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Monday
Nov192012

Jackson Browne to Appear at NYC Concert Supporting Imprisoned Native American Activist

Photo: Alan KazlowskiJackson Browne is among the artists set to perform at an upcoming concert event calling for the release of Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist who in 1976 was convicted of killing two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

The Bring Leonard Peltier Home 2012 Concert will take place December 14 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and will be hosted by two legendary civil-rights supporters -- folk legend Pete Seeger and veteran actor/singer Harry Belafonte.

Besides Browne, the show will include performances by Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn and a variety of indigenous musicians.  The event also will feature several guest speakers, including acclaimed author Peter Matthiesson, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and one-time Amnesty International President Jack Healey.  In addition, a short film will be screened featuring a number of people, including Carlos Santana, voicing their support for Peltier.

Many people believe that Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement organization, was wrongly accused of killing the two federal agents.  Fellow activists also claim that Peltier's constitutional rights have been violated many times since his imprisonment.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com.

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