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  • Romi Elnagar
    Dec 21 12:30 PM
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      From: Political Prisoner News <ppnews@...>
      Date: Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM
      Subject: [Ppnews] Holiday Greetings From Leonard Peltier

      Greeting My friends
      and Family

      I write this to you with mixed feelings today. I cannot stop
      thinking of the events at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown,
      Connecticut. If I had the power to change only one event of this
      past year, to assure that only one thing could be taken back,
      I would erase the events of that day and see each of those
      beautiful children come home to their families as if it had never
      happened. But I cannot change those things and can only live with the
      knowledge that such things do happen in this world. And I cannot
      help but be reminded by the violent deaths of those children,
      of the murders of my own people, children included,on the winter
      banks of Wounded Knee Creek, Sand Creek and on the Washita and so
      many other places. Violence against children or women can never be
      acceptable to any society...but it is part of history now and
      must not be forgotten. We have to work toward a more humane and
      compassionate society.

      My wish list is long and I will not bore you with all of it but I
      will ask you to add your prayers to mine so that the Oglala people
      and others who are working so hard to stop the XL Pipeline and
      protect our Mother Earth will be strong and will feel the much needed
      support of more and more others going forward. Anyone who looks at
      the pictures, the evidence, will know at a glance that this is a
      careless and reckless destruction of our precious natural world. We
      are the only ones who can say the words out loud. The four legged and
      the winged beings and the fish that swim are powerless to protect
      themselves. The very life's blood of our being, the water itself is
      being poisoned as we speak. We have the technology to change our way
      of fueling our cars and heating our homes. But it is greed and the
      thirst for money that keeps us from using this technology. We have
      to do better. Life itself is at stake for the coming generations.

      And I wish for an end to all wars and that we will find a way to
      move toward a more fair society that allows all people to work and
      provide for their families. That is the least we can do.

      And let me close by asking you to understand my need to express the
      thoughts and feelings above and get back to the much more positive
      reason for writing this letter.

      I want to wish each of you the warmest of Holiday Greetings and
      pray that you will have the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years.

      I am grateful to all those who came together to drum and sing and
      play and speak for me in New York City. I have heard that it was a
      wonderful evening of love and music and that the audience was both
      multi-cultural and ranged in age from 8 years old to two women from
      Massachusetts in their 90's. And of course I say Thank You to the
      ageless Pete Seeger and Harry Belafonte who stayed with this idea
      and finally made it become reality. And a personal Thank You to all
      who were there for me. The names are too many to list and I am afraid
      I might forget someone so I will just offer my thanks for all you.

      I am deeply grateful to you and will not forget what you have done
      for me.

      You have given me hope again. It has been twelve years since I have
      allowed myself to have hope. I like the way it feels, but there is
      a very long way to fall if it turns out to be un-fulfilled hope. I
      have been here before and the very thought of it is frightening,
      but I know I have to envision myself walking through the steel
      doors. I know that is my part of this and I am doing that now.

      I am willing and prepared to take that risk and hope that this will
      be the year that I will get to know freedom again and will get to
      embrace my family and friends again.

      Thank You to all of you who have not forgotten me. Doksha !

      Leonard Peltier


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