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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Pas de cadeau pour le 70e anniversaire de Leonard Peltier

by Henri Le Roux

No Present for Leonard Peltier’s 70th Birthday

Translated Sunday 21 September 2014, by Gene Zbikowski

The American Indian Movement activist has been languishing in an American prison for nearly 40 years. His Paris backers are organizing a reception on September 11 to collect donations.

“The idea emerged with young artists in France, during the Le Rêve de l’Aborigène festival, where we were able read Leonard’s latest letter in public,” Li Lostflower explains. We didn’t have the means to rent a space, and it’s thanks to the generosity of the people in charge of the Electric Circus, who immediately offered to let us use their space, that we have been able to give shape to this project.”

Activists, volunteers and young artists decided to organize a reception to support the Amerindian political prisoner on September 11, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Electric Circus. The program features the showing of documentaries and concerts and shows by Roméo Sarfati, Pep’s, Gyraf, Aurélie and Augustina Moska, Guimbal, and Amar Sundy. There will also be traditional Amerindian songs and dances.

All of the box office takings will go to the committee to support Leonard Peltier, with a view to hiring a lawyer and requesting a presidential pardon. From September 12 to 14, a dozen works by the AIM activist, painted in prison, will be exhibited at the Fête de l’Humanité, as part of the exhibition “Liberty my love, the political prisoner and his struggle.”

“His health is declining more and more, time is short,” said Li Lostflower, who only has one wish: that Leonard Peltier “finally be liberated and returned to his friends and family.”

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