Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 19, 2015

Lenny Foster to speak in New York on Leonard Peltier and prisoners rights

With a lifetime of experience from AIM and Wounded Knee, to battling for prisoners rights, Lenny Foster will speak in New York 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo: Lenny Foster with Cuny Dog at Peltier Tribunal by Brenda Norrell
Dutch translation at NAIS Gazette

NEW YORK -- Lenny Foster, Diné activist, AIM member and advocate of freedom for Leonard Peltier, will speak in New York in April.

Lenny Foster, Diné, director of the Navajo Nation Corrections Project, has been a voice for the otherwise forgotten Native American prisoners who battle for religious freedom while incarcerated.

Foster will speak at the 2015 New York City Anarchist Book Fair, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq. South, on Saturday, April 18, with the time to be announced. He will also speak at the Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, Room 10T, on Saturday, April 25, 2-5 p.m.

Foster has served as the spiritual advisor for more than 2,000 Native American inmates in 96 state and federal prisons in the Western U.S. He has co-authored legislation in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, allowing Native American spiritual and religious practice in prisons, resulting in a significant reduction in prison returns.

Since 1969, Foster has been a member of the American Indian Movement. He has participated in many actions including the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973. He has received many awards and honors, including the 1997 Petra Foundation Human Rights Award in Washington, DC, and a 2013 US Human Rights Movement Builders Award from the Atlanta-based US Human Rights Network. His program was awarded High Honors from Harvard University Honoring Nations 2003 Tribal Governance Excellence.

New York City supporters for freedom for Leonard Peltier said that Foster will speak on several Native issues, including Native American spirituality, prisoner issues, and the illegal imprisonment of Leonard Peltier.

The Anarchist Book Fair brings publishers, designers, writers, artists, musicians and activists from all over North America to this historic location in Greenwich Village. Besides exhibits, the book fair will feature speakers, panels and workshops on a wide range of topics.

The event with Foster at the Riverside Church will open with Frank Menusan on Native flute. It is co-sponsored by the Riverside Church Prison Ministry, an organization of volunteers that conducts advocacy and outreach programs for those in prison, their families and their community, and NYC Free Peltier, dedicated to the freedom of wrongly-imprisoned Native American political prisoner, Leonard Peltier.

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