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January 1, 2011 Volume

Talib Kweli, Dead Prez & More Record Album for Jailed Activist
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A group of politically aware musicians have joined efforts to support Leonard Peltier. Talib Kweli of Immortal Technique, M-1 of Dead Prez, Skyzoo, and Rakaa of Dilated Peoples have contributed songs to the album, "Free Leonard Peltier: Hip Hop's Contribution to the Freedom Campaign."

Peltier is a Native American activist currently serving a life sentence for the 1975  killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  Supporters claim that he was wrongfully accused, but despite his many A-List supporters, Leonard has been denied parole for over 35 years

"Human rights organizations are trying to right this wrong/ But for Peltier the least I can do is write this song," spits Rakaa on Right This Wrong. "It's been over 30 years of tears and frustration/ Since the brother stood up with no fear for the nation."

"Our mission is to highlight a case that clearly is an abuse of the legal standards of American justice," said A-Ron, organizer of the "Free Leonard Peltier" album. A similar benefit album was recorded forColumbia Records in 1995. That album, which featured artists like the Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Superchunk, Helmet and The Goats, was never released.

Peltier has been nominated 6 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has also been named a political prisoner by Amnesty International,  Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and 55 Members of Congress.

Peltier is currently living at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Penn. His scheduled release date is Oct. 11, 2040.

"Free Leonard Peltier: Hip Hop's Contribution to the Freedom Campaign" is available on iTunes.

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