From the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee (LPDOC), Northwest Organizer’s Office.
Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977, and has been imprisoned for 35 years, is in dire need of medical attention and needs your help.
Sister Betty Solano reports that Peltier began exhibiting symptoms commonly attributed to prostate cancer over a year ago.
His age (he is 66 years old) and family history are risk factors for the disease.
Pressured by Peltier’s attorneys, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ran standard blood tests in June 2010.
Peltier received the results just last week, more than four months after the tests were ordered.
A physician only now says a biopsy is needed to make a diagnosis.
Medical experts agree that the cure rate for prostate cancer is high, but only if detected early.
A man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes in this country; why does my brother have to wait over a year to receive even a diagnosis?
Even if Peltier doesn’t have cancer, the symptoms indicate a serious medical condition and one that could lead to serious complications if left untreated.
Currently held at the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International.
Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 members of the US congress and others, including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals, have all called for his immediate release.
Widely recognized for his humanitarian works and a six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Peltier also is an accomplished author and painter.
Please write letters to:
Harley G. Lappin, Director
US Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534