photo courtesy of Nanette Long
Those who know me know I have had occasion to dream of Leonard Peltier through the years; no doubt due to my active advocacy for his FREEDOM! Indeed the White House may have a room…or at least a large closet filled with the letters I’ve written on his behalf asking that he be granted Executive Clemency. This dream…actually I had TWO dreams last night…. took me by surprise; with all the unrest in the Country now due to Racist murders of Black Men by White Police (or wannabe police), a Congress bent on WAR and robbery of Native Lands, and some of my own personal stuff, I was a bit surprised to “see” Leonard. However after sitting and contemplating my dream and knowing a bit about the Man himself, it all makes sense to me! Let me break it down for You →→→
DREAM #1: The scene looks like a dilapidated army barracks or a prison camp; lots of buildings surrounded by desolate land. To some it may look like an Indian Reservation…and then you notice the prison artillery towers and barbed wire fences. People live in small cluttered apartments; elders, disabled, poor, whole families, etc…a rag-tag of society’s throw-aways existing on the barest of necessities. I’m living in one such apartment with a bunch of other folks but I can’t distinguish who they are except I know them all. There is a light tapping on the front door in the dark of a dreary evening. It is Leonard so bundled in old torn clothing he is hardly recognizable. Leonard has been granted Executive Clemency, but it’s secret; very few people know about this. The Country is in serious chaos and turmoil with intense civil unrest. Already there are racial/ethnic minorities protesting in almost every large city in the country; the USA is at its breaking point. There is concern that if some elements of the populace know that Leonard is FREE, all Hell will REALLY break lose OR there may be a HUGE Celebration which may be just as frightening to those who fear Solidarity and Unity! It is up to a few of us to get Leonard out of the Prison Camp…it sort of feels as if we’re doing an “underground railroad” kind of thing reminiscent of the Civil War and the FREEDOM of Black Slaves. We bring Leonard inside, give him some food to eat, pack up what necessities we have left over and 4 of us move Leonard around from building to building getting even more supplies and finally we get him to the outside parameter and he is FREE!
INTERMISSION: I wake up surprised by the dream, but realizing how it all makes sense. I’m equally surprised that Leonard and my associates, although elders, all look and move so well; WE HELPED TO FREE Leonard Peltier! WOO HOO! Then I laugh a bit because it felt like I was inside a story that my son David wrote. Then I feel sadness because My Kenny♥ is still locked up…and I fall back asleep.
DREAM #2: The setting is just as it is in the first dream (so I’m thinking that this must be part 2 of Dream #1). Again there are a bunch of folks in the small apartment, but another day or more has passed; dawn has broken. There is no radio, TV, computer, phone, no real way to communicate to the outside world. Yet here we are talking in hushed whispers and waiting….waiting to hear that Leonard is Safe! There is a light tapping on the door, it is Leonard!! Behind him are a group of young men and women…Leonard says with a chuckle, “Meet my posse”! Then he says, “You all helped to FREE Me, turnabout is fair play; we’re here to FREE You”! And then……WE ALL ARE FREE! (no blood was shed).
EPILOGUE: In all the dreams I have had of Leonard during the past few years they have all been about his FREEDOM in one way or another and I consider them to be Good Omens! As this one falls so close to the new Human Rights Campaign for December 10, 2014 on Human Rights Day, I ask that YOU all PLEASE join in the movement > http://www.iwillask.info/ This campaign was initiated by Jack Healey, Founder, Human Rights Action Center (and formerly of Amnesty International). THINK FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY, PEACE…and of course LOVE!
In and with the Spirit of Crazy Horse, I Thank You! ♥ Bonnie Walker