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Fall/Winter Tacoma Leonard Peltier Campaign

The organizing has started on the fall/winter Tacoma Leonard Peltier Campaign. Help needed.
From:
Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
P.O. Box 5464
Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
Contacts:
Steve Hapy
 Tacoma-lpsg@ojibwe.us
Arthur J. Miller
 bayou@blarg.net

Fund Raising For Fall and Winter Campaign

Greetings All,

We are going into a very important time for Leonard Peltier. The campaigns for Congressional Hearings and for the government to release all the documents they have on Leonard's case has grown and there is greater pressure than ever before. Also there is the possibility that Bush will lose the election and thus a new clemency campaign can get started. Also the International Forum of VIPs for Peltier out of Europe continues to build strong support for Leonard among well-known people. To view the list of people who have signed on as Peltier supporters go to the web site at:  http://users.skynet.be/kola/lpforum.htm
Leonard will be 60 years old this September and it is time for us to give the strongest push possible to see that he is freed soon. We begin our fall/winter campaign by supporting the Annual Indigenous People's Day Rally at the U.S./Canadian Border with will be on Oct. 9th this year. It is being organized by our friends of the Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies up in Seattle.
After that we will begin to lay the groundwork for the 12th Annual Tacoma International Day of Solidarity With Leonard Peltier Northwest Regional March and Rally for Justice. As you know we pick the Saturday nearest to Feb. 6th for our march. This will be Feb. 5, 2005. Last year, after we had printed up all of our fliers and posters, people told us our Tacoma March was on the same day as the Democratic Party caucus in Washington State. We always ask people if our date is at the same time as other events before we set the final date. Once we have set that date and our fliers and posters are printed and we get the word out about our march we will not change the date. So please if you know of something that is happening on Feb. 5, 2005 please let us know by October 1st because on that day our march date will be finalized because we will print fliers for it for the Oct. 9th border event.

FUNDS NEEDED FOR OUR FALL/WINTER JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

Last year we had seed money that we got from winning our lawsuit against the City of Tacoma and we don't have that this year. Last year we printed up a 4 page, newspaper format publication that outlined Leonard's case and had a two-page poster for our march. We printed up 7,000 copies and by January we were out of them. People have asked us about different aspects of Leonard's case that was not included in that publication and this year's theme of our campaign is UNITY THROUGH CONNECTIONS. Leonard's case is not just about what has been done to Leonard and Native people, there are direct connections to the major issues of today, such as human rights, war and peace, protection of the environment, the abuses of multinational corporations, the FBI being used as a political police force and COINTELPRO. In this year's newspaper publication we will make those connections and explain why we need to unite as a people.
We would like to print 8 pages this year and increase the press run to 10,000 so that everyone who wants to get out copies of it will have all they need. The cost of printing and mailing will cost $1,000. In order to reach that goal we need the direct help of our grassroots supporters. We hope to be able to raise this money by Oct. 1st. so that we can print the publication in time to have it at the Oct. 9th border event.
The costs of fliers, posters, mailing and our sound system for our Feb. 5th march will run at around $1,000. We have $500 at this time. Thus we are trying to raise $1,500 over all in the next few months. If we are able to raise more money then we will be able to reach more people. We get no money from large organizations or foundations. All the money we have gotten for 12 years of events and our publications has come from grassroots supporters. Your $5, $10, $20, $100 or more, donations add up and every little bit helps. Every penny goes direct into our publications, fliers, posters and mailings; none of us gets paid for our work. Please help us if you can.

MAKE CHECKS OUT TO: Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group and mail them to:

Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
P.O. Box 5464
Tacoma, WA 98415-0464

BENEFITS

Sometimes supporters have been able to organize benefits. This could be a video showing, maybe a show with a few bands or even yard sales. Matter of fact the benefit that we were involved with that made the most money was a yard sale. If you are interested in organizing a benefit for the fall/winter campaign please do so and send us information on it and we will get that out to help you.

WEB SITE

The Tacoma LPSG needs a web site and if you could help set it up please contact us.

STARTING EARLY

Beyond the fact that we are able to reach more people by starting our work early, as most of you know the City of Tacoma has tried to stop our march two years in a row. Last year they tried to stop it by putting requirements on us that could not me fulfill, like telling us two weeks before our event that we had to have paperwork into the fire department a month before our march. It was only through a public e-mail campaign, strong supporters calling City Hall and the work of the ACLU that got the City of Tacoma to change the requirements. This year we want to have our paperwork into the City of Tacoma by Oct. 1st. That way they will not be able to say that they did not have the time to get back to us. We will also be sending letters and making phone calls to the mayor and city council that the City of Tacoma should not waste taxpayer's money by having the massive police force they had last year at our march in order to make a political statement to Leonard Peltier supporters.
Because of the actions of the City of Tacoma against us, our annual march is not just about building support for Leonard, but it also has become a march for the right to support Leonard Peltier. Our issue is not with the City of Tacoma, but rather with the federal government that keeps Leonard in prison even though it knows that he is innocent and with the abuse of human and constitutional rights in Leonard's case and with what happened on Pine Ridge. But we will resist the continuing attempts of the City of Tacoma to suppress our right to march and no matter what they come up with; we will keep on marching until Leonard is free.

In The Spirit of Crazy Horse
Steve Hapy
Arthur J. Miller
Tacoma LPSG


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

homepage: homepage: http://www.leonardpeltier.org
address: address: Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464