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Leonard Peltier statement on the 38th anniversary of his arrest

Throughout Indian country and throughout the world there are people who struggle for freedom daily.  America has more people in prison than all the rest of the world put together. The judicial system in America most obviously has become an industry, and not a tool for seeking justice.  

These things that we face will not change unless we, the common people, stand in unison against these wicked affronts to our right to pursue happiness and live in a world that is not governed by ethics based on obtaining wealth.  I’d like to say things that would make you laugh and be encouraging and when you gather together remembering the cause that I am evidence of, the cause of putting an end to violations of your constitutional rights.  I want you to be cheerful and happy but I also want you to know quite truthfully that throughout the history of mankind, defending freedom and justice must be done in every generation.

I am 69 years old and I have done the best I could from where I am at, and I will continue to do so, and I encourage you to do so.