Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 15

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 15
"Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a
response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And,
therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it
benefits the aggressor–never his victim, whose pain is magnified
when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his
cell–not to respond to [his] plight, not to relieve… solitude by
offering a spark of hope is to exile [him] from human memory. And
in denying [his] humanity, we betray our own. Indifference, then,
is not only a sin, it is a punishment."– Elie Wiesel, 1999.
* January 20: Inauguration Day *
Eight years ago, on January 20, then President Bill Clinton left
office without taking action to free Leonard Peltier. On this
Inauguration Day, folks around the country will celebrate change. We
encourage you not only to celebrate what we hope will be a new
beginning for all, but to actively work for Leonard’s freedom.
A shout out to supporters in the Mid-Atlantic region: Plan to
attend festivities in Washington, DC, during the 4-day celebration
there. Create a presence for Leonard… Along the parade route,
on the Mall, adjacent to the National Museum of the American
Indian. Carry signs, wear shirts.
Take a clipboard or two along. Why? Carry
a sheaf of spare clemency letters with you. See
Educate people face-to-face and get one signature per letter. Because
personal letters often are more effective, also carry spare paper
and pens. Encourage folks to write their own brief letters. They
can use your sample letter as a guide.
Leave notes, flowers, and tobacco ties inside the National Museum of
the American Indian. An inscription for Leonard Peltier is located
at Panel 2.04 (line 28) on the Honor Wall inside the museum.
What can the rest of us do? Host an Inaugural party of your own
to celebrate new hope for Leonard Peltier. Gather with friends,
family members, and people in your community to educate others
about Peltier’s case. Show "Incident at Oglala," or read from
"Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance". Motivate everyone to
get and stay involved.
The incoming Administration has announced that one day of the
four-day Inauguration celebration will be a Day of Service. So,
take ACTion. Some ideas:
+Chalk It Up–Assemble your group of supporters, hand out chalk, and
spread out around your town. Write slogans in support of Leonard’s
freedom on sidewalks, e.g., "Free Peltier NOW. You can add a web
address, too:, for example. (CAUTION:
We recommend that you consult graffiti ordinances in your area
and use only chalk because such markings are not permanent.) Also
leaflet nearby to generate more awareness. Select handouts at
+Personal Touch–Instead of signing a petition or writing letters
of support, try a more personal approach in communicating your
message. Make a big sign that says "I Stand with Obama on Freeing
Peltier." Take a photograph of each person in your group–with
the sign being held by the supporter or hung as a background for
the photo. Make certain that the supporter’s face and the sign’s
message are clearly visible, and make certain to record the name
and address of the person photographed. (That information can and
should be written on the back of the photo once it is developed.)
If we all do this, tens of thousands of photographs can be assembled
and delivered to the White House in the months ahead. But, for
now, let’s stockpile the photos for delivery to the White House en
masse. And don’t stop there. Keep collecting photos!
You can find other ideas at
Don’t hesitate. Start planning your Inauguration activities now.
Also remember that the 33rd anniversary of Leonard’s arrest is
February 6. It’s never too soon to begin planning events/actions
for that date. Recommit yourself to the Struggle and to bringing
attention to Leonard’s case.
But don’t restrict yourself only to commemorative occasions. Make
Leonard’s freedom a 24/7/365 endeavor. Friends, our time is now.
Stand up. Move your lips and agitate your tongues. Make a noise.
Whatever it takes. Do it and keep doing it until Leonard is free!
* Op-Ed *
* 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
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.
* Last Call *
Remember to ship your gift for a child at the Pine Ridge and/or
Turtle Mountain. Mail gifts to:
Tamara Patneaud
PO Box 308
Rolla, ND 58367
Rosyln Jumping Bull
Box 207
Oglala, SD 57764
* Remember Leonard, Too *
This season is a difficult time for all prisoners. You are all
working hard for Leonard’s freedom, we know, as well as being busy
with your lives and preparing to spend the holidays with friends
and family. But with a simple gesture, you can bring comfort and
joy to someone who is very far from home and missing his family
and friends. Let’s all take a minute out of this day to each send a
holiday card, newsy letter, or note of encouragement… The address:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132
US Penitentiary
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000
"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
Please circulate to family and friends and otherwise widely
post our listserv announcements. Also frequently visit our
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favorites. Visit us often to learn more about efforts to win
Leonard’s freedom and find out what you can do to help.
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Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.
Friends of Peltier
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: This petition on Haiti disaster anniversary:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: This petition on Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts:,_native_american_acts,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: This petition on Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: This petition on Economically empower through advocacy:
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