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Leonard Peltier All-Day Parole Vigil, San Francisco
by George Cammarota (gcammaro1 [at] yahoo.com)
Tuesday Jul 28th, 2009 8:04 PM
The American Indian Movement of San Francisco held a sunrise prayer in support of Leonard and an all-day vigil as we await word of his freedom. Audio file of Press Conference plus photos.
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Leonard Peltier All-Day Parole Vigil
Tuesday 28 July 2009, 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Old Federal Building
450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA
Contact Name: Tony Gonzales
Email Address: eltonyg [at] earthlink.net
Phone Number: (415) 577-1492

Six-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Leonard Peltier has been called the Native American Nelson Mandela and is the most well-known American Indian political prisoner. Leonard was imprisoned in 1975 in a sham trial that was part of the US Government's COINTELPRO efforts in the 1970s against the American Indian Movement (AIM).

Leonard's first full parole hearing was held in 1993, at which time his case was continued for a 15-year reconsideration. Mr. Peltier has recently applied for and been granted a parole hearing. The hearing is scheduled for July 28, 2009 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

On that day, the American Indian Movement of San Francisco will hold a sunrise prayer in support of Leonard and an all-day vigil as we await word of his freedom.

Leonard Peltier has been unjustly held in prison for over three decades. This is the best opportunity Leonard will see during his entire period of incarceration to a fair review of his case before the US Parole Commission.

Please join with us in solidarity with Leonard, his family and relations, friends and supporters from around the world on this day.

There will be special invited speakers, and the media and press are welcome to cover the event.

In the meantime, please continue to call the White House comment line and ask that President Obama support Leonard's parole.

For more information on Leonard's case, please visit the following websites:

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info
http://www.leonardpeltier.net
http://www.freepeltiernow.org
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by Mike (Ali) Raccoon Eyes Kinney
Wednesday Jul 29th, 2009 10:55 AM



TEACHING THE VALUES OF PEACE TO INDIAN COUNTRY

By: Mike (Ali) Raccoon Eyes Kinney






As a Cherokee Native American Activist and a former member of the Richmond California Violence Prevention Movement, I have seen close to 515 homicides in the City of Richmond from 2001 to the present.

The declaration of a 'war on violence' by the Richmond city government was not the panacea, instead it failed miserably.

I have often stated in town hall meetings and on television, the best way to win the 'war on violence' in Richmond is to 'TEACH THE VALUES OF PEACE'.

In the killing fields of Richmond, most of the victims of homicides are youth or young adults. Teaching the values of peace begins with our youth and young adults. From a Native perspective, winning the war on violence begins in the home with a strong, spiritual belief and value system.

We believe that Creator made all generations, past, present and those of the future, holy people. This is what our Elders teach us from the time we are born.

Our families and Elders teach our young people that they must tear away the images and stereotypes that mainstream society has placed upon them as Native peoples.

Violence and killing is not traditional in Native culture, it is a learned behavior from mainstream society.

We teach our youths not to attack, punish or beat themselves up for crimes that they have never committed in regards to racism. Our Elders and families teach our young people to have good self-esteem, self-worth and self-value, for as the original holy people this was Creators plan.

Native people know that it is both family and community responsibility to teach the values of peace to our young people.

We teach our young people honesty and accountability concerning violence. It begins with accepting responsibility for self and acknowledging any past use of violence.

Admitting any wrongdoing, communicating openly and truthfully to renounce the use of violence in the future places our youth on the right path. We place a heavy emphasis that all life is sacred.

The final lesson in teaching the values of peace is quite simple. It is helping young people understand their relationship to others and all things in Creation.

Be responsible for your role, act with compassion and respect, and remember ALL LIFE IS SACRED. Native culture is prevention!

Mike (Ali) Raccoon Eyes Kinney



by United Native Americans,Inc
Wednesday Jul 29th, 2009 3:50 PM
http://kpfa.org/archive/id/52770
KPFA Special Broadcast ~ July 28th - 5 p.m. on Leonard Peltier Hearing; Interview with his attorney ..Speeches by UNA & AIM Leaders ~ great!~
by aBoogla
Thursday Jul 30th, 2009 1:41 PM
The slave holder pens of the Roman Empire were an integral part of the war machine of Rome. They were meant to break the solidarty of the free living peoples lifestyle and enforce the enslaved lifestyle. That also included for the first time to the British Tribes, the breaking of the matriarchy (equal electing of woman) by alienating them from each other by keeping them separated in distant slave holding pens. The evolution of these institutions has become the modern day prisons. They still retain the war machine characteristics of the Imperial rulers, and the gender discrimination that dives and rules the species in an alienated position.

With the new millenium under way one would think they would quit suppression and in the spirit of liberation end Prisons and put people democracy in place allowing the organic agricultural communes to come into being replete with family accomodation and children. The whole society would flourish well-beingness from such a return to sanity.

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