Thursday, July 31, 2008

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 6

* A Shout Out to Supporters/Support Groups *

October 10 is the 10th anniversary of the Jericho National March to the United Nations on behalf of our political prisoners and POWs. We're issuing a call to action to all Peltier supporters -- those up and down the east coast, in particular. Create a presence for Leonard in NYC on Friday, October 10. Rent a bus and bring some friends. Make some noise! Demand freedom for Leonard Peltier and all political prisoners and POWs! Attend the evening concert to benefit the prisoners, as well. See For more information, call 718-853-0893 or send an e-mail to If you can't participate in the anniversary march in NYC, plan a solidarity event in your community. Let us know details so we can help you promote your event.

* Other Events *

NYC: Picnic at the Park for Leonard Peltier! Sunday, August 24, 2008, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 9/11 Field at Prospect Park (Grand Army Plaza side of the Park). Join us for a potluck at Prospect Park, sharing your favorite grilled and barbequed summer treats and restyling your attire to benefit Leonard Peltier's commissary fund. A variety of Peltier stencil designs will be available for you to create your own clothing art. So bring your family, your friends and some clothes to support Leonard and his fight for freedom and justice! 2, 3 trains to Grand Army Plaza; F train to 7th Ave. Sponsored by the NYC branch of the LP-DOC; co-sponsored
by NYC Jericho, Resistance in Brooklyn and In Our Hearts Network.

NYC: A Birthday Party for Leonard Peltier! September 12 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank and Bethune Streets), New York, NY 10014; Phone: (212) 242-4201; E-mail: Sponsored by the NYC branch of the LP-DOC, NYC-Jericho, Resistance in Brooklyn and In Our Hearts Network.

* Our Birthday Initiative *

As you may recall, September 12th is Mr. Peltier's birthday. Please remember to send him cards and letters: Leonard Peltier #89637-132, USP-Lewisburg, US Penitentiary, PO Box 1000, Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000.

On July 11th, the Longest Walk II presented its "Manifesto for Change" to Representative John Conyers in Washington, DC. See The manifesto addresses many of the concerns in Indian Country including but not limited to the protection of sacred places and healing of the earth. One concern was mentioned, in particular -- the continuing illegal imprisonment of Leonard Peltier. Read the Longest Walk II resolution for/about Peltier

In acknowledgement of Leonard's 64th birthday and his nearly 33 years of imprisonment, please send a letter to Rep. Conyers in support of the Indigenous manifesto. Do this in Leonard's name.

In addition, ask Rep. Conyers to ensure:

1. The release of the over 100,000 documents on the Peltier case that are still being withheld by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) -- These documents are over 25 years old and are of historical significance. The public has the right to know the truth about the FBI's war against the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Leonard Peltier.

2. the conduct of a congressional investigation into the long-term effects of the FBI's COunter INTELligence PROgram (COINTELPRO) -- It is well known that the FBI targeted AIM and other political dissidents for annihilation. The FBI COINTELPRO effort resulted in the assassination, criminalization, vilification, and the splitting of various movements leading to their destruction, with many political activists today languishing in prisons. Yet, in 1974, the Senate Church Committee investigating the illegal FBI COINTELPRO activities declared such practices unconstitutional. The Senate Church Committee failed to complete their investigation by examining actions taken against AIM or the Pine Ridge "Reign of Terror" (1973-1976). Phone/fax/write to John Conyers and appeal to him to conduct public hearings on why victims of COINTELPRO still languish in prison over 30 years after the program was declared unconstitutional. Also contact your congressional representative and senators. Urge them to enable John Conyers to reopen COINTELPRO hearings.


Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Chairman
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on the Judiciary
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Fax: 202-225-0072

Here's a new approach. Share your thoughts with Rep. Conyers with a video advocacy message in just three simple steps:


* Voter Registration and Get-Out-The-Vote Initiative *

If you're not registered, you can't vote. We encourage everyone to register to vote and urge others to do the same.

Also take the time to e-mail your contacts in your address book several times before the general election. Remind your friends, families, and associates to vote. Keep reminding them until the last vote is cast. Tell them: Vote for the candidate(s) of your choice, but vote!

We'll provide more resources for Decision 2008 in the coming weeks.

Time to set him free... Because it's the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

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