Sunday, June 20, 2010

[Friends of Peltier] Friends Digest, Vol. 4, No. 4

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"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
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* 35th Anniversary *

What will you do on 26 June to mark the 35th anniversary of the firefight at Oglala? At minimum, sign one or more petitions at http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/petitions.htm.

But we hope you'll do much more. What? Write to President Obama and urge him to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier. Let him know you're still waiting for him to do the right thing: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500.

While you're at it, also write to Attorney General Eric Holder and demand that he conduct an executive review of the Peltier case: Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001.

But don't stop there. There are many things you can do to help. Plan now for the months ahead. Need some ideas? See http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/educate.htm.

You may be interested in the commemorative events announced, to date, too:
http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2010/06/june-26th-events-35th-anniversary-of.html.


* UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples *

The U.S. Department of State will be conducting a review of its position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The U.S. Department of State, together with other Federal agencies, will be holding consultations with federally recognized Indian tribes and meetings with interested nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders on the review of the Declaration.

June 21 - Initial Tribal Consultation (Rapid City, South Dakota)
July 7 - Second Tribal Consultation (Washington, D.C.)
July 8 - Meeting with Nongovernmental Organizations (Washington, D.C.) Late September - October (date TBD) - Second Meeting With Nongovernmental Organizations Late September - October (date TBD)
- Final Tribal Consultation (Washington, D.C.)

*Dates are subject to change

If you are unable to participate in these consultations or meetings in person, we strongly urge that you send comments by e-mail to declaration@state.gov or by mail to S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Suite 1317, Washington, DC 20520. Please send written comments by July 15, 2010 to ensure that they can be given due consideration in the review.


* US Social Forum *

This week, the US Social Forum will be held in Detroit, Michigan. Many Indigenous workshops and cultural events have been scheduled. In addition, workshop topics include political prisoners, prison reform, COINTELPRO, etc. Check out the program at http://www.ussf2010.org/. Of particular interest is a workshop that highlights the Peltier case. See http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2010/06/us-political-prisoners-leonard-peltier.html
for details.

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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
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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