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(en) Feb. 6th, Int. Day of Solidarity NORTHWEST LEONARD PELTIER SUPPORT NETWORK

From arthur <bayou@blarg.net>
Date Sun, 27 Dec 1998 02:50:59 -0500


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  Great momentum was created from the December 19th rallies across
the U.S. and internationally for a mass mobilization to once and for all 
gain justice for Leonard Peltier. 23 years it has taken to get to this point.
Upon what has been done we need to push ahead for even more. This 
campaign must continue to increase until the U.S. Government 
understands that the case of Leonard Peltier WILL NOT GO AWAY
AND THAT THIS STRUGGLE WILL ONLY KEEP GROWING! 
  Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement (AIM) activist who 
was framed on the charge of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge 
Lakota Reservation on June 26, 1975. There had been a large number of 
FBI agents at Pine Ridge for the purpose of defending multi-national 
energy companie's attempt to take Lakota land for uranium mining. The 
FBI was a part of the oppresion of the traditional Lakota People and AIM 
who were the resistance to the illegally taking of Lakota land. In the two 
years before the shootout over 60 resisters were murdered by a death 
squad that was armed, trained and directed by the FBI. On the day of 
the shootout two FBI agents came into an AIM camp in the same 
manner that the death squad had done all over Rine Ridge. There is
much proof that this was a setup against AIM. Two FBI agents were 
killed and one AIM member. In the first trial two AIM members were 
found not guilty by reason of self-defense. Then the government illegally 
had Leonard extradited  from Canada based upon false statements. 
They then moved his trial to a judge that had been cited for his anti-
Indian attitude. Leonard's trial was a frame-up that included falsified 
evidence and the intimidation of witnesses.
  Through the appeals process Leonard's defense has disproved the 
government's case to the point that the government prosecutor has 
come out and stated that they don't know who killed the agents and that 
if Leonard were to have a trial today they could not convict him. They 
say now that Leonard's crime was that he "aided and abetted" in the 
deaths because he was there that day. Since the first two AIM members 
were found not guity for reason of self-defense, this means that Leonard 
has been locked-up for 23 years for aiding and abetting in an act of self-
defense.  
  Leonard was arrested in Canada on Feb. 6, 1976, thus marking that 
day and the building of the international campaign for justice for Leonard 
Peltier, Feb. 6th of each year has become THE INTERNATIONAL DAY
IN SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER. Leonard Peltier supporters 
have held marches and rallies on that day in many places 
internationally. It does not matter where in the world you maybe, it does 
not matter how small or how large of a city you live in, please join us
in this day of solidarity. Even if it is but a small handful of people who 
will come out on that day in your location. Please contact LPDC at;
lpdc@idir.net if you are willing to help organize for Feb. 6th in your
location.

  INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER
  FEBRUARY 6TH NWLPSN MARCH AND RALLY, TACOMA, WA
  
   12:00 NOON MARCH GATHERING POINT, PUYALLUP NATION
    TRIBAL GROUNDS (off I-5, exit 135 north, State Route 164 in 
     Tacoma. The Tribal Grounds are about a 1/4 mile on the right hand 
     side of the road). We will march from the Puyallup Nation Tribal 
     Grounds to the Federal Court House in downtown Tacoma at
     1717 Pacific, where we will have a rally.

   We hope that all people who believe in social justice will join in the
campaign for justice for Leonard Peltier. The NWLPSN is a grassroots
network and we get no funding beyond donations from people who 
support our work. We have had an ongoing campaign which has 
included 46 rallies within our region. The NWLPSN is made up of
local support groups and individuals of the northwest that are committed
to keep an active public campaign for justice for Leonard Peltier until
he is free.  Please help us with a donation if you are able. Please send 
donations to: NWLPSN-Olympia Office, 52001 Capitol Blvd, Suite 119,
Olympia, WA 98501 USA. Also available from that office is a pamphlet 
on the background of Leonard's case called "The Case of Leonard 
Peltier" which the cost is $3.00 each, or $2.00 each for 6 or more.
  I wish to personally thank all the people who have helped with this 
campaign. 
                                                         In Solidarity
                                                         Arthur J. Miller
                                                         coordinator
                                                         NWLPSN  
 Vist our web site at; 
http://members.aol.com/TurquoisWm/JusticeforLeonardPeltier.html
  If you wish to be removed from the NWLPSN e-mail list please send
us a message to bayou@blarg.net with REMOVE in the body of the
message. 


      please post widely
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NORTHWEST LEONARD PELTIER SUPPORT NETWORK
TACOMA OFFICE
P.O. BOX 5464
TACOMA, WA 98415-0464 USA
e-mail; bayou@blarg.net

  INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER
                                FEBRUARY 6, 1999



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