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13th Annual NW Leonard Peltier March in Tacoma

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.
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. We will be providing a Spaghetti
dinner as previously. We welcome salad, desserts and traditional foods, or
other foods that people would like to contribute to the dinner. Please
contact Sol Riou at  sparkingwaves@hotmail.com or 253-377-6078. if you plan
to bring food for the meal and for other information on how you can help.
SALMON MUST BE COOKED. We will have three places that you may bring the
food, our preference is that you bring it to the beginning of the March, by
11:30 am if possible. However, we will have a pickup location at the
Courthouse, by 12:30 pm if possible, with the exact corner to be announced
later. We will accept donations at the Church also.


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.

The Case Of Leonard Peltier



After a conflict between the Lakota people and the U.S. government and
corporate interests a peace treaty was signed and the great Lakota
reservation was created in the late 19th century. That peace treaty meant
nothing to U.S. interests, for its terms were violated from almost the
moment it was signed. Those interests continued to steal more Lakota land
wherever they found gold and other minerals that they wanted. At the same
time, they sought to destroy the Lakota way of life. U.S. interests outlawed
Lakota religion and massacred the Lakota at Wounded Knee in an act of
religious suppression. U.S. interests kidnapped Lakota children and placed
them in internment, in schools where they were held for years away from
their families, while their language and traditions were being beaten out of
them. U.S. interests carried out a secret forced program of sterilization of
Lakota women. Then, in the 1920s, acting upon the interests of oil and
mineral companies, the U.S. forced a 'government' entity upon the Lakota
people, to be controlled by those corporate and U.S. interests.
In the late 1960s uranium was found in the northwest section of the Pine
Ridge Lakota Reservation. The U.S. interests wanted that uranium for their
weapons of mass destruction and nuclear power plants.
The U.S. interests knew that the Lakota people would not give up any
more of their land willingly: they had already refused to take payment for
the Black Hills, stolen from them for its gold. U.S. interests then set out
to suppress all possible resistance to further theft. That led the
resisters' to request the help of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Upon a
request by Lakota Elders, a stand was taken at Wounded Knee, on the Pine
Ridge reservation of the Lakota people.
In the two and a half years after what became known as Wounded Knee II
there was a 'Reign of Terror' the resisters on Pine Ridge was forced to
suffer. Whole villages were shot up, people were run off the road, many
Native people were wounded and over 67 of them were murdered. The Lakota
people again asked AIM for help and an AIM encampment was set up. Most of
the people in that encampment were from Northwest AIM. And Leonard Peltier
was one of them.
The AIM people were under considerable oppression and lived there daily
in danger from the death squad (they called themselves the Goon Squad). One
day two cars came speeding onto the land of their encampment, in the same
manner that earlier drive-by shootings by the death squad had taken place on
Pine Ridge. The AIM members there that day defended themselves from what
they saw as another murderous attack. In the firefight that took place two
FBI agents and one AIM member died.
Norman Zigrossi, head of the local FBI office at the time, defended the
illegal actions, saying, "Indians are a conquered nation and the FBI is
merely acting as a colonial police force." He went on, "When you're
conquered, the people you're conquered by dictate your future."
It is clear that the attack upon the AIM encampment was planned to start
a conflict to draw away resistance to the illegal signing away of Lakota
land that had taken place in Washington, D.C. at that time. Before the
firefight, hundreds of U.S. Government agents were brought on to Pine Ridge
reservation, the roads leading to the AIM encampment were blocked before the
firefight and local hospitals were given notice to expect casualties.
In the first trial of two AIM members, who had been in the firefight at
their encampment, the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty by reason
of self-defense.
The U.S. interests then put all their efforts into convicting Leonard
Peltier. They fabricated evidence, intimidated witnesses and illegally
changed judges, settling on one who would not allow Leonard's lawyers to
present his case of self-defense.
Through appeals, Leonard's lawyers have been able to disprove the case
against him to the point that the U.S. Government prosecutors have stated
that they don't know what role Leonard played in the firefight -- he was
just there that day and thus by default aided and abetted in the deaths of
the agents. It can be reasoned that since the first two AIM members were
found not guilty by reason of self-defense, then Leonard has been in prison
all these years for aiding and abetting an act of self-defense!
Much of our focus should be on FBI political repression, COINTELPRO, and
how they are connected to Leonard's case, for the FBI has been and continues
to be used as the U.S. Government's and corporate interests' Political
Police Force.
As you read this, Leonard's lawyers struggle to get all the documents
that the FBI has withheld in his case. The FBI claims it needs to withhold
those documents to protect national security. We need to ask, "Whose
national security needs to be protected from the truth?" Given that
documents already received by the defense team have exposed the U.S.
Government's frame-up of Leonard to the point that the government's lawyers
have had to admit that there is no evidence 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 to air
their grievances, there is no doubt that documents still withheld will show
further evidence of 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 in 2003 the Tenth Circuit Court found that, "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."
Even with this acknowledgment Leonard has been in prison for over 28
years. Leonard is not in prison based upon the laws of this land, for the
courts have stated over and over again that the U.S. government has violated
those laws in Leonard's case. Leonard Peltier is in prison for one reason
and one reason alone, and that is because it is in the interests of the few
to keep him locked up: because he represents the essence of this land, the
wrong upon which the United States was established, a simple truth which has
to be recognized before the country can ever be sound. Leonard suffers under
the same interests that hung Chief Leschi, the same interests that massacred
the Lakota at Wounded Knee, the same interests that are behind many of the
wars around the world, the same interest behind the WTO, the World Bank, the
International Monetary Fund, the same interests that strips our schools of
basic funds, that strip you of your unemployment benefits and overtime pay,
and the same interests that we all find ourselves struggling against in our
common pursuit of peace and well-being. Justice for Leonard and the end to
political repression by the FBI will only come from the organized spirit of
solidarity of all people struggling in their true interests.
Illegal actions by the FBI should be the concern of all American people
who believe in social justice, because Leonard was not and will not be the
only victim of political repression. Among those that were targeted by the
FBI's COINTELPRO were: Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights
activists and organizations including the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Jesse Jackson (note that the FBI
also carried out intimidation of Jackson supporters in the south when he ran
for U.S. president), Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (UFW), the
National Lawyer's Guild, antinuclear weapons campaigns (SANE-Freeze), the
National Council of Churches, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC),
antiwar organizations, the alternative press, student organizations
including the National Students Association (TNSA) and Students for a
Democratic Society (SDS), environmental, anti-racism and feminist
organizations, GI organizations, socialist and communist parties, the
Industrial
Workers of the World, organizations of self-determination for people of
color such as the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, the Brown Berets, and
Native organizations such as the American Indian Movement (AIM).
The political repression carried out by the FBI has never ended. It was
seen this year with the FBI's intimidation of antiwar 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 agency still had the time, money,
and forces to harass people who questioned
the war in Iraq.

The same drive to acquire enormous profits that keep this country in Iraq
over the opposition of its own people is also what led to the U.S.
Government's suppression of traditional indigenous people, AIM and in its
frame-up of Leonard Peltier.
And as to making connections, the infliction of war on Iraq was
justified by using false documents, lies about weapons of mass destruction
and sham connections to terrorists. That is the same tactic the U.S.
Government used in its suppression of AIM and in its frame-up of Leonard
Peltier. The government used the war in Iraq in the interest of bringing
global U.S. company's huge profits, and on the Pine Ridge reservation that
same government carried out its repression in the interest of U.S. energy
corporations.
The Oglala People are unconquered -- We will not, and Leonard Peltier
will not give up the fight for justice.
In today's world it is more important than ever to stand up to political
persecution. Over the past three years the City of Tacoma has tried to stop
our march and has tried to intimidate us with a massive show of police
force. It was the support of many good people and a legal team that upheld
our right to march in Tacoma.
Our annual focus for 13 years has been to hold a peaceful march in
solidarity with Leonard Peltier's struggle. We will not stop marching, we
will not be intimidated and we maintain the right to come out in public in
support of Leonard Peltier without persecution.
We call on you as sisters and brothers 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 and for justice for all
that he represents for as long as it takes to set him free! Our strength is
building and time is on our side, the sweep of justice is moving throughout
the world and we are a part of that great wave of truth and justice. Please
join with us on Feb.4, 2006 for a tremendous show of solidarity, a march and
rally in Unified Solidarity for Justice for Leonard Peltier. All of us
working together will free Leonard Peltier.

The Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support needs your help. We need donations to
help pay for the publicity for the march and rally. Please send donations to
the address below (make checks out to the Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support
Group. We need help getting fliers and posters out and setting up video
showings. Please contact us if you can help.

Thank you.

In The Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Steve Hapy, Jr.
Arthur J. Miller

Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group

homepage: homepage: http://www.leonardpeltier.org/