates on behalf of the mentally ill. He recently met with with Senator Greg Evers, the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, and staffers Amanda and Tracy. 

Author's Website

Author's Blog

Order the book: "Getting Away with Murder". 

Learning of Darren Rainey's death over two years ago, late June 2012, George Mallinckrodt authored Getting Away With Murder in frustration over the many dead-ends he encountered while trying to bring Rainey's killers to justice. The narrative follows George's progression from an idealistic psychotherapist to a prison hardened case manager in the Transitional Care Unit where Darren Rainey would be housed.

Refusing to let go of the notion he could make a difference, George encountered inmates with deep rooted pathologies he had only read about in psychology journals. Undaunted, he steadily set about helping those capable of benefitting from his nearly 20 years of counseling experience.

Behind the scenes, rumors began to circulate regarding inmate abuse. Guards cleverly masked their behavior by choosing the weak and mentally ill. They abused inmates at night when mental health staffers were not around.

Overly confident that their misdeeds would go unpunished, guards made the mistake of beating an inmate during the day as an eye-witness looked on. That was the day that changed everything.

A book review by Amy M. August 17, 2014:

A shocking and darkly humorous account of working with mentally ill inmates in Florida's Dade Correctional Institution

George Mallinckrodt writes a gritty, mesmerizing account of his three years as psychotherapist in the "Transitional Care Unit" of the Dade Correctional Institution in south Florida, where inmates with mental health problems, including the most severe mental illnesses, are housed.

It's hard to put this book down. Although the subject is depressing, he weaves ribald prison humor and lively dialogue into his story. Mallinckrodt tells of his struggle with "being in prison" at a difficult and frustrating job. It is also a story about the inhumane and dangerous conditions for inmates in a run-down, poorly managed prison. Retribution keeps the inmates and the staff from reporting abuse. His journey from stressed out employee to prison rights advocate takes on greater urgency when a mentally ill inmate is brutally tortured and murdered by corrections officers in the prison and incident is completely covered up by authorities. (The investigation of the murder of the mentally ill inmate has still not been completed two years later.)

This book leaves you with the uncomfortable knowledge that terrible abuse is probably happening to inmates on a daily basis in badly managed prisons throughout the U.S., especially to inmates suffering from mental illness. If it were not for a few brave souls who are willing to report it, like Mallinckrodt and the inmates themselves, no one would ever know.
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PETITIONS FOR JUSTICE FOR DARREN RAINEY
A Change.org petition with roughly 205,000 signatures demands a federal investigation 

A ForceChange.com petition demands justice for Darren Rainey
"Demand Justice for a Tortured Prisoner"

PETITION TO SAVE HAROLD HEMPSTEAD
Harold Hempstead is the Florida inmate who heard Darren Rainey screaming for help and begging for mercy as he died in the scalding hot shower where he was dragged and locked in by murderous corrections officers. Harold is serving a long prison sentence and is concerned about his safety in the Florida prison system. Retaliation against whistleblowers is common. His brave sister, Windy Hempstead, launched a Change.org petition to improve security for Harold Hemptstead by relocating him to federal custody. 

As Mallinckrodt said, "This is not an isolated case. Prisoner abuses are happening all the time." Read a series of articles about Darren Rainey and the torturous incarceration of other mentally ill inmates in Florida published by The Miami HeraldSee also an article in "Justice Gagged" blog about censorship applied to the George Mallinckrodt's interviews at "Human Rights Demand" channel on Blogtalkradio. Censorship that was applied at the 1 hour 20-minute mark to the interview on Sunday, January 11 cleared after Mary Neal left the show. It is a miracle if you are allowed to read this, because the screen goes blank before the article opens on my view.
http://justicegagged.blogspot.com/2015/01/getting-away-with-murder-radio-show.html

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Thank you for giving assistance to brutalized prisoners.

How can you help? Follow this blog, share this article, listen to the George Mallinckroth interviews on January 11 and January 15, and share the links with your social networks. George Mallinckroth experienced retaliation and is no longer a psychotherapist for Florida DOC. Please purchase a couple of his books - one for yourself and one for a friend or relative. We must support people with careers in law enforcement and corrections who blow the whistle on brutality and murders.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Mouth-Heart Connection

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. ~Luke 6:45


The photo above appeared on the Justice for Chavis Carter page at Facebook. I cannot say whether it is an authentic announcement that was distributed about or by the Vallejo Police Department.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Journalists React: Rev. Pinkney Sentenced


On December 15, 2014, Rev. Edward Pinkney was sentenced to serve from 2.5 to 10 years in prison. He was convicted by an all white jury of election fraud in connection with the successful petition to recall Mayor Hightower, of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Mayor Hightower is perceived by the signatories on the petition as an official who represents corporate interests rather than the interests of his constituents. Americans have the legal right to elect and recall public officials, but exercising the right of recall might get activists arrested.

Below are excerpts from four news articles about Pinkney's trial and prison sentence.

(ATLANTA BLACK STAR) Pinkney’s supporters say altering a petition document should have been a misdemeanor offense, not a felony—and there was no evidence to support the charge because no signatures were forged and all signatories testified that they signed willingly on the correct day.

During Pinkney’s trial, a forensics expert for the prosecution testified that there was no way to determine who changed the handful of dates. Still, the all-white jury accepted the prosecutor’s contention that no direct evidence was required; the prosecution told the jury they only had to “believe” that Pinkney was motivated to cheat and that he “could” have changed the dates while circulating the petitions.

“Rev. Pinkney was accused of writing and changing my date on a petition when, in fact, I wrote my own date and changed it after realizing I had put the wrong date down,” Mary Alice Adams, a Benton Harbor commissioner, said.

(TRUTHOUT) Pinkney is founder of BANCO, the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, and is arguably the loudest, most outspoken activist in Benton Harbor, which fell under the dictatorship of emergency management in 2010. His organization holds spirited rallies and takes political action against what the group claims is rampant government-corporate collusion, police corruption, economic injustice, and a discriminatory - even "genocidal" - plan for gentrification of the city.

Witness after witness stood up to the prosecutor who put not only Pinkney on trial, but also his community organization, BANCO. The prosecutor hounded the witnesses to "confess" that somehow the dates were altered, and questioned if they were card-holding members of the BANCO organization. The scene held shadows of a McCarthy-era House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt.

"Here, Whirlpool controls not only Benton Harbor and the residents, but also the court system itself. They will do anything to crush you if you stand up to them. That's why it's so important to fight this. I'm going to fight them until the end. This is not just an attack on Rev. Pinkney. It's an attack on every single person that lives in Benton Harbor, in the state and around the country." - Rev. Edward Pinkney

(COUNTERPOINT) Overall more than 700 people signed the recall petitions most of which were validated by the local election commission. A date was set for the recall election.

Nonetheless, after Pinkney was indicted and placed under house arrest for several weeks, the recall election was cancelled by a local judge raising questions about the signatures. Yet later, another judge certified the petitions and authorized the recall election to proceed.

The local authorities in Berrien County challenged the election that was scheduled for November 4. The Michigan Court of Appeals then cancelled the recall elections again. Hightower remains in office and was called as a prosecution witness during the first day of the trial.

(VOICE OF DETROIT) Over the past decades, Whirlpool has shut down numerous plants in the city that once employed residents, and has been conducting a massive take-over of choice Benton Harbor land, including that surrounding the gorgeous Lake Michigan beach which is part of the public Jean Klock Park. 

“Mayor James Hightower . . . says the Whirlpool Corporation should not pay taxes – only the residents of the city of Benton Harbor should foot the bills,” the BANCO site says. “Whirlpool Corporation’s profit last year was more than ten billion dollars, and it paid no taxes to the city of Benton Harbor where the headquarters resides. Mayor James Hightower and the Whirlpool Corporation fought extremely hard [in Nov. 2013] to defeat the city income tax which would have provided $3.5 million dollars the very first year and every year after. Residents and those who work in the city would pay the income tax. Corporations would, too.”

[After the income tax did not pass] Hightower took out a $2.3 million loan to finance city expenses, pushing the economically-strapped city further into debt.

Whirlpool has put their brand new headquarters on riverfront property in Benton Harbor, and built a luxury golf course and residential development directly off the Klock Park beach.

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Rev. Pinkney met routinely with community organizers. See a Pontiac, Michigan man complain to Rev. Pinkney on film that his city is also being taken over for private corporate interests http://youtu.be/R-OI_6IFRf0

A United Front Radio Interview with Rev. Pinkney explores his historic fight against austerity in Benton Harbor at 
http://youtu.be/d73hQfgeY5o  Pinkney's two convictions by all-white juries are discussed in depth. The Berrien County Court reportedly received 130 letters in support of Rev. Pinkney. 

The entire world was shocked when water was shut off for thousands of Detroit households, and parents feared their children would be removed from their custody. 
RT - "Detroit's humanitarian crisis: thousands left without water"  http://youtu.be/lAT6DyuOFvk

With Benton Harbor more in debt than ever, under the loan arranged by Mayor Hightower, it is likely that more public land might be sold to pay the loan. Perhaps it will even be sold to Westinghouse, especially with Rev. Edward Pinkney out of the way. 

Michigan is under seize, and one of her most outspoken leaders for justice has just become a political prisoner. Perhaps Pinkney's conviction by an all-white jury and his sentencing without any evidence of criminal wrongdoing will warn other community leaders throughout America who oppose the marriage of government and Big Business and privatizing public lands and resources. Americans might even learn not to complain when multi-billion dollar corporations are excused from paying taxes.

See seven links below, five of which lead to the complete articles from which excerpts herein were provided. Visit also Rev. Pinkney Blogtalkradio page at Facebook for updates and his website, B.H.Banco.org.

Atlanta Black Star
TruthOut 
TruthOut
Voice of Detroit

Photo from People's Tribune Radio page at Facebook

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Prayer from Leonard Peltier


Greetings my Relatives, Friends, & Supporters:

I was thinking about the national holiday “ Thanksgiving” the other day. I won’t even go into what a horrible shame this American holiday is based on. Instead, I will just let it remind me of the common bond I have with all my brothers and sisters of the Earth. Even if Thanksgiving, the holiday, is based on an incorrect portrayal of history. The concept of being Thankful, is a universal truth. I mean, lets face it, being thankful/grateful has been part of Indian Nations much longer than the invention of a holiday.

I admit there are days in here when I find it very hard to be thankful, but it does not take much to bring it back for me. Most days, I get cards and letters from people all over the world, sometimes I can even smell the soil, the pines, and sometimes even fry bread in the paper that is sent to me. I hear stories of your lives, your troubles, your children, your jobs. oh there is some word for what I am trying to say but I don’t remember it, but I get a sense of life through all of you, and I am thankful for that. I often want to reach out and help you sometimes. I would love to come work on your cars or help you build sweat lodge, or even just mow the lawn. I miss helping people and I hate asking for help, which it seems, is all I do.

In here, I am able to focus on the simple things in life. You have no idea how cool it is to just get a new pair of socks. In the last few months I have really been feeling my age, and I am so very thankful for all the support you have all given me. I won’t lie, it has been a rough time lately, but I am hopeful that is changing.

My people have always had a deep and connected relationship with the Sun, and I realized the other day just how much I miss the Sun. When I had the Sun’s light upon me, I felt stronger. These walls hold out the Sun’s energy, and it weakens me.

When you miss something, it is easier to be thankful for things you do have.

My friend and Spiritual adviser, Lenny Foster, visited me recently, and he reminded me of some basic things I have to be thankful for. I have watched him age over all these years too, and I am thankful for him and his wisdom. He sang with me and prayed with me, and I felt a bit of the Sun again.

I guess my point is, that we can find the things we need in places we may not expect.

I can always pray, this can never be taken away from me, and through that prayer, I can keep the Sun and hope alive.

And so, on this day, “ Thanksgiving” I will choose to be thankful and not to celebrate tyranny.

I also want to pray with and for you.

I pray for each and every one of you, whether you support me or you do not.

I pray that your lives will be full of meaning and you will find new ways to learn.

I pray for your strength and that you will always stand up for the things you know are right.

I pray that each one of you will find a way to protect our Mother Earth, she is crying out for us to hear her.

I pray that you will listen to you inner wisdom and let it guide you to make choices that will help each other, and that you will be examples for those still learning their way in this life.

I pray that you will be present with the moments you have, enjoy the simple things in life— like the Sun, The Dirt, The Air, The Water, and that you would protect them as you would your own children.

I pray that you will look for opportunities to lift up your sisters and brothers and not to bring them down.

I pray that you will grow and enjoy good natural foods.

I pray for you to savor the attention of your loved ones.

I pray for you to build productive bridges of peace with those you oppose.

I pray that when others make bad choices you help them find positive solutions.

I pray for understanding in times of misunderstanding…….

And yes, I pray very deeply and honestly that I can go home for a little while before I cross over to the Spirit World.

I am with you always, and I feel your prayers too. I am always grateful for your support, your love, your friendship, your letters and the contact you give me with LIFE.

It is harder for me to physically see well enough to write letters these days, so please forgive me if I don’t write you back. It is not that I don’t want to. Know that I am often sitting and thinking of you, and being thankful for all of you.

Your old, thankful friend, and brother.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier

Mitakuye Oyasin!

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