Monday, December 22, 2008

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 16

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In a famous 1963 decision, Brady v. Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court held that "the suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused upon request violates due process where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment, irrespective of the good faith or bad faith of the prosecution."
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* Season's Greetings *

Blessings, Friends. May peace and joy blanket you as you travel through the coming year. We pray that you'll have the strength to meet any challenge and that Creator will bless the work of your hands--your actions on behalf of Mr. Peltier, in particular.

* Getting Back to Basics *

The legal wrangling of the past decade can be confusing to many, but one simple truth remains in the Peltier case: Leonard Peltier is innocent. How do we know? Because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)--or rather their documents which were withheld at trial--have told us so. View (and widely circulate) this explanation of the crucial, exonerating evidence in the Peltier case:

http://FreePeltierNow.org/java/ballistics.htm.

* Have You Written Your Letters? *

Write your letter in support for Leonard's bid for parole.

Mail your letter to:

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Please also write a letter in support of Leonard's transfer to the Turtle Mountain Reservation or to the Sandstone, MN, or Oxford, WI, correctional facility. See
http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2008/12/change-in-works-at-lewisburg.html
for details.

* Emergency Assistance Needed *

Always harsh, the winter weather has already created a crisis on South Dakota reservations. Blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures have created a heating shortage. Donations are desperately needed to meet the demand for heaters, heating oil, wood, etc. Please do what you can. Send a check or money order to:

Link Center Foundation
P.O. Box 576
Firestone, CO 80520-0576

NOTE: Make your check or money order payable to the Link Center Foundation Utility and Heating Fund. You also can donate securely online at
http://www.linkcenterfoundation.org/id25.html.

* LP-DOC Raffle for Freedom *

First Place, Painting by Leonard Peltier
Second Place, Poster-size Lithograph of Painting
Third Place, "Incident at Oglala" DVD, "Songs for Leonard Peltier" CD, and T-Shirt

Cost: $5 ea. or 5 tickets for $20. Send checks or money orders (be sure to indicate it's for raffle tickets) to: LP-DOC, Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106. The drawing will be held at the end of December.

* Stage Play: My Life Is My Sun Dance *

Patrons, donors, sponsors, theater owners... Assist In Peace Productions in bringing the play "My Life Is My Sun Dance" to cities and rez communities around the nation. Contact keith@mylifeismysundance.com.

* Oglala Commemoration Auction *

See
http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2008/12/oglala-commemoration-new-items.html.

* February 6 Events *

On Friday, February 6 (the 33rd anniversary of Leonard's illegal imprisonment), folks in Boulder will host an educational event about his case. The scheduled speakers for the evening are Chief Leonard Crow Dog, David Hill and Ben Carnes. Music will be provided by the Plenty Wolf Singers. The event will be held in Math 100, Folsom and Colorado, University of Colorado-Boulder. More information
is forthcoming. If you live/work in the Boulder area, please plan to attend.

Event planners: We'll help you promote your Peltier-related Inaugural and February 6 events. Send details to info@FreePeltierNow.org.

* Service Notice *

In the weeks ahead, we'll be updating our Web site. Most edits are reflective of the November election and the new session of Congress beginning in early January. You'll be able to tell if edits have occurred on any page of the site by scrolling down the page to the notice ("Page last updated on...") at the bottom of the page. We thank you for your patience.

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

Friends of Peltier
www.FreePeltierNow.org



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