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Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, The Last Holiday, is finally being published. The book will be available on January 10th.
Sadly, Gil did not live to see his memoir published but now his legion of fans will be able to read about his life and musical career from Gil’s perspective.
This is a very important book about an extraordinary artist who was blessed with a great creative mind.
Gil Scott-Heron’s art changed lives and made a difference in the world.
The Last Holiday will undoubtedly be another significant contribution to Gil’s brilliant and everlasting legacy.
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Indigenous US activist Peltier wins rights prize
MONTEVIDEO — Leonard Peltier, an indigenous rights activist jailed in the United States for decades, has received the first Mario Benedetti Foundation international human rights prize, the group said Monday.
The group called Peltier, a Native American activist convicted in 1977 for the murder of two US FBI agents, the longest serving political prisoner in the Americas. The case stemmed from a shootout at a reservation in the US state of South Dakota.
“Leonard Peltier, who on September 12, 2011 will turn 67, has spent more than half his life in prison. He is a symbol of resistance to repressive state policies by the United States, where there are people in jail for ethnic, racial, ideological and religious reasons,” a foundation statement said.
Ricardo Elena, a member of the foundation’s honorary board, said Peltier’s case “is one that is repeated over and over: violation (of rights); persecution, eviction, invasion and expropriation of the indigenous people from the time it was ‘discovered’ until now.
“It did not just happen in the United States; it is happening in southern South America with the (indigenous) Mapuche people, and with indigenous people in North America,” he stressed.
Peltier, whose family is indigenous Chippewa and Lakota, fled to Canada after the shooting and was later extradited. He was convicted in part based on the testimony of a woman, Myrtle Poor Bear, who claimed she was his girlfriend and witnessed the shootings. Poor Bear however admitted later she was pressured to make the testimony, but a judge blocked her testimony.
Elena took a swipe at the United States saying it “likes to think it is the seat of democracy, but it has political prisoners just like a dictatorship might have.”
The Mario Benedetti Foundation was set up to support human rights and cultural causes in synch with the work of the Uruguayan writer who died in 2009.
Torture in the US Prison System: The Endless Punishment of Leonard Peltier
by: Preston Randolph and Dan Battaglia, Truthout | Op-Ed
Your visit to one of America’s prisons may last only a few hours, but once you pass the first steel threshold, your perception of humanity is altered. The slammed doors, metal detectors and body frisks introduce you to life on the inside, but the glaring hatred from the guards and officials make it a reality. When you creep back into your own world afterward, you wonder what is really happening to the people who permanently languish behind bars.
In June 2006, the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons released “Confronting Confinement,” a 126-page report summarizing its 12-month inquiry into the prison systems. The commission follows up the analysis based on its findings with a list of recommendations. Topping the list of needed improvements is better enforcement of inmates’ right to proper health care and limitations on solitary confinement. Five years after the report’s release and despite its detailed and well-researched studies, inmate abuse continues.
Angela Davis is asked by a Swedish interviewer if she’s pro-violence.
An absolutely brilliant response.