Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friends Digest, Vol. 4, No. 6

* Call to Action *

On 05 November the United States will give an oral presentation on its human rights record to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland. This is an historic event. This is also an opportunity to shine a light on human rights violations on the part of the U.S. government and the use of U.S. courts to
quash dissent!

Join with other human rights organizations in a worldwide demonstration demanding recognition of the existence of U.S. political prisoners, prisoners of war, and exiles. On 05 November-Make a noise! Gather at every embassy and consulate around the world. On 05 November-Be present in the struggle for human rights. Gather at every U.S. court house.

Stand Up! Demand a new trial for Leonard Peltier and all victims of politically motivated prosecution and imprisonment in the U.S.

Stand UP! Demand accountability for the murders of COINTELPRO targets.

STAND UP! Demand remedies for COINTELPRO targets, including commutation of sentences.

Demand direct action by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Work in solidarity with the US Human Rights Network and its allies, including the US Political Prisoners Coalition (of which the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee is a member).

* For the Ladies *

We know you wrote those letters to Mrs. Obama. Did you know that First Lady Michelle Obama will be out on the campaign trail this month? She'll be in San Francisco on October 25 and will spend the following two days in Los Angeles. Watch the news, monitor the First Lady's appearances, and make a plan to create a presence for Leonard Peltier. Wear a shirt, carry a sign. Ask Mrs. Obama to advocate for Peltier because it's the right thing to do.

* Where in the World is Obama? *

President Obama will make a campaign trip to Oregon on October 20. Peltier supporters should let Obama know we're still here and we're not going away.

* New Documentary: COINTELPRO 101 *

COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the government's wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO represents the state's strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial justice. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies-local, state, and federal-to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations.

COINTELPRO 101 is an educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies. Watch the trailer:

Attend the San Francisco Premiere of COINTELPRO 101 on Sunday, October 10; shows at 4 and 7 pm. Where: Mission Cultural Center of Latino Arts - SF, 2868 Mission Street. Suggested donation $10, Youth $5.

Come to screenings in Portland, Oregon: Thursday, 10/21 - Pacific University 7pm - McGill Auditorium in Murdock Hall and Friday, 10/22 - Red & Black Cafe 7pm - 400 SE 12th Avenue.

* Other Events *

Alcatraz: The Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering, October 11

American Indian Movement International Film Festival, October 11 and 12


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

Friends of Peltier

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