must not forget that he is not frozen in some world waiting for this
day when he is free to begin his life. He is living his life right
There are many ways to define free. There are many committees that have formed to free Leonard's body from the prison. Yet, we can also work to give him ways to free his mind from his prison every chance he gets. To free his heart from much of the pain that keeps him up at night. To free his soul from worry about things we can control. We can do all this by taking a serious look at the day to day rules and regulations that control his life. Can he practice his ceremonies? Can he buy his art supplies? Can he get the best quality of food available within the prison? Does he have the medical supplies needed? Is he protected by the knowledge that we will stand by him if they harm him in anyway? Is his cell full of letters from us telling him that we are there with him in the fight? If not, then we are failing him. Not the government but us.
We buy the shirts and bumper stickers. We post the banners on our myspace page. These are all great but what is he doing right this moment? What is in his heart that he needs? These are things we can control! We can't forget that this is a real person that wakes up everyday and is behind bars. How can we make each step of that day better? We can write him and let him know that he is not forgotten. We can send Commissary to him! Not to some group but directly to him! He should never have to think about being able to get the things he needs to have! If he has to think about wanting something that Commissary could buy but does not have the money, then we have failed him! Not the government but us! Facts are facts. If he wakes up and needs for anything that can exist within his prison walls then we are at fault for that!
Let' s take a serious look at the possibilities of Commissary for Leonard and see how we can bring as much as possible to this man to increase his quality of life. This is a system we can control. Let us show him the honor that he deserves!!! Let us also explore what else is possible within the system to send him?
Send Cards and Letters:
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000
Q: How do I send funds to Leonard?
A: In 1930, the Department of Justice authorized and established a Commissary at each Federal institution. The Commissary was created to provide a bank type account for inmate monies and for the procurement of articles not regularly issued as part of the institution administration. The purpose of individual inmate Commissary accounts is to allow the Bureau of Prisons to maintain inmates' monies while they are incarcerated. Family, friends, or other sources may deposit funds into these accounts.
Funds may be sent to Leonard via the United States Postal Service or via the Western Union Quick Collect Program.
U.S. Postal Service
Leonard's family members and friends choosing to send funds through the mail must send those funds to the following address and in accordance with the directions provided below:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001
Leonard can only receive letters, cards, postcards, photos (not polaroid), and postal money orders for his commissary account.
Leonard can not receive gifts or cds. Books/magazines must be sent from a bookstore. Newspaper articles are not allowed however xerox copies of the articles are allowed.
He loves to hear from all of you!!!. Write! Write often! He will respond as he has time and materials.
The deposit must be in the form of a money order made out to to: Leonard Peltier 89637-132. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have valid inmate information to the sender provided the envelope has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash can not be accepted for deposit.
The sender's name and return address must appear on the upper left hand corner of the envelope to ensure that the funds can be returned to the sender in the event that they can not be posted to the inmate's account. The deposit envelope must not contain any items intended for delivery to the inmate. The Bureau of Prisons shall dispose of all items included with the funds.
In the event funds have been mailed but have not been received in the inmate's account and adequate time has passed for mail service to Des Moines, Iowa, the sender must initiate a tracer with the entity who sold them the money order to resolve any issues.
Western Union Quick Collect Program
You also may send funds to Leonard through Western Union's Quick Collect Program. All funds sent via Western Union's Quick Collect will be posted to Leonard's account within two to four hours, when those funds are sent between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST (seven days per week, including holidays). Funds received after 9:00 pm EST will be posted by 7:00 am EST the following morning. Funds sent through the Quick Collect Program may be sent via one of the following ways:
1) At an agent location with cash: You must complete a Quick Collect Form. To find the nearest agent, they may call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www. westernunion. com.
2) By phone using a credit/debit card: Simply call 1-800-634-3422 and press option 2.
3) Via the Internet using a credit/debit card:
Go to www. westernunion. com and select "Quick Collect".
For each Western Union Quick Collect transaction, the following information must be provided:
• Valid Inmate Eight Digit Register Number (89637-132)
• Committed Inmate Name (Leonard Peltier)
• Code City: FBOP
• State code: DC