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Peltier Protest
On January 23rd, AIM-West organized a protest and march to call attention to Leonard Peltier's recent assault and continued imprisonment. Lots of people took the time to join us despite only having 36 hours notice and a rainy, chilly day. We had a small rally at the new federal building before marching across UN Plaza, in front of City Hall and on to the old federal building where the office of Speaker of House Nanci Pelosi is located. A few members of our contingent went up to her office to demand an investigation into Leonard's assault and his long-overdue release from prison.
 
Bill Hackwell(hckwll@yahoo.com) took some absolutely beautiful pictures of the event. You can view some of these images on Indybay:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/24/18565416.php
 
Our comrade ReZz (rezrez@rediffmail.com) also took pictures and helped get the word out to the media. He secured a place for us on the evening news on KPFA in Berkeley. You can hear the news report at the KPFA archives (the report on Peltier and our march starts about 27m45s into the program):
 
http://kpfa.org/archive/id/47828
 
ReZz's pictures can be seen at:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/23/18565373.php
 
This is just the media that as been sent to us so far! We know there were other cameras and writers there, so please drop us a line and we will add a link from the AIM-West website (http://www.aimwest.info).
 
AIM-West would like to thank every single person that took the time and braved the rain to participate. Leonard needs every single one of us, just as we need him. Please continue writing letters, emails and making phone calls on his behalf.
 
(If you call or write to anyone in the prison system, you will need Leonard's prisoner number which is 89637-132.)


Warden Ronnie R. Holt, Warden
USP-Canaan

All My Relations, Companeros, Friends in Solidarity,
 
In view of what occured Tuesday to our friend, Sun Dance Brother, a GrandFather and Elder, Leonard Peltier, AIM-WEST calls on friends and allies to come out this Friday, Jan. 23, in San Francisco and demonstrate their solidarity and deep concern for Leonard's life, safety and security.
 
The rally in San Francisco, is at the Federal Building starting from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the corner of Mission Street and Seventh Street, across from the 9th District Federal Courthouse (near Civic Center Bart Station).
 
Our allies are encouraged to hold rallies and demonstrations in cities across the country, and throughout the world, and register their concern as well, those who know the case of Leonard Peltier's imprisonment these last thirty-three years.  This is a moment in time where we can take the opportunity to share with the outside world another example, and further expose the treatment and injustices committed against Indigenous peoples' held hostage by an oppressive government.
 
Join with us and show your disgust against the justice system; the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in their obvious attempt to sabotage Leonard's parole plans.  They are responsible with callously and maliciously orchestrating an order to transfer Leonard Peltier to a lesser security prison with complete disregard for his life, placed into a dangerous situation whereby creates an environment which would cause, or provoke an attempt to harm his life; or to revoke any possibility for his release from prison any time soon, as
per Leonard's unwillingness to submit to an "incident report" of the attack.
 
Leonard needs to be transferred to another prison for his safety and well-being, now!
 
Meanwhile, we need to direct our demands on Leonard's behalf to the

All my Relations,

Based on the information just received today I am asking all available allies and supporters of Leonard Peltier to join us in a 11 am rally/demonstration in San Francisco, at the Federal Building, corner of Mission Street and Seventh Street, across from the 9th District Federal Courthouse.  The rally begins at 11 am until 1 pm.  Bring drums and banners, anything else to make yourself visible!

We must demonstrate to expose the plot staged by the US government to harm Leonard Peltier, destroy his credibility, and any other attempt to a fair trial.  An attack on Leonard Peltier is an attack on the Indigenous peoples, the Movement, and the judicial system itself!

Come and show your colors! Your support!  All drummer, banners, bodies are welcomed!  Call for more information, 415-577-1492

Tony Gonzales

Emergency Protest For Leonard Peltier
Friday, January 23, 11am - 1pm
San Francisco Federal Building 

AIM-WEST

eltonyg@earthlink.net

415-577-1492 

 Following is an extremely urgent letter from Leonard Peltier's sister. 

Please consider doing anything you can to help stop Leonard Peltier's 
murder in prison.


From: contact@whoisleonar dpeltier. info

URGENT ALERT! Leonard Peltiers safety is in jeopardy!
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 17:20:21 -0800 (PST)

Dear LP Supporters

I am so OUTRAGED!
 
My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him. The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated this attack and

(Por favor mire abajo para la versión español) - Spanish Translations by United Nations Online Volunteers

International Conference on Indigenous Sacred and Cultural Sites 5-11 April 2009 - Cuzco, Peru
 

Call for Papers on Indigenous Sacred Sites addressed to Indigenous world communities:
 
Submission of 1 or 2 pages (approximately 1000 words or less) of a case study on a Sacred site in your community. Please, include contact information and email to 
yachaywasi@nyc.rr.com
Deadline for Submissions is 30 November 2008.
 Your paper will be presented during the Conference in Peru and will be included in the subsequent report.

The Conference: 
The main purpose of the Conference is to bring attention to the importance of Indigenous Sacred Sites and the need for their protection by UN member states and the International Community.
 
The urgency comes from the fact that the recently adopted UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples lost some of its impact on this issue when a paragraph was deleted in February 2006 after remaining untouched for more than 20 years. The deleted part of Article 13 read: 
"States shall take effective measures, in conjunction with the Indigenous peoples concerned, to ensure that indigenous sacred places, including burial sites, be preserved, respected ad protected." *
 
As Indigenous Sacred Sites unite spirituality and the environment, the protection of Biodiversity will be an integral part of this Conference. 
In today's concern for "Climate change", the concept of inclusion of spirituality in the Indigenous daily way of life is very relevant but mostly ignored in modern society.
Other topics will include Desecration of Indigenous remains and their exploitation; Sustainable Tourism as part of the 7th Millennium Development Goal: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability; Protection of Natural Resources...
 
Invited speakers will include representatives of local High Andes Indigenous communities, of