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Free Leonard Peltier!
This sub-web has been created especially for English speaking visitors of my site. It offers an account of efforts made by the Czech people to support an international campaign calling for the release of Leonard Peltier. To those who are not familiar with the background of Peltier's case and would wish to get acquainted with I advise to read the articles "CLEMENCY AT HAND?" ARTICLE ICT ON LP and the page "CLEMENCY & HOPE" for the last developments before the rejection of executive clemency demand for Leonard Peltier, and for a wider background on his case visit the following links. See the latest updates on the case and what you can do to help him.
My name is Bushka, I am an independent Czech publicist and I have my personal homepage in English where you can find out more about my life and interests if you wish to.
Among other media I contribute to BRITSKÉ LISTY (British Papers) - Czech independent news server considered as an important reference by Czech media, SVĚT NAMODRO (World in Blue) - one of the most popular Czech mainstream web magazines, and under the nickname of "Auntie Bushka" (Teta Bushka) to WWW.KOUKAT.CZ - a popular alternative site visited mostly by young Czech and Slovak people. I am writing about very divers topics, keeping my main focus on human rights issues. During the last year I was collaborating with the Czech Parliament on the draft of new legislation on marihuana decriminalization as a member of Drug Subcommittee of the Chamber of the Deputies and advisor to Deputy František Pejřil.
I have started a campaign for the release of Leonard Peltier here in the Czech Republic. Now, a two years later I am no more a lonely rider, new friends are joining my efforts and the Czech Leonard Peltier Support Group (LPSG CR) has been created. In 2001 I have made a series of author readings from my translation of Leonard Peltier's "Prison Writings" as my contribution to Peltier Awareness Month initiated by the LPDC. The readings were making an integral part of 2 weeks long Czech and Slovak Tour of the Navajo band Blackfire in the framework of their European Tour 2001, which I have organized.
no information available about Peltier's case in the Czech media at all
before I created my Czech sub-web "Leonard
PeltieR*" on this site. People in my country have never
heard his story of deliberate injustice and over 20 years of life
in an undeserved prison. I tried to change it, therefore I wrote a few
articles and myself was very surprised by their response with our young
people. After two years of efforts to spread the awareness on injustices
committed by the US government against Native Americans, I can proudly
say that Peltier's name became familiar to young Czechs and many of them
are beginning to understand that there is an ongoing genocide of the
original inhabitants of the American continent being perpetrated by the
US government. I don't pretend that Czech signatures under the petition
calling for Peltier's release would change anything. US politicians
will certainly put more weight to those coming from US voters. Our
signatures will be a kind of a reminder saying that this case is no more
a pure US business, but it has become an international US shame.
What will you find on
You will find the latest news about the developments in Peltier's case under the button LAST UPDATES ON LP.
CZECHS FOR PELTIER* - or how did Peltier's case become familiar to Czech people. How the Leonard Support Group Czech Republic was founded - a thrilling story about the fight between Czech hackers defending their Auntie Bushka against Peltier's opponents from the FBI sponsored site of the No Parole Peltier Association (NPPA). Second part of the story is to be found in CZ X NPPA. THE BEST OF NPPA - examples of postings in the NPPA's guestbook and a poignant example of Czech humor - a joke about the webmaster of NPPA's site making laugh Czech hackers. An interactive pic of Sue's colleague agent Scully doing the autopsy on a Rosswell alien. LP MARCH REPORT from Prague Peltier March, TV ON PRAGUE MARCH - transcript of Czech TV reportage and PICS PRAGUE MARCH. Page with a report from a participant to the NEW YORK MARCH.
CLEMENCY & HOPE - developments in Peltier's case during the critical period before the rejection of clemency demand by ex-President Clinton.
CLEMENCY AT HAND? - article by Peter Worthington about Leonard Peltier and the new testimony of Myrtle Poor Bear, who played a key role in his extradition from Canada.
The button ARTICLE ICT ON LP hides an article from Indian Country Today on Peltier's demand of clemency written by Suzan Shown Harjo.
PRISON PAINTINGS* - a new gallery of 36 Leonard Peltier's amazing paintings and lithographs on 6 pages, accompanied by explanatory texts in English and Czech written mostly by Peltier himself.
DREAMKEEPERS.NET is a page about a very interesting project realized by Leonard Peltier's friend and editor Harvey Arden, who has created a community of LivingBooks narrated by Elders from around the World in order to preserve the spiritual heritage of Indigenous Nations. Extracts from the LivingBook of Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and his World Peace and Prayer Day Statement for 2002.
WRITINGS* - excerpts from the book written by Leonard Peltier - "Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sundance". Courtesy of Harvey Arden - Leonard's editor. Author readings from my translation of this book were part of the Navajo band BLACKFIRE European Tour in 2001 around the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which I organized. NATIVE WRITINGS I, NATIVE WRITINGS II and NATIVE WRITINGS III - poetry of my Indian friends and Peltier's supporters. LETTER TO LEONARD - my letter to Leonard Peltier's 56th birthday.
OYATE - This page is a tribute to the Lakota Oglala Grass Roots Oyate because upon completion of a careful study of the press releases to learn just what has been occurring at Pine Ridge, it is inconceivable that there would be those who do not support the Grass Roots Oyate from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in their actions.
BLACKFIRE TOUR 2002 - this is a bilingual English and Czech web page on the Navajo rock band BLACKFIRE - performing also traditional dances together with their medicine man-father under the name of The Jones Benally's Family - and their European and Czech Tour 2002. New videos on Black Mesa from Blackfire production.
BLACKFIRE TOUR 2001 - bilingual English and Czech web page on the Navajo rock band BLACKFIRE - and their European and Czech Tour 2001. The tour was a tribute to Leonard Peltier and a contribution to Peltier Month of Awareness.
LEGACY - English translation of the article "Red Man's Legacy and the Street Party 2001", where I made a major contribution. The original article is posted on a very important Czech info server Britské listy. It is a reportage on Prague Street Party, the concert of BLACKFIRE and the dance show of The Jones' Benally Family during their European tour. Many beautiful pictures!
PICTURES BLACKFIRE* - pictures from their shows in Brno and Prague (2000 and 2001 - 3 pages).
HUMANITY - English translation of the article "Towards the Preservation of Humanity" by Mirek Vodrazka. The article speaks about Prague 2000 concert of the Navajo (Dineh) band BLACKFIRE and about Leonard Peltier. Blackfire returned to the Czech Republic in 2001 and included it into their European Tour. They will come back in 2002 again ... :o))
AMERICAS SUMMIT - English translation of my article in the Czech web magazine "Svet Namodro" about the Native point of view on FTAA and Americas Summit 2001. It includes a poem by J.V. Sladek and a drawing of the Great Spirit by Mikolas Ales - both were great Czech artists of 19th century.
CONSTITUTION - the Constitution of the Five Nations (Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca) was used as a model for the present US Constitution.
people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the
light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to
spirituality. We feel that the road to technology.... has led modern
society to a damaged and seared earth. Could it be that the road to
technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to
spirituality represents the slower path that the traditional native
people have traveled and are now seeking again? The earth is not
scorched on this trail. The grass is still growing there."
Spirit of the Bear
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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse