Justice for Leonard Peltier: 12th Annual NW Regional Tacoma March/Rally
"This is a hard struggle, we are up against some powerful forces, we find ourselves even having to struggle against the City of Tacoma just for the right to march for Leonard Peltier, but we believe that there is a more powerful force than the force that stands against us and that is the force of the spirit of the people. We will not give up, we will not surrender to the forces of repression and we will carry on for however long it takes."
Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
P.O. Box 5464
Tacoma, WA 98415-00464
Steve Hapy, Jr.
Arthur J. Miller
Building for our fall campaign: Making Connections To End Political Repression
12th ANNUAL NW REGIONAL TACOMA MARCH AND RALLY
FOR JUSTICE FOR LEONARD PELTIER
Feb. 5, 2005, TACOMA, WA
We would like to thank everyone who has sent us donations. We are still $400 short of our goal in raising the money for the newspaper publication we wish to put out. Our publications and mass mailings do more that just publicize our events, they have exposed thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest to the case of Leonard Peltier and the issues connected to it. We are a grassroots organization and the only donations we get come from our supporters. Every cent is used directly for our campaign, no one is paid for his or her work. Any amount will help. Please send donations to:
(Make checks out to Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group)
P.O. Box 5464
Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
This year's publication will focus on FBI political repression, COINTELPRO and how that connects to Leonard's case. Right now as you read this Leonard's lawyers are struggling to get all the documents that have been withheld in Leonard's case by the FBI. The FBI says that they have to withhold these documents to protect national security. Give that those documents that the defense team has received in the past disproved the government's frame-up of Leonard to the point that the government's lawyers had to state that they have no evidence against Leonard connecting him directly to the deaths of the FBI agents, and have shown that the FBI took illegal aggressive actions to suppress the right of Native people to organize an organization to air their grievances, there is no doubt that the documents still being withheld will show even greater FBI illegal actions.. Even the courts have recognized the repressive nature of the government actions against AIM and Leonard.. Judge Heaney stated: "The United States government overreacted at Wounded Knee. Instead of carefully considering the legitimate grievances of the Native Americans, the response was essentially a military one, which culminated in the deadly firefight on June 26, 1975." And last year the Tenth Circuit 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." But even with this acknowledgement Leonard has been in prison for over 27 years. Justice for Leonard and the end to political repression by the FBI will only come from the organized spirit of solidarity of the people. We ask for your help here in the Pacific Northwest. If you are willing to help us with our fall/winter campaign please contact us.
Concern over the illegal actions by the FBI should be the concern of all people who believe in social justice because Leonard was not the only victim of political repression. Among those that were targeted by the FBI's COINTELPRO were: Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights activists and organizations including the NAACP and Jesse Jackson (the FBI also carried out intimidation of Jackson supporters in the south when he ran for president), Cesar Chavez and the UFW, the National Lawyer's Guild, SANE-Freeze, National Council of Churches, AFSC, anti-war organizations, the alternative press, student organizations including the NSA and SDS, environmental, anti-racism, feminist, organizations, GI organizations, socialist and communist parties, the Industrial Workers of the World, people of color self-determination organizations such as the Black Panthers, Young Lords, Brown Berets, and Native organizations such as the American Indian Movement.
The political repression carried out by the FBI never ended. This can be seen this year with the FBI's intimidation of anti-war protesters who planned to protest at the national conventions of the two major political parties. Though the FBI claimed it needed more power, money and agents to deal with the threat of terrorism after 9-11, the FBI still had the time, money, and agents to harass people who questioned the war in Iraq. And as to making connections, the war in Iraq was justified through the use of false documents and lies about weapons of mass destruction and connections to terrorists. That is the same tactic the government used in the suppression of AIM and in frame-up of Leonard Peltier. And the government used the war in Iraq in the interest of multinational companies making huge profits off the war and on Pine Ridge the government carried out its repression in the interest of multinational energy corporations. Leonard wrote about that in his book.
"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
For these reasons we ask all people to support, as they can, our fall/winter campaign for justice for Leonard Peltier that will lead up to out 12th Annual NW Regional March and Rally in Tacoma, WA on Feb. 5, 2005. This campaign is in support of Leonard's legal team's struggle to gain all the documents on Leonard's case, to get congressional hearings and all other legal efforts. For more information on that go to: www.leonardpeltier.org
Our friends in the Seattle group Native People's Alliance with Friends and Allies is organizing:
10th Annual International Indigenous People's Day
March & Rally for Justice for Leonard Peltier & The First Nations
Saturday, October 9, 2004
US/CANADIAN BORDER AT BLAINE, WA/WHITE ROCK, BC
MARCH; 12:00 Noon, Salishan Park, Blaine & Alder Sts, Blain, WA
RALLY: 1:00 PM Peace Arch, U.S./Canadian Border
POTLUCK DINNER: 5:00 PM. Picnic Shelter a Peace Arch Park
CARPOLL: From Seattle, 23rd & Jackson Promenade, meet at 8:00 AM
RAFFLE: Blankets, Art, Books, Cash and more. Call Jeanette 425-744-0572 or Theresa 360-377-93000.
From more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will send more information out on this when the organizing group sends it to us.
This is a hard struggle, we are up against some powerful forces, we find ourselves even having to struggle against the City of Tacoma just for the right to march for Leonard Peltier, but we believe that there is a more powerful force than the force that stands against us and that is the force of the spirit of the people. We will not give up, we will not surrender to the forces of repression and we will carry on for however long it takes.
In The Spirit of Crazy Horse
Steve Hapy, Jr
Arthur J. Miller
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