Help Needed: NW Regional Leonard Peltier March
Help need with the NW regional Leonard Peltier March on Feb. 5th
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TACOMA LEONARD PELTIER SUPPORT GROUP
P.O. BOX 5464
TACOMA, WA 98415-0464
HELP NEEDED FOR TACOMA REGIONAL PELTIER MARCH AND RALLY
GETTING OUT FLIERS AND POSTERS
We have about a month and a half before the march. We need help getting fliers and posters out. There are many events that fliers can be passed out at (go to: www.seattle.indymedia.org and look on the left hand side for the link to the peace and justice calendar and you will find many events you can pass out fliers at. For those of you in Portland go to www.portlannd.indymedia.org and you will find events in your area).. You could also get out fliers and posters at colleges and other places where people gather. You can also get them out to groups, organizations, family members and friends. If you are willing to help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us your mailing address.
VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Though the purpose of the Annual Tacoma Marches for 12 years has been to keep Leonard's case out in the public, to build support for Leonard and to educate people on Leonard's case and other Native issues going on, we will not be intimidated by the City of Tacoma and their police force into not marching for Leonard. The City of Tacoma has tried to stop our marches and when we stood up to them and demanded our right to march for Leonard Peltier, last year they pulled out a massive police force that was nothing more than a political statement against our right to march. Police on bikes tried to provoke a conflicts with marchers, including make racist remarks to Native marchers. Our security team handled the situation very well and the provocateurs were unsuccessful. Our marches includes people of all ages from Elders to children and people in wheelchairs. We work hard to keep our marches open to all people and to keep them safe. Our all-Native security team has done a great job at that over the years. Those people who have video or camera equipment can help the security team by being in different parts of the march and record what takes place. Also, this will help our legal team should something take place. And we continue to pressure the City of Tacoma for out right to march and having video and photos helps us in that effort.
Video of our marches and rallies gets send to other people in North America and is used to help build support in their areas. Photos are also sent to Leonard. So if you can help us please do and send copies of all video and photos to the Tacoma LPSG. Thank you.
We have our large mass mailing coming up, we mail out packets of fliers and posters and we have other expenses. The only money we get to pay for these things is from grassroots supporters. Please, if you can send us a donation of any amount that will help. Please make checks out to: Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group, and send them to the address above. Thank you.
12TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST REGIONAL
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY
WITH LEONARD PELTIER
MARCH AND RALLY FOR JUSTICE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2005. TACOMA, WA
MARCH FOR JUSTICE: 12:00 NOON
Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 24th and E. Fairbanks Ave. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)
RALLY FOR JUSTICE: 1:00 PM
U.S. Federal Court House, 1717 Pacific Ave.
Program (more to be added later)
Harold Belmont: Elder, Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies
Dorothy Ackerman: Lakota Elder, Portland, OR
Pete Sanchez: Ktunaxa (Kutenai), Drummer
Jim Page: Folk Singer/Activist
Michael One Road: AIM, Portland, OR
Jeanette Bushnell: Anishinaabe
Kerwin Hemlock: Drummer
Russell Redner: AIM.
Larry Mosqueda: Olympia Movement for Justice and
Peace and Olympia CISPES.
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Community organizer and long time Peltier supporter.
Steve Hapy, Jr: Tacoma LPSG
Arthur J. Miller: Tacoma LPSG
NW AIM DRUM
Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement Activist who was framed-up by the government after a firefight on the Pine Ridge Oglala Reservation that happened because of an illegal government operation to steal Oglala land for uranium mining. The head of the local FBI office at the time, Norman Zigrossi, defended the illegal actions by saying: "Indians are a conquered nation and the FBI is merely acting as a colonial police force" He went on to say, "When you're conquered, the people you're conquered by dictate your future."
"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." Leonard Peltier
In 2003 the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals stated in their ruling, "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."
The Oglala People were never conquered and Leonard Peltier will not give up the fight for justice. In today's world it is even more important than ever to stand-up to political persecution. The last two years the City of Tacoma has tried to stop our march and last year the city tried to intimidate us with a massive show of police force. It was the support of many good people and a legal team that won us the right to march in Tacoma. Though our focus has been for 12 years to hold a peaceful march of solidarity with Leonard Peltier, we will not stop marching, we will not be intimidated and we demand the right to come out in public in support of Leonard Peltier without persecution. We ask you to join us at our Annual Regional Tacoma March and Rally in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier as we send the message, we will not give up, we will not surrender, we will continue to stand for justice for Leonard Peltier for how ever long it takes! This action is in support of the important legal efforts of Leonard's legal team (for more information of to: www.leonardpeltier.org )
In The Spirit Of Crazy House
Steve Hapy, Jr
Arthur J. Miller
address: Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
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