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Help Needed in Tacoma!

Greetings Folks, We need your help here in Tacoma! For the past ten years our group has held rallies for imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier, here in Tacoma. This year the police have stated that to get a permit we have to pay for all the police that would show up and when I stated that we don't have that type of money our permit was denied.
Greetings Folks, We need your help here in Tacoma! For the past ten years our group has held rallies for imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier, here in Tacoma. This year the police have stated that to get a permit we have to pay for all the police that would show up and when I stated that we don't have that type of money our permit was denied. They also said that our sound. system cannot be heard more than 40 feet away or they will shutdown the rally. Also we have been contacted by the Tacoma Police Intelligence Division asking about our speakers and what they are going to speak on, about our car pools, wanting names of our group members, wanting to know if any anti-war people will be there and other things. We are trying to go through a lawyer on the permit. Our marches in the past has include Native Elders and children and though we have experienced harassment in the past, this time the police seem to be doing everything they can to obstruct our planned march and rally. The greatest protection we can have for our march, and yes we will march, is for as many people who are able to join us and help send a message of support of Native issues and the right to march and hold a rally in the city of Tacoma. Even since the Tacoma cops were able to shut down a support march during the Kaiser Strike they have thought they could intimate people into shutting down their marches. Well we will not be intimate and we will march! Please if you can join us and try to get your friends to join us also that we help. Below is information on our march and rally. Thank you Arthur J. Miller Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group

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From: TACOMA LEONARD PELTIER SUPPORT NETWORK P.O. BOX 5464 TACOMA, WA 98415-0464E-MAIL:  bayou@blarg.net

UNTIL FREEDOM IS WON!

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER MARCH AND RALLY FOR JUSTICE

For Peace, Justice and Freedom for all People

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2003 TACOMA, WA

Dedicated to the memory of Nilak Butler and Standing Deer who recently passed on from this world.

NEEDS: Signs and Banners

12:OO NOON: MARCH FOR JUSTICE PORTLAND AVE PARK (on Portland Ave. between E. 34th and E. Fairbanks Ave. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)

1:00 PM: RALLY FOR JUSTICE U.S. FEDERAL COURT HOUSE, 1717 PACIFIC AVE.

SPEAKERS: Matilaja, Yu'pik - Yakama, Tacoma LPSG Harold Belmont, Elder, Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies Dorothy Ackerman, Lakota Elder Helaire EchoHawk, Native American Coalition Juan Jose Bocanegra, long time Peltier supporter Michael Oneroad, Portland AIM Steve Hapy Jr, NW AIM Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma LPSG Matt Remle, Lakota, Community Coalition for Environmental Justice Peter Bohmer, Evergreen State College Teacher Pio Celestino, Peruvian Indigenous Elder, Regugio Del Rio Grande

Music: Jim Page NW AIM DRUM

CARAVAN FOR JUSTICE (car pool) SEATTLE: Meet at 10:45 at the parking lot at 22nd and Madison. OLYMPIA: Meet at 10:45 Media Island 816 Adams St.

AFTER RALLY HONORING POTLUCK

AT THE GUADALUPE HOUSE, 1417 S. G St (Only a few blocks from the rally site) Please bring food.

The Honoring Potluck will take place right after the Feb. 8th Rally For Justice For Leonard Peltier. This is open to all supporters. This meal will give thanks to those who have helped in the past 10 years with our regional network and with the Feb. 8th march and rally. It is also a time to make connections to build for the future.

DONATIONS NEEDED! We have had to borrow money to pay for fliers, posters, and mailing in order to put on the Feb. 8th March and Rally For Justice For Leonard Peltier. Our group is a grassroots group and we have no other funding outside of donations that come from you, our supporters. Please if you can, send us a donation to: Seattle LPSG, P.O. Box 2514, Seattle, WA 98111. (Please make checks out to the Northwest Leonard Peltier Support Network).

HOW YOU CAN HELP. Please pass this message on to others and if you would like to get out fliers and posters please let us know at:  bayou@blarg.net

SPONSORED BY: Tacoma LPSG, NW AIM, Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies, Native American Coalition, Seattle LPSG

Feb. 6th, 2003 will mark the 27th year since AIM activist Leonard Peltier 's arrest. After Leonard's defense team in appeals disproved the government's case against Leonard the government stated that they have no evidence directly connecting Leonard to the deaths of the FBI agents that he was convicted for, but still he has not been granted a new trial. The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee has a new appeal and a lawsuit against the FBI. This event is in support of the appeal, lawsuit and seeks to send a message of solidarity for the continuous struggle for justice for Leonard Peltier. www.freepeltier.org.

When you're conquered, the people you're conquered by dictate your future. This is a basic philosophy of mine. If I'm part of a conquered nation, then I've got to yield to authority. Norman Zigrossi, FBI

There is a possibility that the jury would have acquitted Leonard Peltier had the records and data improperly withheld from the defense been available to him in order to better exploit and reinforce the inconsistencies casting strong doubts upon the government's case. Eighth Circuit Court Opinion, 1986

I have no doubt whatsoever that the real motivation behind both Wounded Knee II and the Oglala firefight, and much of the turmoil throughout Indian Country since the early 1970s, was-and is-the mining companies' desire to muffle AIM and all traditional Indian people, who sought-and still seek-to protect the land, water, and air from their thefts and depredations. In this sad and tragic age we live in, to come to the defense of Mother Earth is to be branded a criminal. Leonard Peltier

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