Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 12

I would like to ask you why when we speak you do not listen, and when you listen, you do not hear, and when you hear us, you do not choose to understand what we say. This is one time that I ask you to listen carefully and understand what we have to say. -- Frank Fools Crow

* Call to Action: South Dakota Relief *

Conditions from the blizzards last week have created a crisis on the South Dakota reservations. The Governor has declared a State of Emergency. The Link Center Foundation has received many applications for assistance that cannot be filled due to lack of funds. With propane, wood, and electricity prices continually rising, many more requests for help are expected to arrive. Please mark your check "Emergency Utility and Heating Fund" and send your donation to the Link Center Foundation, P.O. Box 576, Firestone, CO 80520-0576. Credit card donations may be made securely online at

* Freedom Campaign *

To keep up to date on actions you can take to help win Leonard's freedom, visit our Campaign for Freedom blog at We encourage you also to sign on to Leonard's defense committee listserv at

Until the inauguration on January 20, there are many points of contact for writing to President-Elect Barack Obama to request an award of Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier. For example, you can reach his transition team at However, letters are less easily dismissed and due to the onslaught of electronic requests he now receives, the following locations may be more effective avenues for capturing the senator's attention.

We encourage you to draft a brief letter (examples can be found at Focus only on the issue of clemency and, if you include information on Peltier's case, be certain that your information is accurate.

We also highly recommend that you fax your correspondence to ensure speedy delivery. You may, of course, mail your correspondence. Send your correspondence to at least one and preferably ALL of the senator's offices. Do it today.

Washington Office
The Honorable Barack Obama, 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202-228-4260 (Fax)

Chicago Office
The Honorable Barack Obama, John C. Kluczynski Federal Office Building, 230 South Dearborn St., Suite 3900 (39th floor), Chicago, Illinois 60604; 312-886-3514 (Fax)

Springfield Office
The Honorable Barack Obama, 607 East Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 217-492-5099 (Fax)

Marion Office
The Honorable Barack Obama, 701 North Court Street, Marion, Illinois 62959; 618-997-2850 (Fax)

Moline Office
The Honorable Barack Obama, 1911 52nd Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265; 309-736-1233 (Fax)

* LP-DOC Communique *

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee has issued a call to performers asking that benefits be planned and implemented on Mr. Peltier's behalf on or around December 10, Human Rights Day (also the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights). The LP-DOC also is seeking volunteers to help with a myriad of tasks and encouraging the formation of many more branch support groups in the U.S. and around the world. If you can lend a hand, please send an e-mail message to

* Reminder: Peltier Gift Drive *

Mail all holiday gifts for the children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to: Rosyln Jumping Bull, Box 207, Oglala, SD 57764. Remember that the Gift Drive will serve ages newborn to 18 years.

"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier

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