Cynthia McKinney to Obama: Let Leonard Peltier live!

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Cynthia McKinney to Obama: Let Leonard Peltier live!

Following the beating of Leonard Peltier by a prison gang, former Congresswoman McKinney urges Obama: ‘Let Peliter live!’

Cynthia Ann McKinney (born March 17, 1955) is a former United States Representative and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. McKinney served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993–2003 and 2005–2007, first representing Georgia’s 11th Congressional District and then Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House. In the 1992 election, McKinney was elected in the newly re-created 11th District, and was re-elected in 1994. When her district was redrawn and renumbered due to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Miller v. Johnson, McKinney was easily elected from the new 4th District in the 1996 election, and was re-elected twice without substantive opposition. McKinney was defeated by Denise Majette in the 2002 Democratic primary, in part due to Republican crossover voting in Georgia’s open primary election, which permits anyone from any party to vote in any party primary, and in part due to her “controversial profile, which included a suggestion that George W. Bush knew in advance of the September 11 attacks. (from wikipedia) McKinney recently risked her life on the Free Gaza ship rammed by Israel as she joined doctors to deliver medical aid to Palestine.
President Obama, Let Peltier Live!
by Cynthia McKinney
January 28, 2009

Today, I sent this message to the President:”Mr. President, Justice delayed is justice denied. Leonard Peltier’s family report that he has been brutally beaten while in custody. Peltier should be released. He has become a global symbol of injustice and prison abuse. Imprisoned in the late 1970s, Peltier has never been given a fair trial. Yet he has been a model prisoner.
In April he wrote: “Given the choice of lying down to die or standing up to live, we chose to live.” Let Peltier live. Please free Leonard Peltier now.”It’s easy to send a message to President Obama to help him deliver on the hope and change he promised.
Now is the time for us to act.
Unfortunately, the President has already signed an order allowing the continued bombing of Pakistan and his promised Afghanistan surge is underway. What that means for all of us is more war. If we are to have true and lasting peace, it should be clear by now that we won’t get it by confining our electoral choices to only the ones presented to us in sophisticated, highly managed public relations campaigns.
True and lasting peace will come only with justice. Freeing our political prisoners, including Peltier, Mumia, Sundiata, Mutulu, Imam El-Amin, our Puerto Rican political prisoners, and so many more is but a down payment on the path of justice and reconciliation that our country so sorely needs.
Cynthia McKinney
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American Indian inmates fight state prisons’ hair-length policy

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Male American Indians incarcerated in Alabama’s prisons want the right to grow their hair long according to their tribal religious customs

It will be up to U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody to decide whether they have it.

The decision will be the most recent ruling in a legal battle that American Indians have been waging with the state Department of Corrections for the past 15 years.

Uranium mining’s legacy

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GRANTS — Data reviewed by an independent team of scientists and engineers contracted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the remediation system at Homestake Mining Co.’s uranium mill site has raised a number of issues.

William Thompson, senior hydrologist for Environmental Quality Management Inc. of Cincinnati, said the Remedial System Evaluation team looked at what Homestake was doing right, and what it might be doing wrong in its cleanup of the Superfund site.

With regard to the tailings pile, water is injected to flush contaminants out of the rock strata, then collected and drained in wells. “The question is, how effective is this process,” Thompson told a group of concerned residents during a community meeting conducted Wednesday evening in Grants by EPA and the New Mexico Environment Department.

Zuni buys sacred land

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ZUNI — A large portion of land in northeastern Arizona that includes part of an ancient Pilgrimage Trail leading to sacred land known as “Zuni Heaven” has been restored to the Zuni Tribe through a historic $8.7 million land purchase.

Several hundred Zuni residents celebrated the land purchase during a signing ceremony that took place in the main plaza in Zuni’s Middle Village on Wednesday morning, Zuni Lt. Gov. Dancy Simplicio said in a telephone interview after the ceremony. With the purchase of a portion of the Hinkson Ranch, which includes land in Arizona and New Mexico, the Zuni Tribe acquired 14,791 acres of private land and also acquired the use of 8,523 acres of Arizona state leased land.

According to tribal officials, the land purchase was financed with gaming revenue from the Zuni Tribe’s gaming transfer agreements with Arizona’s Gila River Indian Community.

Hopi Elections Slated In April

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Amidst continuing turmoil, dates have been set for election of the Hopi chairman and vice chairman.
The Hopi primary election is scheduled for Monday, April 13, and the general election just one week later on April 20.
The tribe is continuing to function without a chairman or vice chairman since the resignation of Chair-man Ben Nuvamsa on Dec. 31, however, whether it is legally functioning is likely to be determined by the courts.

Experts say Vt. Yankee’s nuke waste is here to stay

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MONTPELIER – Don’t count on Yucca Mountain or any other national solution for the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel, a consulting group told lawmakers Thursday.

As the Vermont Legislature considers Vermont Yankee’s proposal to continue operating past its 2012 expiration date, lawmakers should assume that all the radioactive spent fuel left will be stored on-site in Vernon, nuclear consultants said.

Bruce Lacy, the founder of Iowa’s Lacy Consulting Group, told members of several House and Senate committees that dry cask storage of this waste material at nuclear power plants has become the default United States policy.

UN nuclear chief says Obama offers hope of ‘saner’ world

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) — UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Thursday that the election of US President Barack Obama had given him hope for a “saner” world for the first time.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) praised Obama’s offer of talks with Iran and, in an implicit criticism of former president George W. Bush, said isolating states was always doomed to failure.

ElBaradei told the Davos forum: “For the first time I have started to have some hope that we will start to have a world that is safer, that is saner, that is more humane.”