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Up-coming Tacoma Peltier Support Events

annoucing peltier teach-ins and after rally meal
all events free and open to the public
Leonard Peltier Teach-In at University Of Puget Sound. 1500 N. Warner,
Tacoma:
Monday, January 26th
7-9pm in the Rotunda,
Student Union Building
Documentary: Warrior: The Life and Times of Leonard Peltier
Speakers: Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Doug Sackman, Professor of History at UPS

Leonard Peltier Teach-In at Seattle Central Community College (SCCC)
Thursday, January 29th
Main SCCC Presentation Room 1110
10:00am to 100pm.
Documentary: Warrior: The Life and Times of Leonard Peltier
Speakers: Steve Hapy, Jr, and Arthur J. Miller Tacoma LPSG

Leonard Peltier Video showing of Incident at Oglala
January 30th. Tacoma
The public is invited to a free screening of Incident at Oglala, the
Robert Redford-narrated documentary about the trial of Native American
activist Leonard Peltier. Peltier, whom Amnesty International lists as
a
"political prisoner" who should be "immediately and unconditionally
released," has been imprisoned for over 27 years for allegedly
participating
in the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in
South Dakota in 1975. The film will be followed by a discussion with
Arthur
J. Miller of the Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group. The program
will
begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30 at the Unitarian Universalist
Association of Tacoma, 1115 South 56th Street (corner of S. 56th and L
Streets) 253-474-4646.

AFTER RALLY POT LUCK MEAL FEB. 7TH: (Starting around 3:00pm or sooner
if the
weather is bad) First United Methodist Church, 423 Martin Luther King
Way
(next to Tacoma General Hospital). Go up the Hill from the rally and
turn
right on Martin Luther King Way. We will have more speakers and
drummers. We
need food, supplies and volunteers to help. For more information please
contact Sallie Shawl at:  seshawl@yahoo.com.

MOBILIZATION FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, FREE LEONARD PELTIER NOW!

As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make
a
mighty fist.
Sitting Bull

Greetings.
How is a critical time in the struggle for social justice and the
case of
Leonard Peltier. In past appeals of Leonard's case, his defense
disproved
the government's case to the point that the government's prosecutor
stated
that the government has to evidence connecting Leonard to the deaths of
the
FBI agents and that he only "aided and abetted". Given the fact that
the
first two AIM members to go on trial were found not guilty for reason
of
self-defense, because it was shown in court that there had been many
killings (over 63) of Lakota people and AIM members and the FBI came up
to
the AIM encampment in the same way that other drive-by shoots had
happened.
That means Leonard has spent all these years in prison for "aiding and
abetting" an act of self-defense.
In the latest ruling from the Tenth Circuit Court Appeals, the court
stated, "Much of the government's behavior at Pine Ridge Reservation
and in
its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government
withheld
evidence (it is still withholding evidence). It intimidated witnesses.
These
facts are not disputed."
In most any other case in U.S. history such statements by the court
and by
the government would be all that would be needed to free a prisoner. In
the
case of Leonard Peltier it is not. The government and the courts are
saying
that it does not matter how much the government violated the law and
the
constitution, that in the case of Leonard Peltier, the government is
above
the law and that Leonard must stay in prison because of who he is and
the
government is justified in persecuting him by any means, even illegal
means.
We of the Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group are putting out a call
for
a general mobilization of all people who believe in social justice to
come
together in Tacoma on Feb. 7th to begin a renewed struggle to gain
justice
for Leonard Peltier. The government's
actions against Leonard should be viewed by all as direct actions
against
all people's rights to liberty and justice. Please join us on Feb. 7th
and
please join the mobilization by actively helping to bring people out
for our
march and rally. One-way to help is to get this message out to everyone
you
know and post it on every list and web site that you can. Thank you
Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group

Please Post Widely
From:
Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
P.O. Box 5464
Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
 Tacoma-lpsg@ojibwe.us

STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE FEBRUARY 7, 2004 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF
SOLIDARITY
WITH LEONARD PELTIER REGIONAL MARCH AND RALLY FOR JUSTICE IN TACOMA,
WASHINGTON

Greetings All,

On February 6th will be 28 years since Leonard Peltier's arrest,
which we
will mark by our annual regional March and Rally For Justice For
Leonard
Peltier in Tacoma, WA on February 7, 2004. .
While we support all the legal appeals by Leonard's legal team, we
understand the nature of the struggle for justice for Leonard is not
just a
legal question but is also political and must have continuous public
support
in order to free Leonard. The U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit,
made
this very clear in the ruling on November 4, 2003. In that ruling the
court
stated: "Much of the government's behavior at the Pine Ridge
Reservation and
in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government
withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not
disputed."
Rather than act upon that which the court states is not disputed, it
used
Leonard's trial in which evidence was withheld and witnesses were
intimidated as the reason why it denied Leonard's appeal. That
withholding
of evidence was also addressed by the Eighth Circuit Court's ruling in
1986
which stated: "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."
To this day the government is still withholding evidence in the form
of
thousands of pages of documents on Leonard's case that it has refused
to
release. The reason behind the government's behavior at Pine Ridge and
the
improperly withholding of evidence and the intimidation of witnesses
that
the court condemns and the reason why the courts have denied Leonard's
appeals is political in nature. As Leonard states in his book "Prison
Writings: My life is my Sun Dance":
"I have no doubt whatsoever that the real motivations 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."
The government and the multinational energy companies would like
people to
forget about Leonard Peltier and what happened at Pine Ridge. We, the
supporters of Leonard Peltier will never allow this to happen. We have
found
ourselves even having to stand up to local governments in order to
voice our
views in public. At out last march and rally the City of Tacoma denied
us a
march permit and with the help of the ACLU we sued the city and we won
our
lawsuit.
We are committed to march and rally in pubic in support of Leonard
Peltier
for as long as it takes. We will not let Leonard be forgotten! And we
are
committed to speak out for Leonard no matter how much the government
tries
to interfere with our right to speak and march. We will not despair, we
will
not give up, we will not surrender in the face of the great power of
the
government and the multinational corporations. Though we are forced to
stand
up to great power, we too have power and it is a power that the
government,
the FBI and the multinational corporations will never have, That is the
power of truth and the spirit of the people struggling for a better
world.
Though we march and rally for justice for Leonard Peltier, we also are
struggling for the people, the future generations and for Mother Earth
herself. All these things are connected. We ask that all people of good
will
and believers of social justice to please join us on February 7, 2004
and
march and rally with us for justice for Leonard Peltier. (See
information
below on the march and rally)
In The Spirit of Crazy Horse
Steve Hapy, Jr
Arthur J. Miller
Tacoma LPSG

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER
MARCH AND RALLY FOR JUSTICE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2004
TACOMA, WA

12:00 NOON: MARCH FOR JUSTICE
Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 24th 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.

CARAVAN FOR JUSTICE:
SEATTLE: Meet at 10:45 AM at the parking lot 22nd and Madison
OLYMPIA: Meet at 10:45 AM at Media Island, 816 Adams St.

AFTER RALLY POT LUCK: (Starting around 3:00 PM or sooner if the weather
is
bad) First United Methodist Church, 423 Martin Luther King Way (next to
Tacoma General Hospital). Go up the Hill from the rally and turn right
on
Martin Luther King Way.

Speakers
Harold Belmont: Elder, Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies
Dorothy Ackerman: Lakota Elder
Shelly Vendiola: Indigenous Women's Network/ Indigenous Environmental
Network
Pete Sanchez: Ktunaxa (Kutenai), Drummer
Kelly White: Coastal Salish, long time B.C. Peltier activist
Kerwin Hemlock: Drummer
Jeanette Bushnell: Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies
Michael One Road: Portland AIM
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Community organizer and long time Peltier
supporter.
Matt Remle: Hunkpapa Lakota/ Native Youth Action
Steve Hapy, Jr: Tacoma LPSG
Arthur J. Miller: Tacoma LPSG
NW AIM DRUM
Anne Feeney: Labor Folk Singer
Native Youth Movement

DONATIONS NEEDED (to help pay for the costs of the march and rally):
Please
send donations to (make checks out to Northwest Leonard Peltier Support
Network): Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464.

YOU CAN HELP: Please pass this message on to e-mail lists, web sites,
to
friends, family and groups. We also have fliers and posters that you
can
help us get out. Please contact us with a mailing address and we will
send
them to you.

YOU CAN ALSO HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING:

1. Legal Observers.
2. Someone to videotape our march, rally and after rally meal. There
are
three reasons for this. First, in case there are any problems or to
show
that there were no problems, this has to do with legal matters. Second,
videotape of our events has been used around the country by Leonard
Peltier
supporters. And last, we have videotapes of a number of our events and
we
hope to edit them into one good video for supporters to use. So if
anyone
can videotape this event please do so and give a copy of it to Arthur
J.
Miller, c/o Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464.
3. Photographers. We need photographs for the same reasons as we need
video,
plus we send some of the best photos to the LPDC and to Leonard. Same
as
video please send photos to Arthur J. Miller.
4. Banners. We only have three banners left which are rather old. One
banner
has been to all 61 of our marches and has been all over the country. So
we
need some new Leonard Peltier support banners. It would be nice if we
had
one banner with the eagleman on it and Free Leonard Peltier and Tacoma
Leonard Peltier Support Group.We need as many Leonard Peltier support
signs
as possible.

For those of you who only wish to just receive event up-dates from
the
Tacoma LPSG please send a message to:  Tacoma-lpsg@ojibwe.us, and
request to
be place on the Tacoma LPSG up-date list.
Those who wish to sign up on the NWPeltierSupport list you can do so
by
going to the following address on the internet:
 http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/nwpeltiersupport Or send an e-mail to:
 nwpeltiersupport-subscribe@lists.riseup.net