Regional Rally to Free Native American Activist Leonard Peltier - Tacoma, WA
Saturday, May 21, 2011
12:00 noon - March begins at Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th & E. Fairbanks. Take Portland Ave. exit off 1-5 and head east)
1:00 pm - Rally at U.S. Federal Courthouse
American Indian activist Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner of the United States. In 1977 he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for his alleged involvement in a shootout that resulted in the death of two FBI officers as well as a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that Peltier is innocent and was targeted for prosecution by the FBI and law enforcement due to his involvement in AIM and his unrelenting commitment to the defense of Native Nations and the environment. In 2003 the tenth circuit court found that, "Much of the government's behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed." Nonetheless, Peltier remains behind bars. Join us in Tacoma on May 21st to show solidarity and demand Leonard Peltier be released from prison now!
After Rally - Meal and Gathering
At past Tacoma Peltier Marches we have had an after rally meal and get-together. We are trying to organize that again for this march. This is very important this time because we want to organize groups in different aspects of the clemency campaign. If you can help with this, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olympia: leaving from parking lot at Harrison and Davidson at 10:15 AM
Seattle: leaving from Red Apple parking lot at 23rd and Jackson at 10:30 AM
Bellingham: if interested in carpooling, contact Kate at email@example.com or (360)319-9352
More Info, Posters, Handbills
Here you can find more information on the Leonard Peltier case, the march and rally, and posters, flyers, and petitions to print and distribute
How to Help
This march will kick off our New Northwest Campaign for Clemency for Leonard Peltier. It will take time to build this campaign and we ask for your help. Leonard has been in prison since 1976 for a crime he did not commit. His health has gotten bad, and he needs all of us now. We need people to pass this statement to their friends, groups, organizations, publications, web sites and Facebook. We need people to post and pass out fliers. We need donations. We need to make this march as large as possible to show others that there is support for Leonard Peltier. Please help us. Please contact the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Please make checks out to the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee (mark them for NW March) and send them to: Tacoma LPODC, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415. Thank You.
"As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist."
- Sitting Bull
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