[Marxism] LETTER: [Fwd: Leonard Peltier writes from solitary]

Ralph Johansen michele at maui.net
Sun Aug 14 01:26:17 MDT 2005

Please don't just read this and sigh. go to his website, then write to 
the prison, protest.

----- Original Message -----
*From:* Kiilu Nyasha <mailto:kiilu1 at mindspring.com>
*To:* Kiilu Nyasha <mailto:kiilu1 at mindspring.com>
*Sent:* Saturday, August 13, 2005 1:07 PM
*Subject:* Fwd: Leonard Peltier writes from solitary

Copied and pasted from LPDC website:


July 30, 2005

Aho my relations,

As I sit here in my solitary confinement cell at USP Terre Haute, and 
reflect over the past month’s events, I can’t help but feel an 
overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for each and every one of you 
who have so diligently stood by me in this time of crisis. As you 
already know by now, on June 30, 2005, I was transferred from 
Leavenworth Facility, to Terre Haute USP. The reason for my transfer, 
according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Administrative staff was that 
the Leavenworth Facility was downgraded from maximum security level to 
medium, and therefore I could not remain at Leavenworth due to my 
illegal sentencing and consequent maximum security rank.

I was transferred without notification to my attorney, Barry Bachrach, 
and my family. Upon my arrival to Terre Haute I was placed in solitary 
confinement and was told that I would remain in solitary confinement 
until my personal file arrived. My personal file arrived, but I remain 
in solitary confinement allegedly for security reasons. I am confined to 
a cell that is 8’X 8’, it has a window that is covered from the outside 
with an elaborate shield that allows me to see 2-3 inches of the sky out 
of the top and 2-3 inches of the ground. All prisoners are supposed to 
get at least one hour of sunlight or outdoors and so I am taken from my 
cell to what is called a Recreation Room (Rec Cage), and the only sun or 
outdoors that I see is from some windows high up in this large room with 
a few air holes in them. I am able to walk up and down and this fulfills 
the one hour of sunlight or outdoors recreation time.

Whatever the system’s logic is, it seems that I won’t stay in Terre 
Haute for much longer and will be transferred again. I do not know when 
and where, nor do I know if this cruel game will be over after another 
transfer. After all, removal and relocation have been used to break our 
people from the beginning of this country’s history. This keeps my 
Defense Committee from taking the necessary steps to re-establish an 
office, but they are doing everything they can to help me in this most 
precarious and uncertain situation.

Before this situation developed, I asked Russ Redner to be the 
National/International Executive Director of the LPDC. Russ is a brother 
from our original Northwest AIM crew, a long time ally, and one of the 
original founders of the LPDC. I have trusted Russ with my life many 
times and he’s proven himself at every turn. I want him to be the last 
person I ever have to ask to guide the LPDC, and as such I have given 
him full authority to do whatever is necessary to prevent problems that 
have plagued us in the past from ever surfacing again. He and his wife, 
Paula, bring a renewed energy to the LPDC. It is essential that Russ, 
Barry Bachrach, Mike Kuzma, and the new team at the LPDC be supported so 
they can work most effectively to achieve my freedom and accomplish the 
things that need to be done for my people. I have confidence that all of 
you who truly support me will extend your vote of confidence to Russ and 
my new team.

A month in solitary is beginning to take a toll on me but your letters 
give me much hope and encouragement. Many of you have written, e-mailed 
and called USP Terre Haute, and other organizations. This has brought 
some improvement to my solitary confinement. I am now getting my 
medications on a daily basis, I can write out, I am receiving my mail, 
and I am allowed one phone call a month. I am allowed contact visits for 
those persons authorized on my visiting list. The contact visit is 
restricted to a two hour period, and is conducted through a glass pane 
and a phone. I am allowed to visit with my attorney without those 

At this time I am asking that you continue to call/write/e-mail the 
contacts below requesting that my security level be downgraded to medium 
due to my health, age and good behavior and that I be transferred to a 
medium security institution with all my hard earned prisoner privileges 
restored. In case I am transferred please add the new facility (keep 
checking our official website: http://www.leonardpeltier.org) to your 
contact list and ask them to respect my human rights and prisoner 
privileges. Again, I thank you for your support and prayers and hope 
that I may one day soon be among you.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier

U.S. Penitentiary4700 Bureau Road SouthTerre Haute, IN 
47802Phone-812-244-4400Fax----812-244-4789THP/EXECASSISTANT at BOP.GOVFederal 
Bureau of Prisons320 First Street NWWashington, DC 
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