Tuesday, July 22, 2008

[FW] LPDOC Communique

This is being sent on behalf of contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

URL: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

*A Personal Note from Leonard Peltier*

I want to thank all of you who have shown your concern and answered my call for help. This medical problem has been going on now for some time, at least a year or so. As you know, a diabetic coma is usually fatal. I am feeling a whole lot better now, so thank you for helping me. You can stop contacting the BOP or Lewisburg officials. Let's get back to concentrating on other important things. Again, thank you very much.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.


Leonard Peltier

*Birthday Activities*

Leonard will celebrate his 64th birthday on September 12. Please continue to lift Leonard's spirits by letting him know he is not forgotten. Send birthday cards and letters to Leonard Peltier #89637-132, USP-Lewisburg, US Penitentiary, PO Box 1000, Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000.

Get event planning tips at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/events.htm.

If you're planning an event to mark Leonard's birthday, please let us know as soon as possible. We'll post your event announcement on our online calendar and help promote your event by other means. Please send all the pertinent information about your event to contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info.

*Branch News*

We invite you to partner with us to formulate strategies, devise fundraising ideas, and build public support. We strongly urge you to consider establishing a branch of the LP-DOC in your area. Your participation is imperative to our survival and Leonard's freedom.

Support groups affiliated with Leonard's former defense committee are very welcome to join us, too. You're requested to formally register with the LP-DOC as soon as possible. As with all our branches, you'll receive a packet of information to help you continue your great work on Leonard's behalf.

For more information, see http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/establish.htm and then contact us at contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info. Please provide your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. We'll be happy to send you what you need to get started.


July 16-31
San Francisco, CA: AIM for Freedom: A 40-Year Photography and Art Retrospective Exhibit. Sponsored by AIM-West, an affiliate of the American Indian Movement. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street (between 8th & 9th Streets), in The Bay Gallery. For more information, contact Antonio Gonzales at 415-577-1492 or Joyce Umamoto at 415-776-5833.

July 26-27
Oscoda, MI: Gagaguwon 10th Annual Pow Wow, hosted by the Preservation of Native American Culture. This year the pow wow is in honor of Susie Nahgahgwon. Drop by and visit with the Saginaw Bay Area Branch of the LP-DOC. For information, contact Tom Higgins at 989-686-5096 or send an e-mail message to

See more events at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm.


Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LP-DOC)
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206
Web: www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

In keeping with traditional Indigenous values, we believe that all life is sacred and must therefore be respected. Leonard and the LP-DOC respect the rights of others with regard to their political views and the expression of those views. However, Leonard and the LP-DOC urge supporters to always behave responsibly. We have not and will never condone hate speech, destruction of property, and/or threats of violence or acts of violence of any kind. Always remember these words to supporters: "You are representing me and my bid for freedom. The public looks at you before they see me or my issue."-Leonard Peltier. While supporters are free to forward or repost our listserv announcements, please (for his protection) do not alter Leonard's personal statements in any way. To verify the accuracy of a statement you see posted on the Internet, visit www.whoisleonardpeltier.info, scroll down the main menu on the left sidebar and click on "Peltier Statements" located in the News section.
Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier a "political prisoner" who should be "immediately and unconditionally released." Leonard Peltier, now a great-grandfather, is a citizen of the Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations and a tireless advocate for Indigenous Rights. A participant in the American Indian Movement, he went to assist the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the mid-1970s where, on June 26, 1975, a tragic shoot out occurred. He was wrongfully convicted in the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has been illegally incarcerated since 1976. Federal prosecutors have twice admitted before the Courts of Appeal that they don't know who fired the fatal shots. The government also has admitted that it isn't known what role Leonard Peltier "may have played" in the incident. Since his politically motivated prosecution and conviction, proof of fabricated and suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony, has been uncovered. The Courts of Appeal have repeatedly acknowledged investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case, but have failed to take corrective action. A model prisoner, Leonard continues to maintain his innocence and has consequently been denied fair consideration for parole. Join with numerous internationally recognized human rights organizations, civil rights leaders, celebrities and other luminaries who have called for the immediate release of Leonard Peltier. Visit

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

Friends of Peltier

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