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PLEASE SIGN THE WHITE HOUSE PETITION FOR LEONARD PELTIER
WE NEED 490 MORE PEOPLE TO SIGN IT IN THE NEXT 9 DAYS!
Leonard Peltier (of the Anishinabe, Dakota, and Lakota Nations), long
time Native Activist and member of the American Indian Movement.
Leonard Peltier, an innocent man who was convicted for the 1975
shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot
prove Peltier's guilt, and the appellate courts have cited numerous
instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case.
As late as November 2003, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
acknowledged that "Much of the government's behavior at the Pine
Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be
condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses.
These facts are not disputed."
U.S. prosecutors knowingly presented false statements to a Canadian
court to extradite Mr. Peltier to the U.S. The statements were signed
by a woman who was forced by FBI agents to say she was an eyewitness.
The government has long since admitted that the woman was not present
during the shootings. Meanwhile, in a separate trial in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, Mr. Peltier's co-defendants were acquitted by reason of self
defense. Had Leonard been tried with his co-defendants, he also would
have been acquitted.
Unhappy with the outcome of the Cedar Rapids trial, prosecutors set the
stage for Mr. Peltier's conviction. His trial was moved to an area
known for its anti-Indian sentiment Fargo, North Dakota. The trial
judge had a reputation for ruling against Indians, and a juror is known
to have made racist comments during Mr. Peltier's trial.
FBI documents prove that the U.S. government went so far as to
manufacture the so-called murder weapon, the most critical evidence in
the prosecution's case. A ballistics test proved, however, that the
gun and shell casings entered into evidence didn't match. The FBI
hid this fact from the jury. Mr. Peltier was convicted and sentenced
to two consecutive life terms. According to court records, the United
States Attorney who prosecuted the case has twice admitted that no one
even knows who fired the fatal shots.
Leonard has been in prison for 36 years for standing up for his people
in the face of great repression. Please support Leonard by signing the
White House petition today.
The We the People/ official White House petition site -
We still need over 490 signatures to make it to the minimum threshold of
5000 signatures in 30 days. We have 9 days left. Please use every means
possible of communicating with the public on this flyers around
town, canvassing and referring folks to the website, call in to
broadcast and internet radio shows to promote the petition---be
creative. This is an important opportunity and we need to surpass that
5000 mark to make an impressive showing. Many people have had
difficulty completing the signature process--but in a nutshell--you
register your name, email and zip code.Leave the website page open and
open another window/tab to retrieve your email ...which will contain a
passcode..you then go back to the website to sign in with your email
address(user name) and the passcode.
Link to Tacoma Chapter LPDOC video on Whitehouse petition
FEBRUARY 4, 2012 INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER
CLEMENCY MARCHES AND RALLIES
The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense committee has issued a call for
Leonard Peltier supporters to hold marches and rallies across the world
on Feb. 4, 2012. The rallies should take place in front of U.S. Federal
Buildings, U.S. Federal Court Houses, U.S. embassies or consulates
worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and
illegal imprisoned for 36 years!
In the Pacific Northwest there will be a march and rally in Tacoma.
For more information send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org If you can
help organize in other places please contact: Leonard Peltier Defense
Offense Committee, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106, Phone: 701/235-2206,
E-mail: email@example.com, www.whoisleonardpeltier.info
The LPDOC is in great need of donations to help pay for all this
organizing. Please send them a donation if you can.
LEONARD PELTIER WALK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
There will be a walk across the country. For more information go to:
Office of the Northwest Regional Organizer, LPDOC and the Tacoma
Chapter, LPDOC, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464. E-mail:
Subcribe to: Northwest Peltier Support at:
On facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hp#!/tacoma.lpdoc
For more information on Leonard Peltier: www.whoisleonardpeltier.info