Message from Leonard Peltier 08/28/2014… – Friends of Peltier Constitution of the United states was a copy of Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy Law. Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin all wrote down as to where they got the ideas and inspiration from. The main premise of the constitution being, you have the freedom to do anything you want as long as you don’t hurt someone else in your doing. It also advocated community responsibility and of course women’s rights which the original US constitution did not copy.Speaking of freedom I want you to know that in all my 39 years in this cell in these prisons I still long for and cherish freedom. The love of Freedom is probably the most common thing that all people share. Any creature held too long in one position or one place will struggle to be let free, even a baby held in ones arms.To be imprisoned for something you are not guilty of causes a pain within you that you cannot imagine, it is not “like” a wound that doesn’t heal, it IS a wound that doesn’t heal, it is a pain that never goes away.I apologize for sounding so down, but I do have moments when all this really gets to me. We all need to be encouraging to one another, we all need to stand strong for our beliefs and our spirituality. We need to seek out the things that make us stronger, physically, mentally, spiritually and network with other people who feel the same. We need to make sure we are doing the right thing and to choose our fights carefully. We need to put our resources where they will have the longest effect.I know there are lots of programs out there for everything you can thick of but as I have said so many times we really need to dwell on programs for our youth.There needs to be grievance committees that are autonomous from the local D.A.’s where a person can voice their concerns and something will be done about it. There needs to be cadet programs so the youth can also be part of the judicial system; not just in prison, but as police and advocates for justice. The police forces of this country are totally ill trained for the task at hand they display their fear constantly in hurting people. violence is always caused by fear. In some cases it is the fear of violence itself, that causes violence. In some cases these officers are in fear of not being validated by their own fellow officers, if they don’t display their strength with violence. Either way, they need to be trained to a level that they are confident about who they are and what their responsibility is to the people they are supposed to serve. They need to be trained so that they have a relationship with the people that isn’t a “WE VS THEM “ relationship.The people should be able to recognize that these officers are there, FOR the people, by the concerned behavior they display and the way they conduct themselves. We should not have to fear those that are supposed to protect us. Every officer should be trained to interact with the public in a kind and gentle way and that violence, for them, is a an extreme last resort and only used to the level of appropriate need.Again I want to encourage each and every one of you to be proactive and find a way to be involved that makes you feel good about what you are doing, and brings personal growth in your own life. There have always been wrongdoers and bullies and parasites who attach themselves to the struggles of others with their words, but like Martin Luther King once said “ if a man stays bent over someone will always be trying to ride him, but if you stand up, they will have no choice but to back down” and like Emiliano Zapata, a famous native south american revolutionary, once said, “ I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” I think even in the white mans bible it says “ I would rather be a dead lion than live as a sheep.”

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