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CUPE is encouraging Toronto-area members and others to attend a vigil, forum and feast in support of Leonard Peltier. The event will be held on Monday, February 6, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. See below for more event details.

Leonard Peltier is an activist and political prisoner in the United States, wrongfully convicted in the deaths of two FBI agents. He has been incarcerated for 36 consecutive years.

There will also be worldwide action in support of Leonard Peltier on February 4. In support of the action, CUPE has made a monetary contribution to the US-based LP Defense Offense Committee that is organizing the events. CUPE National President Paul Moist and National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury also sent a message of solidarity to the committee.

Follow-up action

CUPE will also assist the Canadian Human Rights Committee for Justice and Freedom for Leonard Peltier (LPDCC)in supporting his case for clemency to President Obama later this year, and to hold our own federal government accountable for its involvement in the extradition of Peltier in 1976.

Please consider participating in this working group with the LPDC in developing actions in support of the Leonard Peltier.

February 6 vigil, forum and feast for Leonard Peltier

The Canadian Human Rights Committee for Justice and Freedom for Leonard Peltier (LPDCC) and the Indigenous Education Network of OISE/UT invite you to attend the 19thAnnual Traditional Prayer Vigil in honour of the People’s Struggle to free Leonard Peltier, North America’s longest-serving, indigenous political prisoner. The day commemorates Leonard’s sacrifice of 36 years of false imprisonment.

Monday, February 6, 2012, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

At the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

252 Bloor St. W., The Peace Lounge, 7th floor (at St. George)