Actions for Black History Month, Prisoners rights, et al

Actions for Black History Month, Prisoners rights, et al These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Actions for Black History Month, Prisoners rights, et al:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9130

This petition on change.org: Black History Mth: Acts:

 

 

WhyIslam e-Newsletter: Black History Month: Greetings & Peace from 877-WHY-ISLAM.

We are dedicating this month’s Newsletter to Black History month. Please read through our selected articles below and remember your feedback and questions are important to us. “We always look forward to hearing from you,Thank you!”

Malcolm X. From Darkness to Light     Born in poverty and obscurity on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little, the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little, rose to become one of the most dynamic Black Nationalist leaders of his time. He felt the sting of racism and was denied opportunity from his earliest years, from most, if not all, of the existing institutions of the day. Without the possibility, the hope, of upward mobility, with less than a ninth grade education, a life of crime was practically inevitable for young Malcolm.  Read more

http://www.whyislam.org/malcolm-x-from-darkness-to-light/#

Reflections on Black History

Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20 percent of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in the slave population may have approached 40 percent. The fact that the search of a random African American, Alex Haley, for his roots led him to a Muslim village in West Africa is indicative of the widespread Muslim presence among the enslaved population here in the Americas. Read more

http://www.whyislam.org/muslim-world/reflections-on-black-history-month/?utm_source=WI+e-Newletter+-+Feb+2012+-+Non+Muslims&utm_campaign=Feb+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

Prince Among Slaves   Prince Among Slaves is a nationally broadcast documentary, which is now a part of a major humanities outreach project. The documentary is a production of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) in association with Spark Media and Duke Media. It tells the amazing story of an enslaved Muslim Prince from Africa who had an incredible life story.  Read more

How to end Racism

How can it end? Only understanding and education can end racism. People must realise that God created all humans from one couple. The entire human race is therefore one large extended family.

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A Land Called Paradise

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MalcolmX. From Darkness to Light

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Prince Among Slaves

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My abandonment of Roman Catholicism was spawned by a premature death, my mother’s at age 49, on the day before my 22nd birthday. I prayed like crazy for God to spare her, and when He did not, I established a new line of communication. I called God Allah and prayed with my palms cupped (to catch blessings) and my eyes wide open (to keep Allah’s creation in sight). Read more

News Item:   World-class fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. If she qualifies, it is believed that she will be the first practicing Muslim to represent the U.S. in women’s fencing, and the first American to wear Islamic head-covering while competing. She speaks with host Michel Martin.  Read More

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Join me at Occupy AIPAC: President Obama: No War on Iran! Sign the petition

http://codepink.salsalabs.com/o/424/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6845

Occupy AIPAC Summit Saturday, March 3 Register now!

No War on Iran Protest  Protest outside the AIPAC Conference  Sunday, March 4, 11am

Read 10 Reasons Why the Israel Lobby is So Dangerous  By Medea Benjamin

Washington, DC

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I invite you to join me at the Occupy AIPAC Summit in Washington this weekend.

I spent seven years in the Middle East.  I lived for two of those seven years in Jerusalem.  I was the Middle East Bureau Chief for the New York Times.  AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel.  It speaks for right-wing ideologues who believe that because they have capacity to wage war, they have a right to wage war.

And just as these elites were too blind and too enamored of their own rhetoric to see what invading Iraq would trigger, so too are they unable to comprehend the regional conflagration that would be unleashed by attacking Iran.

The uprisings from Tunisia to Egypt to Greece to Occupy Wall Street to our gathering outside AIPAC’s doors in Washington are all the same primal struggle for justice.

The battle for justice in Middle East is our battle.  It is part of the vast, global battle against the 1 percent.  It is a battle against the fossil fuel industry, the weapons manufacturers, the security and surveillance state, the misuse of public funds that wastes $ 4 trillion on wars that never had to be fought, the trillions more in looted taxpayer money to prop up insolvent banks and swell bloated military budgets, the battle to protect working men and women who are left struggling in the name of “austerity” to save their homes and find work.

Join us at Occupy AIPAC this weekend. Help us make the voices of the 99 percent—the voices of mothers, fathers and children in the squalid refugee camps in Gaza, in the suburbs of Tehran and in the bleak industrial wastelands in Ohio—heard.

Yours,   Chris Hedges

http://www.codepink4peace.org/

 

 

My related actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Actions for social justice, Indigenous, N.A., et al:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9127

This petition on change.org: Dr MLK, Jr Act/Justice:

http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-mlk-jr-actjustice

http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-mlk-jr-actjustice?share_id=BQszfPrjVO&

Another related petition on change.org:

The President of the United States: Stop any new arms deals with Bahrain:

https://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-stop-any-new-arms-deals-with-bahrain

 

 

World Without War: Small Change for Peace; Supporting Diplomacy with Iran

“By investing in civilian diplomacy and development, we foster stability around the world to protect our national security and make conflicts less likely.”

Department of State budget justification, Fiscal Year 2013

Earlier this month, President Obama submitted to Congress his proposed budget for 2013. Although research shows that preventing wars is 60 times more cost effective [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODU2/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9wcGRjL3ByZXZlbnRpb25fNjBfMV9jb3N0X2VmZmVjdGl2ZS5wZGYjISMh  ] than fighting them, the president’s budget once again pours hundreds of billions into war [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODU5/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9idWRnZXQvdGhlX2xhdGVzdC8jISMh  ]  while providing relative small change for peace [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODYz/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9wcGRjL292ZXJzZWFzX2NvbnRpbmdlbmN5X29wZXJhdGlvbnMvaW5kZXguaHRtbCMhIyE  ] . This edition of World Without War provides our initial analysis on some key budget issues related to FCNL’s foreign policy agenda. More details and actions will follow as Congress moves into its appropriations work in the months ahead.

In addition, with new legislative initiatives on Iran underway in both the House and Senate, we bring you two immediate ways you can help prevent another costly war.

As always, we welcome your feedback [ mailto:foreignpolicy@fcnl.org  ]  on our foreign policy work, and thank you for all your support.

Bridget Moix,

Senior Legislative Secretary, Foreign Policy

Join Col. Wilkerson and FCNL in Lobbying to Prevent War with Iran

In the last few weeks, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, has teamed up with FCNL [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODY0/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2Jsb2cvb2ZfcGVhY2VfYW5kX3BvbGl0aWNzL2xvYmJ5aW5nX3dpdGhfY29sX3dpbGtlcnNvbi8jISMh  ] to lobby for diplomacy, and against war, with Iran.

Col. Wilkerson joined FCNL’s Kate Gould and Hilary Johnson on lobby visits to ask members of Congress to support a letter [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODY3/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jYXB3aXouY29tL2Zjb25sL2lzc3Vlcy9hbGVydC8_YWxlcnRpZD02MTAyMjYxMSZ0eXBlPUNPIyEjIQ  ] introduced by Reps. Keith Ellison (MN) and Walter Jones (NC) calling for diplomacy with Iran and to oppose legislation in the Senate [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODY5/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2NhcHdpei5jb20vZmNvbmwvaXNzdWVzL2FsZXJ0Lz9hbGVydGlkPTYwNTI0NTAxIyEjIQ  ] that would press the United States towards war.

Rep. Garamendi (CA), Col. Wilkerson and Kate Gould

Ask your representative to sign on to the Ellison-Jones letter [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODcz/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jYXB3aXouY29tL2Zjb25sL2lzc3Vlcy9hbGVydC8_YWxlcnRpZD02MTAyMjYxMSZ0eXBlPUNPIyEjIQ  ] before March 1st to join this clear message of support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict with Iran.

Already more than a third of the Senate has signed on to a resolution pressing the administration to abandon diplomacy and support an attack against a “nuclear weapons capable Iran”. During his visits with members of Congress and their staff, Col. Wilkerson pointed out that the resolution “reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war, and could be the precursor for a war with Iran,” and called it “effectively, a thinly-disguised effort to bless war.”

Urge your senators to oppose this dangerous legislation. [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODc3/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2NhcHdpei5jb20vZmNvbmwvaXNzdWVzL2JpbGxzLz9kZWJ1Zz0mYmlsbD02MTAyMTA3NiZjc19wYXJ0eT1hbGwmY3Nfc3RhdHVzPUMmY3Nfc3RhdGU9QUxMIyEjIQ  ]

Find out what experts are saying [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODg0/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9pcmFuL2FsbF90aGVfbmV3X3NlbmF0ZV9iaWxsX2lzX3NheWluZ19pc19naXZlX3dhcl9hX2NoYW5jZS8jISMh  ] about it, and check out Kate’s blog post [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODkw/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2Jsb2cvMmMvd2lsbF9zZW5hdGVfc2V0X25ld19yZWRfbGluZV9mb3Jfd2FyX3dpdGhfaXJhbi8jISMh  ] on how this bill endorses a new red line for war that would make diplomacy nearly impossible.

Obama’s Budget: What’s in it for War Prevention Funding?

The Obama administration released its fiscal year 2013 budget request last week. For overall State Department and USAID international affairs programs, the president’s request represents a 2.4% increase over last year’s levels. However, the budget includes lower levels of funding for several programs that FCNL supports to help peacefully prevent deadly conflict. In a positive development, the budget request reduces the amount of diplomacy and development funding included in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODkx/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9wcGRjL292ZXJzZWFzX2NvbnRpbmdlbmN5X29wZXJhdGlvbnMvaW5kZXguaHRtbCMhIyE  ] , which funds war-related programs. Read more of our analysis on some key budget accounts related to war prevention funding. [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODk1/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9mb3JlaWduX3BvbGljeS9mb3JlaWduX3BvbGljeV9idWRnZXRfYW5hbHlzaXMvaW5kZXguaHRtbCMhIyE  ]

(What About War Funding?)

While war spending is on the decline, the proportional cost of the war has not changed. Last week, 88 members of the House [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3ODk4/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9hZmdoYW5pc3Rhbi9ob3VzZV9sZXR0ZXJfc3VwcG9ydHNfYWNjZWxlcmF0ZWRfYWZnaGFuaXN0YW5fd2l0aGRyYXdhbC8jISMh  ] , including many of those influential on foreign policy issues, sent a letter to President Obama supporting an expedited end to the decade-long war in Afghanistan. As Congress sets the stage to debate the funding request and troop levels in Afghanistan over the next 18 months, U.S. policy on when military troops will leave Afghanistan remains unclear. Read more of Matt Southworth’s analysis [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTAw/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2Jsb2cvMmMvd2FyX2Z1bmRpbmdfcmVxdWVzdF9kZW5vdGVzXzY4MDAwX3Ryb29wc190aHJvdWdoX2xhdGVfMjAxMy9pbmRleC5odG1sIyEjIQ  ] of the budget request for war funding.

Kenya: FCNL Briefs Congressional Staff

Earlier this month, Cassidy Regan, Bridget Moix, and Diane Randall briefed a group of Senate and House staff on Kenya as a case for peaceful prevention of deadly conflict [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTAz/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2Fzc2V0cy9LZW55YV9Qb2xpY3lfQnJpZWZfMjAxMS5wZGYjISMh  ] . The congressional briefing was followed by a conference call with constituents around the country interested in working with us to ensure U.S. policy supports Kenyan efforts to prevent a renewal of violence in the lead-up to the country’s next national elections. Read Cassidy’s reflections [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTA2/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2Jsb2cvMmMvRkNOTF9Db25zdGl0dWVudHNfQ29uZ3Jlc3Npb25hbF9TdGFmZl9LZW55YS8jISMh  ] on the week of briefings, and let us know if you’d like to join us in this work and receive regular updates on Kenya by emailing Bridget. [ mailto:bridgetmoix@fcnl.org  ]

Afghanistan Whistleblower to Speak at FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend

We are thrilled that participants at this year’s Young Adult Spring Lobby Weekend [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTE0/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mY25sLm9yZy9zbHcjISMh  ] will hear from active duty Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Daniel L. Davis, who recently risked his career by submitting a classified report to members of Congress [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTE1/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5ueXRpbWVzLmNvbS8yMDEyLzAyLzA2L3dvcmxkL2FzaWEvYXJteS1jb2xvbmVsLWNoYWxsZW5nZXMtcGVudGFnb25zLWFmZ2hhbmlzdGFuLWNsYWltcy5odG1sP19yPTEmaHAjISMh  ] documenting the failure of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. He says that senior leaders of the Department of Defense have intentionally and consistently misled the U.S. and Congress on the conduct and progress of the war.

It’s not too late to register for Spring Lobby Weekend [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTIz/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mY25sLm9yZy9zbHcjISMh  ] and learn from LTC Davis as well as a number of others with direct experience working to end the war in Afghanistan.

Read this article that LTC Davis published [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTI4/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5hcm1lZGZvcmNlc2pvdXJuYWwuY29tLzIwMTIvMDIvODkwNDAzMCMhIyE  ] in Armed Forces Journal, and for more information, see his full report [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTMz/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dzEucm9sbGluZ3N0b25lLmNvbS9leHRyYXMvUlNfUkVQT1JULnBkZiMhIyE  ] published by Rolling Stone.

What We’re Reading

Shaking the Kaleidoscope in Iran [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTM3/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL21pZGVhc3QuZm9yZWlnbnBvbGljeS5jb20vcG9zdHMvMjAxMi8wMi8yMS9zaGFraW5nX3RoZV9rYWxlaWRvc2NvcGVfaW5faXJhbiMhIyE  ] , Lara Friedman, Foreign Policy, 2/21/12

5 coming battles over the 2013 international affairs budget [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTQ1/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3RoZWNhYmxlLmZvcmVpZ25wb2xpY3kuY29tL3Bvc3RzLzIwMTIvMDIvMTMvNV9jb21pbmdfYmF0dGxlc19vdmVyX3RoZV8yMDEzX2ludGVybmF0aW9uYWxfYWZmYWlyc19idWRnZXQjISMh  ] , Josh Rogin, FP Blog, 2/13/12

Top Ten Ways Iran is Defying US, EU Oil Sanctions and How You are Paying for It All [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTQ5/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5qdWFuY29sZS5jb20vMjAxMi8wMi90b3AtdGVuLXdheXMtaXJhbi1pcy1kZWZ5aW5nLXVzLWV1LW9pbC1zYW5jdGlvbnMtYW5kLWhvdy15b3UtYXJlLXBheWluZy1mb3ItaXQtYWxsLmh0bWwjISMh  ] , Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 2/20/12

The Kenyan Military Intervention in Somalia [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTU0/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jcmlzaXNncm91cC5vcmcvZW4vcmVnaW9ucy9hZnJpY2EvaG9ybi1vZi1hZnJpY2Eva2VueWEvMTg0LXRoZS1rZW55YW4tbWlsaXRhcnktaW50ZXJ2ZW50aW9uLWluLXNvbWFsaWEuYXNweCMhIyE ] , International Crisis Group, 2/15/12

Peaceful Protest Can Free Palestine [ http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTYx/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5ueXRpbWVzLmNvbS8yMDEyLzAyLzIyL29waW5pb24vcGVhY2VmdWwtcHJvdGVzdC1jYW4tZnJlZS1wYWxlc3RpbmUuaHRtbD9fcj0xJnJlZj1vcGluaW9uIyEjIQ  ] , Mustafa Barghouthi, New York Times, 2/21/12

Does AIPAC Want War? Lieberman’s “Capability” Red Line May Tip AIPAC’s Hand [    http://fcnl.org/r/B/MTg3OTY5/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5odWZmaW5ndG9ucG9zdC5jb20vcm9iZXJ0LW5haW1hbi91cy1pcmFuLXJlbGF0aW9uc19iXzEyODUyNzYuaHRtbCMhIyE    ] , Robert Naiman, 2/17/12

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Greens Racking Up Ballot Access Wins:

http://www.gp.org/ebulletin/2012/greens-racking-up-ballot-wins.html

 

Greens Are Making News:

http://www.gp.org/ebulletin/2012/greens-making-news.html

 

Register Now for our 2012 National Convention:

http://www.gp.org/ebulletin/2012/register.html

 

February 2012 GreenLine: We Respond to the State of the Union, Social Networking, and More!:

http://www.gp.org/ebulletin/2012/2012-02.html

 

 

The 20 February 2012 issue of the LPDOC newsletter is now online:

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/newsletter20120220.htm

Lauched into cyberspace by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND  58106

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

 

Freedom Road: More Miles to Go: We have reached a critical time in Leonard Peltier’s fight for freedom and yet we have many more miles to go before freedom is won.

You can help us defray the cost of air and ground transportation, lodgings, meals and other incidental expenses.

How?  Be a “travel buddy”.  Purchase travel miles  for $1.00 per mile.  It’s easy.  Donate online at  http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/miles.htm .  Click on the  Buy Now button, enter the quantity of miles you wish to purchase,  and provide all other requested information.

For example:

• Purchase 120 travel miles ($120.00).

• Purchase 60 travel miles for $60.00 (equal to $5.00 per month, or roughly the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks).

• You can sponsor any number of miles, in fact-30, or even 12 travel miles (equal to one mile or $1.00 per month).

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the PayPal system, you may use the Donate button at the top of our home page, enter an amount, and leave a message: “Miles”.

Each of us surely can afford to purchase 5 miles.  So, please sponsor attorneys and other Peltier representatives as they travel to Washington, DC, to influence a clemency decision.  Sponsor attorneys for trips to Coleman, Florida, for meetings with Leonard, too. (In 2010 alone, such attorney-client visits cost the LPDOC over $8,000. Due to legal strategies in play, we expect attorney expenses to climb-potentially double-in 2012.) Please also sponsor Peltier representatives as they travel to important meetings and events to help gain support for Leonard’s freedom.

If you prefer, you may donate by check or money order.  Put “Miles” on the memo line.  Mail your donation to LPDOC, More Miles to Go, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.

Your donation will be earmarked for the purposes stated here.

But don’t wait. Be a “travel buddy”.  Become a travel sponsor, today!

Thank you.

 

36 Years: Greetings and blessings to the Peoples of Mother Earth who know injustice when they see it, stand against oppression where they find it, and defend the human rights of all Peoples!

Thank you, friends and supporters, for gathering in solidarity with Leonard Peltier.  As you have done on 04 February, raise your voices every day.  Do this until freedom is won!

We’re not finished.  Today (06 February) and thereafter, there are solidarity events scheduled in selected areas. For details, see http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm .

We’ll be posting photos, video and other event feedback at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/04FebSolidarity.htm .

Also read Leonard’s February 6th Statement:

http://lpdoc.blogspot.com/2012/02/06-february-anniversary-message-from.html .

We want to acknowledge the work of all our event organizers around the world who donated so much time and energy to make events happen in their communities.  Thank you for your dedication.  Thank you also to all of you who took time out of your busy lives to attend events on Leonard’s behalf.  Thank you all for a job well done.

Onward!

 

Freedom Isn’t Free: Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite the courts’ acknowledgment of FBI and prosecutorial misconduct in the case, Peltier has been imprisoned since 1976, currently at the U.S. Penitentiary at Coleman, Florida.

Help us free an innocent man.  Make your $15, $30, or $50 donation today.

Legal Strategies-The legal team continues to address issues surrounding parole; a transfer so that Leonard can be closer to home and family, as well as have access to quality health care; Executive Clemency; Leonard’s conditions of confinement; etc. We welcome the support of and active participation by the National Congress of American Indians and several interested Nations who, with the attorneys and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, are developing strategies and advancing the work towards Leonard’s freedom.  Several high-level meetings (some with Administration officials) are expected to occur in Washington, DC, in early 2012. Our activities will continue to involve work with the United Nations, as well.  Frequent meetings between Leonard and his attorneys at USP-Coleman in Florida also will be necessary. Travel expenses, in particular, are expected to be a significant part of our budget for 2012.  Please help.

Lobbying the U.S. Congress-As has been done in the past, we’re busy lobbying senators and other Members of Congress to gain their support for Leonard’s freedom, as well as for hearings on the “Reign of Terror” and other issues related to the Peltier case.  To date, this activity has been focused on mail and fax communications. To enhance our effectiveness, a lobbying trip to Capitol Hill and face-to-face meetings with congressional leaders is planned. You can make this happen.

Outreach and Public Education-We continue to reach out to luminaries and activist organizations to galvanize support for Leonard’s freedom.  We’ve recently received the support of the largest labor union in Canada, as well as resolutions passed at various Occupy Movement sites.  In addition, we’re conducting outreach to U.S. colleges and universities to educate the students about the Indigenous Rights movement and Leonard Peltier’s case. Demonstrations are planned worldwide on the International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier on 04 February 2012, too. Participate as you can.  These and more activities will be the highlights of 2012. Please support these efforts.

We accept checks and money orders made payable to the LPDOC. Please send your donation to LPDOC, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106. If you prefer, you may make a secure donation via credit card by visiting our Web site at

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/index1.htm .

Point to and click on the Donate button at the top of our home page. You also may pledge to make a monthly, quarterly, or annual donation in the amount you choose at

http://www.whoisleonardeltier.info/donate.htm .

Thank you.

 

Stand in Solidarity: International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

The Courts may not be able to act but Barack Obama, as President, can. Please join with us to free an innocent man. On February 4, 2012, tell Obama to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Solidarity events will be held in various locations around the world. Please plan to attend a scheduled event near you. See http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm  or http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/02FebSolidarity.htm .

Take a few minutes out of your busy day to write to the President, too:

President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Fax:  202-456-2461 E-Mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

For guidance in writing to the President in favor of clemency, see http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/clemency.htm .

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Leonard Peltier.

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Background: Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite the courts’ acknowledgment of FBI and prosecutorial misconduct in the case, Peltier has been imprisoned since 1976, currently at the U.S. Penitentiary at Coleman, Florida.

The evidence shows that the FBI was the aggressor in the firefight that occurred on June 26, 1975.  From 1973 to 1976, Indigenous People on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota were victims of beatings, drive-by shootings, and stabbings carried out by local vigilantes who collaborated with the FBI.  Peltier and other Indigenous activists were forced into a defensive posture to protect not only their lives, but the lives of others who were present-elders, women, and children.  Indeed, Mr. Peltier’s co-defendants, tried separately, were acquitted on grounds of self-defense.

The evidence also clearly shows that the U.S. government’s goal was to orchestrate Mr. Peltier’s conviction by any means-including falsifying extradition documents and intentionally committing fraud on a Canadian court, as well as suppressing evidence of Mr. Peltier’s innocence during his trial.  By the government’s own admission, the critical part of the prosecution’s case against Mr. Peltier was the ballistics testimony which, years after his conviction, was discovered to be false.

 

The 17 January 2012 issue of the LPDOC newsletter is now online: at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/newsletter20120117.htm .

Content

— International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

— National Congress of American Indians resolution on Leonard’s behalf

— First International Human Rights Prize by the Mario Benedetti Foundation

— “Wind Chases the Sun,” the documentary

— Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights

Go to http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/newsletter20120117.htm now.

Lauched into cyberspace by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND  58106

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

 

 

Save the Date: Annual DPF Awards Dinner: Working for alternatives to the death penalty Death Penalty Focus is pleased to announce our 21st Annual Awards Dinner! We hope you will join us on April 26th to celebrate those who have advanced the fight against the death penalty.   Honorees include:   The West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley  and their legal teams: Patrick Benca, Stephen Braga, Blake Hendrix, Donald Horgan, John Philipsborn, Dennis Riordan, Jeff Rosenzweig  Father Gregory Boyle  Denise Foderaro Quattrone   More information to come, including special celebrity presenters and guests.   For more information, please e-mail sara@deathpenalty.org .

Death Penalty Focus: 5 Third Street Suite 725 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel. 415.243.0143 – Fax 415.243.0994 – http://www.deathpenalty.org

 

 

You Did It! Thank you for Pledging to the Vigil For True Justice Moratorium on Prison Profiteering April 1st thru April 31st.  33-more members joined this week   Can you help us out by convincing just one other person to join our movement?  This can be any family or friend that you know is affected by mass incarceration.    The power of ONE is remarkable and with your referrals, we cannot lose.  Please pass along this e-mail, or inform someone to:   Visit our Pledge Page:  http://www.change.org/petitions/vigil-for-true-justice-support-legislation-for-more-effective-and-efficient-operations-of-prisons

Or Visit our Facebook Organization Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vigil-For-True-Justice/353983961281504

While most states are currently reducing their prison populations, Illinois has added more than 4,000 inmates to its prisons.  The problem of prison overcrowding is rooted in decades of tough on crime legislation, the war on drugs, and harsh sentencing practices.  These policies have drained Illinois of vital resources, while having only a minimal effect on the crime rate.  Today IDOC is one of the state’s largest agencies, with a $1 billion budget.    $362,000,000 on Phone Calls  An exhaustive analysis of prison phone contracts nationwide has revealed that with only limited exceptions, telephone service providers offer lucrative kickbacks (politely termed “commissions”) to state contracting agencies – amounting on average to 42% of gross revenues from prisoners’ phone calls – in order to obtain exclusive, monopolistic contracts for prison phone services.    These contracts are priced not only to unjustly enrich the telephone companies by charging much higher rates than those paid by the general public, but are further inflated to cover the commission payments, which suck over $152 million per year out of the pockets of prisoners’ families – who are the overwhelming recipients of prison phone calls. Averaging a 42% kickback nationwide, this indicates that the phone market in state prison systems is worth more than an estimated $362 million annually in gross revenue.    60% of Commissary Profits go to the Department of Corrections 523 Salary Reimbursement Fund.  These funds, generated by often over-inflated costs of common good items such as: soap, shoes and winter-wear, do not go to encourage re-entry programs, job-programs, counseling programs, privileges for good behavior, victim relief funds or children of the incarcerated funds.

Offenders are caged, some 23-hours a day, families cannot afford to offer support or aid, many are functionally illiterate, re-entry programs fall flat or short and so many are unleashed into society, unprepared, ill-equipped and more dangerous than when they went in.    The Vigil for True Justice is an initiative formed by several joined community groups and advocacy programs.  It is a 31-day MORATORIUM  (APRIL 1ST THROUGH APRIL 31ST) where inmates, family members, tax payers, citizens, victims’ family members and friends Stand STILL, open their eyes and cease all spending for items that exploit mass incarceration such as Phone Calls by Consolidated, Unnecessary commissary items and Vending Companies such as Ace Vending.      Administrators of the Vigil will subsequently support legislation for goals such as:     More reasonable communication pricing  Better Vending Pricing  Better Commissary Pricing  Better allocation of funds for effective family services and Restorative Justice for Victims’ Families  Meritorious Good Time – HB 3899  Alternative Sentencing  Electronic Home Monitoring  Step Down Programs for Re-Entry  Job Placement Programs for Ex-Offenders  Travel Relief for Family Members    We will continue to stand each year / twice a year until the corporations that continue to profit from mass incarceration listen and find ways to profit on prosperity rather than poverty.     Let us all join together and send a message that we will not continue to fund a broken system.  We want incarceration to work as intended by the constitution.  To promote public safety and restore useful citizenship.    For text message updates; text “Vigil” to: 312-593-6998

Find “Vigil For True Justice” on:  Facebook, You Tube or Twitter      Vigilfortruejustice@gmail.com    We welcome correspondence.  However, due to limited funding; we cannot reply to postal mail.  3629 S. Prairie Ave. Chicago, IL 60653

 

 

My related petiotions, on change.org, and actions:

Demand exit strategy for Afghanistan: http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-exit-strategy-for-afghanistan

http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-exit-strategy-for-afghanistan?share_id=fyNJMHVaUY&pe=pce

 

Don’t restrict international broadcasts:

http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-restrict-international-broadcasts

http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-restrict-international-broadcasts?share_id=zyPfnFfCul&pe=pce

 

Aid International Criminal Court: http://www.change.org/petitions/aid-international-criminal-court

http://www.change.org/petitions/aid-international-criminal-court?share_id=PdvxcMmbuU&pe=pce

 

Stand firm against settlements:

http://www.change.org/petitions/stand-firm-against-settlements

 

These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion: In Memoriam, good Memorial Day to All, Art/Act:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9079

This petition on change.org: In Memoriam, Art/Act:   http://www.change.org/petitions/in-memoriam-artact?share_id=BDbnCTdACv&pe=pce

 

Art/Act, soul/social justice, and Happy Holidays! These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act, soul/social justice, and Happy Holidays!:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9113

This petition on change.org: Art/Act: soul/justice:

http://www.change.org/petitions/artact-souljustice

http://www.change.org/petitions/artact-souljustice?share_id=LfSCrdRPhA&

 

These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9073

P.E.N.: PEN Actions and advocacy: This petition on change.org: Investigate torture, due process violations:

http://www.change.org/petitions/investigate-torture-due-process-violations?share_id=VpXGEfQSSn&pe=pce

 

Now, stop recruiting our kids:

http://www.change.org/petitions/now-stop-recruiting-our-kids?share_id=ixVmGtYeyO&pe=pce

 

Transparency, at minimum:

http://www.change.org/petitions/transparency-at-minimum?share_id=CHpCfbXMNB&pe=pce

 

Broadening your view, advocate on more issues:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9071

This petition on change.org: Broaden your view, advocate more:

http://www.change.org/petitions/broaden-your-view-advocate-more?share_id=xCsHdLGRQL&pe=pce

 

Celebrate Black History Month with advocacy for pro-democracy protests in Egypt, etc.. These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Black History Month, celebrate with advocacy and activism:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9036

This petition on change.org: Black History Month, celebrate and act:

http://www.change.org/petitions/black-history-month-celebrate-and-act?share_id=rpqKrvTtHg&pe=pce

 

Black History Month:

http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/black_history_month

 

Act Black History Month:

http://www.change.org/petitions/act-black-history-month

 

Black History Month, Act:

http://www.change.org/petitions/black-history-month-act

 

Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033

This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary:

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce

http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary

 

US hold firm against ever increasing Israeli settlements:

http://www.change.org/petitions/us-hold-firm-against-ever-increasing-israeli-settlements

 

End abuse and torture, asap:

http://www.change.org/petitions/end-abuse-and-torture-asap

 

No more Military Aid to Israel, until…:

http://www.change.org/petitions/no-more-military-aid-to-israel-until

 

Continue to Try terrorists in Federal courts, not Guantanamo:

http://www.change.org/petitions/continue-to-try-terrorists-in-federal-courts-not-guantanamo

 

Certainly, no permanent detention without trial:

http://www.change.org/petitions/certainly-no-permanent-detention-without-trial

 

Let them know Hamas won’t disappear because they want it to:

http://www.change.org/petitions/let-them-know-hamas-wont-disappear-because-they-want-it-to

 

 

Tell President Obama what you think, etc.   🙂

E-Mail: You can use BOTH of the following:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Office of Public Liaison:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/

Sites to send emails and letters, to your Senators, etc.   🙂

http://www.capwiz.com/fconl/home

http://www.congress.org/

Sample letter text:

All supremacists from all conspiracies within all demographics, who all collaborate with the white supremacy, must stop dictating their demographics embrace the devolutionary direction of the corporate structure’s convolution; and support allowing kids to be kids, and young women to become women, at minimum, before they’re introduced to any and all forms of corporate whoring.  As well, female supremacists can’t collaborate with black and white supremacists in gradually taking away women’s reproductive healthcare and rights, as well as choice; the price they’ll pay when they do will be much greater than the crumbs they get off the republicans plate.  Happy Rhodes sings, “words weren’t meant for cowards, be brave…“; write on.  They say, the brave are those who stand when standing is hard; I say it’s when you only stand, “all endowed with inalienable rights…” (regardless of the fact that the dino-in-chief has taken away any and all rights from everyone except himself with the NDAA law, for all intents and purposes), yet, we only have the ones we exercise; remember the constitution republicans- that includes women.  As well, I’ve said the united suck of assassins is a country of extremists, supremacists of every conspiracy within every demographic, conspiring with the republican conspiracy (which is why the remocrats keep winning even though they’re only 20 % of the population, the dempublicans keep building them up), including academic, supposed Christian (the ‘good cop’, some of the civil wrongs movement, ‘bad cop’, all republicans, S.S Tea Partiers, our taliban and al-queda), supposed Sikh, LGBTQ, etc.; Machiavellians and uber-ones, at minimum fascists to nazis, one and all- it’s not even a possibility that the evolution’s direction can stand against the corporate structure’s convolution’s devolutionary one, at this rate.  The republicans final solution, to steal everything from everyone through the extermination to extinction of humanity and large mammals, technocracies of the world have permanently altered weather cycles causing the increase in the amount and severity of supposedly natural disasters, yet, we know all life are necessary threads in the fabric of life, we can’t allow to be torn asunder. Extermination of humanity, large mammals, determined by the republican conspiracy, globally, millions of birds falling from the sky, fish dead in the water, etc., must be heeded now; before they sukceed in dictating the extinction of humanity and large mammals- as well as the destruction of the earth, and, possibly, all life as you know it. Life is indivisible, struggling with global unnecessary unending war is necessary; although, the intellect can‘t lead, for the life doesn‘t follow. Remember a lesson from WWII, if you’re not taking bullets, you’re making them, and fascism is the last step before the complete backslide to Nazism, possession is only nine-tenths of the law in a poverty stricken mind, centrism among extremists is Nazism, don’t be it or allow it; Ghandi said “…be the change you wish to see in the world“, and Castaneda said, “discipline is the art of feeling awe”, etc.. Turn 360 degrees around, back to the evolution, dispelling the convolutions devolutionary direction; and getting back to the real future, we’ll only have if you do! By abolishing the over use of fossil fuels (vaporizing the spirit and sucking the very blood of the earth, like the remocrat conspiracy does through their psychic terrorism, the suck, assassinating their only real competition, the real left, the evolution), and the devolutionary direction dictating the permanently altered weather cycles, 100 year storms happening every ten, 10,000 year cataclysmic events happening every thousand, 100,000 year destroying all life events, like alteration of magnetic poles location, their reversal, degradation of our orbit around the sun, happening every ten thousand, etc., and being most alive! Don’t be republicated into mirror supremacist images of the white supremacy, being woman, black, supposed christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Asian, Atheist, male, LGBTQ, age, etc., supremacists isn’t equality, there’s no equality of nazism; destruction to extinction aren’t profit, pleasure, nor power- Audre Lourdes said, “you can’t take apart the man’s house with the man’s tools.”.  The premeditated mass-murder of 8 billion people isn’t allowable, opinion, freedom of religion, choice, civil liberty, a right, equality, American dreaming or way of life, nor cool. The dreamers must awaken, unlike the Dino-In-Chief’s response to the tea partiers, which is tripartisanship, centrism, caving, the real left’s is fku+theshtthatshatu, as it should be; thank goodness! They can’t sociologically program somas of illimitable potential, that are indivisible, as life is, in order to republicate automatons for la machine, if you, don‘t agree, resist, refuse, be more so. Popularityism=vampirism=cannibalism=centrism supremacy=fascism=extermination=nazism=extinction.  Thanx.  Goodbye.

Matutinally Yours,

(include your name, address, and, if you’re writing a letter to the editor, your phone # so they can confirm it’s your letter)

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org 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: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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