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ALCATRAZ ISLAND - Before the fog burnt off on Sunday morning, a group of two hundred American Indians and other protesters took the first two ferries to Alcatraz Island to launch the Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights.
They Sang the Peltier Song
Many of the old guard of the American Indian Movement ,including Dennis Banks, Tony Gonzales, Fred Short and Lenny Foster, were there to motivate the walkers who have embarked on a five month long walk across America from San Francisco to Washington.
Peltier, Lakota, has been in prison for the past 35 years. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents who showed up on June 25, 1975 at a private residence in Oglala, South Dakota.
“Unlock Leonard! Bring Him Home,”
declared the Dennis Banks, lifting the "keys to Alcatraz".
The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights will conclude in Washington on May 18, 2012.
posted December 20, 2011 6:00 am est
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