Leonard Peltier Walk to DC
Danny Glover Commits to Meet Peltier Walkers in DC - May 18
Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents.
Source URL: http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/danny-glover-commits-to-meet-peltier-walkers-in-dc-may-18.html
OAKLAND - The long walkers from the Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights on their way to Washington DC gained support in their efforts on Monday from award-winning actor Danny Glover, who participated in a press conference at Occupy Oakland.
Chief Harry Kindness, Danny Glover and Dorothy Ninham Praying at Occupy Oakland
"Let us mark this day, December 26, as a day of reconvening. Let us mark this day as the day of recommitting to join forces in our efforts to bring Leonard home," Glover told the 50 people assembled.
“We have to continue in our efforts for Brother Leonard.”
Danny Glover at Occupy Oakland with Leonard Peltier Long Walkers
After the press conference, Glover spent several minutes by telephone with the Native News Network discussing his involvement.
"I am involved because of the great injustice that was committed against Leonard Peltier. I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted. During the trial there were at least 25 violations of the US Constitution committed against him. This is a travesty of justice," said Glover to the Native News Network.
“Then I think about the other injustices committed against Indians in this country,”
“I feel I have to lend my support.”
"I plan on doing my part," Glover said when questioned about other Hollywood celebrities working on behalf of freeing Peltier. "I am really removed from Hollywood. I live in San Francisco, so I really don't hang with the Hollywood crowd. Marlon Brando is gone; I know he would have been here to help. Harry Belafonte is 85 years old and he probably cannot do much, but I know he has been supportive in the past."
"I plan on being in Washington on May 18," said Glover when asked about coming to Washington to greet the long walkers.
The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights was launched on December 18 on Alcatraz Island by Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement. It will conclude in the nation's capitol on May 18, 2012.
Special thanks to Arthur Jacobs for photos and contribution to this story.
posted December 27, 2011 6:50 am est