Sunday, July 18, 2010

Friends Digest, Vol. 4, No. 5

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."--John Adams

* Life Bringers: A Call to Action *

Women bring life in many ways, including through the work of their hands. We're calling on all the mothers, sisters, aunties, and grandmothers to hand write a heart-felt letter on behalf of Leonard Peltier. Send that letter to:

First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Speak to Mrs. Obama, today -- sister-to-sister, mother-to-mother. Prevail upon her to intercede with the President on Leonard's behalf.

* Realities of the Day *

We've heard that the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC) is busy at work at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. We also understand that the legal team is hard at work, dealing with various aspects of the Peltier case and fighting for Leonard's freedom. But the reality is that activities planned for the near future won't come to fruition without the help of supporters.

The LPDOC needs to build its war chest. Yes, folks. We're talking about money, a necessary evil. We're told the Committee will incur significant costs for publishing, travel, outreach, and lobbying in the coming months. The Committee always needs supplies to carry on their work, too: paper and envelopes (all sizes); printer and fax toner or ink; postage stamps; etc. The Committee's photocopier, after some 15 years of long service, is beyond repair and must be replaced.

In addition to helping by writing letters and making phone calls on Leonard's behalf, let's all help raise needed funds to ensure the fight for Leonard's freedom moves forward. Send a check or money order made payable to the LPDOC to PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106. You also can make a secure credit card donation online at No amount is too small.

* Sunday, September 12 *

In roughly two months, Mr. Peltier will celebrate his 66th birthday. We ask all supporters to plan an event, large or small, to help raise awareness of the Peltier case and build support for Leonard's freedom. Reach out to members of your community and educate them about the case. Hold a vigil. Host a house party and/or film showing. A Pot Luck supper is a great way to introduce others to the case.

Here's an idea: Host a breakfast or luncheon on Friday, September 10, and ask your guests to bring their cell phones. Coordinate phone calls to the White House on Leonard's behalf. Keep these numbers to the White House comment line handy: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112. If the lines are busy, you can try the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414. Ask to be connected with the comment line.

Do you own a video camera? Make a video of your guests sharing their thoughts on the Peltier case. Upload the video to YouTube and grab the URL so you can share your video with others.

The possibilities are endless. Be creative. Have fun. Do your job and do it well. Remember... Leonard's life depends on it.

"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

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

Friends of Peltier

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