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MESSAGE FROM LEONARD PELTIER
Greetings. We hope this message finds you well and in good spirits.
As many of you already know, due to recent circumstances beyond his control, Leonard Peltier has had no choice but to dissolve the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. However, you should also know that Leonard's family has no intention of letting this occurrence prevent us from continuing our efforts on Leonard's behalf. Rather than being defeated, this occurrence has strengthened our -- and his -- resolve.
Today, we are very happy to officially announce that a new support organization has been established for Leonard -- the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), incorporated in the State of North Dakota. Details about the LPDOC will be released in the days and weeks ahead. We encourage you to often visit our Web site at www.whoisleonardpeltier.info for all the latest information.
Supporters beware! The LPDOC is the only organization authorized to raise funds, by any means, for Leonard's legal defense and freedom campaign. Former Peltier resources -- web site addresses such as freepeltier.org, leonardpeltier.org, leonardpeltier.net , etc., selected MySpace pages, and the Freedom Walk at www.freedomwalk.com -- are no longer affiliated with Leonard Peltier or his network of family, friends and other supporters; and in no way do these Internet resources represent Leonard's views or contribute to Leonard's freedom campaign -- financially or otherwise.
We request that you immediately link instead to www.whoisleonardpeltier.info , as well as delete the Freedom Walk widget from your Web sites, blogs, and MySpace and Facebook pages.
All unpleasantness aside, as we make this new beginning, we hope you will recommit to the struggle and continue to walk with Leonard towards freedom. Join with us to bring Leonard home.
Please make note of and circulate the LPDOC's contact information:
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC)
PO Box 7488
Fargo, ND 58106
If you or others wish to receive e-mail updates from the LPDOC, please visit our home page at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info and enter your e-mail address in the "Receive Updates" text box provided on the right sidebar. Please be patient as the program adds your contact information to our listserv.
Oh, and we have another reason to celebrate today. For the fifth consecutive year, Leonard has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize! You can read the press release at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/mediarelease20080518.htm .
At the Nobel Prize committee's request, we ask that you NOT write letters in support of the nomination. The recipient of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced later this year.
Betty Ann Peltier-Solano,
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Greetings Sisters, Brothers, Friends, and Supporters.
I have sad news. A long time friend and Elder from the Lakota Oglala Nation, Ellen Moves Camp, has passed on. Those of us who really
knew her will dearly miss her as she was a big inspiration to all of us. She loved and fought for her People and the Nation without ever once that I know of complaining or asking for something for her personal use. She had good reason to fight against Dick Wilson and the corrupt government regime. She lost family members at the Wounded Knee massacre. Then in Wounded Knee in 1973, they killed her nephew Buddy Lamont. So, for now, I will say this to you, Auntie Ellen... Soon I too will pass on. Remember me when I arrive wherever you're going, as I want to go there, too. Take care.
Well, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC) has officially opened. We have an office and family members and friends have volunteered to go in and get files set up and the office arranged for all the important work that needs to be done. Wow, I feel so good about this. In particular, I feel so good because so many Indians have come to my aid. Unbelievable. Thank you. For the past two or three years, people have been telling me that Indians don't support me anymore. Thank you, brothers and sisters, for proving those people wrong.
And the non-Indian supporters... Without the help you've been giving, we would not be this far along. Thank you for your loyalty. I love you all, too.
Politically we are as strong as ever. We'll become stronger, too.
How about this election? People want a change. That is all there is to it. Some politically influential friends tell me that drastic change is coming that will surprise even me. But we can't let our guard down. We have to keep pushing for change... for our tribal sovereignty and cultural survival... for Mother Earth.
I can't tell you how much it means to me that so many young people are standing up, speaking up for the People. Also for the country, the whole world. The Struggle will continue and, to older people like me, that means so much. Thank you for your sacrifice.
So, we have a new office, address, and phone number. We have a new Web site, too. Let's rebuild... 10 times stronger than we were in 2000. Instead of a million hits to our Web site a day, let's make it 10 million. (smile)
To the support groups out there... I know you're still there. Let's do this! I know we can.
I'm asking everyone to give their full support to my sister Betty Ann and my niece Kari Ann. I am certain they're in the office for no other reason than to win my freedom.
I'll sign up for a parole hearing soon. Keep in mind that according to the laws in 1976, when I was indicted, I am eligible for mandatory release after 30 years. Under those laws, consecutive sentences aggregate together. So, kolas, this means I have served my time!!! So soon, then... if we work together as a team and don't let anyone distract us.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse... Doksha (Later),
This article was sent to us by Stephanie M. Schwartz - http://www.SilvrDrach.homestead.com .
~~Thank you Stephanie for continuing to keep us aware.~~Stone Woman
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