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Help Needed: 13th Annual NW Regional Leonard Peltier March

Help needed for the Feb. 4, 2006 13th Annual NW Regional Leonard Peltier March.
From:
TACOMA LEONARD PELTIER SUPPORT GROUP
P.O. BOX 5464
TACOMA, WA 98415-0464
 Tacoma-lpsg@ojibwe.us or  bayou@blarg.net

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

13th ANNUAL NORTHWEST REGIONAL
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER
MARCH AND RALLY FOR JUSTICE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2006, TACOMA

12:00 NOON: MARCH FOR JUSTICE
Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th 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.

AFTER RALLY POTLUCK MEAL AND GET TOGETHER—YOUTH EMERGING
Around 4:00 pm. At the First United Methodist Church, 423 Martin Luther King Jr Way. From the rally go south up the hill to Martin Luther King Jr Way and turn right. The church is right next to a large hospital. The meal and gathering is hosted in support of Leonard by the local Tacoma group People for Peace, Justice and Healing. For information on how you can help with the meal please contact Sol Riou at:  sparkingwaves@hotmail.com or 253-377-6078.
PROGRAM FOR RALLY AND AFTER RALLY MEAL

Co-MC's:
Harold Belmont: Coastal Native Elder, Native People's Alliance With Friends and Allies
Pete Sanchez; Ktunaxa (Kutenai)

Spiritual Opening and Closing Words:
Dorothy Ackerman; Lakota Elder

NW AIM Drum

Performances by:
The Aztec Dancers
United Nations: Native Rap Activists

Speakers:

Opening:
Shelly Vendiola: Indigenous Women's Network/Indigenous Environmental Network

Words From The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:
Russell Redner: Director, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Carter Camp; LPDC Broad member, Wounded Knee II Vet, Oklahoma AIM
Matilaja: Yu'Pik/Yakama
Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Kerwin Hemlock: Longtime Native Activist
Debbie White Plume: member of the LPDC Speakers Bureau and a survivor of the "Reign of Terror" on Pine Ridge
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Every Worker's Movement
Donna Denina: Chair of the Gabriela Network
Zoltan Grossman: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Faculty Evergreen's Native American Studies
Fr. Bill Bichsel: Catholic Worker, JWJ, IWW, SOAW

AFTER RALLY MEAL: YOUTH EMERGING

Steve Hapy: MC, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Vic Camp: Youth leader of Owe Aku, Pine Ridge
B.J. Gleason: Turtle Mountain Anishinabe
Performance by:
United Nations: Native Rap Activists
Closing words:
Dorothy Ackerman; Lakota Elder.

CARVANS FOR JUSTICE (Carpools)

The Caravans for Justice are open to all people who want rides or can provide rides or who wish to join the caravans. Bring "Free Leonard Peltier" signs for car windows if possible.
BELLINGHAM: Will be meeting at Fairhaven College parking lot at 9am, and leaving at 9:30am. Directions: When approaching Bellingham from the north or south on Interstate 5, take Exit #252, marked Samish Way and W.W.U. Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs to Bill McDonald Parkway. At South College Drive, take a right. Fairhaven College and its gravel parking lot will be on the right.
SEATTLE: Meet at the Red Apple parking lot at 23rd and Jackson. Will be leaving at 10:00 am.
OLYMPIA: There will be a carpool leaving from the parking lot at Harrison and Division at 10:30.
EUGENE: Drivers and people needing rides meet at the Grower's Market parking lot (454 Willamette, by the Amtrak station) at 7:30 am. (The Eugene Caravan will be meeting up with the Portland Caravan).
PORTLAND: Drivers and people needing rides, meet in the main parking lot (entrance just north of Killingworth from Albina, parking lot entrance on the right, behind the student services building)at PCC Cascade Campus at 9:30 am.

HELP NEEDED FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL NW REGIONAL LEONARD PELTIER MARCH, RALLY AND MEAL

Greetings All,

As most of you know our annual Leonard Peltier march, rally and meal here in Tacoma is a grassroots organized event. Though there is a planning group, the Tacoma LPSG, the event itself is the work of many people and groups throughout the region. Much of the publicity comes from supporters who hand out fliers, post posters in their area, and forward e-mail information on the event to others. Thus making the annual event the work of all Peltier supporters through the region. The next annual march, rally and meal will be the 13th year in a row it has been held. And as in the past each event is dependent upon the good will and help from you the people.
The fliers, posters, publications, mailings and e-mailings are not just to create a good turnout for the annual event; they are also the means to get Leonard Peltier's name and case before as many people and organizations as possible.. It has been our direction handed to us by Elders and activists to get Leonard's name and case out into the public as much as possible. All those working directly on Leonard's case believe that, along with the legal work done, that there must be strong public pressure to gain justice for Leonard.

HELP NEEDED

1. We need volunteers to get out fliers and posters. Since we have Caravans For Justice/Carpools set up in Eugene, Portland, Olympia, Seattle and Bellingham, we have made up fliers and posters for each of those areas with the caravan/carpool information for their area. If you are willing to help get out fliers and posters please send a message to:  bayou@blarg.net and include a mailing address so that we can send you fliers and posters.
2. Video and photographs: We need people to videotape all three parts of our annual event, the march, the rally and the program at the meal. We also need photographs. Part of this has to do with our continuing struggle with the City of Tacoma and the video shows just what type of event we have each year. The video is also used by support groups and others around the country. If you can help please contact us at:  bayou@blarg.net and send us a copy of video or photographs to the address above.
3. Donations: We do not get money from foundations or large organizations. All the money we get to organize the annual event comes from grassroots supporters. This year we have the costs of a publication and mailing it that we are putting out; the costs of printing fliers, posters and the mailing of them to supporters, the costs of a mass mailing in January, and we are raising money to help some people from Pine Ridge to come out here for the event. No one is paid for their work on the event so all money raised will go directly into fulfilling the needs we have outlined. Please if you can send us a donation of any amount that would greatly help the event. We have already received some donations that have helped get things started. Please make checks out to: Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group and mail them to: Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464.

In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse

Steve Hapy
Arthur J. Miller
Co-Coordinators
Tacoma LPSG

"This has been one of the hardest years of my imprisonment, it might not be the most brutal physical hardship that I have had to endure, but at my age and with my poor health it was extremely difficult. The almost two months "in transit" from Leavenworth to Lewisburg were sheer torture, and I am alive today only because of those of you who supported me and moved heaven and earth to get me out of solitary confinement. During the time of my transfer odyssey Calvin Jumping Bull passed on and immediately after that my brother Steve Robideau went. One of the heaviest burdens to bear is that so many of my friends and family have passed on to the spirit world without me being able to say goodbye, or see them for the last time. Now I am told that at this point one of my elders, Russell Loud Hawk, has survived a most critical surgery after an automobile accident and his chances were very slim. His strength and the strength of all my people, who live in the starkest conditions, in this country that consumes twenty five percent of the world's resources, and overcome unimaginable challenges every day living under siege, gives me the encouragement that I need to still walk tall behind these oppressive walls. My body, my spirit, and my heart keep getting pounded but I am not giving up. I will never give up and those of you who accompany me in this hard struggle mean the world to me, I could not walk this treacherous road alone.
Leonard Peltier

address: address: Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464