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Wednesday, December 10th 2014

5:01 PM (723 days, 12h, 32min ago)

I WILL ASK... WILL YOU?


Video: Leonard Peltier  
WE WILL ASK - WILL YOU?
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Thursday, November 27th 2014

6:10 PM (736 days, 11h, 23min ago)

"Thanksgiving" message from Leonard Peltier

"THANKSGIVING" MESSAGE FROM LEONARD


Greetings my Relatives, Friends, & Supporters:

I was thinking about the national holiday "Thanksgiving" the other day. I won’t even go into what a horrible shame this American holiday is based on. Instead, I will just let it remind me of the common bond I have with all my brothers and sisters of the Earth. Even if Thanksgiving, the holiday, is based on an incorrect portrayal of history. The concept of being Thankful, is a universal truth. I mean, lets face it, being thankful/grateful has been part of Indian Nations much longer than the invention of a holiday.

I admit there are days in here when I find it very hard to be thankful, but it does not take much to bring it back for me. Most days, I get cards and letters from people all over the world, sometimes I can even smell the soil, the pines, and sometimes even fry bread in the paper that is sent to me. I hear stories of your lives, your troubles, your children, your jobs. oh there is some word for what I am trying to say but I don’t remember it, but I get a sense of life through all of you, and I am thankful for that. I often want to reach out and help you sometimes. I would love to come work on your cars or help you build sweat lodge, or even just mow the lawn. I miss helping people and I hate asking for help, which it seems, is all I do.

In here, I am able to focus on the simple things in life. You have no idea how cool it is to just get a new pair of socks. In the last few months I have really been feeling my age, and I am so very thankful for all the support you have all given me. I won’t lie, it has been a rough time lately, but I am hopeful that is changing.

My people have always had a deep and connected relationship with the Sun, and I realized the other day just how much I miss the Sun. When I had the Sun’s light upon me, I felt stronger. These walls hold out the Sun’s energy, and it weakens me. 
When you miss something, it is easier to be thankful for things you do have.

My friend and Spiritual advisor, Lenny Foster, visited me recently, and he reminded me of some basic things I have to be thankful for. I have watched him age over all these years too, and I am thankful for him and his wisdom. He sang with me and prayed with me, and I felt a bit of the Sun again. 
I guess my point is, that we can find the things we need in places we may not expect.
I can always pray, this can never be taken away from me, and through that prayer, I can keep the Sun and hope alive.

And so, on this day, "Thanksgiving" I will choose to be thankful and not to celebrate tyranny.

I also want to pray with and for you. 
I pray for each and every one of you, whether you support me or you do not. 
I pray that your lives will be full of meaning and you will find new ways to learn. 
I pray for your strength and that you will always stand up for the things you know are right. 
I pray that each one of you will find a way to protect our Mother Earth, she is crying out for us to hear her. 
I pray that you will listen to you inner wisdom and let it guide you to make choices that will help each other, and that you will be examples for those still learning their way in this life. 
I pray that you will be present with the moments you have, enjoy the simple things in life - like the Sun, the Dirt, the Air, the Water, and that you would protect them as you would your own children. 
I pray that you will look for opportunities to lift up your sisters and brothers and not to bring them down. 
I pray that you will grow and enjoy good natural foods. 
I pray for you to savor the attention of your loved ones. 
I pray for you to build productive bridges of peace with those you oppose. 
I pray that when others make bad choices you help them find positive solutions.
I pray for understanding in times of misunderstanding...

And yes, I pray very deeply and honestly that I can go home for a little while before I cross over to the Spirit World.

I am with you always, and I feel your prayers too. I am always grateful for your support, your love, your friendship, your letters and the contact you give me with LIFE.

It is harder for me to physically see well enough to write letters these days, so please forgive me if I don’t write you back. It is not that I don’t want to. Know that I am often sitting and thinking of you, and being thankful for all of you.

Your old, thankful friend, and brother.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier
Mitakuye Oyasin!


To help Leonard Peltier with his bid for Freedom join us at his webpage
www.leonardpeltier.info

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Wednesday, November 26th 2014

2:10 PM (737 days, 15h, 23min ago)

Leonard Peltier Annual Holiday Gift Drive

Leonard Peltier Freedom Campaign 


Happy Season of Hope.

Where do the days and seasons go? It is so hard to imagine that Leonard has been in prison for almost 40 years. We meet each "holiday" season with the cold, hard fact of yet another year inside concrete walls for him.

We are holding on to hope.

We hope that you and your loved ones are cozy and warm. We hope for peace and balance on our Earth, in our homes and hearts. We hope for more healing and less hurting. We hope that each of us will listen to our inner wisdom and walk on the path toward the highest good. We hope that hope finds a larger place in our lives.

Every year around this time, Leonard puts out a plea to help the youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This year is especially sad as there has been so much trauma and despair on Native lands. Did you know that the suicide rates among the youth on Native American Reservations are THREE times as high as the rest of the country? Infant mortality is THREE times the national rate, and 1 in 4 infants are born with fetal alcohol syndrome - only Haiti has a lower life expectancy rate than Pine Ridge.

The continuing tragedies, including missing women, suicides, poverty, violence, and the consistent loss of hope, only represent the perfect reason for us to stand beside you, and ask that we band together and lift each other up.

This is more than a gift drive, this is a hope drive.

Imagine living in a trailer with several other children and no adults, imagine it is bitterly cold, the roof leaks, the top bunk is the worst. Imagine trying to find hope when all around you there is depression and dismay. Pine ridge is the poorest part of the United States. Third world conditions exist right here in our very own country.

Native cultures, traditions, even our very languages are disappearing.

There is anger about broken treaties, promises, and spirits.

It is hard to find hope here.

This is a wounded part of the world. Let's change that.

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Ours is not a pity cry, it is a cry for hope. It would be wonderful if you could send some gifts of hope and help to the kids on Pine Ridge, but it would also be wonderful if you will take an active role in our future.

Let us all release our judgements and find love, hope, and support for Leonard, and for all people who are suffering or are challenged in this lifetime.

Let Creator guide your heart and show you a way to support someone who needs it. Each of us have gifts to offer, and each of us CAN do something whether it seems large or small.

We need not change the world to have a positive affect on others or our Mother Earth.

We are so very thankful for all of you, all that you do for Leonard, your support, your prayers and your hope.

We will issue an update soon regarding Leonard's health and his bid for clemency.

Hold him in your prayers, hold out hope for his freedom.

If you would like to directly help the children on Pine Ridge Reservation, Leonard encourages you to send gifts, toys, hygiene products, warm coats, gloves, socks, new and unused items to:

Leonard Peltier Gift Drive
ATTN: Eileen Janis
P.O. Box 525
Crazy Horse Avenue
HWY 18
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770


Blessings and HOPE to you all.

The ILPDC
www.leonardpeltier.info

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Thursday, November 20th 2014

3:23 PM (743 days, 14h, 10min ago)

Urgent Action: The Guarani need their land!

Survival 


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Urgent Action: The Guarani need their land!

"We are fighting for our land, and we are being killed, one by one." ~ Eliseu Lopes, Guarani leader


20 November 2014: Survival is receiving reports that Eliseu's community is being attacked by gunmen.

Earlier this month, Guarani leader Marinalva Manoel was stabbed to death after traveling 1,000km to Brasilia to lobby the government to recognize Guarani land rights.

Guarani leaders are singled out, attacked and killed by ranchers' gunmen as a result of their campaign for their ancestral land to be mapped out and returned to them. Many leaders have received death threats. According to Brazil's constitution, all the tribe's land should have been returned to them by 1993.

Forced to live in overcrowded reserves and roadside camps while ranchers earn huge profits on their land, the Guarani suffer alarming rates of malnutrition, suicide and violence. A recent wave of eviction orders threatens to further worsen their horrific plight.

Despite many promises, successive governments have failed to resolve Brazil's worst humanitarian crisis.

Please write to President Rousseff to demand that her government map out Guarani land immediately:

sg@planalto.gov.br

Your Excellency,

I am deeply concerned that your government has failed to map out the lands of the Guarani tribe of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Without their ancestral land, the Guarani cannot survive. Their leaders are being killed one by one, their children are dying of malnutrition and they suffer one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

Please uphold the constitution and demarcate the Guarani's lands immediately, before more lives are lost.

Sincerely,

[your full name + address]


If you have a few minutes, please write your own message. This is much more powerful.
If your email bounces, it's probably because the recipient has blocked their account due to the high number of protest emails. It means the campaign is working.

   
Thank you

Survival International USA, 2325 3rd Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA - T +1 415 503 1254
Survival International, 6 Charterhouse Buildings, LONDON, UK, EC1M 7ET - T +44(0)20 7687 8700
www.survivalinternational.org

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Friday, October 17th 2014

2:27 PM (777 days, 16h, 6min ago)

Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain - October 16, 2014 - in front of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
Photo courtsey of Andrea De Lotto

 

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Tuesday, October 14th 2014

11:59 PM (780 days, 6h, 34min ago)

Urgent Action: Stop beef barons destroying uncontacted Indians’ forest.

 

Urgent Action: Stop beef barons destroying uncontacted Indians' forest.


Thanks to your support, Ayoreo Indians in Paraguay have gained title to part of their ancestral land. But Brazilian beef company Yaguarete Pora S.A. is illegally destroying forest inhabited by the last remaining uncontacted Ayoreo, and contributing to the fastest rate of deforestation in the world.


The Ayoreo need your help at this critical time.

Please write to the Paraguayan government, urging it to stop Yaguarete's rapid destruction of the Ayoreo's forest home, and return the land to its rightful owners.
You can use this text to send an email to Senator Llano and Senator Alberto Wagner at bllano@senado.gov.py, wagner@senado.gov.py 


*** sample letter***

Dear Senator Llano and Senator Alberto Wagner,

I urge you to uphold the Ayoreo's right to their ancestral land in the Paraguayan Chaco.

Beef company Yaguarete Pora S.A. is destroying the Ayoreo's last refuge in the Chaco, an area now known to have the "fastest rate of deforestation in the world".

It is the government's duty to transfer land to its indigenous owners, and failure to do so violates the Ayoreo's rights under Paraguayan and international laws.

Please stop Yaguarete Pora S.A. from further devastating the Ayoreo's forest, and return the land to its rightful owners.

Sincerely,
[your full name + address]

*** end sample letter***


If you have a few minutes, please write your own message. This is much more powerful.

If your email bounces, ot's probably because the recipient has blocked their account due to the high number of protest emails. It means the campaign is working.

Thank you
 
Survival International USA, 2325 3rd Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA - T +1 415 503 1254
Survival International, 6 Charterhouse Buildings, LONDON, UK, EC1M 7ET - T +44(0)20 7687 8700
www.survivalinternational.org

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Friday, October 10th 2014

11:22 AM (784 days, 19h, 11min ago)

Nobel Peace Prize 2014

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize goes to Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzay (Pakistan).

A due tribute for their fight against the oppression of children, for the right to education and against extremism.

Congratulations!

 

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Monday, October 6th 2014

4:18 PM (788 days, 14h, 15min ago)

Urgent Action: Baka in Cameroon abused by anti-poaching squads

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Urgent Action: Baka abused by anti-poaching squads

Baka "Pygmies" are being forced from their ancestral homelands in the name of "conservation". Much of their land has been turned into "protected areas", to which they are given little or no access but where fee-paying game hunters are encouraged.

Wildlife officers and the soldiers that accompany them on patrols often harass, intimidate and sometimes torture Baka men and women and their neighbors.

Many Baka claim that friends and relatives have died as a result of the beatings.

WWF has a great deal of influence with the Cameroon government, and provides essential support and funding for these anti-poaching squads.

Please email the director general of WWF at mlambertini@wwfint.org 
and ask for the organization to stop funding the abuses committed by these anti-poaching squads.

***sample letter***

Dear Dr Lambertini,

I am extremely concerned to learn that Baka men and women in Cameroon are regularly victims of violence and intimidation by wildlife officers and the soldiers that accompany them on patrols.
It is my understanding that WWF provides essential funds and support to these patrols via the Ministry of Forests and Fauna. WWF therefore has a responsibility to make sure that these funds are not used to violate the rights of the the Baka and their neighbours.
I urge you to take immediate action to ensure that WWF's funds are not being misused for this kind of abuse, and to recognise the Baka's rights to live freely on their lands, including those set aside for conservation.
Yours sincerely,
[your full name + address]

***end sample letter***

If you have a few minutes, please write your own message. This is much more powerful.

If your email bounces, please don't worry about sending us a message. It's probably because the recipient has blocked their account due to the high number of protest emails. It means the campaign is working.
 
Thank you

Survival International USA, 2325 3rd Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA - T +1 415 503 1254
Survival International, 6 Charterhouse Buildings, LONDON, UK, EC1M 7ET - T +44(0)20 7687 8700
http://www.survivalinternational.org   

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Wednesday, October 1st 2014

6:12 PM (793 days, 12h, 21min ago)

Share-the-Pic for Leonard Peltier

Share the pic far & wide; and please do not forget to make that PHONE call!
For those who cannot call please EMAIL the White House here:
www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

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Saturday, September 27th 2014

5:17 PM (797 days, 13h, 16min ago)

Italian Senators support Leonard Peltier

20 Italian senators sign a motion for Leonard Peltier addressed to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, asking him to press for executive clemency.

See: http://www.senato.it/japp/bgt/showdoc/showText?tipodoc=Sindisp&leg=17&id=801638

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