Indigenous activists and allies gathered today to demand the release of Leonard Peltier who has contracted COVID 19
Peltier is an Indigenous activist wrongfully imprisoned and incarcerated in Coleman Correctional Institution about an hour north of Tampa. His trial and conviction for killing three FBI agents is one of the most unjust in American history, and a former FBI prosecutor on his case even called for his clemency in 2017. Justice groups from around the world and public figures from Nelson Mandela to Robert Redford have called for his release.
After decades of demands for his release and already existing health problems, the 77-year-old caught COVID-19 last week. Around 20 people gathered on Monday to demand Peltier be released from prison and be transported to a hospital to receive proper care.