Jackson Browne, P. Seeger, & more: Concert for Leonard Peltier

By Team JamBase Dec 6, 2012 7:55 am PST


On Friday, December 14, 2012, the Beacon Theatre will host a diverse, devoted and distinguished line up of North American musicians to sing for freedom for Leonard Peltier, a celebrated Native American activist and humanitarian imprisoned since the mid Seventies for his involvement with controversial incidents at Wounded Knee and Oglala, South Dakota, including the shooting deaths of two FBI agents. Robert Redford‘s 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala tells Peltier’s story.

This all-star concert is a multi-cultural event intended to raise awareness to Peltier’s 37-year ordeal and plea for clemency. Civil Rights icon Harry Belafonte will join Pete Seeger to co-host performances by Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, Common, Native American singers Bill Miller and Jennifer Kreisberg among others. Seeger, who also will be performing, says the event is the blessing he’s long been waiting for. Click here to buy tickets.

These musicians will be joined by a number of notable speakers including actors Peter Coyote and Danny Glover, and American author Peter Matthiessen, who wrote In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse, the Peltier story, and The Snow Leopard. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former Middleweight Boxer who spent 22 years in jail for a crime he did not commit and became an advocate for the wrongfully imprisoned, will speak for Peltier. Former Amnesty International President Jack Healey>, of Human Rights Action Center in Washington, will speak about the many human rights violations in Peltier’s case. Tom Poor Bear, vice president of the Oglala Sioux tribe, Bill Means of the American Indian Movement and Dorothy Ninham of the LPDOC will also discuss the case.

A beautiful short film that includes Carlos Santana and others voicing their support will be screened followed by a song recorded by singing duo Bear and the Willow.

Click here for more information about Leonard Peltier.

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