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Prisoner and Prison Advocacy + Activism, et al :) February 23, 2005 9:17 PM

Dearest All,

Good day, thanx for the invite, I'm glad to be here. Thanx for posting! I hope you and yours are well and will continue to be. Cool group. Good lines of inquiry and questions. One needs only to compare European crime and punishment systems with the US to understand clearly that "we, the people" are allowing our gov't, with its injustice system, to devolve our society by manufacturing a permanent underclass by which the permanent overclass only makes ever increasing amounts of gov't welfare; feeding on taxpayers. See Finland's for example! We incarcerate 30 % of the world's prisoners, while we're only 5 % of the world's population! I've never been a prisoner, yet, could have been due to my political and social work, yet, avoided it for my for my families' sake. Pass them on 
STOP CHILD EXECUTIONS: Here and abroad  A.I.
http://www.geocities.com/alabamajuveniles/AI_petition.html
CHILD EXECUTIONS: A History
http://www.amnestyusa.org/abolish/juve.html
Alabama juvenile Death Penalty Project
http://www.geocities.com/alabamajuveniles/
Death Penalty Information Center
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/index.php
American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center
http://www.abanet.org/crimjust/juvjus/home.html
www.congress.org or www.fcln.org
http://www.petitiononline.com/LERA/petition.html

Act Now:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=10673
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RESOURCES ONLINE
 The Program to Abolish the Death Penalty updates the information below on
a regular basis. Follow the links below for the latest information on these topics.
 Pending Executions:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=10595 
 Case Updates:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=10596 
 Select State and National Updates:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=10597 
 Upcoming Events:
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All, what do you think? Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese sister, freedom, will wither, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised. Copy, share, as you will. Enjoy an estival eve'. I look forward....
 
Matutinally Yours,        james m nordlund      reality (aja)
 
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[CUADPUpdate] MOVEMENT DISPATCH: ABOLITION DAY is upon us February 23, 2005 9:18 PM

From: "james m nordlund" <reality@kans.com>
To: <gaias-cafe@gn.apc.org>
Subject: [CUADPUpdate] MOVEMENT DISPATCH: ABOLITION DAY is upon us!
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 5:05 AM

Sent to EVERY Abolitionist - at least once!
Please excuse cross-posts, Please forward

The following is brought to you as a service from Citizens United for
Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CUADP).  Visit CUADP on the web at
http://www.CUADP.org

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INTERNATIONAL DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION DAY IS JUST DAYS AWAY....

Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CUADP) reminds you
that March 1st, International Death Penalty Abolition Day, is just DAYS
away....  Visit http://www.cuadp.org/abolitionday.html for details.


GET IN THE PRESS RELEASE
CUADP will issue a press release regarding Abolition Day events nationwide
on Thursday, February 24th, 2005.  Please submit your plans via the CUADP
Upcoming Death Penalty Related Events Calendar submission form at
http://www.cuadp.org/upevents.html .  All events will be listed on the
calendar and on the Abolition Day site at
http://www.cuadp.org/abolitionday.html .

AGAIN:  Please submit your events as soon as possible, and not later than
8pm WEDNESDAY, February 23 to be included in the national press
release.   ALL EVENTS BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 21 CAN BE INCLUDED!!!

It's not difficult to add your event.  Go to
http://www.cuadp.org/upevents.html , click on "LIST YOUR EVENTS" and
filled
in the very simple form.  Or send the details to  <pam@cuadp.org>, who
will
format your submission and put it on the web site.  People do look at this
site - more than 400 distinct visitors every day!  Let CUADP help attract
people to YOUR events!


PLANNED EVENTS FOR WHICH WE HAVE RECEIVED DETAILS ARE POSTED AT
http://www.cuadp.org/abday2005.html - INCLUDING EVENTS IN

OHIO
TENNESSEE
PENNSYLVANIA
FLORIDA
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NEBRASKA
OREGON
TEXAS
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CANADA

WE KNOW THERE IS MUCH MORE GOING ON - PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS!

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in my Seattle neighborhood last weekend, and got a few "thumbs up!" from
restaurant patrons and passers by."

                IF YOU'RE NOT WEARING THE MESSAGE
          YOU'VE MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE

Let AbolitionWear do the talking!  One of our challenges is to heighten
the
visibility of the anti-death penalty movement.  Wear a T-shirt,
sweatshirt,
hat, or a button and give the cashier, the bank teller, or whomever else
you encounter the chance to get the facts from someone who knows why the
death penalty is bad public policy.  Or if you don't like to talk, simply
hand them one of the handy dandy fact sheets that comes with any order!

All shirts are 100% preshrunk cotton.  Minimum donation is $14 for 1, $13
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will be 50/50.  We regret that manufacturer bias limits our ability to
give
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these is higher, your minimum suggested donation is exactly the same as
that for those who wear size small.  We love all abolitionists!)

Check out AbolitionWear at http://www.cuadp.org/abolitionwear.html

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OTHER CALENDAR EVENTS

Check out the Calendar of Upcoming Death Penalty Related Events at
http://www.cuadp.org/upevents.html

This page is now linked from many other activist organizations and
calendars, and is one of the most visited pages on the CUADP site.  The
calendar allows you to sort by state, and it also archives past events so
you can see what others have done to set some ideas for things you and
your
group can do!  Check it out!

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Abolition Day: AI; [CUADPUpdate]; TX Moratorium, etc.. March 03, 2005 8:01 PM

AI Alerts: Amnesty International USA Abolition Flashcard, etc..  Act Now:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=12073
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RESOURCES ONLINE: The Program to Abolish the Death Penalty updates the information below on a regular basis. Follow the links below for the latest information on these topics.
 
 
 
 
 
MORE NEWS: Including American Woman Commuted In Oman, US Supreme Court to hear Foreign National Case, Stop Child Executions! and more:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=12069
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NWFA 2005 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 
The 2005 National Weekend of Faith in Action on the Death Penalty (NWFA) will take place October 21-23, 2005. Promotional brochures and online registration will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, check out the list of activities and events that took place during the 2004 NWFA:
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=12074
 
 
 
TX Moratorium Network: Supreme Court Bans Executions of Juvenile Offenders   
 
Send letters to the editor applauding the supreme court and asking the Texas Legislature to enact a moratorium on executions: Dallas Morning News, Houston
Chronicle: viewpoints@c..., Austin-American Statesman, San Antonio Express-News: letters@e..., and here is a website with links to all Texas newspapers.
 
Registration Form for 2005 Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, For more information, email us at: admin@t... or call us at: 512-302-6715. If you would like to participate, but the $25 housing fee is too much for you (we know students have tight budgets), just email us. We can waive the fee for participants for whom it is a financial burden.
 
email: admin@t...   phone: 512-302-6715  web: http://www.texasmoratorium.org
 
 
 
[CUADPUpdate] Alerts: It's Abolition Day, etc.. 
It's March 1st, International Death Penalty Abolition
Day http://www.cuadp.org/abolitionday.html. Activism and Education for Alternatives to the death penalty.  It's Abolition Day. Do something. --abe, Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director, CUADP   <abe@c...>  Visit <http://www.cuadp.org> or call 800-973-6548
PMB 335, 2603 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy Gainesville, FL 32609
 

new articles on Against Death Rows   
DR inmate executed in Georgia for 1991 pizza shop slaying — Britta,
Wed Mar 2 01:08
STATE OF KANSAS V. DENNIS RADER — Britta, Wed Mar 2 02:48
 
Ga. Death-Row Inmate Dies for 1991 Slaying — Britta, Wed Mar 2 01:08
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Fwd: Whether you are in need or can offer help... March 07, 2005 7:50 AM

"Whether you are in need or can offer help...

James M,

I'm a member of the Benefit & Resource Assistance For Those In Need! group on the Care2
Connect network, and think it's worth checking out.
 
Please join!
 
 
Please come by our group to share with us you experiences. We can help.
 
Peace,
 
Rev Skull
 
Thank you!
 
- Rev Skull Powell "
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Peace Center - Kansas prison reform action needed March 13, 2005 4:54 AM

Dear Kansas FAMM Members:
 
I sent you a message earlier this week about the possibility of for
sure contacting your respective state Senators, and anyone or
everyone else listed below to stop the passage of SB243. This bill
would allow private prisons to contract and operate in Kansas. If it
passes, it will in fact have a negative impact on the chances of our
bill to release non-violent drug use offenders in Kamas prisons into
a 12 - 18 month drug treatment program. This bill would tremendously
reduce the need for sentencing reform in Kansas. Frank Smith is an
expert on why anyone should oppose the privatization of prisons. He
has compiled a short list of talking points for you to use when you
call or e-mail.
 
Please take a moment to make a phone call, or send and e-mail or two,
to the parties listed below and adamantly oppose this bill to bring
private prisons to Kansas. Thank You.
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter Ninemire
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Midwest Regional Trainer/Organizer
Wichita, KS - Ph: (316)651-5852
E-mail: pj9mire@s...
 
SB 243 movement from Frank Smith: (620)967-4616
 
Subject: SB 243 movement
 
The Ways and Means Committee is doing final action on SB 243 on
Friday, March 11th. Please spread the word.
 
We really need to stop this bill in committee, if at all possible.
Calls to Jean Schodorf and Chris Steineger would be particularly
helpful. I called Steineger yesterday and he didn't return my call,
though he was in his office at the time. He told the KC Star that
private and public pens were the same, showing woeful ignorance on
the matter. I don't know where Jim Barone is, either, but calls to
him would probably be quite helpful. Ruth Teichman needs to hear
from constituents.
 
Committee members are as follows. I have a list of talking points
below their names.
 
The Corrections Secretary was not happy with the bills. He
officially tooka neutral position, but Jean Schodorf pointed out that
his testimony was very negative.
 
Here's a list of the Senators on that committee:
 
Umbarger, Chairperson; 785-296-7389 (District includes Labette,
where there's a prison, plus Neosho, Cherokee, Montgomery counties)
umbarger@s... If you are his constituent, please
call. He won't listen, but it might dim his enthusiasm.
 
Emler, Vice Chairperson; 785-296-7354 (district includes McPherson,
Rice county, etc.) emler@s...
 
McGinn, 785-296-7377 Harvey and north part of Sedgwick county.
mcginn@s... He needs constituent calls!
 
Morris, 785-296-2419 Hugoton (Stevens county, district goes north to
Garden City) morris@s...
 
Vicki Schmidt 785-296-7374 schmidtv@s... (lives in SW
Topeka) She needs to hear from constituents!
 
Schodorf, 785-296-7391 (lives in Wichita)
chodorf@s... I > think she might listen to you.
Please call ASAP if you're from Wichita!
 
Taddiken, 785-296-7371 (lives in Clifton, district goes NW & NE from
Clay Center to Nebraska) taddiken@s...
 
Teichman, 785-296-7394 teichman@s...; (lives in
Stafford, district runs south to Harper) She needs to hear from her
constituents. She used to be in the alcohol treatment business.
 
Wysong 785-296-7369 (lives in Mission Hills) ysong@s...
 
(Democrats are)
 
Barone 785-296-7370 (lives near Pittsburg), Ranking Minority Member;
barone@s... (Please call him.)
 
Betts 785-296-7387 (lives in Wichita), betts@s...
(He's been on our side.)
 
Laura Kelly 785-296-7365 Topeka, kelly@s... (She
sounds like she'll vote no.)
 
Steineger 785-296-7375 (lives in Kansas City).
steineger@s... (Needs calls now!)
 
Here's the short list of problems with for-profit prisons...
 
Typical problems with for-profit prisons:
 
Don't save taxpayers money; damage, even bankrupt municipalities
(FBOP, State of TN, Abt Associates; CCA Youngstown and Sayre, OK)
Treat both staff and prisoners badly, increased assaults, escapes.
(Carolina jury found CCA used gratuitous force to control inmates,
Austin study finding 49%+ violence on staff, 65%+ on inmates)
 
Though presenting as "economic development," don't really have a
positive effect on local economies (U. of Iowa, Besser study;
Sentencing Project; Universities of Washington & Ohio; Kentucky
State; U. of KY)
 
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The 2005 PrisonTalk.com Fund Raiser has started - Please help June 02, 2005 4:09 AM

Dear PTO Members,
 
www.PrisonTalk.com has been a wonderful place of friendship, understanding
and support for more than 3 and a half years. We all have the common bond of
having a connection to the prison system, whether it is having a loved one,
pen pal or friend in prison, being an ex-inmate or just having an interest
in what is taking place behind the walls of American and other prisons
around the world. We all share in having a safe place to come to for the
support and information that we need.
 
PTO does not charge for membership or access to the site and we would like
to continue in that tradition but PTO needs your help. As PTO has grown by
leaps and bounds, so have the loads put on our current server. Very soon we
are going to have to upgrade and migrate to new servers again or find some
other solution to ease our overloading problems. In addition to the hosting
expense issues, we are long over due for a system software upgrade. These
are just some of the things we need your assistance with. If you are
interested in knowing what PTO's exact needs are for hosting and other
things, please visit the following thread:
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With upgrading both our hosting and software in mind, we are kicking off the
2005 Prison Talk Online fund raiser. We hope that if you are able to send in
a donation that you will. Your donation will go to making sure PTO is the
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Everyone who donates will have a 2005 Donation Star added to their account
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CUADP Update] New Abolitionist July 13, 2005 10:02 AM

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters,
 
The soon to be officially named Isaac Carl Bonowitz arrived at 11:01am on
July 10, 2005.  He was 21.5 inches and 8.42 lbs.  All tests to this point
show him to be perfectly normal....  Mommy and Baby are both well.  I am
very pleased and proud, and quite scared at the same time....
 
This baby is a miracle in several ways.  First, his mother thought she was
unable to conceive, hence the name Isaac, which means "laughter" in
Hebrew.  The biblical reference is Abraham's wife Sarah laughed when told
she would conceive, as she thought she was barren - her child was called
Isaac.  Second, Isaac's umbilical cord had a tight knot in it, such that
the Dr. said if he had not been so healthy he would not have survived.  Of
interest, Isaac shares his birthday with his late great grandfather,
Abraham Jacob Bonowitz (for whom I was named) and his uncle, Rabbi Sheldon
Schiffman.  His English middle name is Carl, for his recently departed
Great-Uncle Julius Carl Margulies, and his Hebrew middle name is "Asher"
(pronounced "ah-share"), the Hebrew name of my maternal grandfather. 
Isaac
is the product of two die-hard death penalty abolitionists who met because
of our work to create a world without violence -- a world of Love.  We are
now even more committed to the pursuit of same....
 
 
The Bris (ritual circumcision and baby naming) will be on July 17, 2005 in
Columbus, Ohio.  Those who are in range are welcome - please request
details at <abe@abolition.org>
 
I wanted to share this moment, and I thank everyone who has sent prayers
and good wishes.
 
paz!
 
--abe and Beth

Paz is Spanish for Peace.
 
May no harm come to you.
May you be free of fear.
May you be free from danger
May you be free of pain and suffering.
May you be healed.
May you have mental happiness
May you have physical happiness
May you be well, happy, and peaceful.
May your home be a refuge, a place of peace.
May your mind be a refuge, a place of peace. 
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KS Peace Center- Action Now- Federal Death Penalty Related Bill July 29, 2005 9:44 AM

Subject: URGENT: Act NOW on Federal DP Related Bill
 
I am sending you this alert regarding Congressional legislation that has major death penalty implications.  Please share with your KANSAS members.  Each state is working on their own strategy so what we are asked to do in Kansas may not be what another state needs.
 
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Federal Death Penalty Legislation Alert!
 
The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up on Thursday, July 28, a bill which has significant ramifications for death penalty cases.  Included below information is received from sources at the American Bar Association and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  An action request and talking points follow the background info.
 
Background:
 
S 1088, the Streamlined Procedures Act, would virtually eliminate federal court review of state criminal convictions and sentences. It is important to note that the Streamlined Procedures Act (SPA) would drastically curtail the right to federal habeas corpus for both death penalty and non-death penalty cases.   Habeas corpus is an important component of our legal system. It serves as the constitutional ³fail safe² for identifying and correcting wrongful convictions in criminal cases, including both death penalty cases and non-death penalty criminal cases.
 
In addition, many of the bill's provisions are retroactive and will strip the federal courts of jurisdiction in most cases, leaving a narrow and largely unattainable exception for a prisoner who asserts innocence.  It is insufficient to protect the innocent on death row.  Many of those who have been exonerated from death rows in recent years would have been executed if this bill had been in effect.  It is designed to leave final review and determination of death sentences to state courts, many of which have long records of ignoring constitutional violations and refusing to remedy clear abuse or misconduct.
 
Senator Brownback is a member of Senate Judiciary Committee.
 
Action Needed:
 
Contact Senator Brownback immediately as action is slated for Thursday 7/28 by Judiciary Committee
 
This alert is specific to Kansas only. Each state with a Senator on Judiciary Committee is working on a specific strategy so do not circulate outside of Kansas as their strategy may be different.
 

Talking points:
 
1) This bill would raise the risk of execution of the innocent by cutting back on the review of their cases.
 
2) Many states have systemic problems such as inadequate funding for criminal justice cases, inadequate legal counsel. Those systemic problems can result in errors in criminal cases, and those errors often are only caught when the cases reach the federal level.
 
3. This bill affects BOTH death penalty and non-death penalty criminal cases. Its reach is sweeping.
 
4)  And, you may cite your general opposition to the death penalty as another reason for Senator Brownback to oppose this bill.
 
Contact Information for Senator Brownback
 
Senator Sam Brownback
303 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-1265
 
This alert sent by Donna Schneweis, Coordinator for Ks Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
785-234-3061
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Stop Ohio Execution Surrounded by Doubt September 08, 2005 2:09 PM

Stop Ohio Execution Surrounded by Doubt
Amnesty International USA, Program to Abolish the Death Penalty (PADP), 9-05
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TAKE ACTION
 
STOP OHIO EXECUTION SURROUNDED BY DOUBT
 
John Spirko is scheduled to be executed on September 20, 2005. He was
sentenced to death in 1984 though he denies carrying out the murder and no
physical or forensic evidence links him to the crime.
 
Call on authorities to consider the accusations of a false case against
John Spirko and the lack of evidence against him, and urge them to recommend
clemency in his case.
 
 
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OPPOSE EXECUTION OF TEXAS WOMAN WITH INNOCENCE CLAIM
 
Frances Newton is scheduled to be executed in Texas on September 14, 2005.
She was convicted of the murder of her husband and two children on
circumstantial evidence and maintains that she did not commit the murder.
 
ACT NOW:
 
 
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RESOURCES ONLINE
 
The Program to Abolish the Death Penalty updates the information below on
a regular basis. Follow the links below for the latest information on
these topics.
 
 
 
 
 
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DEATH PENALTY NEWS
 
DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED FOR MENTALLY ILL INDIANA MAN
 
On 29 August, just two days before Arthur Baird was due to be executed,
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels commuted his death sentence and imposed a
sentence of life without parole. Thank you to all our activists who took
action on this case and made this victory possible!
 
In his Executive Order commuting the sentence, Governor Daniels stated
that he took this action because of "certain unusual, probably unique
circumstances," making "a different outcome [seem] more just." The Order
mentioned a number of key facts about the case: that the jury who originally
sentenced him to death did not have the option of sentencing him instead to
life without parole, and several jury members had stated that they would have
imposed such a sentence instead of the death penalty had this option been
available to them; that family members have said that they believed life
without parole was the most appropriate penalty, and that Baird had
rejected the equivalent of a life without parole plea agreement offered to him by
the state before trial "apparently due to his delusional state." 
 
MORE NEWS!
 
More News!  National Weekend of Faith in Action, New Death Penalty
Abolition Blog, National Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators Training, and
more...
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=253792&l=14345
 
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ONLINE CHAT WITH AIUSA BOARD CHAIR RICK HALPERIN
 
Hear about Mr. Halperin's three decades on the frontlines of the struggle
against the death penalty in Texas, elsewhere in the United States and
abroad. And learn more about what you can do to end capital punishment in the
United States. Join the chat tomorrow from 3:00 - 5:30 PM (Eastern).
 
 
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LPNET: Greatest Indian? Leonard could use your vote... September 08, 2005 2:26 PM

LPNET: Greatest Indian? Leonard could use your vote...
Who is the Greatest NDN of all time?
 
 
I vote for Leonard Peltier--because he represents all the others./Harvey
 
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N.O.: Prisoners Abandoned to Floodwaters: Human Rights Watch September 26, 2005 7:50 AM

New Orleans: Prisoners Abandoned to Floodwaters: Human Rights Watch
From: http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/09/22/usdom11773.htm
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
New Orleans: Prisoners Abandoned to Floodwaters
Officers Deserted a Jail Building, Leaving Inmates Locked in Cells

 
(New York, September 22, 2005) - As Hurricane Katrina began pounding New
Orleans, the sheriff's department abandoned hundreds of inmates imprisoned in
the city's jail, Human Rights Watch said today.
 
Inmates in Templeman III, one of several buildings in the Orleans Parish
Prison compound, reported that as of Monday, August 29, there were no
correctional
officers in the building, which held more than 600 inmates. These inmates,
including some who were locked in ground-floor cells, were not evacuated until
Thursday, September 1, four days after flood waters in the jail had reached
chest-level.
 
"Of all the nightmares during Hurricane Katrina, this must be one of the
worst," said Corinne Carey, researcher from Human Rights Watch. "Prisoners were
abandoned in their cells without food or water for days as floodwaters rose
toward the ceiling."
 
Human Rights Watch called on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an
investigation into the conduct of the Orleans Sheriff's Department, which runs
the jail, and to establish the fate of the prisoners who had been locked in the
jail. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, which oversaw
the evacuation, and the Orleans Sheriff's Department should account for the
517 inmates who are missing from list of people evacuated from the jail.
 
Carey spent five days in Louisiana, conducting dozens of interviews with
inmates evacuated from Orleans Parish Prison, correctional officers, state
officials, lawyers and their investigators who had interviewed more than 1,000
inmates evacuated from the prison.
 
The sheriff of Orleans Parish, Marlin N. Gusman, did not call for help in
evacuating the prison until midnight on Monday, August 29, a state Department of
 
Corrections and Public Safety spokeswoman told Human Rights Watch. Other
parish prisons, she said, had called for help on the previous Saturday and
Sunday.
The evacuation of Orleans Parish Prison was not completed until Friday,
September 2.
 
According to officers who worked at two of the jail buildings, Templeman 1
and 2, they began to evacuate prisoners from those buildings on Tuesday, August
30, when the floodwaters reached chest level inside. These prisoners were
taken by boat to the Broad Street overpass bridge, and ultimately transported to
correctional facilities outside New Orleans.
 
But at Templeman III, which housed about 600 inmates, there was no prison
staff to help the prisoners. Inmates interviewed by Human Rights Watch varied
about when they last remember seeing guards at the facility, but they all
insisted that there were no correctional officers in the facility on Monday,
August
29. A spokeswoman for the Orleans parish sheriff's department told Human Rights
Watch she did not know whether the officers at Templeman III had left the
building before the evacuation.
 
According to inmates interviewed by Human Rights Watch, they had no food or
water from the inmate's last meal over the weekend of August 27-28 until they
were evacuated on Thursday, September 1. By Monday, August 29, the generators
had died, leaving them without lights and sealed in without air circulation.
The toilets backed up, creating an unbearable stench.
 
"They left us to die there," Dan Bright, an Orleans Parish Prison inmate told
Human Rights Watch at Rapides Parish Prison, where he was sent after the
evacuation.
 
As the water began rising on the first floor, prisoners became anxious and
then desperate. Some of the inmates were able to force open their cell doors,
helped by inmates held in the common area. All of them, however, remained
trapped in the locked facility.
 
"The water started rising, it was getting to here," said Earrand Kelly, an
inmate from Templeman III, as he pointed at his neck. "We was calling down to
the guys in the cells under us, talking to them every couple of minutes. They
were crying, they were scared. The one that I was cool with, he was saying 'I'm
scared. I feel like I'm about to drown.' He was crying."
 
Some inmates from Templeman III have said they saw bodies floating in the
floodwaters as they were evacuated from the prison. A number of inmates told
Human Rights Watch that they were not able to get everyone out from their cells.
 
Inmates broke jail windows to let air in. They also set fire to blankets and
shirts and hung them out of the windows to let people know they were still in
the facility. Apparently at least a dozen inmates jumped out of the windows.
 
"We started to see people in T3 hangin' shirts on fire out the windows,"
Brooke Moss, an Orleans Parish Prison officer told Human Rights Watch. "They
were
wavin' em. Then we saw them jumping out of the windows ... Later on, we saw a
sign, I think somebody wrote 'help' on it."
 
As of yesterday, signs reading "Help Us," and "One Man Down," could still be seen hanging from a window in the third floor of Templeman III.
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HRW: New Orleans murdered prisoners: rest September 26, 2005 7:52 AM

Several corrections officers told Human Rights Watch there was no evacuation
plan for the prison, even though the facility had been evacuated during floods
in the 1990s.
 
"It was complete chaos," said a corrections officer with more than 30 years
of service at Orleans Parish Prison. When asked what he thought happened to the
inmates in Templeman III, he shook his head and said: "Ain't no tellin' what
happened to those people."
 

"At best, the inmates were left to fend for themselves," said Carey. "At
worst, some may have died."
 
Human Rights Watch was not able to speak directly with Orleans Parish Sheriff
Marlin N. Gussman or the ranking official in charge of Templeman III. A
spokeswoman for the sheriff's department told Human Rights Watch that
search-and-rescue teams had gone to the prison and she insisted that "nobody
drowned,
nobody was left behind."
 
Human Rights Watch compared an official list of all inmates held at Orleans
Parish Prison immediately prior to the hurricane with the most recent list of
the evacuated inmates compiled by the state Department of Corrections and
Public Safety (which was entitled, "All Offenders Evacuated"). However, the list
 
did not include 517 inmates from the jail, including 130 from Templeman III.
 
Many of the men held at jail had been arrested for offenses like criminal
trespass, public drunkenness or disorderly conduct. Many had not even been
brought before a judge and charged, much less been convicted.
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CA: Death Penalty Focus: Execution Update, etc.. October 15, 2005 1:51 PM

DPF Execution Update
Death Penalty Focus
870 Market St.  Ste. 859  San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. 415-243-0143 -  Fax 415-243-0994 - www.deathpenalty.org

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1) PLEASE NOTE: I have switched my "Action Alert" listserv from Topica to Google Groups.  If you received this message, you do not have to take any action.  I hope this transition will be as smooth as possible.  Thank you.

2) Execution Update: You can now visit our website http://www.deathpenalty.org/index.php?pid=Executions for more information on the scheduled executions of Stanley Williams, Clarence Ray Allen and Michael Morales.  Please continue to check this page for urgent action alerts, new resources, and upcoming events related to the scheduled executions.  

3) 1000th Execution: We are fast approaching the 1000th execution in America since the reinstatement of the death penalty and sadly there is possibility that the1000th execution will occur in California.  For more news on this important campaign, please visit: http://www.1000executions.org/index.php

4) Upcoming Events: For a list of upcoming events, please visit: http://www.deathpenalty.org/index.php?pid=events  These events provide a great opportunity to spread the word about the scheduled executions and encourage Californians to call for the immediate passage of the "California Moratorium on Executions Act" (AB 1121). 
 
Stefanie L. Faucher
Program Director
 
Death Penalty Focus
870 Market St. Ste. 859
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. 415-243-0143
Fax 415-243-0994
mailto:stefanie@deathpenalty.org
http://www.deathpenalty.org
http://www.californiamoratorium.org
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Dear Owner, Moderators, Fellow Members, et al, October 15, 2005 2:26 PM

Dear Owner, Moderators, Fellow Members, et al,
 
Hello. Good Day. Very cool responses, thanx!  I hope you and yours are well
and will continue to be.  Please inform me who has removed almost all the replies I've received to my posts in the thread I started; as well as my responses to them, within this group, and why?  What do you think?   From the heart in the heart of the heartland. Some of my groups Disabled Greens News and discussion, Group   """"http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/"""" ,
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la evolution!
 
Matutinally Yours,         james m nordlund   reality (aja)
 
Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring. I look
forward to hearing from you. Goodbye. For those interested "of or
pertaining to the morning, day: relating to or happening in the morning or
in the early part of the day (formal), (Mid-16th century, from late Latin
matutinalis, from Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)".
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 November 11, 2005 9:19 AM

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[CUADPUpdate] Tookie Actions Around the Country December 12, 2005 8:07 PM

Hi All,

With apologies for two messages to this list in the same day, here's info
on California execution protests around the country. Please go out
to protest the extermination of Stan "Tookie" Williams, and ALSO to
remind
the
people who are out for Tookie that executions happen all the time
and we
need them out for every one of them - not only the highly
politicized
cases
like Tookie. Info on *every* execution is at www.NCADP.org

ALSO, Please See:
>
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-12-11-our-
view_x.htm
>Monday, December 12, 2005
>
>Death penalty support ebbs as tough new option arises
>
>Recent coverage of the death penalty has focused on two stories:
the
1,000th
>execution since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital
punishment, and
>California gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams' appeal for
clemency.
>(Related: Opposing view)
>
>These headlines, however, have obscured two important trends: The
nation
is
>losing its enthusiasm for the death penalty, and life imprisonment
without
>parole is an increasingly acceptable alternative to execution.

***

Forwarded from the Campaign to End the Death Penalty

GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER DENIES CLEMENCY

Just moments ago it was announced that Governor Schwarzenegger
denied Stan
Tookie Williams clemency. This is a travesty of justice. Below are
actions
taking place today in several major cities across the country. I
urge
people to come out to show and voice their opposition to this
injustice.
We will not bear witness to this murder in silence!


Here are the various actions taking place across the country.
PLEASE
JOIN!

- AUSTIN, Texas
Protest and Banner Display for Tookie
Please join us for another Texas show of support for clemency for
Stan
Tookie Williams! At 5:30 pm, in front of the Capitol at 11th and
Congress.
Call 494-0667 or email
lilymae30@hotmail.com for information

- BURLINGTON, Vt.
Press Conference and Phone-a-Thon
Beginning at 8 am, at Johnson State College, students, faculty and
staff
plan to flood the governor's office with calls, faxes and e-mails
demanding
clemency for Stan Tookie Williams. We will also be screening the film
"Redemption" with Jamie Foxx all day long so people can be better
educated
about this injustice.

- CHICAGO
Emergency Protest for Stan
At 4:30 pm at Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Monroe). Sponsored by the
Campaign
to End the Death Penalty, call 773-955-4841 for more information.

- CLEVELAND
Save the Peace Maker Rally and Vigil
At 5:30 pm at Cleveland City Hall. Sponsored by Peace In The Hood
and the
Task Force for Community Mobilization. Contact
RStandiford9@aol.com
for
information.

- DENVER
Block Party Protest
Speakers include Ernesto Vigil (Crusade for Justice), Ward Churchill
(American Indian Movement), and Ramona Africa (MOVE). At 3 pm at the
Colorado State Capitol, 15th and Colfax. For more information, or to
volunteer, contact Earl Armstrong 303-208-9138, Shareef Aleem 720-
436-7606
or Steve Nash 720-309-1418.

- NEW YORK CITY
Victory Rally or Protest for Stan
At 5:30 pm at the north end of Union Square Park (17th Street). Call
518-253-5029 for information

- SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN QUENTION
Walk for Abolition
The Walk For Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San
Francisco at 7 am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison around
6 pm.
For information, contact Rev. Lyle Grosjean at 510-895-8203 or email
l.grosjean@sbcglobal.net.

- SAN QUENTIN, Calif.
PROTEST AT THE PRISON
>From the Save Tookie Committee: We believe that Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger
will do the right thing and grant clemency to Stan Tookie Williams.
However,
if we have not received a decision or if he does not grant clemency,
we
plan
to have a large peaceful protest at San Quentin. At 8 pm at the East
Gate
of
San Quentin Prison. You can park on Francisco Blvd. E, but expect to
walk
1
to 1.5 miles to get to the east gate. It will be dark, and there is
uneven
pavement. We suggest you bring a flashlight, water, and wear good
shoes
and
warm clothing. This will be a peaceful protest. Please listen to
security
people and don't engage the opposition as it only encourages them.
Contact
the Save Tookie Committee at 510-253-5418 or 510-333-7966, or
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e-mail
info@savetookie.org for more information.

- SANTA CRUZ, Calif.
Vigil Against the Death Penalty
At 8 pm at the town clock. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chapter of
Death
Penalty Focus.

- SEATTLE
Screening of "Redemption"
At 7 pm at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. $5 donation
requested at the door. Email
vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for
information.

- WASHINGTON, D.C.
Emergency Action for Tookie
At 4:30 pm at the U.S. Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
(Pennsylvania Ave., between 9th and 10th Streets). Metro Center,
Federal
Triangle or Archives Metro Stations. Call 301-801-7616 or e-mail
cedp_dc@hotmail.com for info rmation.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


- SIGN A PETITION CALLING ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO STOP STAN'S
EXECUTION

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty and other supporters of Stan
are
circulating a petition calling on the Justice Department to
intervene and
take immediate action against Stan's pending execution. Activists
will
deliver the petition at an emergency demonstration for Stan at 4:30
pm at
the U.S. Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. If you would
like
to
sign, email
cedp_dc@hotmail.com, or contact David Thurston at
646-382-4181.
The petition statement reads:

We, the undersigned, oppose the state of California's plan to execute
reformed gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams at midnight on December
13,
2005. Although we remain hopeful that the Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger
will grant clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams, we call upon the
Department
of Justice and US Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to intervene
on
behalf of Williams and stop his execution.
The case of Stanley Williams is a measure of the fairness of the
criminal justice system in The United States. The state's case
against
him
is deeply flawed, and Williams's work over the past fifteen years
preventing
gang violence has shown that redemption is possible. If the State of
California refuses to take the side of justice in the case of Stan
Tookie
Williams, then it is imperative that the government of the United
States
intervene on Willams's behalf.
We call on the attorney general, the Civil Rights Division, and
the
U.S.
Supreme Court to take immediate action to prevent this unjust
execution.

Sign the petition statement by e-mail (give your organization for
identification purposes only):
cedp_dc@hotmail.com
************

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the roots
Black bodies swingin' in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
And the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is the fruit
For the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather
For the wind to suck
For the sun to rot
For the tree to drop

Here is a strange and bitter crop

--Lewis Allen/Billie Holiday
"Strange Fruit"
1939

**************
SENT BY:

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director, CUADP
<
abe@cuadp.org>

********************************************************
YES FRIENDS!
There is an Alternative to the Death Penalty

Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
(CUADP) works to end the death penalty in the United
States through aggressive campaigns of public education
and the promotion of tactical grassroots activism.

Visit <
http://www.cuadp.org> or call 800-973-6548
PMB 335, 2603 NW 13th St (AKA Dr. MLK Jr. Hwy)
Gainesville, FL 32609
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Tell the House Anti-Torture Laws Must Apply to All – FCNL December 12, 2005 8:11 PM

Tell the House Anti-Torture Laws Must Apply to All – FCNL
Next week, Congress must vote on an amendment introduced by Sen. John McCain (AZ) designed to prohibit the U.S. from engaging in torture. But the administration is still trying to weaken the McCain amendment, this time advocating giving immunity to some select U.S. personnel from prosecution under the existing federal criminal anti-torture statute.
 
Earlier this fall, public outcry against this administration’s attempts to introduce exemptions and exceptions to the prohibitions on torture embodied in the McCain amendment forced it to abandon those efforts. Another strong public outcry focused on the House of Representatives can stop the advocates of torture again.
 
The Bush administration has not given up efforts to pressure Congress into granting legal loopholes that would allow torture during intelligence interrogations by or for U.S. agents. Those of us who oppose torture – at any time, in any guise, under any definition, for any reason, and at any location – must be tenacious and focus our messages on members of House.
 
Take Action
Contact your representative today. Tell her or him that, even under end-of-the-year pressure, our elected representatives must stand steadfast and resolute against torture. Congress must not accept any exception, waiver, exemption, or weakening of the McCain amendment – and that includes exemption from federal criminal prosecution for torture. U.S. law must never condone torture. See a sample letter to your representative at: http://capwiz.com/fconl/go/house_torture.
 
Background
The administration continues in its unrelenting drive to create cracks and crevices in legislative action to prohibit U.S. sponsored torture. It is seeking authorization for executive power to define the limits of interrogation policy and practice to permit torture in some circumstances. The administration’s latest tactic is, reportedly, to press for exemptions from the decade-old federal criminal statute that makes torture a federal crime. Read the text of the federal statute:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sup_01_18_10_I_20_113C.html
 
To recap: The focus of the administration’s energy has been a six-month campaign against the “McCain amendment,” sponsored by Sen. John McCain (AZ). This amendment would establish an unambiguous set of rules for intelligence interrogations conducted by the U.S. military (under the Army Field Manual) and would guarantee that no interrogation technique may be included in the manual that would constitute torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment prohibited by the Constitution, U.S. laws, or treaties to which the U.S. is party. Read the text of the McCain amendment: http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=1567&issue_id=70
 
A Timeline:
 
In the summer of 2005, when the McCain amendment was offered to the military authorization bill, the administration opposed it, including the threat of presidential veto, if it were included in the authorization bill. FCNL constituents and others generated hundreds of messages to the Senate: “U.S. law must never condone torture.” Public and political support for the McCain amendment was so strong that the authorization bill, a bill that sometimes is carried over from year to year through “continuing resolutions,” was withdrawn for reconsideration during the August recess.
In early October, Sen. McCain introduced the amendment again, this time as an amendment to the military appropriations bill, a bill that must be passed annually. Again, FCNL constituents and others inundated the Senate with messages: “U.S. law must never condone torture.” The amendment passed the Senate in a landslide 90-9 bi-partisan vote. The appropriations bill, with the McCain amendment attached, headed for a House-Senate conference committee, a committee that would harmonize the House and Senate versions of the bill, including consideration of the McCain amendment, which had not been included in the House version.
Later in October, administration negotiators began weighing in with a new twist: approve the McCain amendment as part of the final military appropriations bill, but grant authority for a presidential waiver, or for geographic exemption areas where the rules would not be applied, or for exemption from the rules for any “classified” interrogations. Yet again, FCNL constituents and others rose to the challenge, this time with a message to their senators and representatives rejecting all exemptions: “U.S. law must never condone torture.” Public pressure kept the conference committee from capitulating to the administration’s demands, extending negotiations.
In early November, VicePresident Cheney weighed in, calling for an exemption for the CIA from the McCain amendment – explicit statutory permission for a U.S. agency to torture detainees. Without missing a beat, FCNL constituents and others rejected the vicepresident’s demand for modification to the McCain amendment, sending the message to their representatives in the House: “U.S. law must never condone torture.” In response to the public and political pressure, the conference committee’s work was delayed again, pushed back to after the Thanksgiving recess.
 
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FCNL: Rest :) December 12, 2005 8:26 PM

looms, with its inflexible requirement for a military appropriations bill. The McCain amendment has the overwhelming support of the Senate and significant support in the House. Apparently recognizing the deep-seated public and political resistance to alteration of the McCain amendment, the administration has appeared to sidestep.
 
During the past two weeks, administration negotiators are reported to have offered to drop opposition to the McCain amendment in exchange for immunity for some U.S. personnel from prosecution under the existing federal criminal anti-torture statute.
 
Criminal prosecution is one enforcement mechanism of policy prohibitions. Without the threat of criminal sanctions, anti-torture policy prohibitions are mere suggestions, to be followed or not at the discretion of the administration. This latest round in the administration’s ill-advised promotion of torture as a tool of U.S. intelligence gathering must be rejected just as decisively as were the administration’s earlier attempts to wiggle around the definitions of U.S. federal statute, attempting to trump the rule of law with facile linguistic arguments.
 
Here is a link to further background information about the McCain amendment and torturehttp://www.fcnl.org/issues/issue.php?issue_id=70
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 December 12, 2005 8:29 PM

That is indeed sad news about Arnold Schwarzenegger denieing clemancy for Stanley Tookie Williams. Expected but sad nonetheless.  [ send green star]
 
:) December 15, 2005 6:50 AM

Yes, tragic....

jmn

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Happy holidays All :) December 15, 2005 6:52 AM

Dear All,

Hello. Good Day. Very cool responses, thanx!  I hope you and yours are well and will continue to be.  Happy holidays!  I've been an advocate/activist on homelessness, et al, for 31 years of my 46; please, do what you can for humanity.     Dylan Thomas' poem comes to mind     "...and death (murder) shall have no dominion...".; as others might say, "we, the people..." can make it so!  What do you think?   From the heart in the heart of the heartland.  Some groups I  moderate    Disabled Greens News and discussion, Group home page
"http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/" ,
Abuse in Therapy, Group homepage
"http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AbuseinTherapy/"
Diffabled, Mental Health, all related issues, advocacy, and
professionals:
Invite link: "http://passport.care2.net/invite.html?g=880" Homepage:
"http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Diffabled_MentalHealth_Action"
"Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a
painting which is heard but not seen." ~ Leonardo da Vinci  Enjoy a festive eve' as you can. Copy, share, as you will. Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese sister, freedom, will wither, as well.  Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized be fore its exercised. Viva la evolution!

Matutinally Yours,             james m nordlund   reality (aja)

For those interested  "of or pertaining to the morning, day: relating
to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day (formal),
(Mid-16th century, from late Latin matutinalis, from Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)" Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring.  I look forward to hearing from you. Goodbye.

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Invitation to Disability Caucus of Green Party + Happy New Year's January 08, 2006 1:52 PM

Very cool responses, thanx! I hope you and yours
are well and will continue to be. Happy holidays! I've been an
advocate/activist on all issues, et al, for 31 years of my 46;
please, do what you can for humanity. Dylan Thomas' poem line comes to mind "...and death (murder) shall have no dominion...".; as
others might say, "we, the people...", can make it so!
 
"Invitation to Join the Disability Caucus of the Green Party
The Disability Caucus is an Identity Caucus of the United States
Green Party.
Once we are accredited, we will have the same status as state
parties do within
the Green Party (except that we can not cast a vote for our
presidential
nominee). There are several other Identity Caucuses, including
Black, Latino,
Women, and Lavender.
 
Verified Members:
 
Please join us by becoming a verified member aka a voting member. We
need 100
verified members, spread out over at least 15 states, in order to be
accredited
as a Caucus. As of September 2004, we have 84 people in 23
states.
 
To be a verified member you must meet the following requirements:
 
1. Be registered to vote as a Green in your US State; OR (if your
state
does not have a Green Party or you are not eligible to vote) be
connected
to the Green Party in some tangible way (fairly flexible).
2. Be a person with a disability. We may allow some non-disabled
voting
members but so far have not made that decision.
3. Agree to follow major discussions and participate in votes.
4. Send your information to our Membership Committee at
greencaucus@.... We will need your legal name, snail mail
address, email address, phone number, date of birth, connection to
the Green Party (are you registered Green?), and if you are disabled
or a friend of the disabled community. This information is for
internal Green Party use only and will not be made public. If you are
joining as an adjunct member (a nonvoting friend of the Caucus),
please let the membership committee know. If you aren't sure if you
want to become a verified member, just let them know that too.
 
Adjunct Members:
 
If you do not qualify as a verified (voting) member but want to be
part of the
Caucus, we welcome you to join the mailing list and participate in
the
discussions. Please let the Membership Committee know who you are
and that you
are an adjunct member. We require your real name and a brief
description of why
you are here. Adjunct members include people living outside the
United States,
those whose hearts are Green but who are not part of the Green Party
at this
time, and people who are not themselves disabled (or do not qualify
if we offer
expanded membership).
 
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Our discussions and votes take place on the Disabled Greens mailing
list. If possible, please join this list. We average 1-4 messages a
day,
but this can vary a lot. The list is to discuss Caucus business and
related
activism work only. We are not a disability support group.
 
To join the Disabled Greens mailing list:
 
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Or send email to disabledgreens-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
For more information, contact Cyndi Norman at cyndi@...
 
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This is an announcement list for official caucus business only (no
discussion). This is where votes and other important items will go.
Only
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be on
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If you join this list, please also join Disabled Greens as at least a
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We recognize that some potential members will not be able to have
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encourage everyone who can get internet access (it's free at the
public
library) to take advantage of it, but if you can't, we would still
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Feel free to forward this announcement to appropriate individuals or
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What do you think? From the heart in the heart of the heartland.
Some groups I moderate:
Disabled Greens News and discussion, Group home page
"http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/" ,
Abuse in Therapy, Group homepage
"http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AbuseinTherapy/"
Diffabled, Mental Health, all related issues, advocacy, and
professionals:
Invite link: "http://passport.care2.net/invite.html?g=880" Homepage:
"http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Diffabled_MentalHealth_Action"
"Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a
painting which is heard but not seen." ~ Leonardo da Vinci Enjoy a
festive eve' as you can. Copy, share, as you will. Lest "we" forget,
if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither like a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised. Viva la evolution!
 
Matutinally Yours,         james m nordlund        reality (aja)
 
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to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day
(formal), (Mid-16th century, from late Latin matutinalis, from
Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)" Music is life's song accompanying the
abundance of joy's Spring. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Working Families: Honor Dr. King's Legacy: Act Now (low-income families) January 18, 2006 5:23 PM

Honor Dr. King's Legacy: Act Now
Martin Luther King Jr. fought for social and economic justice in America.

Honor his legacy today by stopping a budget bill that attacks low-income
working families. Call your U.S. representative today.

Call Now, Toll Free:
1-800-393-1082

Dear James M,

On Monday, the nation will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and his legacy as a peaceful warrior for justice and equality. We honor
him through our ongoing struggle to make better lives for working
families-and by taking action at times like this.

In his commitment to social and economic justice, Dr. King envisioned a
nation in which all men and women could share the bounties of America and
enjoy the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality.

But today, powerful, reactionary forces are standing in the way of those
dreams.

When the U.S. House of Representatives returns to Washington, D.C., later
this month, members will vote on a budget reconciliation bill that directly
attacks the interests of America's low-income working families. Among other
devastating cuts, this budget would:

Slash health care funding for the poor.
Cut enforcement for child support, making it harder for single parents to
raise their children.
Push the American dream beyond reach for many young people by cutting $12.7
billion from the federal student loan program-the largest cut in the program's
history.
Force states to cut child care assistance to hundreds of thousands of
low-income working families.
Cut foster care funds for children cared for by grandparents and other
relatives.
Contrast these meager savings eked out at the expense of poor working
families with huge tax cuts for the richest Americans just passed by
Congress.

We urge you to celebrate Dr. King's legacy today by calling your U.S.
representative's office and speaking out against this attack on working
families.

Call Now, Toll Free: 1-800-393-1082

When you call your representative's office, be sure to say:

With cuts to student loans, Medicaid, child support enforcement, child care
assistance, foster care funds and more, the budget reconciliation bill
coming before the House is an attack on working families.
Our government should stand on the side of the working poor, not make their
lives more difficult.
I oppose this budget bill and urge my representative to vote against it.
We cannot stand by and let Congress pass a budget specifically designed to
hurt families struggling for a better life. Please take a moment today to
honor Dr. King's legacy by fighting for the dreams of those families. Call
your U.S. representative today.

Call Now, Toll Free: 1-800-393-1082

Thank you for all that you do.

In Solidarity,

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A.I. Alerts: Discussion: Life w.o. Parole / Kid Offenders; AGM Early January 19, 2006 5:58 PM

Upcoming Events: Discussion on Life without Parole for Child
Offenders; AGM Early Bird Deadline Approaches
Ask Amnesty: Life without Parole for Child Offenders in the United
States

Please join David Berger, pro bono counsel to Amnesty International
USA, to discuss the key findings of the report, The Rest of Their
Lives: Life without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States,
and learn why the sentence of life without the possibility of parole
is never appropriate for youth offenders.

Around the world, children can and do commit terrible crimes. But
the United States is one of only a handful of countries that
sentence children to life imprisonment without parole.Today, there
are 2,225 such youth in prisons throughout the country. In the
thirteen other countries that still have laws allowing for the
sentence, there are only about a dozen youth serving life without
parole. Such worldwide rejection of the sentence is due in part to
the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibits
sentencing child offenders to life without the possibility of
release.

The recently released report by Amnesty International and Human
Rights Watch, The Rest of Their Lives: Life without Parole for Child
Offenders in the United States, is the first ever study of youth
offenders sentenced to life without parole in the United States.
Drawing on unique data analysis and hundreds of letters and
interviews, this report presents the history of the life without
parole sentence, explores the rate and prevalence of its use
nationwide and state by state, and examines the backgrounds of youth
serving the sentence as well as their experiences in adult prison.

Please join David Berger, pro bono counsel to Amnesty International
USA, to discuss the key findings of the report, and why the sentence
of life without the possibility of parole is never appropriate for
youth offenders.
» Submit a question

http://www.amnestyusa.org/askamnesty/live/display.php?topic=49

» Read more

http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/document.do?id=ENGUSA2005101205002

Amnesty International USA Annual General Meeting Early Bird
Registration Deadline Approaches

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2006 Annual General
Meeting (AGM) April 28-30 in Portland, Oregon. Now more then ever,
the victims of hate, torture and injustice need the members and
activists of Amnesty International USA to make some noise for human
rights at high volume! Sign up by January 31st and save on
registration.
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Tell the truth about torture, Mr. President
Two weeks left until the STATE OF THE UNION JAN 31 2006
Dear Friend,

The White House has dodged the truth about torture for too long.
With reports of American acts of torture in the news every day, it
is imperative that the President and his administration end the
secrecy and end the torture.

You and I have a critical opportunity right now to demand that
President Bush tell the truth and to call for accountability through
an independent investigation. Click here to ask President Bush for
the truth during his State of the Union address and demand that
torture in our names is never committed again.

With your help, Amnesty International can continue our unwavering
pursuit of truth and justice by urging the United States to defend
human rights principles. Secret prisons and the outsourcing of
torture to countries including Syria and Egypt are unacceptable and
undermine human rights.

Together we can tell the Bush administration that torture is not a
part of our American values. We can urge Congress to stop the
President from allowing any future acts of torture and inhumane
treatment. And we can join together as Americans who will not allow
our government to hide the facts about torture any longer.

We only have two weeks until President Bush addresses our nation.
Join us and demand the truth about torture and justice for acts that
have already been committed. Click here and call for the end of
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Two weeks left until the STATE OF THE UNION JAN 31 2006

Ask the President to tell the truth about our country's acts of
torture at home and abroad when he gives his address this month.

Add your name to the growing number of Americans calling for truth &
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Vote 3-7, Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break: 3-13 to 17, Bus Trip: Huntsville 3-15 March 09, 2006 4:05 AM

Greetings!
Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break is next week, March 13-17. The
workshops and activities are open to everyone, so take a look at the
schedule below and email Texas Students Against the Death Penalty at
hooman@texasabolition.org, if you would like to attend any or all of the
events.

Tuesday, March 7, is election day. The Republicans and Democrats are holding
primaries. Please get out and vote in the primary of the party of your
choice. After you vote, return to the voting place at 7:15 PM an attend the
precinct convention of whichever party primary you voted in. One of the
tasks at the conventions will be to consider resolutions. Here is a
moratorium resolution written for the Republican Party and here is a
moratorium resolution written for the Democratic Party.Take a copy of the
resolutions to the convention you attend and ask that it be passed.

The first of four executions scheduled in Texas this month takes place March
15, which is a Wednesday. Take action against the execution of Tommie Hughes
by sending an email to Governor Perry.

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/tmn/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2867

When writing Governor Perry to express your opposition to the execution,
please remember to ask him to express your sympathies to the friends and
families of Foluke Erinkitola and Roxanne Mendoza, who were the victims in
this case.

We are renting a bus and making a trip to Huntsville on March 15 as part of
alternative spring break to protest the execution on March 15. If you would
like to get on the bus and go with us, email hooman@texasabolition.org to
get on the list. Spring Break participants have first priority on the bus
seats, but there should be a few extra seats available. Former death house
chaplain Rev Carroll Pickett will meet with the group in Huntsville to talk
with them about his experiences ministering to 95 people before their
executions.

MTV is also coming along to Hunstville as part of their coverage of spring
break.

We continue to get some amazing submissions to our death penalty art show,
Justice for All?: Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty. The deadline for
submissions is March 20.

If you would like to help us pay for the bus trip to Hunstville, please
consider sending us a donation by check to Texas Moratorium Network, 3616
Far West Blvd, suite 117, Box 251, Austin, Tx 78731 or just click here and
donate by paypal.

We recently discovered a cool new service called TextPayMe, which allows you
to send money to others via a text message on your cell phone.

Click the banner below to check it out and sign up for free. They'll even
deposit five dollars in your TextPayMe account when you sign up. No kidding.
You get $5 for free. It costs you nothing. So sign up by clicking on the
link below, get your $5 for free, and then you can help us out by donating
the $5 to Texas Moratorium Network, so that we can raise some funds to help
pay for the bus trip to Huntsville.

And, if 35 more people sign up via the link below, TextPayMe will give us an
XBOX 360, which we will then auction on Ebay and raise some more money for
the trip.

It is very easy to use. To donate to TMN, just follow the instructions and
text the message to the cell phone number 512-689-1544.

.
Sincerely,

Your Friends at Texas Moratorium Network

Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, March 13-17 in Austin.

Texas Students Against the Death Penalty is working hard preparing for this
year's Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, March 13-17 in Austin.
Plans for this year include a bus trip from Austin to Huntsville to protest
the scheduled execution of Tommie Hughes on March 15. There will also be a
visit to the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville.

Google Video has a 13 minute video of last year's anti-death penalty
alternative spring break produced by Sarah Garrahan. We encourage everyone
to video their anti- death penalty events and post them to Google Video.

This will be a hands-on experience for students, who will plan and carry out
various activities, including a protest in Huntsville. Students will gain
valuable training and experience in grassroots organizing, lobbying,
preparing a direct action, media relations and other skills. They can apply
what they learn against the death penalty or in their activities involving
other issues.

Housing is available for a fee of $25 We will house participants in rooms at
a dormitory near the University of Texas at Austin. Most students will be at
The Goodall Wooten, a few people will stay somewhere else. Students will
share the room with one or two other people. To register, contact Hooman
Hedayati at: hooman@texasabolition.org

There is no participation fee for the Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring
Break except for those people who need housing. The fee for housing is $25,
which covers the entire week.

email: admin@texasmoratorium.org
phone: 512-302-6715
web: http://www.texasmoratorium.org

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Two Executions in Texas this week, Art Show Opening Night Reception on May 6 April 26, 2006 5:34 AM

2 Executions in Texas in last week of April
 April 24, 2006
in this issue


Call the Governor to Protest the Executions of Pedro Sosa and Derrick
Frazier

Death Penalty Art Show

Volunteer with us at the Democratic State Convention in Fort Worth

Prosecutor Owns Up to Going After Innocent Man

Update on Ruben Cantu Case

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Houston Crime Lab Scandal

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Please Contact

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
PO Box 12428
Austin, TX 787112418
Phone: (512) 463 2000
Fax: (512) 463 1849

Board of Pardons and Paroles
Attn: Rissie L. Owens
Executive Clemency Section
PO Box 13401, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 406 5852
Fax: (512) 467 0945


Write a Letter to the Editor

Austin American Statesman
P.O. Box 670
Austin, TX 78767
Phone: (512) 445-3667
Fax: (512) 445- 3679
Email: Online Form to Send Letter to Statesman

Dallas Morning News
2726 S. Beckley
Dallas, TX 75224
Phone: (214) 977- 8494
Fax: (972) 263-0456
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Houston Chronicle
P.O. Box 4260
Houston, TX 77210
Phone: (713) 220- 7491
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Statewide Execution Vigils
Huntsville - Corner of 12th Street and Avenue I (in front of the Walls Unit)
at 5:00 p.m.

Austin - At the Governor's Mansion on the Lavaca St. side between 10th and
11th St. from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Beaumont - Diocese of Beaumont, Diocesan Pastoral Office, 703 Archie St. @
4:00 p.m. on the day of an execution.

College Station - 5:30 to 6 PM, east of Texas A &M campus at the corner of
Walton and Texas Ave. across the street from the main entrance.

Corpus Christi - at 6 PM in front of Incarnate Word Convent at 2910 Alameda
Street

Dallas - 5:30 pm, at the SMU Women's Center, 3116 Fondren Drive

Houston - In March and April, execution vigils will be held from 5:30 to
6:20 on days of executions on Houston Ave. at Lubbock, across Houston Ave.
from the Municipal Courts Buildings. The parking lot of St. Joseph's Church
is at this corner and will be available for parking.

McKinney - St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community located at 110 St.
Gabriel Way @ 6:00 p.m. on the day of an execution.

San Antonio (Site 1) - Archdiocese of San Antonio, in the St. Joseph Chapel
at the Chancery, 2718 W. Woodlawn Ave. (1 mile east of Bandera Rd.) at 11:30
a.m. on the day of execution. Broadcast on Catholic Television of San
Antonio (Time-Warner cable channel 15) at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the
day of execution.

San Antonio (Site 2) - Main Plaza across from Bexar County Courthouse and
San Fernando Cathedral - Noon

Spring - Prayer Vigil at 6 PM on evenings of executions at St Edward
Catholic Community, 2601 Spring Stuebner Rd for the murder victim, for
family and friends of the murder victim, the prison guards and correctional
officers, for the family of the condemn man/woman, for the man/woman to be
executed and to an end to the death penalty.

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  Greetings!
There are two executions scheduled in Texas this week. Take action against
the execution of Pedro Sosa on April 25 by sending an email to Governor
Perry. When writing Governor Perry to express your opposition to the
execution, please remember to ask him to express your sympathies to the
friends and family of the victim - Ollie "Sammy" Childress.

Take action against the execution of Derrick Frazier on April 27 by sending
an email to Governor Perry. When writing Governor Perry to express your
opposition to the execution, please remember to ask him to express your
sympathies to the friends and family of the victims - Cody and Betsy Nutt.

If you would like to volunteer at the TMN booth at the Texas Democratic
Party June 8-10 in Fort Worth, please reply to this email and let us know. We need about 10 volunteers to help us collect petition signatures at the convention. In 2004, we collected more than 1700 signatures at the convention in Houston with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. In 2004, TMN's Scott Cobb was on the platform writing committee prior to the convention and he persuaded the party to endorse a moratorium in the party platform. This year, our goal is to keep support for a moratorium in the platform. We need your help though, so please volunteer! 

Our death penalty art show is right around the corner.

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Get Ready for the National Weekend of Faith in Action on the Death Penalty! September 18, 2006 12:51 AM

Get Ready for the National Weekend of Faith in Action on the Death Penalty!
Amnesty International USA's National Weekend of Faith in Action on the Death
Penalty (NWFA) will take place October 20-22. The NWFA is an occasion for
faith communities, interfaith groups, human rights activists, and
individuals to examine the death penalty from the perspective of their own
faith traditions and values. Set aside some time that weekend for an
activity or event that focuses on the death penalty, using the ideas and
resources provided by AIUSA as your guide.
» Join us today!

http://www.amnestyusa.org/faithinaction/index.html?tr=y&auid=1943690

RESOURCES ONLINE

The Program to Abolish the Death Penalty updates the information below on a
regular basis. Follow the links below for the latest information on these
topics:
Pending Executions | Case Updates | Select State and National Updates |
Upcoming Events

National Weekend of Faith in Action
October 20-22

Crosses placed to mark the 1000th execution in the U.S.© AI

Register for the NWFA and receive an organizing packet with all of the
resources you will need to hold an event in your community.

DEATH PENALTY NEWS
» Read our blog for the latest news and reports

http://blogs.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty?tr=y&auid=1943697

The Journey of Hope... from Violence to Healing
The Journey of Hope is an annual event in which murder victims' family
members, exonerated death row inmates, and families of the executed, share
their personal stories, speaking from their hearts. It begins on October 13
in Northern Virginia (near Washington, D.C.) and will continue throughout
the state and reach Richmond on the second weekend, where Sister Helen
Prejean will join the Journey. This will be a special weekend for the
Journey as it is also Amnesty International's National Weekend of Faith in
Action. The Virginia Journey will conclude in conjunction with the annual
NCADP Conference in Fairfax, Virginia on October 27-29.

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Fwd: Putting Something In The Bowl October 05, 2006 4:36 PM

Something That Feels Right
Kobutsu Malone has run the Enlightened Zen Foundation (www.engaged-zen.org) for more than a decade.  He lives a very simple life.  For a while in New Jersey he was working emptying trucks.  More recently his been living in Maine and collecting disability.  His health has not been good. He has been a tireless advocate for and a spiritual adviser for numerous death row inmates and other prisoners across America and he's been a staunch abolitionist.  He is the author of a wonderful book about buddhism in prison, Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism.  And he is my friend. 
 
I was surprised when he told me a few days ago that soon he was going to go to live in a monastery in Japan and that he needed funds to make the trip.  I was thinking about what I could tell you about why we all should contribute to this journey when the following email arrived.  I pass it on to you in the hope that you will want to join me in assisting Kobutsu's first trip to Japan and Asia:
 
A personal appeal from Kobutsu:
 
Things have changed in my life, there is now nothing here in Maine but another cold winter coming on.
 
After spending the night in the hospital last weekend, I have decided to re-enter monastic training and go to Sogen-Ji in Okayama-shi, Japan and practice with my oldest son Ryushin under Venerable Shodo Harada Roshi.  The Abbot has extended his warmest welcome and they have offered me the guest cottage or a little room next to the kitchen. I can take part in as much of or as little of the monastic schedule as suits my physical abilities and with the knowledge that I still have EZF to run.... The Roshi says "COME!!!"
 
I will try to visit as many Japanese prisons and even death row if they permit me to.  In addition, I have been welcomed by a number of Buddhist centers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to teach and lecture there.  They will fly me from Japan to Kuala Lumpur and back. I will also try to get into the Malaysian prisons.  My host in Malaysia says,
 
 "Please don't worry when you step into Malaysia. We have a tradition here of taking care of monks. If you need an assistant, I can get you one. Also, accomodation, transport and all other expenses needed when
you are here will be taken care of. I just need to know how much you need to pay for the air tickets to Kuala Lumpur."
 
I'm scheduled to perform a wedding here in Maine and I have a friend on a scheduled visit.  I can leave from Boston on October 28th.
 
I need to get prescriptions for three month supplies of all my medications and purchase the whole lot. (Around $1,500 )
 
I need to get an Apple laptop computer (around $1,500) so I can stay on line..... much of the grunt work answering mail and stuff will be done with students and volunteers but I'll still need to keep tabs on stuff like the Rayburn situation, handle ongoing major correspondence and be able to continue some of the counseling work I do with people on the net.
 
I need to get a good quality rolling suitcase thing to carry my stuff..... $200 to $400
 
I'll need $1000 cash for "Funeral Money" that is presented to the Abbot in a sealed envelope on entering Sogen-Ji..... that hopefully I get back on leaving or it goes on the propane for my cremation I guess.
 
I'll need to get a ticket with an open ended return around ($3,500)
 
Cash for trains (the bullet train from Osaka to Okayama is $140 each way) and car fare.
 
I'll need a few clothes, a Samugi (formal leisure suit about $350) and I may have to buy that from a sumo wrestler's clothing supply store,  because I am considerably larger than most Japanese men.
 
My feet have become so swollen with the edema that I can no longer fit into my tabi (white temple foot ware) (now going for around $40 a pop) and I may have to buy a few more pairs of them since I need to wear these "anti-embolism" stockings now full time.... $100 a pop.
 
and I guess I'll need some pocket money.
 
I plan on keeping my apartment and car here.... Dakota is still on the lease and I want her to be able to stay here should she need in my absence and supply funds for her food and basic needs from my disability check if need be.
 
In any event, I have to do this fund raiser and somehow come up with around 6 grand....
 
So to that end, I blow the dust off my begging bowl and proffer it forth...
 
In dynamic peace,  Kobutsu
 
Checks may be made out to EZF (Kobutsu Pilgrimage Fund)
 
The Engaged Zen Foundation
Post Office Box 213
Sedgwick, Maine 04676-0213
 
So there you have it.
 
It feels right to me to help Kobutsu make this journey, and I hope that you, dear reader, will feel the same.  There is no minimum amount, no maximum.  Just take this as an opportunity to help somebody who's asking for it.
 
May all who are incarcerated be spared.  May all on Death Row be spared.  May all of those who fight for these in the courts and in the public eye, and especially Kobutsu, prosper and have renewed strength.  May all beings refrain from killing and prevent others from killing.  May all beings affirm the preciousness of every life. May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.  May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.  May all beings be free from hatred and attachment. May all beings have equanimity. May all beings have healing, health, abundant love, prosperity, joy and delight.  May all beings have peace.  May all beings awaken.  May all beings realize their enli  [ send green star]
 
Cool :) October 05, 2006 4:41 PM

Thanx a bunch  

Disabled Greens News and discussion:
http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/ 
Abuse in Therapy:
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Diffabled, Mental Health, activism and advocacy, for all...
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A.I.: World Day of Action, Tuesday (Against the Death Penalty) October 10, 2006 12:39 AM

World Day of Action, Tuesday
Dear James,

Join us on Tuesday, October 10, as activists around the world mark the
annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/abolish/worldday.html?tr=y&auid=2046755

Help us raise awareness on the egregious failures of justice occurring in
China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Nigeria by taking action on five
individual cases.

The cases highlight five critical aspects of injustice involving the death
penalty:

Innocence

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=953489&template=x.ascx&action=7574&tr=y&auid=2046874

Execution of child offenders

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=953489&template=x.ascx&action=7576&tr=y&auid=2046889

Discrimination against foreign nationals

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=953489&template=x.ascx&action=7553&tr=y&auid=2046904

Mental illness

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=953489&template=x.ascx&action=7578&tr=y&auid=2046924

Unfair trials

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=953489&template=x.ascx&action=7579&tr=y&auid=2046929

Get involved »

http://www.amnestyusa.org/abolish/worldday.html?tr=y&auid=2046701

And please join us for an online discussion with Georgetown Islamic studies
professor Najam Haider, who will answer your questions about the death
penalty in classical Islamic law on Tuesday from 12-1pm EDT.
Submit your questions in advance »

http://www.amnestyusa.org/askamnesty/live/display.php?topic=75&tr=y&auid=2046829

Thank you for your participation in this Fourth Annual World Day Against the
Death Penalty!

Sincerely,
Kristin Houlé
Program to Abolish the Death Penalty Associate
Amnesty International USA

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Execution action notice-- October 10, 2006 8:43 PM

National Coalition to Abolish the

 Death Penalty

 e - @ b o l i t i o n i s t
October 2006

Please forward and cross-post

 this message widely. If you

received this message from a

friend, subscribe free at 

 http://tinyurl.com/jym7e
Seven Inmates scheduled for execution in October

Seven inmates are scheduled to be executed in

October.  The first execution is scheduled for Oct. 18,

with three final executions scheduled to occur on Oct.

25.  Those scheduled to be executed include one man

whose trial depended upon testimony from an

unreliable man and another who suffers from

alcoholism and possible post traumatic stress disorder

from his service in Vietnam. 

Michael Johnson, who maintains his innocence, is

scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas on

Oct. 19.
Arthur Rutherford is scheduled to be executed on

Oct. 18 by the state of Florida, despite the fact that

his counsel failed to present his mental and

psychological problems during his trial.


Read more about these and the other cases below -- and ACT!
Do Not Execute Michael Johnson!

Michael Johnson maintains that his accomplice, David

Vest, is responsible for the murder of Jeff Wetterman. 

Vest confessed to the crime, yet the prosecutor

withheld this information from the defense counsel. 

The prosecutor then called Vest as a witness, who

stated under oath that Johnson killed Wetterman.  In

return, Vest received a lighter prison sentence for his

confession.  The state illegally withheld this

confession, and also allowed Vest to commit perjury by

making two different statements under oath. 

This demonstrates that death row inmates often do

not receive effective counsel.  One judge even

acknowledged the “troubling record of the State’s

inconsistent pretrial and trial strategy with respect to

the two codefendents.”

ACT NOW by contacting Gov. Rick Perry requesting

that he stop the execution of Michael Johnson! Read

More and Take Action at:

http://tinyurl.com/groxs

<MORE at links>

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Request for Sign-on: Support HIV Prevention Bill for Federal Prisons October 28, 2006 12:18 AM

Help Prevent HIV in Federal Prisons

Request for Organizational Sign-on

There is a disproportionately high rate of HIV/AIDS among incarcerated
persons, especially for African-American and Latino inmates. Approximately
25 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. pass through
correctional facilities each year, and the rate of confirmed AIDS cases is
three times higher among incarcerated individuals than in the general
population.

Please sign on to the statement below and join the list of organizations
endorsing Rep. Barbara Lee's new bill in Congress for evidence-based HIV
prevention measures in federal prisons. The JUSTICE Act of 2006 (H.R.
6038)
would allow community-based organizations to provide condoms to inmates,
encourage increased voluntary testing and counseling, and require the
Attorney General to develop a five-year plan to reduce STI incidence.

To sign-on, send an email to sean@champnetwork.org with your organization
as
you would like it to be listed and the city/state where your main office
is.
Deadline to sign-on (although we¹ll continue taking endorsements):
November
10th.

This sign-on statement and JUSTICE Act legislation are available for
download at http://www.champnetwork.org/index.php?name=JUSTICE-Act

Please contact me at sean@champnetwork.org if you have any questions.

October 26th, 2006

Statement of Support for the JUSTICE Act of 2006

We the undersigned organizations endorse the Justice for the Unprotected
Against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed
(JUSTICE) Act of 2006[1], introduced by Representative Barbara Lee on
September 14, 2006.  We are local, regional, and national HIV/AIDS
organizations representing people living with HIV/AIDS, advocates, and
providers who are committed to evidence-based approaches to disease
prevention in our communities.

The JUSTICE Act would have a substantial impact on reducing transmission
of
HIV and other STIs by allowing community-based organizations to make
condoms
available in federal prisons, as well as expand STI education and
voluntary
testing and counseling.  In addition, the legislation would expand
research
on STIs in correctional settings and require the Attorney General to
develop
a five-year plan to reduce STI rates in those settings.

There is a disproportionately high rate of HIV/AIDS among incarcerated
persons, especially for African-American and Latino inmates.
Approximately
25 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. pass through
correctional facilities each year, and the rate of confirmed AIDS cases is
three times higher among incarcerated individuals than in the general
population.  A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in
2005 confirmed that HIV transmission does occur in prisons and recommended
prison authorities consider making condoms available.[2]

Successful condom availability programs are already underway in statewide
prison systems in Mississippi and Vermont, the District of Columbia, and
in
county jails in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San
Francisco.
Common arguments against making condoms available have been refuted by the
experience from these programs.  There is no evidence that condoms have
been
used as a weapon or otherwise posed major threats to security, or that
their
availability has led to increased sexual activity among inmates.  This
public health intervention has also been endorsed by leading HIV and STI
prevention experts like the American Public Health Association (APHA) and
the World Health Organization (WHO).

We urge members of Congress to co-sponsor this visionary legislation that
will help incarcerated persons protect their health and the health of the
communities that the vast majority of them will ultimately return to.

Signed,

[List in formation]

ACT UP Austin, Austin, TX
ACT UP Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Lose Angeles, CA
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Los Angeles, CA
BIENESTAR, Southern California
Center for Health Justice, West Hollywood, CA
Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), Providence, RI
Gay Men¹s Health Crisis (GMHC), New York, NY
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), Washington, DC
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), San Francisco, CA
Southern California HIV Advocacy Coalition (SCHAC)
The AIDS Institute (TAI), Washington, DC

[1] Bill number H.R. 6083

[2] CDC. HIV Transmission Among Male Inmates in a State Prison System ---
Georgia, 1992<2005. MMWR 2006:55:421-426.
--
Lei Chou, Director of Mobilization
CHAMP - Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project
32 Broadway, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10004
t. 212.937.7955 x. 4
c. 646-342-4191
F. 401.633.7793
leichou@champnetwork.org
www.champnetwork.org

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Immigrant Detainees Treatment Unconstitutional; US Death Exceed 9/11 Count; December 30, 2006 9:06 PM

Immigrant Detainees Treatment Unconstitutional; US Death Exceed 9/11 Count;
Bush's Worst Lies of '06; McCain's Shameless Call / Escalation in Iraq;
Soldiers Call / Iraq Withdrawal; Powell: Army Is Almost Broken; FBI:
Military Recruiters Ran Cocaine; Cheney to Be Defense Witness: CIA Leak Case

US Deaths in Iraq Exceed 9/11 Count
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/122606J.shtml
On Tuesday, the US military announced the deaths of six more American
soldiers, pushing the US military death toll since the beginning of the Iraq
War in March 2003 to at least 2,978 - five more than the number killed in
the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Eleanor Clift | Bush's Worst Lies of 2006
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/122406A.shtml
"In the spirit of holding our political leaders accountable, this year-end
review will tabulate the worst lies told by Bush and company, along with
several stories that were underreported in the media," says Eleanor Clift.
"Much of what was generated got lost in the fog of war, but the long arm of
history will retrieve these moments."

Cheney to Be Defense Witness in CIA Leak Case
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121906R.shtml
Vice President Dick Cheney will be called as a defense witness in the CIA
leak case, an attorney for Cheney's former chief of staff told a federal
judge Tuesday.

FBI: Military Recruiters Ran Cocaine
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121806A.shtml
A Midtown strip mall that should have housed the best of the best served as
Corruption Central in Tucson. Two military recruiting stations sit
side-by-side there, one run by the Army, the other by the Marines. Between
them, a total of seven recruiters were on the take, secretly accepting
bribes to transport cocaine, even as most spent their days visiting local
high schools. They had help from several more recruiters at an Army National
Guard office, where one
recruiter was said to be selling cocaine from the trunk of his recruiting
vehicle.

Colin Powell: "Army Is Almost Broken"
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121806J.shtml
Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell said today that the United States
is losing what he described as a "civil war" in Iraq and that he is not
persuaded an increase in US troops there would reverse the situation.

FOCUS | About Face: Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121606Z.shtml
An organized, robust movement of active-duty US military personnel has
publicly surfaced to oppose a war in which they are serving. Those involved
plan to petition Congress to withdraw American troops from Iraq. Not since
1969, when some 1,300 active-duty military personnel signed an open letter
in the New York Times opposing the war in Vietnam, has there been such a
dramatic barometer of rising military dissent.

Allan Uthman | McCain's Shameless Call for Escalation in Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121506A.shtml
Allen Uthman writes: "Early indicators of the depths to which McCain will
stoop to win include his freshly-appointed campaign manager, professional
scumbag Terry Nelson. Nelson, Bush's national political director for his
2004 re-election campaign and an unindicted co-conspirator named in Tom
Delay's money-laundering indictment, is responsible for the infamous
below-the-belt white bimbo ad that helped sink Harold Ford Jr.'s senatorial
campaign this year by
exciting the powerful anti-miscegenation Neanderthal demographic in
Tennessee.  The appallingly racist ad drew so much heat that Nelson was
fired by Wal-Mart, but McCain apparently has lower standards."

Judge: Immigrant Detainees' Treatment Unconstitutional
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121406R.shtml
In the first legal decision on a federal law that denies access to US courts
to detainees in the war on terrorism, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that
foreign prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could not sue for freedom.
But, in a split decision, US District Judge James Robertson also ruled that
the law's denial of that right to the more than 12 million legal immigrants
living in the United States was unconstitutional.

VIDEO | Army Targets Truthout for Subpoenas in Watada Case
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121306J.shtml
In a case that cuts right to the heart of the First Amendment, a US Army
prosecutor has indicated he intends to subpoena Truthout Executive Director
Marc Ash, a Truthout reporter, and two of the nonprofit news organization's
regular contributors, to authenticate news reports they produced and edited
earlier this year that quoted an Army officer criticizing President Bush and
the White House's rationale for the Iraq War.  Go directly to our issues page: http://www.truthout.org/issues.shtml

 http://www.truthout.org
Click to SUBSCRIBE -> http://truthout.org/subscribe.htm

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Topeka Center for Peace and Justice: death penalty January 28, 2007 5:32 PM

death penalty
Two events of interest on the death penalty.
______________________________________________________________________
Journey of Hope:
Justice for Justin

Date: Sunday, January 28th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: 4775 SW 21st St., Topeka

No matter if one favors or opposes capital punishment, all agree that no
innocent person should face the death penalty by the state. Since 1973, 123
innocent individuals have been exonerated from death row. Now the
Commonwealth of Virginia is preparing to execute Justin Wolfe, despite a
signed affidavit of confession by the real killer. Amnesty International
member Bill Lucero explains how this is not only possible but highly
probable unless immediate action is taken. Please come hear this moving
story at 7:30 p.m., following a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, January
28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (If you plan to attend the
potluck supper, please bring a covered dish.)  Child care will be provided.

Bill Lucero is a long time death penalty abolitionist from Topeka. Five
years following the murder of his father, Lucero helped found the Kansas
Coalition Against the Death Penalty. He is a charter member of Murder
Victims' Families for Reconciliation and has served on its national board as
well as the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is the
recipient of the Roger Baldwin Civil Libertarian of the Year Award and the
Living the Dream Award in recognition of his abolitionist work. Lucero is a
retired psychotherapist.
______________________________________________________________________

Ray Krone:
The 100th Exoneration

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Time: Noon -- 1:00 p.m.
Place: 2nd floor Rotunda, Statehouse

With no guarantee of adequate representation, the possibility of a Kansas
Court convicting and executing an innocent defendant remains entirely
plausible. Since 1973, 123 individuals have been exonerated from death rows
across the country. In his book, The Death Penalty on Trial, Kansan Bill
Kurtis noted that the case of Ray Krone helped change his view to opposing
the death penalty. Krone was the 100th innocent defendant released following
his incarceration of 10 years on Arizona's death row. He will be the
featured speaker at the 100th abolition anniversary observance at the State
Capitol, Tuesday, January 30th at noon. The event is cosponsored by the
Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Murder Victims' Families for
Reconciliation and Witness to Innocence. The public is invited to
participate.

Background: The Kansas Legislature abolished the death penalty in an act
that was signed by Governor Hoch on January 30, 1907. As we commemorate that
100th anniversary, we recognize that Kansas' current death statute remains
similarly flawed to the previous capital punishment law. Since the death
penalty's reenactment in 1994, capital cases have been characterized by jury
misconduct, judicial error, arbitrariness in charging and sentencing,
inadequate defense representation, withheld evidence, disparity in
sentencing, prosecutorial misconduct and racial biases. As a result we have
already experienced mistrial, sentence reversal, conviction reversal and
post death sentencing plea bargaining, contributing to a financial cost far
above providing a life without parole sentence.

"The administration of justice is complicated, too complicated to make death
its product."      -Bill Kurtis, The Death Penalty on Trial

Bill Beachy, Ex. Dir.
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice
1248 SW Buchanan Topeka, KS  66604
phone 785-232-4388
fax 785-232-4145
email TopekaCPJ@aol.com
web www.TopekaCPJ.org

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Next LD Talk: LD & the Juvenile Justice System January 28, 2007 5:49 PM

Next LD Talk
LD & the Juvenile Justice System: Understanding At-Risk Behavior
and Ensuring Effective Services and Supports

Individuals with learning disabilities (LD), and especially
teenagers and young adults, are at increased risk of involvement
with the juvenile justice system. Many people with LD (and
ADD/ADHD) struggle to stay focused and well-organized, have
trouble with expressive and receptive language, are poor
listeners and experience delays or deficits in listening and
reading comprehension, and are prone to process information too
quickly or too slowly and inefficiently.

It is especially important to know how to recognize features
associated with LD in matters involving juvenile justice so the
actions and intentions of these teens and young adults can be
properly understood so they can be provided the services and
protections they deserve. Join us on January 23rd at 2:00 p.m.
for an hour-long live online discussion with Peter Leone and
Lili Garfinkel, two national experts on this topic, who will
answer questions and reflect upon the specific types of
behaviors that place kids with LD at-risk. The chat will provide
information and resources about how parents, schools, mental
health providers, juvenile justice professionals and others can
provide options, appropriate treatment, solutions and resources.

How to Participate:

Submit advance questions for the discussion now
or join in at discussion time to http://www.ldtalk.org/ .

No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to
participate in this text-based discussion. A transcript will be
posted shortly after the discussion.

About the experts:

Lili Garfinkel is the coordinator of the Juvenile Justice
Project at the PACER Center in Minneapolis (www.pacer.org).
PACER is a parent center for families of children and young
adults with physical, emotional, cognitive and learning
disabilities. PACER provides workshops, resources, individual
advocacy, training and technical assistance for parents and
professionals both in Minnesota and nationally. Educated at the
University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, with some post graduate work
in Minnesota, Mrs. Garfinkel has worked with underrepresented
groups in Canada and Minnesota. She coordinated the Lets Prevent
Abuse project for PACER in 1984-87, and started the Juvenile
Justice Project in 1994, the first in the United States to
consider the relationship between Juvenile Justice and the
presence of disabilities. From 1999-2006 she was a member of the
National Center on Education Disability and Juvenile Justice, a
unique partnership which provided research, training and
technical assistance as well as parent advocacy in this emerging
field. Mrs. Garfinkel has been published widely and has
presented across the country on a variety of topics pertaining
to mental health, juvenile justice, special education and
working with families. She has developed a handbook on Juvenile
Justice and Mental health titled "Unique Challenges, Hopeful
Responses," which is currently being revised and expanded to
include more disability information, new IDEA regulations and
issues including competency in court. She also co-authored a
book with Dr. Andrew Slaby, "No One Saw My Pain" (Norton, 1994).

Peter Leone is a professor in the Department of Special
Education at the University of Maryland. A former middle school
special education teacher, Peter has spent a number of years
studying the challenges faced by youth with disabilities who
come into contact with the juvenile and criminal justice
systems. He has directed the National Center on Education,
Disability, and Juvenile Justice (EDJJ.org), worked with the
courts and advocates in ensuring that incarcerated youth receive
services to which they are entitled, and has published studies
and reports related to school discipline, exclusion, and
prevention. Dr. Leone received his B.A. in history and M.A. in
Special Education from the University of Iowa and received his
Ph.D. in special education at the University of Washington. He
and his wife Diane have three children, Andrew, 19, Kimberly 16,
and Matthew 10.

Our discussion will be moderated by Laura Kaloi, Director,
Public Policy at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

How to Participate

Submit advance questions for the discussion now or join in at
discussion time to http://www.ldtalk.org/ .

No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to
participate in this text-based discussion. A transcript will be
posted shortly after the discussion.

Transcripts of previous discussions are available for your
review at
http://www.ncld.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=899 .

The National Center for Learning Disabilities brings you
LDTalk.org, the Internet's only Web site featuring discussions
on issues critically important to people with learning
disabilities.

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Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

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[CUADPUpdate] 9 Death Penalty Abolition Activists Arrested at U.S.Supreme Court January 28, 2007 5:53 PM

TO CUADPUpdate and a few others....

9 Death Penalty Abolition Activists Arrested at U.S. Supreme Court
Action punctuates news coverage of the day....

Greetings All!

Visit http://www.abolition.org/jan17-2007.html to see the initial
report and links to coverage of the action in the New York Times, the
Washington Post, and the Legal Times. Photos and reflections of the
participants will be posted shortly -- after Scott and others get
some well deserved rest. They were freed shortly before 6pm after
more than 30 hours under arrest in the notoriously nasty DC
system. CUADP congratulates the 9 who were arrested (see below) and
all those who supported them and helped make the action possible.

I note that when we did this action in 1997 (18 arrested) and 2002 (7
arrested), the court was not in session and there were other big
stories going on. Due to a confluence of factors, the timing of this
action was perfect to allow for images that were used by major news
agencies to punctuate articles about the goings on in the court on
that day. This action would have happened regardless of the SCOTUS
schedule. That it worked so well in so many ways this year is just
further evidence that while Abolition is still down the road, the
road is getting both shorter and flatter. Amen to that!

ALSO - Amnesty International on Tuesday issued an in depth reflection
on 30 years of executions in the United States. Check it out at
http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510112007

Yours in the Struggle,

--abe

**********

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 January 2007

CONTACTS:
SHEILA STUMPH or SCOTT LANGLEY
214-226-0503 (mobile)
high resolution photos available for publication

****************************************************
9 Death Penalty Abolition Activists Arrested at U.S. Supreme Court
to Commemorate 30th Anniversary of First Execution in 1977
****************************************************

WASHINGTON -- Thirty years after the first execution under
contemporary laws of Gary Gilmore, nine members of the Abolitionist
Action Committee were arrested at the U.S. Supreme Court on
Wednesday. The group unfurled a 30-foot banner that read "STOP
EXECUTIONS!" on the stairs of the Court. All nine members were
arrested and jailed for more than 30 hours before being released by a
Superior Court judge late Thursday afternoon. They have a court date
set for March 5.

Participants from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas
and Vermont were there to peacefully and visibly call for an
immediate cessation of all executions in the United States through
civil disobedience and the risk of arrest.

"Whether by lethal injection, electrocution, hanging, or firing
squad, the death penalty has proven to be a complete failure to the
victims, to the families of the executed, and to our society as a
whole. It is time for us all to recognize this and act upon it. We
have tolerated a broken death penalty system for 3 decades too many,"
said Rachel Lawler, founding member of Vermonters Against the Death
Penalty who was arrested outside the Court.

Thirty years ago on this day, in 1977, the State of Utah shot to
death Gary Gilmore, who "volunteered" to be killed in revenge for his
murder of Ben Bushnell and Max Jenson. This state-assisted suicide
was the first execution under the Supreme Court's upholding of the
death penalty in 1976.

In 1997 and 2002, on the 20th and 25th anniversaries of that first
state-sponsored killing, a total of 25 arrests were made of death
penalty abolitionists for unfurling banners at the top of the stairs
leading to the front doors of the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the time of the arrests today, 1059 executions had taken place
since Gilmore, with another scheduled in Texas on the evening of
January
17.

"Public and legal opinion in the U.S. is strongly against
executions. In 2006 we saw Maryland, California, Florida and New
Jersey all stop lethal injections in their states, and in the last
seven years, we have seen a dramatic decrease nationally in both
death sentences and executions. Now is the time to end this practice
once and for all," said Scott Langley, Abolitionist Action Committee
organizer for the January 17th action.

The Abolitionist Action Committee is an ad-hoc group of individuals
committed to highly visible and effective public education for
alternatives
to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.


BIOGRAPHIES OF ARRESTEES
JANUARY 17 DEATH PENALTY ACTION

Beth Brockman, from Durham, NC, is the mother of two children, ages
10 and 5. She is a member of People of Faith Against the Death
Penalty and has been arrested four times in the last year for
trespassing outside of Central Prison in Raleigh while attempting to
stop executions from taking place. She is active in the movement on
various local and international human rights issues - including
abolition of the death penalty, nuclear weapons and torture.

Brian Buckley, 34, lives in Charlottesville, VA and he fancies
himself as a handyman.

Frank Dew is a 55-year old Presbyterian pastor from Greensboro, NC.
Frank has been pastor at the New Creation Community Presbyterian
Church for 21 years and is a member of People of Faith Against the
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Alliance for Justice: SAVE HABEAS CORPUS: Sign the Petition! February 12, 2007 2:08 AM

SAVE HABEAS CORPUS: Sign the Petition!
Habeas Petition Status Report:

The response to our original email was overwhelming -- thanks to
the thousands of you who lent your names to the petition and
joined our effort to restore habeas corpus.

But we REALLY want to make our voice heard. If you haven't
signed on yet, now is the time to join your friends and sign the
petition (below) to restore habeas corpus and protect our
Constitution and our rights.

Remember to forward this message on to your friends!
The more signatures we accumulate, the more powerful our voice.

*********

RESTORE HABEAS CORPUS
Sign Online Petition and Forward to Your Friends

Last September, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of
2006 (MCA), which restricted habeas corpus rights, allowing the
government to continue holding prisoners at Guantanamo
indefinitely with no access to a fair hearing in court.

Indefinite imprisonment without a fair trial or hearing is
unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American. Senators Arlen
Specter (R-PA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Christopher Dodd
(D-CT) have authored legislation to restore the right of habeas
corpus.

The impact of the habeas corpus restrictions in the new MCA go
far beyond the walls of Guantanamo prison. The law allows the
government to arrest any non-citizen -- including permanent
residents in the United States -- and hold them indefinitely
without charge and with no access to an attorney or a fair
hearing.

WHAT YOU CAN DO...There are three important steps you can take:

1. Add your name to the national on-line petition supporting
restoration of full habeas corpus rights - you can read the
petition online or below.
To add your name, included below or online, email us at:
allianceforjustice@afj.org
with your name and organization.

2. Forward this email or our web page to your friends and
encourage them to sign the petition.
Our web page for the campaign to restore habeas corpus is at:
http://ga1.org/campaign/restore_habeas_corpus_2007/explanation

3. Send a letter to your Senators and House members supporting
the Specter-Leahy-Dodd legislation to restore habeas corpus
rights by going to:
http://ga1.org/campaign/restore_habeas_corpus_2007

The restore habeas corpus petition is BELOW and online at

http://www.afj.org/restorehabeascorpus.pdf

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PETITION TO RESTORE HABEAS CORPUS

We call on the United States Congress to enact legislation that
will restore our Nation's commitment to law and freedom.

In the fall of 2006, Congress passed a law governing military
commissions, which included a provision that stripped certain
detainees of their habeas corpus rights. Habeas corpus has been
the bedrock of our justice system for centuries. The Supreme
Court asserted that it "is the fundamental instrument for
safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless
state action." Without habeas rights, detainees are denied a
fair hearing in federal court to challenge the lawfulness of
their detention. The government is left free to imprison people
indefinitely without charge or trial or other fair hearing, no
matter how inhumane the conditions of confinement or the
treatment of the detainees. Such a policy is not only
unconstitutional, it is also fundamentally un-American and
undermines our national character.

It is time to join the scores of lawyers, law deans and
professors, politicians, religious leaders and military
officials who have condemned the denial of habeas corpus rights
to detainees and have called for a restoration of our
constitutional values. It is incumbent upon Congress to ensure
that our laws reflect who we are as a society, that we are a
people committed to accountability and basic fairness. In the
face of adversity, adhering to our values does not make us less
secure, but rather strengthens us as a nation.

Protect freedom, fairness and due process of law. Restore habeas
corpus.

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Action: Opportunity to Restore Habeas Corpus March 06, 2007 10:34 AM

FCNL Legislative Action Message - March 1, 2007

You can read this message online at: http://www.fcnl.org/action/alert.htm

The new Congress has the chance to restore one of the oldest and most
important checks on arbitrary governmental power, the protection of
habeas corpus. This principle -- that no government is above the law
and that all detainees can challenge the fairness of their detention in
front of an independent court -- has been a cornerstone of Anglo-Saxton
legal systems for 800 years.

In 2006, at the president's request, Congress changed U.S. law so that
certain detainees who are not citizens can now be denied the ability to
question whether they are being wrongfully detained. We at FCNL believe
a majority of senators support restoring habeas corpus rights for
non-citizen detainees, but these senators need to be encouraged to act.

The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act (S. 185), -
http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/bills/?bill=9251101 - a bipartisan bill
introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA),
the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would
restore the right of detainees held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, and elsewhere around the world to challenge the legality of their
detention in a U.S. federal court. As of March 1, the legislation has
six co-sponsors. In order for the Senate to move forward on this bill,
it needs more members' support, much more support.

*Take Action

Please contact your senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 185, the
Habeas Corpus Restoration Act. If they are already cosponsors, thank
them and urge them to encourage their colleagues to schedule a hearing
and a vote on this bill:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=9253661&type=CO

*Background

U.S. detainees labeled "unlawful enemy combatants,"
imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and elsewhere around the world,
currently do not have any procedure by which they can petition an
independent judicial body to claim that they are being wrongfully
detained. In October 2006, with the passage of the Military Commissions
Act (MCA), Congress and the president stripped non-citizen detainees of
the ability to question the legality of their detention in U.S. federal
courts.

The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act (S. 185) is a short, simple bill that
would repeal the habeas corpus-stripping provision of the MCA. The
bill, introduced by Senators Leahy and Specter, is cosponsored as of
March 1 by Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Frank
Lautenberg (NJ), Russ Feingold (WI), Hillary Clinton (NY) and Ken
Salazar (CO). We at FCNL are urging more senators to cosponsor this
legislation, to urge the Senate to hold hearings on the bill, and to
schedule a vote.

Habeas corpus has been a part of Anglo-Saxon legal tradition for nearly
800 years. It is a fundamental principle of the rule of law, protecting
detainees from wrongful imprisonment. The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act
would right the shameful legislative action in the MCA, and would allow
independent courts to examine U.S. detention of non-citizen individuals
labeled by the administration as "unlawful enemy combatants."

*Read More

The Military Commissions Act at a Glance:
http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=2135&issue_id=70

More on habeas corpus:
http://www.fcnl.org/torture/
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Perry Set to Tie Bush's Execution Record; CNN to Report Tonight on Innocent Man Executed in Texas April 10, 2007 6:30 AM

Perry Set to Tie Bush's Execution Record; CNN to Report Tonight on Innocent Man Executed in Texas
 
 
Greetings!
Please use this action alert to write Texas Gov Rick Perry to protest the
execution of James Clark on April 11. As we told you last week, Gov Perry is
about to equal the record of executions while in office that was set by
former Governor Bush. 152 people were executed by Bush while he was
governor. On April 11, Perry could reach number 152. The person's name who
could become number 152 is James Clark. You can read more about him on his
website. Clark may have mental retardation, so his execution should be
stopped at least to make sure that Texas is not executing a person with
mental retardation.
 
Cathy Henderson's execution has been stayed and rescheduled for June 13,
2007.
 
For anyone who wonders about stays on the day of an execution here is a
number to call: TDCJ Public information---1-936-437-1303 ----just ask if the
execution is still scheduled.
 
Check out TMN's MySpace page. We have been on MySpace for a long time. Our
page was created by Crystal Caviel, one of our hardest working volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer with us, just reply to this email. There is a
lot of work to be done, if we are to stop executions in Texas. There are
also lots of other interesting death penalty related pages on MySpace, such
as Kerry Cook's page. There are also lots of pages put up by friends or
family members of people currently on Texas death row.
 
This just in: DNA evidence clears 13th Dallas County man.
 

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CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," which airs at 9 p.m. Central time (check your
local listings) is expected to air an investigative piece on Cameron Todd
Willingham tonight. The report may be preempted if another important news
story breaks today. From Cooper's blog:
 
Cameron Todd Willingham was just 23 when he was convicted of setting a fire
that killed his three little girls - 2-year-old Amber and 1-year-old twins,
Kameron and Karmon. Willingham told police he tried to save his girls, who
all died in the 1991 fire at the family's Corsicana, Texas home, but fire
investigators say clues at the scene told them he'd actually set the fire.
He was convicted of arson homicide. But today, some leading fire
investigators around the country say the old method of determining whether
or not a fire was arson is outdated and unreliable. Pour patterns on the
floor are no longer considered proof an accelerant was used, they say. There
is a newly understood phenomenon called "flashover" that can cause such
patterns without an accelerant ever being introduced.
Cameron Todd Willingham is one of three cases that have come to light in
recent years of innocent people being executed by Texas. The Chicago Tribune
broke the Willingham story in 2004 and followed up in 2006.
Accompanied by 300 supporters standing outside the gates of the Texas
Governor's Mansion, family members of Cameron Todd Willingham delivered a
letter to Gov Perry on October 28, 2006 asking him to stop executions and
investigate the case of their step son/uncle to determine if he was
wrongfully executed. Eugenia Willingham slipped the letter, along with a
copy of an article from the Chicago Tribune that concluded that her stepson
was probably innocent, through the bars of the front gate of the mansion and
left it lying on the walkway leading to the front door of the mansion. A DPS
trooper on duty refused to take the letter, so Eugenia left it on the
walkway. According to a Public Information Request sent to Perry by TMN, we
know that his staff later retrieved the letter and delivered it to Perry's
office, however he never responded to Willingham's family.
 
Below is a copy of the letter
 
The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor of Texas
Austin, Texas
October 28, 2006
 
Dear Governor Perry,
 
We are the family of Cameron Todd Willingham. Our names are Eugenia
Willingham, Trina Willingham Quinton and Joshua Easley. Todd was an innocent
person executed by Texas on February 17, 2004. We have come to Austin today
from Ardmore, Oklahoma to stand outside the Texas Governor's Mansion and
attempt to deliver this letter to you in person, because we want to make
sure that you know about Todd's innocence and to urge you to stop executions
in Texas and determine why innocent people are being executed in Texas.
 
Todd was not the only innocent person who has been executed in Texas. There
have been reports in the media that Ruben Cantu and Carlos De Luna were also
innocent people who were executed in Texas. It is too late to save Todd's
life or the lives of Ruben Cantu or Carlos De Luna, but it is not too late
to save other innocent people from being executed. We are here today to urge
you to be the leader that Texas needs in order to make sure that Texas never
executes another innocent person. There is a crisis in Texas regarding the
death penalty and we ask you to address the crisis. Because the public can
no longer be certain that Texas is not executing innocent people, we urge
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23 Students Arrested at UC Berkeley Poverty Center! Take Action June 09, 2007 4:20 PM

United Students Against Sweatshops
23 Students Arrested at the UC Berkeley Poverty Center!

Dear James M Nordlund,

At approximately 1:45 pm today, 5 students from UC Berkeley and 18 students
from UC Santa Cruz took over the poverty center on the Berkeley campus to
send the message that there is poverty right here on the UC Campuses. The
entry went smoothly and the police were slow to respond. A rally of about
100 custodians, union workers and students marched to the center and held a
rally to support the students who were sitting in inside. At 6:30 pm,
students were arrested for this peaceful action.

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Chancellor Robert Birgeneau
UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Drop the Charges!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am extremely disappointed to hear that, instead of entering into a
dialogue with students engaged in a peaceful civil disobedience, the
university has attempted to silence their voices through police
intimidation. The University of California, as one of the leading public
institutions in the world, has an obligation to set an example for the rest
of the university community to follow. By choosing to arrest students for
taking a principled stand on an issue that, to be quite honest, the
university ought to have resolved long ago, the University of California is
sending the message that they will stop at nothing, even if it means
resorting to police intimidation, to silence the voices of its students.

I would strongly urge the University of Califonia to ensure that all charges
are dropped, and that there is no further action taken against any of the
students in question. The community at large takes the University's actions
so far to be a direct assault on our most basic right to free speech, and
will not stand idly by while the university punishes students for doing what
is right.

In addition, I would urge the University of California to take its own
students seriously. They have been urging the University of California to
support workers' rights and pay workers a living wage. Your students have
presented you with an opportunity to be a leader in the struggle for
workers' rights, and I would urge you to take it.

Sincerely,

James M Nordlund

http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/ucsitin_followup/3wbi3s2vbbitw3?

 Take Action!
Instructions

Tell-A-Friend:
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
 ;Tell-a-Friend!

What's At Stake:
Students and workers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz are sitting in to
demand a living wage for campus custodians. Please show your support and
call the Regent now. In an October 12, 2006 letter to UC President Dynes,
President pro Tempore of the State Senate Don Perata and Speaker of the
Assembly Fabian Nunez wrote: "Over the past year, employees represented
by... AFSCME Local 3299 have been asking the UC to solve the long standing
problem of pay equity at several campuses. Unfortunately little has been
done to address this important issue... Upon our meeting with the leadership
of AFSCME Local 3299 we agreed to seek additional funds to address pay
equity for custodians... It is our hope that you will immediately respond to
this issue and instruct the appropriate campuses that they should move
forward and resolve this festering issue...." The UC administration has
continually ignored the demand for a living wage. Workers and students are
currently sitting in to protest the Universities' lack of commitment to
workers rights.

Campaign Expiration Date:
June 8, 2007

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Prison Activist and related action, Resources list updated :) July 22, 2007 5:02 PM

Thanx for posting, great groups, etc.! I hope you and yours are well and will continue to be. Excellent articles, cool.  This post I post routinely     As well, a partial synopsis of what I've DONE in my lifelong struggle against the death penalty in the last year alone A member in dozens of organizations, projects, etc. (several in other countries), that are struggling against the death penalty, globally; and have done advocacy for hundreds of organizations that do the same globally; as well as donating to them, buying their advocacy merchandise and mailing to those I think would be interested, for example, purchased 30 death penalty shirts, most long-sleeved, almost all distributed (at no small expense to me, a diffabled person on a low fixed income with 2 kids); working on the municipal, state, national, international gov't levels to end the death penalty through petitions, demonstrations, conferences (amnesty international faith based for example), online events, hundreds of phone calls, faxes, letters, letters to editors, emails, conversations, postings, et al; which I think would indicate to the rational that I'm struggling for the death penalty to end! D'accord. Yes, all people, as all life, are threads in the whole of the fabric of life, which will always need mending; yet, "we" can't allow it to be torn asunder. The latest trends, since you're interested, though, I've been saying these for decades   a) The discernments of the prison industrial complexes defacto-slavery (of
inmates mainly) as an historical linkage to, and lineage of (in capitalist terms and plans) the post-slavery period and abolitionist movements charge. As the abolitionists of today are also charged, and taught by that history. Yet, I would add that these movements including the struggle against nuclear war, arms, and energy, are all linked, inextricably, as they have all life, like flies; snared in those webs. b) The re-education, reiteration of humanities evolutionary growth, as charge, and charges as growth, to meet the needs of the 'materialism' defined relation of middle to lower class as no more than those flies, all caught; just when, where, and why, varying. This conception of those classes as food for the military to prison industrial complexes, in a multitude of ways (especially men), thereby all dependent, on all sides, on its growth, is historically linked, and has sociological linkage to the same set of patriarchal sociological definitions of being as the empires of old; ergo, a key to opening the prison of globalization. c) The enabling and perpetuating of these societal cages determined by sociological programming, by other puppets of the corporate structure, like organized religions, academia, etc., underlies the conspiratorial processes efficacy across the broad spectrum of humanity, bound by these
shores, for e.g.. Original sin, poverty as sin, inability to get work as failure, emotional life, communication, coordination and cooperation as weakness and justification for the perpetuation of determination of failure, etc., are some examples. Just as the hypocrisy of their redemption, etc., in supposed Christian dogma, also determines the same in a society where the delusional construct of winning or losing, kill or be killed, predator or prey, user or used prevails; and is determinedly propagated for those purposes, all based on the mothers milk of capitalism, 'materialism', which doesn't even exist. A shaky house of cards they've built, no?
 
Yet, will "we" break those links in the chain of premeditated mass- murder, when we seem satisfied to only weaken them occasionally? Will "we", be the people that demand a gov't be "of..., for..., and by..."? Or will one man one vote never exist, as they demand? Yet, I know that, in no small degree, what is the only possibility of all that fine stuff happening universally, in reality, is if "we" address the corporate structure's convolutions
global direction of devolution; in a sentence. Without addressing the sociological effects that the causes of the delusional constructs, like 'materialism', have wrought on society at large and small, we would just be manifesting mirror images of the same societal constructions that determined the position the earth finds itself in; at this time. Some would suggest dialectical, dichotomous approaches would be popular, and therefore
pragmatic, in terms of efficacy, Yet, the constraints of the duality of such social scenarios leaves those, and related solutions wanting. More elemental work with perception, discernment of experience, and the study of any and all relations is a minimum; in a word, the evolution. "We" can't avoid the reality, as we can't avoid their machine like mental cells they operate out of, made of walls of delusions, built with bricks of illusions;
technocrats doing away with life, itself. Is there any wonder the extinction of humanity and large mammals is racing towards us from the future, and that we can see it in everything, as clearly as it can be seen on our horizon? What of this study of realism, this common language that binds us and sets us free, can "we" be it; can it be?
 
Your good sojourning is an important step in the evolutionary path, thanx! Still, we must ask, what do the people do who don't discern la machine's machinations for what they are; and suffer under the yoke of 'materialism', for e.g.. I've found, as you probably have too, that no matter how much losses, nor how much 'they' take away from me, I am my soul, and spirit, manifesting as it does. I've always known 'using', 'having' are illusions, and 'possessing' a delusion, experientially; that knowledge has helped me and all a great deal. For, whose strength is in the arm that outstretched gives another a hand up, no matter how strong or weak the hand of either? I've always known it  [ send green star]
 
More: Prison Activist and related action, Resources list updated :) July 22, 2007 5:08 PM

wasn't mine, or our common humanities', alone. For e.g., we must study to relax, also, if one pushes themselves or others too hard, reality usually pushes back. The slow-motion blitzkrieg that "we" have all been facing for decades from the republican conspiracy (which is facilitated by the dempublicans), has been focused on some individuals, groups, demographics more than others, and more or less intensely at varying times; in order for them to facilitate their delusions like 'have it like that', etc., and the division and conquering of a formidable opposition to it. How, because most or parts of most of that formidable opposition have thought they 'have it like that', and have facilitated their and others evolving processes demise. Now that the republican conspiracy has seemingly successfully taken it to the whole world, life may be realizing it has to stand against it to avert humanities' and large mammals extinction, or even to just slow it down; so, there's hope. Not hope for one, or any group, but, rather, for all people and life, as all life are threads in the whole of its fabric. Yet, it will always need mending, and if my life was just a stitch in time in life's fabric, that may have saved nine, that slowed 'la machine's' 'krieg, then so be it. The losses of humanity and life will be astronomical before the delusional constructs of destruction
and murder, etc., defined as 'power', etc., are dissipated; and reality is left more evident and real than ever before. You know if "we" waste the time to dwell on life's losses, it's time not spent in its defense. You know if someone's not taking bullets, they're making them; a lesson humanity learned from WWII. If "we" don't find the ways, or trailblaze them, to unify in a common direction, albeit only paralleling at times, the evolution, you and I know 'they' will end any hope. You, and I friend, will continue to the breach, singing our own song of fraternity while we appreciate others'...
 
In closing, here's a question that could easily be said to sum up "we" the people's evolutionary and spiritual dilemma. If the roots of lack of compassion for the diseased, disadvantaged, children, etc. and the en vogue economic tool war, one being psycho-pathic greed, aren't addressed in Western societies sociological programming of their populaces, won't the corporate structure's convolution's devolutionary direction eventually
determine more apathy and social pathos in global society; ergo, less funding for prevention, treatment, and research into curing AIDS, defense of reproductive rights, and opposition to war as a substitute for economic growth and foreign policy, in the long run? Yet, who will entertain it, let alone pose it? What does the fact that it won't be posed, like the question of spiritual relations with others, portend for the existence of whole continents, like Africa, nay humanity itself? 
 
Sample Letter To Editor: Deaths of those in all gov't institutions: The fact that inmates are dying in record numbers is indicative of the fact that the Justice system is broken, just as the fact that the death penalty is unfairly applied to lower income citizens and minorities is, as well. Before it becomes the injustice system, it needs fixing. State Initiatives, like Sonny Scroggins in Kansas, which look to establish programs that can independently investigate any death of a person held in institutions by the gov't, can go a long way towards addressing these injustices.
 
We've a moral obligation as citizens to insure that no person held in institutions of our gov't are abused, or killed. Therefore, there should be a full investigation when anyone dies while in any gov't institution. For, being American isn't only having the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, it's also affording
them to others. As well, while rights are being taken away from one, they are slowly being chipped away from all. So, when we are doing our civic duty by insuring the rights of those held in institutions, we're also insuring that our and our families' rights will be upheld.
 
We must remember Angela Davis' words, "Prisons don't disappear problems, they disappear human beings." Also, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s', "We're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, effects all indirectly." Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither, like a muscle, as well. Also, injustices have costs, if addressed their individual, if not addressed, their global, too. For example, the
U.S. has 5% of the world population, yet, 29% of its prisoners. The number of immigrants in the Federal system grew 90% in the last 7 years, although 98.5% are of them are nonviolent. If we really wish to address the unrest in the world, we have to start in our own back yard, for e.g., violent offenders being cut loose very early to make room for all the 'new' non- violent ones they wish to put into the system. Thank you.
 
Truly Yours,
 

Remember: "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, effects all indirectly." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr..  Mahatma Gandhi, "we must be the changes we wish to see in the world." "Prison is designed to break everyone's spirit and destroy one's resolve. To do this, the authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality, all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are." ~ Nelson Mandela.  "We" can challenge ourselves and society by challenging defacto-slavery established by  [ send green star]
 
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 the injustice system in the U.S. and everywhere it is? Isn't an important part of that challenging, working towards abolishing their tool of terror which determines most follow their leaders out of fear, if little else? For, we all know the innocent are premeditatedly murdered by the state to that purpose, the death penalty being a tool of the war on freedom.
 
 
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call 1-888-NO >BRUTALITY >SF Bay Area:
Oct22sf@energy-net.org >415 864-5153." www.deathpenaltyreligious.org
and link from there. CRU, American Friends Service Committee 215-241-7137
bmatschek@afsc.org Moratorium Campaign Supporter, click the link
below to send your message today
http://www.capwiz.com/moratorium/is...1235911&type=CO Visit
the web site http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/ Visit
<http://www.cuadp.org>
or call 800-973-6548
http://www.progressiveportal.org/letters/deathpenalty/
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ct...u=253792&l=1996
http://www.NCADP.org
http://www.ABOLITION.org
http://www.FADP.org
http://www.SAMREESESHEPPARD.org
http://www.nationalactionnetwork.org
http://www.prisonjustice.ca/politics/abolition_alternatives.html
(Prison Abolition & Alternatives)
www.sentencingproject.org
The Sentencing Project. Promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime.  www.noprisons.org The Coalition For The Abolition of Prisons, critical resistance: www.criticalresistance.org
Focusing on the Prison Industrial Complex. Based out of California.  Prison Activist Resource Center: http://prisonactivist.org
"Here's the new petition to the House Govt Reform Committee asking them to include the Reign of Terror & the case of Leonard Peltier in their investigation of the FBI. Please sign & distribute widely. John G,
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/balpsg01/petition.html "
Leonards' latest petition at http://www.leonardpeltier.org
More      http://www.getconnectedus.net
www.cdhrsupport.org/ (sign up for e-mail list!)
www.thejerichomovement.com
www.fbiwitchhunt.com/BP.html
www.freedomarchives.org/BPP/torture.html
www.itsabouttimebpp.com/home/home.html
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Liberation_Army
www.assatashakur.org
http://www.prisonjustice.ca/politics/abolition_alternatives.html
http://www.yahoogroups.com/messages/AriseAction
http://www.takingaim.net/2004roundtable/
Yahoo groups: SoulfulChemistry/ShackledVoices,
EndTheDeathPenalty, InnocentInPrison
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Peltier_for_President/
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/06/opinion/06TUE2.html?th
http://wtw.doleta.gov/documents/fedbonding.asp.
http://www.lac.org/activities/legal.html
subscribe free at http://www.ncadp.org/signup.html
http://www.ncadp.org/execution_alerts.html
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18447
http://www.fadp.org/killfordeath.html
http://www.abolitionnetwork.org/
http://www.curenational.org/~bells/
 

Injustices
 
Addressing, not addressing them
have costs, the former is individual,
the later is global, as well.
 

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." ~  Albert Einstein.  All, what do you think? Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither, like  a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised. Viva la evolution! Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring. "Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen." ~  Leonardo da Vinci.  Enjoy an estival eve' as you can. I look forward to hearing from you. Ciao, for now.
 
Matutinally Yours,            james  [ send green star]
 
Rest: Prison Activist and related action, Resources list updated :) July 22, 2007 5:14 PM

Matutinally Yours,            james m nordlund   reality (aja)
 
For those interested "of or pertaining to the morning, day: relating to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day (formal), (Mid-16th century, from late Latin matutinalis, from Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)"  Copy, share, as you will.
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BRDC: Alert Habeas Corpus + MCA Action Delayed Until All Speak Up August 02, 2007 4:34 AM

[Alert] Habeas Corpus and MCA Action Delayed Until We All Speak Up
Dear Supporter,
 
If the Military Commissions Act has lit a fire under you, the upcoming congressional recess (August 4 through September 3) is a good time to spread that sense of urgency to our elected representatives when they're in their home districts. We have one critical month to meet with our senators and representatives or their aides in their district offices or in town hall meetings, to write letters to the editor and opinion editorials, and to engage in other grassroots methods for raising public awareness about the Military Commissions Act. Find bill information and links here.
 
 
Here are a few updates on Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act since our last action alert:
 
Status of Habeas Corpus amendment. Last Monday, we informed you that
Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) had offered a Habeas Corpus amendment (SA 2022) to the Defense Appropriations Bill (HR 1585). The amendment did not come up for a vote, and the bill to which the two senators tried to attach their amendment now appears unlikely to come up again until after Congress's August recess. The amendment was a version of S. 185, which had already passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Specter as the only Republican voting aye.
 
Executive Order on the President's Interpretation of Common Article 3. On
Friday, July 20, President Bush complied with the Military Commissions Act
by issuing an Executive Order: Interpretation of the Geneva Conventions
Common Article 3 as Applied to a Program of Detention and Interrogation
Operated by the Central Intelligence Agency. Neither the order nor the
statements of administration members have revealed which interrogation
techniques, including waterboarding, are still permitted under the order.
Read David Cole's article in Salon, Bush's Torture Ban is Full of Loopholes.
 
Court Allows Evidence in Detainee Cases. On Friday, July 20, the DC Court of
Appeals issued an order that opens up the secretive review process for
Guantánamo detainees, in the case of Bismullah v. Gates. The order affects
the DC Appeals Court's methods of reviewing the enemy combatant judgments
made by the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT). The government argued
that the DC Appeals Court should limit its examination to the official
record submitted from the CSRT. Bismullah and other detainees stated that
the CSRTs themselves, and the official records resulting from them, exclude
exculpatory evidence (information that could prove their innocence). The DC
judges said that they could not properly judge appeals if they do not have
access to all of the evidence, "any more than one can tell whether a
fraction is more or less than one-half by looking only at the numerator and
not at the denominator." Highly sensitive classified evidence would still
not be available to the general public or to the detainee. Read the order
here. Find the Center for Constitutional Rights' summary of the order here.
 
Habeas Hearing of House Armed Services Committee this Thursday, July 26, at
9 a.m. The committee will receive testimony on Upholding the Principle of
Habeas Corpus for Detainees from several witnesses, including Stephen E.
Abraham, Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves, whose declaration
that evidence used in Combatant Status Review Tribunals does not include
evidence that could prove the innocence of detainees, may have influenced
the Supreme Court's announcement that it will review the decision of the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. This gives the Supreme Court an
opportunity to overturn the DC decision, which denies U.S. federal courts
the right to hear Guantánamo detainees' challenges of their detentions. Read
New York Times article about Abraham here. For a list of other witnesses,
click here and scroll down to Thursday's schedule.
 
The Writ of Habeas Corpus was an important leap forward for humankind when
it became the law of the land 800 years ago, but today it faces the peril of
obliteration. It is up to us--the grassroots--to make sure our elected
representatives know that we expect them to fully restore the Bill of Rights
for us all. So, please continue to make those phone calls and congressional
visits, send faxes, write letters to the editor, have editorial board
meetings, write opinion editorials and get them published, create media in
your community, and raise public awareness in any way that you can about the
importance of re-establishing values of fairness, equality, human rights,
and the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Get contact information for senators and
representatives' district offices by going to their website or calling your
local library.
 
Thank you for all you do!
 
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
 
Nancy Talanian, Director
Hope Marston, West Region Organizer
Ben Grosscup, East Region Organizer
Susan Heitker, Administrator
Lauren Tomkiewicz, Haywood Burns Fellow
Sam Litton, Intern
 
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S'more Linx :) September 01, 2007 2:39 PM

S'more  Linx   
 
reality's 360 page and blog http://360.yahoo.com/jamesmnordlund
 
reality's My Space page, blog http://myspace.com/jamesmnordlund
 
Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities United to
Demand Justice and Social Change
 
 
Prison Abuse Social Network! Welcome to all Abolitionists
 
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S'more Linx + Welcome All New Members :) September 04, 2007 3:50 PM

Cara All,

Gutten hagen. I hope you and yours are well and will continue to be.  Cool, thanx for the replies, et al  Your posts and sites are great.  I've been an advocate/activist on all issues, et al, for 32 years of my 48; please, do what you can for humanity. Dylan Thomas' poem line comes to mind, "...and death (murder) shall have no dominion..."; as others might say, "we, the people...", can make it so!  Some groups I moderate:
Disabled Greens News and discussion, home page:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/ ,
Abuse in Therapy:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AbuseinTherapy/ ,
Diffabled, Mental Health, all related issues, advocacy, and
professionals: Invite link: http://passport.care2.net/invite.html?g=880 Homepage:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Diffabled_MentalHealth_Action ,
reality's 360 page and blog http://360.yahoo.com/jamesmnordlund
reality's My Space page, blog http://myspace.com/jamesmnordlund
Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities: United to Demand Justice and Social Change
http://rippdnycnetwork.ning.com/profile/realiteee
Prison Abuse Social Network: Welcome to all Abolitionists
http://sdicks4msnetwork.ning.com/profile/realiteee
reality's Windows Live Space
http://jamesmnordlundreality.spaces.live.com/default.aspx?
owner=1&wa=wsignin1.0  
"Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a
painting which is heard but not seen." ~ Leonardo da Vinci. Enjoy an estival eve' as you can. Copy, share, as you will. Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither like a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized, before its exercised. Viva la evolution, viva Green Party!
 

Matutinally Yours,
 

                          james m nordlund    reality (aja)
 

For those interested "of or pertaining to the morning, day: relating to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day (formal), (Mid-16th century, from late Latin matutinalis, from Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)" Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring. I look forward to hearing from you.  Goodbye.
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CUADP: Dan Rather: "Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?", 9-4 September 04, 2007 3:53 PM

[CUADPUpdate] Dan Rather Reports - "Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?" Tuesday, Sept 4
Hello All,
 
Don't forget to thank a labor unionist for the weekend you just
completed.  Unions brought us safer working conditions, the five day
work week and the 8 hour work day, benefits, pensions, and the right
to seek redress to grievances in the work place....  anyway....  I
forward several items of interest - have an excellent week!
 
--abe
 

*******
 
DID TEXAS EXECUTE INNOCENT MEN?  DAN RATHER REPORTS INVESTIGATES
 SIGNIFICANT
FLAWS IN TWO TEXAS DEATH PENALTY CASES
 
DAN RATHER REPORTS Examines the Death Penalty Cases of Ruben Cantu and
Carlos De Luna, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET
 
Dallas, TX (August 29, 2007) - Next Tuesday's DAN RATHER REPORTS will
 reveal
new details surrounding two capital murder cases in Texas - leading to the
executions of two men that may have occurred as the result of flawed
evidence.  The episode airs on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. on HDNet.
 
A clip of the program can be viewed at the following link:
http://www.hd.net/drr229
 
In "Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?" Dan Rather speaks with key players in
the cases of both Ruben Cantu and Carlos De Luna both of whom died by
 lethal
injection in Texas where more than one-third of the nation's executions
 take
place.
 
Ruben Cantu was never convicted of a crime before the November 1984 murder
case that led to his execution in 1993.  In his investigation, Dan Rather
speaks with former San Antonio district attorney Sam Millsap who
 originally
sought the death penalty for Cantu but now believes he made a mistake.
 
Rather also speaks with principal investigators in the case and
eyewitnesses, who expose serious discrepancies in the evidence that
ultimately led to the execution of Cantu, who was only 17 at the time of
 his
arrest.
 
DAN RATHER REPORTS also investigates the 1989 execution of Carlos De Luna,
whose conviction relied on uncertain eyewitness testimony.  No physical
evidence was ever found linking De Luna to the murder for which he was
convicted, and for the first time on television, the private investigator
who scrutinized the case discloses new information which could have
exonerated De Luna 17 years ago.
 
Were Cantu and De Luna innocent and wrongly executed?  Rather delves into
these gripping cases on DAN RATHER REPORTS, Tuesday, September 4 on HDNet
 at
8:00 pm. ET.  The program also airs at 11:00 pm ET, to accommodate West
 Coast
prime time television.
 
About HDNet
 
Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the
 HDNet
networks are available on AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter
Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner
 Cable,
Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies.  For more
information visit www.hd.net.
 
/ / / / /
 

  Rwanda: Kagame Encourages Other Countries to Abolish the Death Penalty
 
  <http://www.hirondelle.org/>Hirondelle News Agency (Lausanne)
 
  The Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, encouraged other countries to
follow the example of his country, as he received Thursday in Rome,
Italy, an award for the abolition of the death penalty.
 
----------
  Rwanda is the first country of the African Great Lakes Region to
have abolished the death penalty.
 
 
 
 
/ / / / / / / /
 
Patriot Act Revision Gives A-G Power on Death Row
 
 From the radio newsmagazine
Between The Lines
http://www.btlonline.org
 
Between the Lines Q&A
A weekly column featuring progressive viewpoints on
national and international issues
under-reported in mainstream media for release Aug.
29, 2007
 
  USA Patriot Act Revision Gives U.S. Attorney General
New Power
on Death Row Federal Appeals
 
Interview with Richard Dieter,executive director,The
Death Penalty Information Center,conducted by Melinda
Tuhus
 
 
Editor's note: This interview was recorded before
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation.
 
One of the revisions in the USA Patriot Act
reauthorized by Congress in 2006 moves the
decision-making power about whether a death row inmate
has received adequate legal representation for a
federal
appeal from the courts to the U.S. attorney general.
It also reduces the time allotted for appeals,
effectively increasing the chances of innocent people
being executed.
 
The legislation was passed and signed into law by
President Bush,and implementation regulations are now
being written. There is a public comment period, in
which some of the regulations could be modified, b  [ send green star]
 
CUADP: Dan Rather: "Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?", 9-4 September 04, 2007 3:58 PM

[CUADPUpdate] Dan Rather Reports - "Did Texas Execute I innocent Men?" Tuesday, Sept 4
Hello All,
 
Don't forget to thank a labor unionist for the weekend you just
completed.  Unions brought us safer working conditions, the five day
work week and the 8 hour work day, benefits, pensions, and the right
to seek redress to grievances in the work place....  anyway....  I
forward several items of interest - have an excellent week!
 
--abe
 

*******
 
DID TEXAS EXECUTE INNOCENT MEN?  DAN RATHER REPORTS INVESTIGATES
 SIGNIFICANT
FLAWS IN TWO TEXAS DEATH PENALTY CASES
 
DAN RATHER REPORTS Examines the Death Penalty Cases of Ruben Cantu and
Carlos De Luna, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET
 
Dallas, TX (August 29, 2007) - Next Tuesday's DAN RATHER REPORTS will
 reveal
new details surrounding two capital murder cases in Texas - leading to the
executions of two men that may have occurred as the result of flawed
evidence.  The episode airs on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. on HDNet.
 
A clip of the program can be viewed at the following link:
http://www.hd.net/drr229
 
In "Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?" Dan Rather speaks with key players in
the cases of both Ruben Cantu and Carlos De Luna both of whom died by
 lethal
injection in Texas where more than one-third of the nation's executions
 take
place.
 
Ruben Cantu was never convicted of a crime before the November 1984 murder
case that led to his execution in 1993.  In his investigation, Dan Rather
speaks with former San Antonio district attorney Sam Millsap who
 originally
sought the death penalty for Cantu but now believes he made a mistake.
 
Rather also speaks with principal investigators in the case and
eyewitnesses, who expose serious discrepancies in the evidence that
ultimately led to the execution of Cantu, who was only 17 at the time of
 his
arrest.
 
DAN RATHER REPORTS also investigates the 1989 execution of Carlos De Luna,
whose conviction relied on uncertain eyewitness testimony.  No physical
evidence was ever found linking De Luna to the murder for which he was
convicted, and for the first time on television, the private investigator
who scrutinized the case discloses new information which could have
exonerated De Luna 17 years ago.
 
Were Cantu and De Luna innocent and wrongly executed?  Rather delves into
these gripping cases on DAN RATHER REPORTS, Tuesday, September 4 on HDNet
 at
8:00 pm. ET.  The program also airs at 11:00 pm ET, to accommodate West
 Coast
prime time television.
 
About HDNet
 
Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the
 HDNet
networks are available on AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter
Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner
 Cable,
Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies.  For more
information visit
www.hd.net.
 
/ / / / /
 

  Rwanda: Kagame Encourages Other Countries to Abolish the Death Penalty
 
  <http://www.hirondelle.org/>Hirondelle News Agency (Lausanne)
 
  The Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, encouraged other countries to
follow the example of his country, as he received Thursday in Rome,
Italy, an award for the abolition of the death penalty.
 
----------
  Rwanda is the first country of the African Great Lakes Region to
have abolished the death penalty.
 
 
 
 
/ / / / / / / /
 
Patriot Act Revision Gives A-G Power on Death Row
 
 From the radio newsmagazine
Between The Lines
http://www.btlonline.org
 
Between the Lines Q&A
A weekly column featuring progressive viewpoints on
national and international issues
under-repor  [ send green star]
 
 September 04, 2007 4:03 PM

reported in mainstream media for release Aug.
29, 2007
 
  USA Patriot Act Revision Gives U.S. Attorney General
New Power
on Death Row Federal Appeals
 
Interview with Richard Dieter,executive director,The
Death Penalty Information Center,conducted by Melinda
Tuhus
 
 
Editor's note: This interview was recorded before
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation.
 
One of the revisions in the USA Patriot Act
reauthorized by Congress in 2006 moves the
decision-making power about whether a death row inmate
has received adequate legal representation for a
federal
appeal from the courts to the U.S. attorney general.
It also reduces the time allotted for appeals,
effectively increasing the chances of innocent people
being executed.
 
The legislation was passed and signed into law by
President Bush,and implementation regulations are now
being written. There is a public comment period, in
which some of the regulations could be modified, but
the role of the U.S. attorney general can only
be changed by another act of Congress.  The number of
people executed annually has dropped about 40 percent
-- from 99 in 1998 to 53 last year. The number of
people sentenced to death by states has also declined.
But, under the Bush administration
the number of federal death row inmates has increased.
Overall, 3,300 people are now sitting on death row.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Richard
Dieter, executive director of
the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington,
D.C. He explains how the law will work and what the
impact is likely to be on prisoners facing execution.
 
RICHARD DIETER: The part of the appeals that will be
speeded up are the federal appeals of your state case.
You usually have a state appeal and then you can check
the federal courts to look over the constitutional
issues and it's the federal part that
is going to be speeded up by this. It's giving the fox
control over the chicken coop.
 
BETWEEN THE LINES: So what do you think the impact
will be?
 
RICHARD DIETER: Just to give you an idea, the
anti-terrorism law I mentioned earlier has been in
effect for ten years, and no state has completely
satisfied the good lawyer requirements,as determined
by the courts, so clearly the states aren't providing
good representation. Now the attorney general is going
to decide whether those states are doing okay; we
expect that a lot of those states could be approved
very quickly and executions would
speed up.
 
BETWEEN THE LINES: I read that one reason Congress
wanted to pass this law was to equalize the treatment
of death penalty appeals across the different appeals
courts around the country, because right now the
outcomes are vastly different, ranging from about two
percent to about a third of appeals being accepted.
Do you accept that rationale?
 
RICHARD DIETER: That may be part of the goal, although
the attorney general only has so much power. But it
does put restrictions on all the courts -- all the
federal courts, the district courts and the circuit
courts -- all have to act within a much shorter period
of time. It's not just that the lawyers will have to
file things more quickly -- which they will, if this
is approved -- but the judges will have to decide the
federal appeals, so
you can't take as much time to review them or maybe
have as many hearings. You're not required to decide a
certain percent one way or the other, but with less
time, I think the pressure is to move these cases
along, to confirm what the states did in approving the
death penalty and the conviction, and the judge
will have only a limited amount of time. So I think it
will result in fewer reversals by the federal courts
just because they'll have less time to review these
cases.
 
BETWEEN THE LINES: I noticed that the American Bar
Association spoke out against this provision when it
was moving through Congress.I've never thought of the
ABA as a particularly radical group.
 
RICHARD DIETER: Right. I mean, the American Bar
Association's main concern is with due process,
certainly the quality of representation provided by
lawyers. They've insisted you have to have good
lawyers for trial, and good lawyers for the appeals.
And there was at least some protection in the old law
that there would be good lawyers for the appeals if
you want these appeals to go fast, and the courts
would judge whether you've got good lawyers. And these
are all neutral observers in the system. But
now to say that the prosecutor will decide whether
you've got good lawyers is a strange step indeed a
conflict of interest,to begin with. Prosecutors want
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Rest :) CUADP: Dan Rather: "Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?", 9-4 September 04, 2007 4:10 PM

will decide whether
you've got good lawyers is a strange step indeed a
conflict of interest,to begin with. Prosecutors want
the death penalty. Alberto Gonzales...to be in the
hands of just one person, who happens to have
been Gov. Bush's legal counsel on death penalty
matters in Texas, where they had so many executions.
So, clearly, this is a pro-death penalty, not a
neutral observer that the courts were supposed to be.
 
BETWEEN THE LINES: I suppose it's possible with a
different administration, that there might be an
attorney general who's not in favor of the death
penalty.
 
RICHARD DIETER: That's correct. That's exactly right,
but I think that just underscores the fact that this
is the wrong place for the decision to be made,
because sometimes you'll have a pro-death penalty
attorney general, sometimes anti. You know, that's not
what should determine whether a state has
good lawyers defending death penalty clients. That's
an objective determination, not a political
determination. The attorney general's office is
clearly a political office, which will rise and fall
or sway back and forth with elections. And this is why
we have our courts and our independent federal
judiciary and lifetime appointments, etc., so people
can make decisions based on the facts and not on their
particular persuasion on the death penalty.
 

BETWEEN THE LINES: And with DNA testing now available,
it seems like the chances of someone being proven not
guilty in a death penalty case -- if there was time to
go through that process might be short-circuited.
 
BETWEEN THE LINES: Absolutely. We've kept track of the
people who've had their convictions reversed and been
freed from death row. There's 124 such people. Those
cases took an average of nine years, so if you cut the
appeals process down to, say, five years, a lot of
those cases would have been missed. They simply
would have been executed before new facts had time to
ripen, before courts had a chance to do all the
testing or new witnesses to come forward. Faster
appeals means more mistakes -- I think
that's a high probability. And that's what this is all
about; it's not just about who makes decisions, but
how fast a person has to raise any issues and perhaps
show that they were mistakenly convicted. We know that
can happen; DNA has shown it in the cases
that DNA is available, but there are a lot of cases
where DNA is not available, and those are just as
likely to have a mistake.
  
Men Threatened With the Death Penalty May Have
Confessed to a Crime They Didn't Commit
Posted: August 22, 2007
 
Other Links addressing the death penalty--including
ABA info
http://www.ncadp.org/index.cfm?content=7
 
http://www.smu.edu/humanrights/links.html (See the
long list of death penalty-related links)
 
 
 
 
To subscribe: mailto:cuadpupdate-subscribe@cuadp.org
List archives: http://lists.compar.com/cuadpupdate/
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SUPPORT DRUG SENTENCING REFORM October 08, 2007 9:40 AM

FOR HIV PREVENTION JUSTICE!
The link between incarceration and the HIV epidemic is deeply rooted and complex. Unfair sentencing guidelines that punish crack cocaine offenses 100 times more severely than powder cocaine have devastated poor African American communities across the country. By locking up large numbers of African American young men in long prison terms instead of providing drug treatment for low level drug offenders, this policy continues to create the conditions that drive the HIV epidemic deeper into African American communities. If the United States is going to seriously address systemic causes of the domestic HIV epidemic, drug sentencing reform is a critical starting point.
 
Please join CHAMP in supporting Break The Chain’s
 
 
effort in urging Congress and the Administration to begin to address this injustice. Sign on to the letter (full text at the end of this email) by providing the following info and send it to champ@champnetwork.org:
 
Name:
Organization:
Address:
City/State/Zip:
Phone:
email:
 
-----------------------------------
 
Interested in finding out what more you can do to mobilize for HIV Prevention Justice?
Here are two more ways you can participate:
 
1. Join the Prevention Justice Mobilization Planning Teleconference, including a briefing on the failure of a HIV vaccine last week by Emily Bass of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), and what this news means for the future of vaccine development and HIV prevention.
 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
5p Eastern, 4p Central, 3p Mountain, 2p Pacific
Dial-in:  1-866-438-5720 Passcode: 3528#
 
2. Join CHAMP’s monthly teleconference training on mobilizing our organizations for prevention justice, including a new World AIDS Day action kit with useful tools for public events.
 
Wednesday, October 10
2p Eastern, 1p Central, 12p Mountain, 11a Pacific, 10a Alaskan
Toll-free number: 866-247-3147  Passcode: 4277#
 
The Prevention Justice Mobilization (PJM) is a series of HIV-prevention events and actions around the United States. from November 15 to December 15, 2007.  Convened by national, local and grassroots HIV/AIDS organizations, the PJM demands comprehensive HIV prevention policies and full-on resources to address the root causes that drive the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including poverty, racism, homophobia and gender-based violence.  Prevention Justice Mobilization events are concentrated around World AIDS Day (December 1) and the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta (December 2-5, 2007).   The PJM events are also an opportunity for coalition-building, skills-sharing, political education and strengthening solidarity between different constituencies fighting for prevention justice.
 
------------------------------------
 
Full text of the Sentencing Reform Sign-on letter:
 
President George Bush
Senators and Representatives
 
Forty years ago this nation declared a “war on drugs”. Unfortunately, despite billions of dollars spent on this war, the rate of drug use and addiction has remained pretty much the same. The human and social costs of the “war on drugs” have been steep, especially for poor black communities. From racial profiling to incarceration and post-conviction sanctions, to drug treatment and disease prevention, African-American communities are being devastated by discriminatory drug law enforcement and punitive sentencing policies.
 
In 1986 Congress enacted new laws creating mandatory prison sentences for most drug offenses and abolishing parole in the federal system. In response to a serious outbreak of cocaine abuse, involving a new, smokeable form of the drug known as ‘rock’ or ‘crack cocaine’ Congress singled out crack cocaine offenses for the severest penalties. Under these provisions crack cocaine offenses are punished 100 times more severely than powder cocaine offenses. A five year mandatory prison sentence is imposed for the sale of a mere five grams of crack cocaine; it takes the sale of more than 500 grams of powder cocaine to receive the same sentence. Congress further singled out crack cocaine for special punishment when it required a sentence of five (5) years for a first offense of possession of five grams or more of crack cocaine. There is no federal mandatory minimum sentence for first time possession of powder cocaine or any other currently illicit drug.
 
Over the past 20 years, there has been widespread criticism by civil rights organizations, jurists, criminal justice professionals and others regarding the 100:1 disparity and its impact on African-American defendants. Government surveys have consistently shown that drug use rates are similar among all racial and ethnic groups. For crack cocaine, two-thirds of users in the U.S. are white or Hispanic. Research demonstrates that the majority of drug users buy from people who are of the same racial or ethnic background as they are which means that the majority of crack cocaine sellers in the U.S. are not black.  Despite these well known facts African-Americans continue to bear the brunt of federal crack cocaine prosecutions. Indeed in 2005, more than 80% of federal crack cocaine defendants were African-American.
 
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Amnesty International USA: America still tortures October 18, 2007 2:20 PM

America still tortures
Dear james m
 
Long after the scandal at Abu Ghraib and the Administrationâ?Ts denouncement
of all that happened there, the New York Times reported last week that in
2005, the Justice Department issued a secret internal memo that endorsed
"the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence
Agency."
 
Weâ?Tre angry: the America we believe in does not torture people. And in
response, we're mounting a national fall campaign to "86" these policies
once and for all.
 
 
86 days separate two infamous dates: October 17th marks the first year
anniversary of the Military Commissions Act and January 11th marks the
anniversary of the first detainee transferred to Guantanamo Bay.
 
Join us on October 17th as we stand and protest the wrong-headed policies
these two dates represent: torture, indefinite detention, guilty until
proven innocent.
 
Help us kick-off our "86 it" campaign by:
 
Hosting your own protest by downloading our action guide (PDF).
Attending an event thatâ?Ts already happening in your area by contacting us
via email at dtorture@aiusa.org. Weâ?Tll put you in touch with the right
people locally.
Taking pictures of your actions to "86" torture and sending them to
dtorture@aiusa.org.
Weâ?Tll be showcasing demonstrations on amnestyusa.org, so be sure to report
back and let us know how your events went (as well as send us any pictures
you take).
 
Stand against an administration that publically decries torture, but
privately continues to perpetrate it. Stand with us for the America you
believe in by joining the 86 Days of Action today.
 
In solidarity,
 
Kevin Spidel
Campaign Manager
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Abu Ghraib October 27, 2007 6:42 AM

Stand against torture
This November, shed some light on human rights abuses.  Host a "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" screening party and demand an end to torture.
Dear James
 
 
"If there were no photographs, there would be no Abu Ghraib," a guard stationed at the infamous detention facility commented. Host a "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" house party .
 
Images are the only evidence for an American conscience that the unimaginable horrors of Abu Ghraib were real. Host a "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" house party as November's "86 days" campaign action and help educate your community about this tragic truth.
 
Through extensive interviews and documentation, "Ghosts of Abu Graib" demonstrates that the President and his senior advisors are responsible for the abuses at the prison.
 
When Congress passed the Military Commissions Act one year ago, the U.S. abandoned its core founding principles. The Administration continues to give a green light to policies that place guilt before innocence, imprisonment without charge, and fear above all else. When a government sanctions the use of torture tactics, it disposes of justice and the rule of law, and thereby, discards our freedom.
 
Join with Amnesty advocates in new ways each month to call attention to these violations as a part of our "86 days" campaign. Invite your neighbors and help educate your community by hosting a special screening of the documentary "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib". Witness how poor policies against the "war on terror" breed tragedies like the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib.
 
Images shouldn't be the only proof of Abu Ghraib's existence...our conscience reminds us that Abu Graib exists when the principals of decency and democracy do not.
 
In solidarity,
 
Kevin Spidel
Campaign Manager
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Topeka peace + justice events + resources: starting TOMORROW November 10, 2007 7:57 PM

Topeka peace and justice events and resources -- starting TOMORROW (Saturday)

Friends of Topeka Center for Peace and Justice:

Please look below for several upcoming local peace and justice related events and resources: 1) TOMORROW, "Justice for Justin," 2) Muslim/Christian Dialog, 3) War costs, 4) Cab Fair and 5) Human Rights.

Please copy these notices of important local events and resources to your friends and neighbors.

--Bill Beachy

1) The Kansas Death Penalty

Justice for Justin

A program entitled "Justice for Justin" will be presented by Bill Lucero. Justin Wolfe is a Virginia death row inmate who continues to be under sentence of death despite a signed affidavit of confession by the real killer. The presentation weaves this case's details with information on the Kansas death penalty to highlight innocence and other ongoing critical issues of the death penalty.

Mr. Lucero lost his father to homicide in 1972. He has lobbied against the death penalty for 30 years and is a retired psychotherapist.

This program is the Annual meeting of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, TOMORROW, Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 100 at Henderson Hall on the Washburn University Campus. The public is invited. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call 785-232-5958 or email kcadp1176@cox.net

2) Christian/Muslim Dialogue in Topeka

Christian/Muslim Dialogue in Topeka

Wondering about the real differences and the similarities of the Christian and Muslim faiths? This is something all Americans should be interested in. A dialogue between Bishop Scott Jones, United Methodist Church of Kansas; and a leader of the Muslim faith, Imam Omar Hazim of the Islamic Center of Topeka, will take place at First United Methodist Church of Topeka, 6th & Topeka Blvd., Sunday, November 18, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Following the dialogue, a time of fellowship and refreshment will be held, featuring foods from Islamic culture. This event is sponsored by the Diversity and Advocacy Committee of the Kansas East Conference, United Methodist Church. People of all faiths are cordially invited.

For more information see the attached flyer or contact Johne Green at 785-273-5593 or <JohneKGreen@aol.com>.

3) War costs

The Cost of This War

With the latest Bush Administration's request, the total war spending in fiscal year 2008 would be nearly $200 billion, with the vast majority going towards the Iraq War. If Congress passes this proposal, total Iraq War spending would rise to $611 billion. The National Priorities Project (a long time friend of the CENTER) has updated its website to include:

an analysis and breakdown of total fiscal year 2008 war spending;

a breakdown by state, county and city of Iraq War costs under proposed FY08 spending;

a breakdown by state, county and city of Iraq War costs thus far; and

updated "trade-offs" by state and congressional district, showing what the money spent on the Iraq War could buy each area in local services such as health care for kids, university scholarships and affordable housing.

These numbers are needed by our Members of Congress, governor, mayors and fellow citizens to help bring an end to wasted tax dollars and lost lives.

4) Cab Fair

Full Access Is A Right

TheTopeka Independent Living Resource Center is organizing for fair access to Topeka taxi cab service for people who use wheelchairs (now charged a minimum of $25 per ride). For more information call Kevin Siek at 785-233-4572 or see the attached flyer.

5) Human Rights

Human Rights Day

The day is December 10. Watch for more details of the event being planned by the Topeka Human Relations Commission.

For more information contact Bill Beachy, HRC Chair, at 785-232-4388 or TopekaCPJ@aol.com.

Bill Beachy, Ex. Dir.

Topeka Center for Peace and Justice

1248 SW Buchanan

Topeka, KS 66604

phone 785-232-4388

fax 785-232-4145

email TopekaCPJ@aol.com

web www.TopekaCPJ.org

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[CUADPUpdate] NJ Photos & Videos & Your Favorite Groups December 30, 2007 10:46 AM

Sent FIRST to CUADPUpdate
THEN to ALL Abolitionists
Please excuse Cross-Posts
Please Forward

Greetings All,

Even since I first posted this url --
http://deathpenaltyusa.blogspot.com/ -- to CUADPUpdate this morning,
several items have been added, including a photo of the Colosseum in
Rome, all lit up to honor New Jersey's abolition of the death penalty
- sent by our bluejersey.com friend Jay who blew 100,000 frequent
flier miles to fly there at the last minute to capture the moment on
his own camera.

IF you go to http://deathpenaltyusa.blogspot.com/ you will find
photos and video clips that tell part of the story of the bill
signing from yesterday. There are also some links embedded in some
of the text. Check it out!

I want to thank everyone who has been sending congratulatory
messages. We especially thank the folks in California who sent the
case of champaign! Perhaps some of that will be left when we throw
our big party here in New Jersey, which will probably happen in
January or February. Details will be announced once they are set -
probably after the 1st of the year.

At this time I urge you to consider AND MAKE a contribution to YOUR
STATE ABOLITIONIST ORGANIZATION, and also to your favorite national
organizations. If you don't know your state group, send me an e-mail
and I'll be happy to pass along the info.

Make a year-end contribution to CUADP using a credit card or PAYPAL
at https://www.compar.com/donation/donateform.html

The other NATIONAL grassroots activist groups that are exclusively
abolitionist include:

EJUSA - https://www.quixote.org/ej/ejusaform.html

NCADP - http://www.ncadp.org/ (click on "donate")

MVFR - http://www.mvfr.org/donate

MVFHR - http://www.mvfhr.org/ (click on "donations")

The Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing -
http://www.journeyofhope.org/pages/support.htm

ALSO - please make plans to join me in SAN JOSE in January for the
annual conference of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death
Penalty - see http://www.ncadp.org/events.cfm?event=1001

Thank you, and happy holidays to everyone!

--abe

"Talk is cheap. It's the way we organize and use our lives
every day that tells what we believe in."
-- Cesar E. Chavez

To subscribe: mailto:cuadpupdate-subscribe@cuadp.org
List archives: http://lists.compar.com/cuadpupdate/
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Cool, thanx for all :) Happy holidays all December 30, 2007 10:48 AM

Bonjour. Cool, thanx and happy holidays all.  I've been an advocate/activist on all issues, et al, for 32 years of my 48; please, do what you can for humanity. Dylan Thomas' poem line comes to mind, "...and death (murder) shall have no dominion..."; as others might say, "we, the people...", can make it so! Some groups I moderate: Disabled Greens News and discussion, home page:
 
 
Abuse in Therapy:
 
 
Diffabled, Mental Health, all related issues, advocacy, and professionals:
 
 
 
reality's 360 page and blog http://360.yahoo.com/jamesmnordlund
 
reality's My Space page, blog http://myspace.com/jamesmnordlund
 
Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities: United to
 
Demand Justice and Social Change
 
 
Prison Abuse Social Network: Welcome to all Abolitionists
 
 
reality's Windows Live Space
 
 
 
 
Enjoy a festive eve' as you can. Copy, share, as you will. Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither like a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized, before its exercised. Viva la evolution, viva Green Party!
 
Matutinally Yours,
 
james m nordlund    reality (aja)
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[CUADPUpdate] Actions Everyone Can Take January 05, 2008 6:13 AM

Feel Free to Forward
Greetings All!

As the holiday slowdown kicks in, I wanted to offer a few easy
actions that you can take to help further our cause, either directly
or indirectly.

#1 - Thank New Jersey Statesmen

Please contact these three leaders, who deserve our gratitude for
their leadership.  If you are a family member of a murder victim,
please state that when you make contact.

Contact: New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, PO Box 001, Trenton, New
Jersey 08625
Tell him:  "Thank you Governor Corzine and the members of the New
Jersey Legislature for your leadership in showing the world the way
to justice.  Your action to abolish New Jersey's death penalty has
given countless people hope."

Contact: Governor Richard J. Codey, New Jersey Senate President, 449
Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey 07052-2734
Tell him:  "Thank you Governor Codey and the members of the New
Jersey Legislature for your leadership in showing the world the way
to justice.  Your action to abolish New Jersey's death penalty has
given countless people hope."

Contact: Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, Brooklawn Shopping Plaza,
Route 130 and Browning Road, Brooklawn, New Jersey 08030-2797
Tell him:  "Thank you Speaker Roberts and the members of the New
Jersey Legislature for your leadership in showing the world the way
to justice.  Your action to abolish New Jersey's death penalty has
given countless people hope."

***********

#2 - Send Christmas/New Years greetings to former Illinois Governor
George Ryan, now in the pokey, but still a hero to our movement for
studying the issue, changing his mind, and clearing Illinois' death
row as he left office a few years ago.  Let him know he is not forgotten.

George Ryan, Sr. 16627-424
FCI Oxford
Satellite Camp
P.O. Box 1085
Oxford, WI 53952

*************

#3 - The Innocence Project writes:

Death row exonerees join the call for DNA testing in Alabama

In the last two weeks, 1,200 people have written letters to Alabama
Gov. Bob Riley calling on him to grant DNA testing to death row
inmate Tommy Arthur before allowing the state to execute a man who
may be innocent. Today, six men who were sentenced to die and served
time on death row but were ultimately exonerated through DNA testing
urged Riley to immediately order DNA testing in Arthur's case.

They wrote: "If we had never been granted DNA testing, we might not
be alive today. Few people have been in Mr. Arthur's position, but we
have and that's why we're appealing to you to order DNA testing in
this case. His execution has been delayed by the U.S. Supreme Court
for other reasons, leaving plenty of time for DNA testing to be
completed if you order it now."

If you haven't already sent an email to Gov. Riley asking for DNA
testing for Tommy Arthur, you can send one right now through the
Innocence Project's website. It takes just 30 seconds to send a clear
message that you support truth in justice. Arthur has spent more than
two decades on Alabama's death row for a murder he says he didn't
commit. DNA testing could provide compelling evidence of his
innocence or guilt, but the courts and the governor have denied
testing. Riley has the power to order testing in this case, and he
needs to hear from all of us.

Send Gov. Riley an email here:
http://ip.convio.net/site/R?i=JqFPoAFYiNFh8JOFRQZj1Q..

Read today's letter from the six exonerees here:
http://ip.convio.net/site/R?i=w70fp7l1mnB4ge_ISY0WvA..

***************

#4 - Vote for the best blues album.

What????  What's that got to do with the death penalty?  Our friend
Dale Baich, a Federal Public Defender who handles capital appeals writes:

>Dear Abe,
>
>As you may remember, in my spare time, I run a small record
>label--Blue Witch Records.  This year I released three CD's and one
>of them -- "I'm Here Baby" by Big Pete Pearson -- has been nominated
>for two Independent Music Awards as best blues album and best blues
>song.  The winners are selected by popular vote.
>
>I am asking for your help.  On every Blue Witch release, four to
>date, the message "stop the death penalty" is noted.  We also post
>the message on our website at the bottom of the home
>page  <http://www.bluewitchrecords.com>www.bluewitchrecords.com
>Dave Riley, one of our artists, is a former Illinois prison guard
>and has expressed concerns about prison conditions and opposes the
>death penalty.  In fact, we arranged for him to appear at a benefit
>for the Alabama Post-Conviction Project in Montgomery, Alabama on
>November 8.  Bill Wax, a XM Radio DJ mentioned the benefit on a
>number of occasions and talked about the importance of death row
>prisoners having attorneys.
>
>If we win a nomination, not only will some great blues music get out
>to more people but our message "stop the death penalty" will as well.

SO, please go to
<http://www.bluewitchrecords.com>www.bluewitchrecords.com
Instructions for rating the CD and the song are right there.  it's a
simple process that will take a couple of minutes, but hey, why not?

#5 - Support CUADP with a contri  [ send green star]

 
Corrected link: January 05, 2008 6:45 AM

http://www.bluewitchrecords.com

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USCTETIO Acts: Shut Down Guantanamo Day To Act, 1-11; etc.. January 10, 2008 9:52 PM

Shut Down Guantanamo! Day of Action, Jan. 11
 
 
 The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has endorsed a day of action,
organized by Witness against Torture, on Friday, January 11 to Shut Down
Guantanamo!
 
January 11 marks the 6th anniversary of the first prisoners brought to
Guantanamo .
 

In Guantanamo , prisoners of the U.S. "war on terror" are illegally
transferred to a foreign country (Fourth Geneva Convention, Articles 49 and
76), are held without charge and without the right of habeas corpus, and are
subjected to treatments and interrogation methods which clearly violate the
UN Convention Against Torture's ban on cruel, inhumane and degrading
treatment.
 
Similarly, Palestinian prisoners of Israel 's "war on terror" are also
illegally transferred out of Occupied Palestinian Territories , are held
indefinitely without charge under "administrative detention," and are also
subjected to torture.
 
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation calls on its member groups and
its individual supporters to take part in the Shut Down Guantanamo! day of
action and protest U.S. and Israeli human rights abuses against prisoners.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 
1. Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in Washington , DC on
Friday, January 11 for a demonstration on the National Mall and march to the
Supreme Court. For logistical details, click here.
 
2. Join local events taking place in more than 30 cities around the world on
January 11. For logistical details, click here.
 
3. Educate people about the similarities between U.S. and Israeli human
rights abuses in the "war on terror" by downloading and distributing the US
Campaign's fact sheet "Torture in the 'War against Terrorism'". To download
the fact sheet, click here.
 
4. Wear orange on January 11 to show your support for shutting down
Guantanamo . For more action ideas and resources, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
War with No End, US Campaign Book Club Selection
 
 
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is pleased to announce the
start of a monthly book club.  Each month, we'll select a new book which we
think you might be interested in reading.
 
The inaugural book for our new Book Club is "War with No End," an important
new anthology of essays published by Verso Books in conjunction with United
for Peace and Justice and the Stop the War Coalition (UK).
 
The book features contributions from two US Campaign Steering Committee
members, Judith LeBlanc (Introduction) and Phyllis Bennis ("The Global War
on Terror: What It Is, What It's Done to the World").
 
Other important essays include:
 
Click here to purchase "War with No End," the US Campaign's January Book
Club Selection
 
* "Come September," by Arundhati Roy
 
* "Human Shield," by John Berger
 
* "Songs of Resistance," by Haifa Zangana
 
* "Weddings and Beheadings," by Hanif Kureishi
 
* "Down! Up!," by Joe Sacco
 
* "Mezzaterra," by Ahdaf Soueif
 
* "Homeland Wars," by Tram Nguyen
 
* "Not in Our Names," by Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
 
* "Building a Booming Economy Based on War with No End: The Lessons of
Israel ," by Naomi Klein
 
You can purchase this book for $15 (plus $2 shipping and handling) by
clicking here.
 
From the book's back cover:
 
"On October 7th 2001, US-led forces invaded Afghanistan , marking the start
of George Bush and Tony Blair's "War on Terror." Six years on, where have
the policies of Bush and Blair left us? Bringing together some of the finest
contemporary writers, this wide-ranging anthology, from reportage and
"faction" to fiction, explores the impact of this "long war" throughout the
world, from Palestine to Iraq , Abu Ghraib, the curtailment of civil
liberties and manipulation of public opinion. Published in conjunction with
Stop the War coalition and United for Peace and Justice, it provides an
urgent, necessary reflection on the causes and consequences of the
ideological War on Terror."
 
Purchase this book and browse the US Campaign's other merchandise by
clicking here.
 
Thank you for your support and happy reading!
 

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
 
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War with No End, US Campaign Book Club Selection
 
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is pleased to announce the
start of a monthly book club.  Each month, we'll select a new book which we
think you might be interested in reading.
 
The inaugural book for our new Book Club is "War with No End," an important
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To honor Dr King: Challenge Ohio prison system, Jan 19 January 19, 2008 3:01 AM

To honor Dr. King: Challenge the Ohio prison system on Jan. 19

In 1995 five innocent men were sent to death row in connection with the
prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio in 1993. Siddique Abdullah Hasan, George
Skatzes, Jason Robb, Namir Abdul Mateen, and Bomani Hondo Shakur (Keith
Lamar) were convicted of capital murder in relation to the deaths of a guard
and nine inmates.

Four of the five were actually involved in negotiating a resolution of
grievances and ending the uprising. The fifth, Bomani Shakur, was one who
simply refused to testify falsely. None of the Five had any involvement in
these killings or the decision to carry them out. Other inmates had their
sentences reduced in exchange for perjured testimony, which some of them
have now recanted. When the African-American and specifically the Muslim
defendants were on trial, the prosecution appealed to racism and
anti-Islamic prejudice.

They have been in solitary confinement for almost 15 years and their appeals
are running out.

Twenty-five other prisoners are still in prison in connection with the
Lucasville uprising, with sentences ranging from 25 years to life. In many
cases, charges were brought against these men because they would not provide
false testimony against the Five. Some of these prisoners are also in
solitary confinement.

YOU CAN HELP REVERSE THIS HORRIBLE INJUSTICE! JOIN US FOR TWO EVENTS
HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.'S BIRTHDAY

*Gather at 12:00 on January 19 for a press conference at 1:00 pm at St.
Augustine Episcopal Church, 614 Parmalee Ave., in Youngstown, OH. The
Lucasville prisoners have joined with prisoner advocacy organizations to
launch a campaign for contact visits with family members and loved ones for
all death-sentenced prisoners. Eleven states allow regular full contact
visits for death row prisoners but Ohio does not. For prisoners in solitary,
hugs should be a human right!

*Demonstrate January 19 at 2:00 PM outside the Ohio State Penitentiary
(OSP). OSP is a supermax prison located at 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.,
Youngstown, OH. Four of the Lucasville Five are held in OSP as well as most
of Ohio's 183 other death row prisoners.

Transportation is being organized from Cleveland. For bus reservations or
more info, call (216) 481-6671 or email pfcenter@sbcglobal.net.

*On February 4, participate in the National Unity Day of Action. Demand that
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland overturn the wrongful convictions of all
prisoners with charges related to the Lucasville rebellion. Write to him at
Riffe Center, 30th Floor, 77 S. High Street, 30th Floor, Columbus, Ohio
43215, FAX (614) 466-9354, call him at (614) 466-3555 or email him at
http://governor.ohio.gov/.

Anyone can subscribe.
Send an email request to
Action.News-subscribe@organizerweb.com

Subscribing can also be done on the Web at
http://www.organizerweb.com/mailman/listinfo/action.news

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President's Budget Devastating to Victims of Violence February 16, 2008 7:56 AM

Hello Stop Family Violence Activists!

http://capwiz.com/sfvo/callalert/index.tt?alertid=10942181&type=CO

President Bush's 2009 budget proposal proposes a devastating  $120 million
cut in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds, caps Victim of Crime Act
(VOCA) funding at the lowest level in 6 years, does not provide any
increases for Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (shelter) funding,
and ELIMINATES the $2 billion in the VOCA reserve.

"The Administration's budget for Violence Against Women Act programs is an
outrage," said Sen. Joe Biden, author of the Violence Against Women Act.
"Domestic violence impacts one in every four women, yet the Administration
proposes cutting spending by almost a third. If allowed to go forward, this
Administration's disastrous budgeting priorities could roll back more than a
decade of success in investigating, prosecuting and preventing domestic and
sexual violence."

YOU CAN HELP!!

http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org/ocean/host.php?page=0

CLICK HERE to learn more and to get a toll free phone number and script to
call your legislators and ask them to restore full funding to these
lifesaving programs.  Then fill in our form so we know which offices have
been called!

If you've never called Congress before, don't worry - it's easy, and
empowering too! Just give the staff person who answers the phone your name,
city and state and then follow the script we've provided.  They won't quiz
you - they'll just take notes on what you have to say.  If you want, you can
also say something personal about why this funding is important to you.

Thanks for making the call that will make a difference!

Your messages last year helped secure an additional $17 million for programs
to keep victims safe.
PLEASE HELP US AGAIN AT THIS CRITICAL TIME!

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW!!

Thanks for your quick response on this.

Together, we can.. http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org

Irene Weiser

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Social and inter-cultural topics and psychological health February 16, 2008 8:29 AM

Dear Sir or Madam, friends,
 
many of you know that I am a supporter for North American Indians,
especially Lakota (Sioux) for more than 10 years. The main focus is
on linguistic
preservation, suicide prevention and introduction of charitable
projects
of Native Americans and First Peoples.
 
My name is Evelin Cervenkova and I am the founder of the Lakota Oyate
Information homepage in East-Germany.
 
I am the first who introduces the Lakota language on German homepages:
 
 
These Lakota language homepages are recommended by the director of the
Lakota Student Alliance and the Lakota Elder Leonard Little Finger
(the
great-great grandson of Chief Big Foot). HP of Leonard Little Finger:
www.lakotacirclevillage.org
 
I am the only one who writes on German homepages about suicide
prevention:
 
 
This German hompeage concerns â?oSpiritual Warrior Vision -
Experiential
Psychotherapyâ?o: http://www.spirit-warrior.ca/
 
I have also an English homepage about suicide prevention of Native
Americans http://lakotaoyateinfo.gratishp.com/Suicideprevention.htm
 
Also I am a member of the network for psychological health and self-
help
groups in Saxony. German information you can find at:
http://www.netzwerk-selbsthilfe-seelische-gesundheit.de/
 
My Native American link list offers many current information about
North
American Indians in English at:
http://lakotaoyateinfo.gratishp.com/NAIndianer.htm.
 
You can find German information about Mateus Fernandes and his
violence
and addiction prevention project at:
http://www.haus-steinstrasse.de/kurse/gewalt_und_suchtpraevention/.
 
On 28th and 29th November I took part in Hamburg in the meeting of the
members of the Association of German Educational Organizations.
English
information at: http://www.adb.de/adb/english.php.
 
The meeting was about political education for youth, adults and
immigrants. In the future the education should be strengthened
against right-wing
extremism. In addition, it is offered to work off the German
division and
GDR history. The association is disappointed that are not interested
East
Germans in it.
 
On Thursday morning (29th November) should be spoken about the
educational
situation in the individual federal states of Germany. From a few
East
Germans who were present I was the only one from Saxony. I reported
about
the action "Five for Leipzig". German information at:
http://www.soziokultur-leipzig.de/fuenf-fuer-leipzig/die-
kampagne.html
 
Sociocultural institutions like the House Steinstrasse in Leipzig
receive
only 1.8% of the cultural budget, although about one million people
visit
our institutions. Also about one million people visit opera,
theatre, the
concert house etc. These cultural institutions receive 98% from the
cultural budget, although just so many people use our sociocultural
buildings.
Therefore, we demand 5% of the cultural budget.
- - - - -
 
At the moment I am preparing the 13-th children youth art exhibition.
The
presentation and exhibition opening takes place on the 12th January
2008
in the Cafe of the Leipzig art museum.
 
Glad Christmas wishes to you and to your family from
 
Evelin Cervenkova in Leipzig in Germany
Founder of the Lakota Oyate Information
http://lakotaoyateinfo.gratishp.com/index.html
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Trial Update: Eleven Sentenced to Federal Prison February 16, 2008 8:31 AM

SOA Watch

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/soaw/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=12272

News & Updates | www.SOAW.org | 01-28-2008

http://www.soaw.org/index.php

Trial Update - SOAW 11 Sentenced to Federal Prison
"I crossed the line at WHINSEC and prayed on the grounds to bring attention
to the teaching of torture and assassination. When enough people learn the
truth about this school and act to end these practices, the healing can
begin."
- Diane Lopez-Hughes, one of the SOAW 11

The Eleven courageous souls that willingly put their freedom and bodies at
risk to stand in witness against the SOA/WHINSEC during the November 2007
Vigil have been sentenced to federal prison on charges of "trespassing on a
military base".

The trial, which began at 9:00 AM this morning in Columbus, Georgia, took
place in a courthouse located just a few miles from Fort Benning, the
current site of the SOA/WHINSEC. An institute known around the world for its
ties to brutal dictatorships and human rights abuses, which continues to
operate, unchallenged by our government but not by the people.

The SOAW 11, ranging in ages from 25 to 78 and from very diverse walks of
life, testified today before magistrate G. Malon Faircloth. Ed Lewinson, a
78-year old History professor who in November crossed the line for the
fourth time, was sentenced to 90 days in federal prison and a $500 fine.
This is his first conviction since in previous years the government refused
to prosecute due to his blindness. Tiel Rainelli, a 25 year old activist
from Canton, OH who was arrested this past November after climbing over the
barbed wire fence blocking the main gate of Fort Benning, announced that in
spite of the courts decision to sentence her to 90 days in prison, she would
return to protest at the gates of Fort Benning in November.

The SOAW 11 are:

- Joan Anderson, 65, Casper, WY - 30 days and a $500 fine
- Ozone Bhaguan, 33, Duluth, MN - 90 days and no fine
- Le Anne Clausen, 29, Chicago, IL. - 30 days and no fine
- Art Landis, 74, Perkasie, PA - 30 days and no fine
- Ed Lewinson, 78, Newark NJ - 90 days and a $500 fine
- Chris Lieberman, 54, Albuquerque, NM - 60 days and no fine
- Diane Lopez Hughes, 58, Springfield, IL - 45 days and a $500 fine
- Tiel Rainelli, 25, Canton, OH. - 90 days and a $500 fine
- Gus Roddy, 45, Chicago, IL - 30 days and a $500 fine
- Stephen Schweitzer, 45, Binghamtom, NY - 60 days and a $500 fine
- Michelle Yipé, 45, of Argonia, KS - 30 days and a $500 fine

Read more about the SOAW 11...

- Please consider making a contribution to support the campaign to Shut
Down the SOA/WHINSEC!

Take Action!

The SOAW-11 have courageously taken their protest to close the SOA/ WHINSEC
onto the grounds of Fort Benning, GA and YOU can help take the message to
Washington DC! One way to support the SOAW-11 is to be a part of our
legislative campaign.

Is your Representative in Congress one of our supporters?! At the bottom of
the Legislative Action Index we have a complete list of all of the HR 1707
cosponsors. If your Representative is not on this list, get involved in our
action campaign!

We've made it easy for you to contact your member of Congress and ask them
to cosponsor HR 1707, legislation that would suspend operations at the SOA/
WHINSEC and investigate the use of torture manuals and the association of
human rights abusers with the school.

- Click here to send an email to your Representative now!

The SOA Watch legislative team has also created a new resource for you to
bring this important issue to the national level by making the closure of
the SOA/ WHINSEC a part of the 2008 Presidential, House, and Senate
elections.

- Check out our Elections Packet with bird-dogging tips, resources, and
strategy on how to make the SOA/ WHINSEC a part of this year's elections.

For more information about the Legislative Campaign, contact Pam Bowman, the
SOA Watch Legislative Coordinator at pbowman(at)soaw(dot)org or (202)
234-3440.

Our postal address is SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017
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Breath & Shadow: January Issue - Institutions February 16, 2008 8:33 AM

Breath & Shadow
 
 
A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature
 
Volume 5, Number 1, the new issue of Breath & Shadow, AbilityMaine's
Journal of Literature and Disability Culture, is now online. This
month's theme is
"Institutions"
 
Read this Month's Issue
www.abilitymaine.org/breath
 
From the Ultimate Talking Dictionary:
5 senses of institution. Sense 1, establishment -- (an organization
founded and united for a specific purpose). Sense 2, an establishment
consisting of
a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the
promotion of some cause is situated. Sense 3, a custom that for a long
time has been an
important feature of some group or society; "the institution of
marriage"; "the institution of slavery"; "he had become an institution
in the theater".
Sense 4, initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination,
creation, innovation, instauration -- (the act of starting something
for the first
time; introducing something new) Sense 5, mental hospital, psychiatric
hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum,
asylum --
(a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced persons)
 
In this issue of Breath and Shadow, we tackle all five aspects of
institution--exploring, questioning, and establishing our place among
them in the field
of disability culture.
 
Read this Month's Issue
www.abilitymaine.org/breath
 
Sharon Wachsler  Chief Editor
Chris Kuell  Managing Editor
breathandshadow@gmail.com
 
This site created by Norman Meldrum.
abilitymaine@gmail.com
 
Part of the cost of keeping this site online has been donated by
Midcoast Internet Solutions.
http://www.midcoast.com
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US: Electric Chair Banned as Cruel, Unusual Punishment February 16, 2008 8:34 AM

Nebraska Ruling Brings US Closer to Ending This Inhumane Form of Execution in US (New York, February 8, 2008) - The Nebraska Supreme Court's ruling today that use of the electric chair violates the state constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment is an important step toward eliminating
inherently inhumane executions in the United States, Human Rights Watch said
today.
 
Nebraska is the only state to use the electric chair as its sole method of
execution; all other US death penalty jurisdictions use lethal injection.
 
"This ruling abolishes the barbaric practice of electrocutions in the state
of Nebraska," said Sarah Tofte, US researcher at Human Rights Watch and
co-author of a 2006 report on executions by lethal injection in the United
States.
 
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled today that execution by electrocution
violates the ban on cruel and unusual punishment found in Article I, section
9 of the Nebraska Constitution. "Condemned prisoners must not be tortured to
death, regardless of their crimes," the court wrote.
 
Since 1994, Nebraska has electrocuted three condemned prisoners. Since the
death penalty was reinstated in the US in 1976, there have been at least 10
visibly botched electrocutions, including the 1997 electrocution of Pedro
Medina in Florida. During his execution, flames shot out from the headpiece,
filling the execution chamber with a cloud of thick smoke and gagging the
two dozen official witnesses. An official then threw a switch to manually
cut off the power and prematurely end the two-minute cycle of 2,000 volts.
Medina's chest continued to heave until the flames stopped, and then he
died.
 
As a result of today's ruling, the task falls to the Nebraska legislature to
consider an alternative method of execution if it wishes to retain the death
penalty. Although the court contends that lethal injection "is universally
recognized as the most humane method of execution," Human Rights Watch urged
the Nebraska legislature to carefully examine the risk of suffering posed by
the three-drug protocol currently used in lethal injections in other states.
 
In January, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of
lethal injection. Pending the court's decision, there is a de facto
moratorium on lethal injections in the country.
 
"Lethal injection is not as humane as it might appear to be," said Tofte.
"There is mounting evidence that condemned prisoners are at risk of
suffering excruciating pain. With today's ruling, the Nebraska legislature
has an opportunity to reject methods of execution that cause inhumane pain
and suffering."
 
Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an
inherently cruel and unusual form of punishment and a violation of
fundamental human rights.
 
To view the Nebraska Supreme Court opinion, please click here.
 
Related Material
 
So Long as They Die: Lethal Injections in the United States
Report, April 24, 2006
 
HRW's Work on the Death Penalty
Thematic Page, February 8, 2007
 
 
© Copyright 2003, Human Rights Watch    350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor    New York, NY 10118-3299    USA
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3/17 CHAMP Teleconference Training: Prison Sntncng Reform, HIV March 15, 2008 3:36 AM

3/17 CHAMP Teleconference Training on Prison Sentencing Reform & HIV
TELECONFERENCE TRAINING
Prison Sentencing Reform and Its Potential for HIV Prevention Justice

Monday, March 17: 2pm Eastern

http://www.preventionjustice.org/

Please join us for a teleconference to discuss how sentencing reform could
ease the burden of HIV on individuals and communities affected by
incarceration.

Monday, March 17, 2008
2:00-3:00p Eastern / 1:00-2:00p Central / 12:00-1:00p Mountain /
11:00-12:00p Pacific

Domestic dial-in: 1-866-247-3147, passcode 4277#
International dial-in: 1-212-990-8010, passcode 4277#

Please register by clicking here.

If you require assistance with registration, please contact Josh Thomas:
josh at champnetwork dot org / 401-427-7030

Everyone is welcome to join the call!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MODERATOR:
* Kenyon Farrow, Director of Communications, CHAMP, New York, NY

PRESENTERS:
* Bill McColl, Political Director, AIDS Action, Washington, DC
* Mimi Budnick, Community Organizer, Direct Action for Rights and Equality
(DARE), Providence, RI

Our presenters will:
Share their experiences with legislative efforts to end mandatory minimums
and other sentencing practices;
Offer opportunities for individuals and groups to join promising reform
efforts;
Describe how:
sentencing practices drive high rates of imprisonment and target members of
communities of color at risk of HIV,
incarceration creates community-level vulnerability to HIV by destabilizing
neighborhoods, families and interpersonal relationships, and
formerly incarcerated people are denied rights that limit their social and
economic participation in the community.

A discussion/Q&A period will follow the presentations. Please feel free to
email questions to the presenters in advance by clicking here.

Background:

According to a new Pew Center report, the United States incarcerates a
higher proportion of its population than any other country, with over 2.3
million people - 1 in 100 Americans - behind bars. Policing and sentencing
practices in the US disproportionately affect people of color, especially
African Americans. In addition, they significantly impact people living with
HIV/AIDS. More than 25% of all HIV+ persons in the US are or have been
incarcerated.

Contrary to popular belief, research to-date suggests that imprisonment
itself does not necessarily drive HIV transmission inside prisons and jails,
though certainly infection does occur. While the majority of prisoners
leaving prisons with HIV were already HIV-positive when they went in, our
efforts include interventions inside and outside the setting of
incarceration.

Incarceration drives the HIV epidemic by increasing community-level risk
through financial, social and interpersonal destabilization in the
communities most affected by HIV. For that reason, reducing new infections
and easing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities requires simultaneous and
multi-pronged HIV prevention efforts. This could include comprehensive
prevention interventions and medical care inside prison walls, as well as
structural interventions to reduce the total prison population and length of
time served.

Sentencing reform reduces the number of people living with and at risk of
HIV in the criminal justice system. Mass imprisonment itself adversely
impacts community health, and drives higher rates of HIV within communities
most impacted by policing and sentencing strategies and laws.  A high
proportion of the incarcerated are convicted of drug-related charges or
parole violation offenses, which are often subjected to mandatory minimum
sentencing laws that require judges to impose certain lengths of
incarceration instead of diversion or alternative programs.

----
Josh Thomas
CHAMP - Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project
232 West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903
www.champnetwork.org
www.preventionjustice.org

(O) 401.427.7030 direct dial
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Executions Resume – Take Action! May 01, 2008 11:44 PM

1 May 2008

Greetings All,

First, welcome to everyone who has joined this list since our last post, including the folks who signed up at last weeks Amnesty International Annual General Meeting in Virginia .

CONTENTS OF THIS MESSAGE

Executions Resume - First post-Baze execution is May 6

What to Do from Far Far Away

Catching Up With Capital X

Nebraska Notes

Bumper Stickers, Buttons & Shirts

Farewell to David Elliot

EXECUTIONS RESUME - FIRST POST-BAZE EXECUTION IS MAY 6

Return to Executions

…But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens Changes His Mind.

After the longest moratorium in 25 years, executions are set to resume in the U.S. next week in Georgia , where William Lynd is scheduled to be killed on May 6, 2008 in response to his murders of Virginia "Ginger" Moore and Leslie Joan Sharkey. A number of other southern states - including Oklahoma , Texas and Virginia - have also set execution dates. (Please see the top right section at http://www.NCADP.org for more details and action alerts. Especially if you have a fax machine or are willing to overnight a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles for delivery not later than 9am Monday morning, please follow that link and take that action.)

In a way, this is simply a resumption of the status quo before the U.S. Supreme Court announced in September 2007 that it would review one state's lethal injection protocol. The Court handed down its decision on April 16, thus clearing the way for new execution dates to be set.

However it is perhaps more important to note what the Court did not consider. The Court did not argue that the death penalty is a meritorious public policy. The Court did not declare that capital punishment is free of blunders, biases and bureaucracies - blunders because of the number of innocent people sentenced to death; biases because of the class and racial inequities that plague the system; and bureaucracies because of the cumbersome and time-consuming nature of death penalty appeals.

These things about the death penalty were true before the moratorium began. They are just as true now that the moratorium has ended.

Indeed, after more than 30 years of supporting executions, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens changed his mind and now concludes that the death penalty violates the constitutionbecause it amounts to no more than the pointless infliction of pain. In his opinion in the Baze decision, Stevens indicated that if it were up to him, he would do away with the death penalty altogether. He challenges all of us to engage in "… a dispassionate, impartial comparison of the enormous costs that death penalty litigation imposes on society with the benefits that it produces…."

As executions resume in the U.S. , it indeed is time for such a contemplation.

Today your work to oppose - and abolish - capital punishment is more important than ever before. Please click here to help NCADP pay for the work that needs to be done.

***

WHAT TO DO FROM FAR FAR AWAY

Recently Alison wrote to me:

I have been a subscriber to the newsletter for sometime now, but to tell you the truth

I live in a small town in NSW, Australia . As you know, Australia doesn't have the death

penalty anymore, but I would really like to see it stopped in the USA . Is there anything that I can do, given I am not a US citizen, or live there? I would be interested in being involved in someway if you can think of something. Anyway, it is great to read the newsletters anyway, Thanks Abe

 

There is a list of ten things you can do here on our web page:

Clearly not all of these ideas work for our friends outside of the U.S. , but take a look and think about how you can use the circles that you travel in to further the cause you believe in. Here's a few more ideas:

* Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about why you oppose the death penalty. When it is published, send a copy to the U.S. Ambassador to your country, and to your Ambassador to the U.S. , with a note asking them to raise this as an issue of concern with their higher ups.

* Rent a film with a death penalty film and invite friends to watch and discuss it with you, or hold a public showing and discussion at the library or a local faith community. You can add an action component such as asking everyone to write a letter protesting an upcoming execution, and/or take up a collection to help support the work of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

* Think about other things that you can do, and share those ideas with me here at abe@NCADP.org - I'll compile and share some of them every once in a while.

***

CATCHING UP WITH CAPITAL X

Esther Brown of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty in Alabama writes this update on Capital X, who is walking from Trenton , NJ to Austin , TX to raise awareness about the death penalty:

Lots is happening! X will be in Birmingham in a couple of days and is open to doing speaking and or interviews. He is an extraordinary man in every sense of the word and we are grateful for his friendship.

If you would like to meet with him please contact him at 281 818 8935 or at his email

projectrevolution2010@gmail.com or call me at 334 499 0003

 

Esther

The video blog is here: http://onloq.com/channels/from-the-front-lines/

More is on the Journey of Hope Blog at http://www.thejourneyofhope.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.NCADP.org

abe@ncadp.org

mobile: 561-371-5204

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Execution Alerts and More... May 25, 2008 12:08 AM

 

UPCOMING EXECUTIONS - the For Whom The Bells Toll Campaign:

Bells Campaign: Schedule of Prisoner-Killings: 05/18/08

ADDING YOURSELF to the Tollbells Update List: Please toll your bells at 6pm local time for two minutes on the following dates. If you have elected to display the banner or another message, please do that all day. our webpage at http://www.curenational.org/~bells/

www.NCADP.org

abe@ncadp.org

202-331-4090

561-371-5204 (Mobile)

 Total killed in 2008: 1

Total killed since resumption of executions in 1977: 1100

See <http://www.cuadp.org/exinfo.html> for a complete list.

 

MAY

21 � Mississippi

6:00 PM EDT

Earl Berry is scheduled to be killed by the people of Mississippi in revenge for the murder of Mary Bounds.

22 � Georgia

7:00 PM EDT

Samuel Crowe is scheduled to be killed by the people of Georgia in revenge for the murder of Joseph V. Pala.

27 � Virginia

9:00 PM EDT

Kevin Green is scheduled to be killed by the people of Virginia in revenge for the murder of Patricia Vaughn.

 

JUNE

03 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Derrick Sonnier is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murders of Melody and Patrick Flowers.

10 � Virginia

9:00 PM EDT

Percy Walton is scheduled to be killed by the people of Virginia in revenge for the murders of Jessie Kendrick, Elizabeth Kendrick and Archie Moore.

6 � South Carolina

6.00 PM EDT

David Hill is scheduled to have his suicide assisted by the people of South Carolina in revenge for the murders of Jimmy Riddle, Josie Curry, and Michael Gregory.

10 � Virginia

9:00 PM EDT

Percy Walton is scheduled to be killed by the people of Virginia in revenge for the murders of Elizabeth and Jesse Hendrick, and Archie Moore.

11 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Karl Chamberlain is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murder of Felicia Prechtl.

17 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Charles Dean Hood is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murders of Roland Williamson and Traci Lynn Wallace.

17 � Oklahoma

6:00 PM EDT

Terry Short is scheduled to be killed by the people of Oklahoma in revenge for the murder of Ken Yamamoto.

25 � Virginia

9:00 PM EDT

Robert Yarbrough is scheduled to be killed by the people of Virginia in revenge for the murder of Cyril Hugh Hamby.

 

JULY

10 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Carlton Turner is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murders of Carlton Turner Sr. and Tonya Turner.

22 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Les Bower is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murders of Bob G. Tate, Ronald Mayes, Philip Good and Jerry Mac Brown.

31 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Larry Davis is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murder of Michael Barrow.

 

AUGUST

05 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Jose Medellin is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murders of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena.

14 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Michael Rodriguez is scheduled to have his suicide assisted by the people of Texas in revenge for the murder of Aubrey Hawkins.

20 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Denard Manns is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murder of Army Spc. Michelle Robson.

 

SEPTEMBER

9 � Texas

7:00 PM EDT

Gregory Wright is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for the murder of Donna Vick.

 

CONTACT:

GEORGIA:

The Honorable Sonny Perdue

Governor, State of Georgia

State Capitol

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

USA

Phone: 404-656-1776

Fax: 404-657-7332

Email at:

http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html

International Contact Form:

http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/international/0,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html

MISSISSIPPI

Governor Haley Barbour

P.O. Box 139, Jackson, Mississippi 39205

USA

phone at 1-877-405-0733 or 601-359-3150

Fax: 601.359.3741

OKLAHOMA

Governor Brad Henry

State Capitol Building

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

USA

Telephone: (405) 521-2342

Fax: (405) 521-3353

Email at: http://www.governor.state.ok.us/message.php

SOUTH CAROLINA

Governor Mark Sanford

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12267

Columbia, SC 29211

Fax: 803-734-5167

Phone 803-734-2100

Email at:

<http://www.scgovernor.com/Contact.asp?sitec

TEXAS:

Governor Rick Perry

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428

USA

Phone:

Citizen's Opinion Hotline: (800) 252-9600 [for Texas callers]

Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782 [for

Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000 [office hours

are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]

Fax: (512) 463-1849

Email at: http://www2.governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

VIRGINIA:

Governor Tim Kaine

Office of the Governor

Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor

1111 East Broad Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

USA

Phone: (804) 786-2211

Fax: (804) 371-6351

Email at: http://www.go

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Handicapped Tennessee Man on Death Row Despite High Court Ruling He Is Likely Innocent May 28, 2008 7:41 PM

Handicapped Tennessee Man to Be Executed Despite High Court's Ruling That He Is Likely Innocent

Mary
StarsButterfliesGold Notes
- 2 hours ago - nowpublic.com
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Multiple sclerosis has Paul House in a wheelchair. A tenacious prosecutor has him on death row, deemed too dangerous to be released two years after the U.S. Supreme Court said he likely isn't guilty.
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WSDP Acts: First nations leaders released from prison; etc.. May 29, 2008 1:22 PM

FW: first nations leaders released from prison
Good News!!

First Nations leaders to be released from prison: Attorney-General
Canwest News Service Published: Friday, May 23, 2008

http://www.nationalpost.com:80/rss/story. html?id=535888

TORONTO -- Six First Nations leaders will be released from prison today after serving more than two months for ignoring a court order to allow a mining company to drill on their traditional territory, a spokesman for Ontario's Attorney General confirmed Friday.

Six members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation will be back home by this evening after a court granted a motion for a stay pending the appeal of their six-month sentence for contempt, said KI spokeswoman Susan Nanokeesic.

"We are so happy, it's overwhelming," Ms. Nanokeesic said. "This is good news."

The appeal is to be heard Wednesday in Toronto.

The jailing of the leaders in March for disobeying a court order allowing Platinex Inc. to conduct exploratory drilling has drawn harsh criticism from Canadian authors and activists.

Most recently Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sent Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty a letter decrying their incarceration as "appalling."

Earlier this week, Platinex announced it has launched a $70-million lawsuit against the province. The company said it has suffered "substantial wasted expenditures" because it has been unable to gain access to the land near Big Trout Lake in northern Ontario because of actions by KI.

Platinex claims the Ontario government failed in its duty to consult with KI and also failed to warn the company it would not enforce its mining claims.

FW: Bear Butte action alert
FYI – Letters needed to protect Mato Paha (Bear Butte).  Please send questions, etc. directly to website listed below.

***********

Action Alert~ Letters needed for Bear Butte
 
Body:
 Please forward this Action Alert in its entirety. Thank you.

*begin

Hello everyone,

The upcoming hearing for both NEW and renewal Malt Beverage applications will be held at Meade County Commissioners on Thursday, June 5th at 3:30 p.m.

We are requesting as many supporters as possible attend this hearing. It is important for both locals and Tribes with interest surrounding Bear Butte to attend this hearing, to voice your oppositions to this NEW license for Broken Spoke Campground, formally known as Sturgis County Line.

Many of you may already be aware, on April 14th, 2008 Jay Allen announced he was in the process of transferring Sturgis County Line, to Target Logistics Corporation dba Broken Spoke Campground, LLC. Their new General Manager David Shoe has taken over the business. Target Logistics is a multi-million dollar corporation, that has the intent of expanding and further developing Broken Spoke Campground, adjacent to Bear Butte. They recently announced they would be opening the location year round, and will be hosting biker events in June, July and August.

This issue is more critical than ever, we need your support and your opposition letters!

Enclosed is a sample letter that can be sent to Meade County, just copy and paste it into a new email and send to the provided email address for Meade County. Or create your own letter, but PLEASE use the issues in bold as your focal points, suitability of location and character are the only two legal measures, for revocation or denial of new liquor licenses or renewals.


Please don't forget to add your legal name and address in your emails, this will assure that your email is counted!

DEADLINE for letters is JUNE 4th at 5:00 p.m.

(Mountain Time)

Here is a complete list of all renewals of establishments located directly around Bear Butte:

Iron Horse Campground, Richard Arneson, Tract D & E of BH Subdivision, lying in Tract W1/2 of Sec.

32, T6N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;

Buffalo Chip Campground LLC. N1/2 NW1/4, NE1/4, Sec. 8, T5N, R6E, SW1/4, Sec.


4, T5N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale and Off-Sale SD Wine;

Bear Butte Creek Campground, Mary Hershey Lot 2 & 3, SE1/4NW1/4, S1/2NE1/4, less portion, Sec.


5, T5N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;

Full Throttle Saloon & Campground LLC, Lot B of Brennon Subdivision of the NE1/4, Sec.


12, T5N, R5E, BHM, Meade County, SD, On-Off Sale;

Glencoe CampResort, Inc. d/b/a Double J Enterprises Glencoe Subtract B Lots 1 & 5, less 7 acres (2nd revision), Sec. 1, T5N, R5E, BHM; Lots 1 thru 5 S1/2NE1/4, Sec. 6, T5N, R6E, BHM; SE1/4NW1/4, less Tract A (2nd revision), Sec. 31, T6N, R6E, BHM; SE1/4SW1/4 Lot 4, Sec. 31, T6N, R6E, BHM; Lot 1 & 2, Sec. 36, T6N, R5E, BHM; less Govt. Lot 4; SE1/4 SW1/4, SW1/4 SE1/4, E1/2 NW1/4 SE1/4 of Sec. 31, T6N, R6E, BHM, E1/2 N1/2 of Govt. Lot 1 of Sec. 1, T5N, R5E, BHM, Govt. Lot 2 of Sec.


6, T5N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;

Dragpipe Saloon LLC, N1/2SE1/4 Sec.


1, T6N, R5E, BHM, Meade County, SD - On-Off Sale;

Free Spirit Campground, LLC – W1/2SW1/4NE1/4 and N1/2NW1/4SE1/4, Section 18, Township 6 North, Range 6 East, BHM, Meade County, SD (retail on-off sale malt beverage).


Crazy Coyoteys LLC., Government Lot 6 in Section 25, Township 6 North, Range 5 East, of the BHM, Meade County, SD less Fritz Subdivision thereof.

– On-Off Sale;

Ride N Rest LLC., Lot 1 & Lot 2 BH Subdivision located in the SW1/4SW1/4 of Sec.


32, T6N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;

Sample Letter:

Add Today's Date: ____________

Attn: Meade County Auditor
Meade County Board of Commissioners
1425 Sherman Street
Sturgis, SD 67625
Via fax: 605-347-5925
via ema

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Death Penalty Report: CA Death Penalty: Costly, Dysfunctional July 26, 2008 3:41 PM

Death Penalty Report Shows the California's Death Penalty is Costly
and Dysfunctional
Dear Friend,

We need your help.

On June 30th the California Commission on the Fair Administration of
Justice, created by the California State Senate after years of
lobbying by Death Penalty Focus and its coalition partners, released
its landmark report on the death penalty. Their findings reveal
that California's death penalty system is excessively costly and
riddled with problems leading to unconscionable inequities and
wrongful convictions.

Death Penalty Focus has worked for the past two and a half years to
ensure that our members (including law enforcement, the family and
friends of murder victims, faith leaders, experts, and activists who
oppose the death penalty) were present at every single Commission
hearing. We submitted a report detailing the serious problem of
wrongful conviction in capital cases, provided compelling testimony
at the public hearings, and helped to generate hundreds of letters -
including two letters signed by more than 50 judges, prosecutors,
cops and corrections officials - to the Commission.

Two legislative bills aimed at eliminating and remedying wrongful
convictions (SB 1589 & AB 2937), based on the Commission's
recommendations, are currently moving through the legislature,
please take just 30 seconds to send a letter in support of these
important bills: TAKE ACTION!

https://death.rdsecure.org/article.php?list=type&type=15

We also hope you will consider making a donation or making a pledge
of just $5 or $10 a month for the next year (the cost of just a few
cups of coffee a month) to Death Penalty Focus. This will allow us
to distribute this report to legislators, journalists, members of
law enforcement, teachers, and to Californians around the state.

We are at a critical juncture; now is the time to seize this
opportunity and use it to build even more momentum toward our
ultimate goal of ending the death penalty in our lifetime.

We are truly grateful to our members for their unyielding support.

Sincerely,

Lance Lindsey
Executive Director

P.S. Your donation, no matter how small, will make a genuine
difference in our work to end the barbaric practice of state-
sanctioned killing.

You received this email from Death Penalty Focus because you signed
the petition calling for a moratorium on executions in California.

Visit our website to learn more or make a donation.

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[FW] LPDOC Communique July 29, 2008 7:11 PM

[FW] LPDOC Communique
Original Message-----
From: freepeltiernow@mail-list.com [mailto:freepeltiernow@mail-
list.com] On
Behalf Of info@FreePeltierNow.org
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 6:45 PM
To: harveyarden@starpower.net
Subject: [FW] LPDOC Communique

This is being sent on behalf of contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

URL: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

*A Personal Note from Leonard Peltier*

I want to thank all of you who have shown your concern and answered
my call
for help. This medical problem has been going on now for some time,
at
least a year or so. As you know, a diabetic coma is usually fatal.
I am
feeling a whole lot better now, so thank you for helping me. You
can stop
contacting the BOP or Lewisburg officials.
Let's get back to concentrating on other important things. Again,
thank you
very much.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.

Doksha,

Leonard Peltier


*Birthday Activities*

Leonard will celebrate his 64th birthday on September 12. Please
continue
to lift Leonard's spirits by letting him know he is not forgotten.
Send
birthday cards and letters to Leonard Peltier #89637-132, USP-
Lewisburg, US
Penitentiary, PO Box 1000, Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000.

Get event planning tips at
http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/events.htm.

If you're planning an event to mark Leonard's birthday, please let
us know
as soon as possible. We'll post your event announcement on our
online
calendar and help promote your event by other means. Please send all
the
pertinent information about your event to
contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info.


*Branch News*

We invite you to partner with us to formulate strategies, devise
fundraising
ideas, and build public support. We strongly urge you to consider
establishing a branch of the LP-DOC in your area. Your participation
is
imperative to our survival and Leonard's freedom.

Support groups affiliated with Leonard's former defense committee
are very
welcome to join us, too. You're requested to formally register with
the
LP-DOC as soon as possible. As with all our branches, you'll receive
a
packet of information to help you continue your great work on
Leonard's
behalf.

For more information, see
http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/establish.htm and then contact
us at
contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info. Please provide your name, mailing
address, telephone number and e-mail address. We'll be happy to
send you
what you need to get started.


*Events*

July 16-31
San Francisco, CA: AIM for Freedom: A 40-Year Photography and Art
Retrospective Exhibit. Sponsored by AIM-West, an affiliate of the
American
Indian Movement. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street
(between 8th &
9th Streets), in The Bay Gallery. For more information, contact
Antonio
Gonzales at 415-577-1492 or Joyce Umamoto at 415-776-5833.

July 26-27 Oscoda, MI: Gagaguwon 10th Annual Pow Wow, hosted by the
Preservation of Native American Culture. This year the pow wow is in
honor
of Susie Nahgahgwon. Drop by and visit with the Saginaw Bay Area
Branch of
the LP-DOC. For information, contact Tom Higgins at 989-686-5096 or
send an
e-mail message to woodchuckmi@hotmail.com.

See more events at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm.

###

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LP-DOC) PO Box 7488,
Fargo, ND
58106
Phone: 701/235-2206
E-mail:

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freepeltiernow: Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 6 August 06, 2008 2:47 PM

A Shout Out to Supporters/Support Groups *

October 10 is the 10th anniversary of the Jericho National March
to the United Nations on behalf of our political prisoners and
POWs. We're issuing a call to action to all Peltier supporters
-- those up and down the east coast, in particular.  Create a presence
for Leonard in NYC on Friday, October 10.  Rent a bus and bring
some friends. Make some noise!  Demand freedom for Leonard Peltier
and all political prisoners and POWs!  Attend the evening concert to
benefit the prisoners, as well.  See www.thejerichomovement.com. For
more information, call 718-853-0893 or send an e-mail to
nycjericho@riseup.net. If you can't participate in the anniversary
march in NYC, plan a solidarity event in your community.  Let us
know details so we can help you promote your event.

* Other Events *

NYC: Picnic at the Park for Leonard Peltier! Sunday, August 24,
2008, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 9/11 Field at Prospect Park (Grand
Army Plaza side of the Park). Join us for a potluck at Prospect
Park, sharing your favorite grilled and barbequed summer treats
and restyling your attire to benefit Leonard Peltier's commissary
fund. A variety of Peltier stencil designs will be available for
you to create your own clothing art. So bring your family, your
friends and some clothes to support Leonard and his fight for
freedom and justice! 2, 3 trains to Grand Army Plaza; F train to
7th Ave. Sponsored by the NYC branch of the LP-DOC; co-sponsored
by NYC Jericho, Resistance in Brooklyn and In Our Hearts Network.

NYC: A Birthday Party for Leonard Peltier! September 12 from 7:00
to 10:00 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank &
Bethune Streets, New York, NY 10014; Phone: (212) 242-4201; E-mail:
brechtforum@brechtforum.org. Sponsored by the NYC branch of the
LP-DOC, NYC-Jericho, Resistance in Brooklyn and In Our Hearts
Network.

* Our Birthday Initiative *

As you may recall, September 12th is Mr. Peltier's birthday. Please
remember to send him cards and letters: Leonard Peltier #89637-132,
USP-Lewisburg, US Penitentiary, PO Box 1000, Lewisburg, PA
17837-1000.

On July 11th, the Longest Walk II presented its "Manifesto for
Change" to Representative John Conyers in Washington, DC. See
http://snurl.com/37dzd. The manifesto addresses many of the concerns
in Indian Country including but not limited to the protection of
sacred places and healing of the earth. One concern was mentioned,
in particular -- the continuing illegal imprisonment of Leonard
Peltier.  Read the Longest Walk II resolution for/about Peltier
at http://snurl.com/37dxf.

In acknowledgement of Leonard's 64th birthday and his nearly 33
years of imprisonment, please send a letter to Rep. Conyers in
support of the Indigenous manifesto. Do this in Leonard's name.

In addition, ask Rep. Conyers to ensure:

1. The release of the over 100,000 documents on the Peltier case
that are still being withheld by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) -- These documents are over 25 years old and are of historical
significance. The public has the right to know the truth about the
FBI's war against the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Leonard
Peltier.

2. the conduct of a congressional investigation into the long-term
effects of the FBI's COunter INTELligence PROgram (COINTELPRO)
-- It is well known that the FBI targeted AIM and other political
dissidents for annihilation. The FBI COINTELPRO effort resulted
in the assassination, criminalization, vilification, and the
splitting of various movements leading to their destruction,
with many political activists today languishing in prisons. Yet,
in 1974, the Senate Church Committee investigating the illegal FBI
COINTELPRO activities declared such practices unconstitutional. The
Senate Church Committee failed to complete their investigation by
examining actions taken against AIM or the Pine Ridge "Reign of
Terror" (1973-1976). Phone/fax/write to John Conyers and appeal to
him to conduct public hearings on why victims of COINTELPRO still
languish in prison over 30 years after the program was declared
unconstitutional. Also contact your congressional representative
and senators.  Urge them to enable John Conyers to reopen COINTELPRO
hearings.

Contact:

Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
Committee on the Judiciary
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
Fax: 202-225-0072
E-mail: John.Conyers@mail.house.gov

Here's a new approach. Share your thoughts with Rep. Conyers with
a video advocacy message in just three simple steps:

See http://snurl.com/37e09.

* Voter Registration and Get-Out-The-Vote Initiative *

http://snurl.com/37e1o

If you're not registered, you can't vote.  We encourage everyone
to register to vote and urge others to do the same.

Also take the time to e-mail your contacts in your address book
several times before the general election.  Remind your friends,
families, and associates to vote.  Keep reminding them until the
last vote is cast.  Tell them: Vote for the candidate(s) of your
choice, but vote!

We'll provide more resources for Decision 2008 in the coming weeks.

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Actions: Friends of a Free Tibet, act now :) August 08, 2008 12:46 PM

Actions: Friends of a Free Tibet, act now
Diane Crebo said…
Dear friend of a Free Tibet, welcome to our network.

Thanks a lot for joining us!

For the rest 3 days our campaign Candle for Tibet you find here all
informations with this most important link on our network
www.candle4tibet.org.

More informations - for example: all vigils

http://www.candle4tibet.org/en/vigils

for the campaign day, and the newest press release.

http://www.candle4tibet.org/en/

If you want to know more about CFT please see this video interview
about the aim of CFT and enjoy this radio interview.

Spread the word if you like it about our campaign on Facebook,
MySpace, whereever you want...

We hope that you'll find your experience here enriching, educating
and fun.

One of the benefits of this network is the ease in which you can
invite your whole address book to join us.

We have since today exactly 3 days to gather 100 million people and
we'd like to ask you to invite all your friends too.

So, here's the link: http://candle4tibet.ning.com/main/invitation/new

Love & Freedom

Diane and all her friends for a Free Tibet

P.S. Please add our banner to your website! They're available in many
sizes and formats here: Banners

http://candle4tibet.ning.com/group/iwanttohelpourcampaignbutidontknowh
ow/forum/topic/show?id=2154241%3ATopic%3A9953

for your Website or Blog!

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USCB Acts: Bush's Visit: Burmese Dissidents Refugee Camps; etc.. August 10, 2008 4:53 AM

Bush's Landmark Visit to Burmese Dissidents, Refugee Camps
President and First Lady Visit Burma Dissidents and Refugees in
Thailand
Dear friends,

We wanted to let you know some good news. President Bush and First
Lady Laura Bush just visited

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hRrGykk7VYKynWDV9XJZm7YQrt-
QD92DD9T00

Burmese human rights activists in Thailand, 24 hours before they head
to Beijing Olympics. The First Lady also made a special trip to
refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border to meet with some of the
millions of refugees who have fled Burma's military dictatorship.

One of our co-founders, Aung Din, today published an opinion article
in the Irrawaddy magazine about President Bush's trip and China's
role in propping up Burma's dictators.

Burma is an issue in the United States that crosses the fault lines
of political parties. We are very glad that Democrats and Republicans
have worked together to press for change in Burma.

We very much hope that President Bush, after his meetings, will
pressure China to make changes in its policy toward Burma. China is
the most important ally of Burma's dictator Than Shwe, providing him
billions in weapons and assistance while blocking the United Nations
from .

Despite having to face both the dictator Than Shwe and China, Burmese
human rights activists continue to stand strongly in their struggle
for democracy. Inside the country they are preparing for the 20th
anniversary of the largest uprising in Burma's history. Even as the
military has put its soldiers on alert, in the last few days
dissidents inside Burma have been secretly spray-painting the color
red all over the country's major cities -- the color is a symbol of
democracy and change in Burma. We salute their courage and bravery
and pledge to re-double our own efforts here in the United States and
internationally.

Thank you for supporting the people of Burma in their struggle for
human rights!

Sincerely,

Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, Thelma Young, Jacqui Pilch

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the
struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma:

https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1189/t/5102/shop/custom.jsp?
d






Join Us August 8th, 2008: Global Rallies for Burma
August 8th, 2008:
Global Rallies for Burma
Dear Friends,

All over the world people who care about human rights are planning
events for August 8th (and 7th). These actions will commemorate the
millions of people who marched on Burma's streets in 1988, peacefully
demanding an end to military rule.

On the 8th, many of us will also call for China to stop supporting
Burma's dictators. In 1988, thousands of Burmese were gunned down by
Burma's military dictators. Today, the same military continues to
dominate the Burmese people, due mainly to the support of China.

Below is a list of the major actions that will take place in the
United States on August 8th. To see the full list of world-wide
events, check out our 8.8.08 Event Page.

Even if you can't attend any of these events you can still do
something for Burma on that day.

Many people have already pledged to not watch the Olympic opening
ceremonies -- which have nothing to do with Olympic competition and
instead are being used to whitewash China's human rights record.
Instead of watching China's display, educate friends and family about
what is happening in Burma:

- Blog for Burma: Take the time to write a post on your blog about
why you will not watch the Olympics. Make sure that you link back to
the USCB website

- Letter to the Editor: Easily send

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1189/t/5102/letter/?
letter_KEY=1017

a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and let them know why
you think people should not watch the opening ceremonies

- Post a flyer in your window: This idea came from one of our chapter
leaders in Philadelphia -- post a flyer in the window of your home,
to let your neighbors know that you will not be watching the opening
Olympic ceremonies. Download the poster here.

August 8th, 2008 is a good opportunity to let the world know about
Burma. Please join us.

If you would like more info on an event or want to contact leaders of
the actions - please email us

New York - August 8th
12 PM - 2 PM: Rally outisde the Burma Embassy (10 E. 77th St.)
2:30 PM - 3 PM: Rally outside China Mission to the U.N (350 E. 35th
St.)
3:15 PM - 7PM: Rally in front of United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold
Plaza
(47th St. & 1st Ave.)

Los Angeles -August 7th
Rally outside Chinese Consulate (located at 443 Shatto Place Los
Angeles)
11:30-12:30 and from 4-6pm

Chicago - August 7th
Rally in front of the NBC building in Chicago (401 N. Michigan Ave)
from 4-7pm

San Francisco - August 8th
1. Berkeley Burma Day Burmese Flag Raising
Friday August 8, 2008, at 8:08 AM (Ceremony 7:45 - 8:30 am)
Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley
2180 Milvia Street (between Allston Way and Center St;
One block from the downtow

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Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 8 September 07, 2008 6:41 AM

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 8
"Cowardice asks the question -- Is it safe? Expediency asks
the question --Is it politic? Vanity asks the question -- Is it
popular? But conscience asks the question -- Is it right? And there
comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor
politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right." --
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

* Birthday Party for Leonard in Fargo *

You are invited to join his family and friends to celebrate Leonard
Peltier's 64th Birthday.

ON: September 12, 2008
LOCATION: Lindenwood Park, Fargo, ND
TIME: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

The LP-DOC is providing a birthday cake, Indian Tacos and
beverages. You are welcome to bring food or drink to share. Those
gathered will share food, stories and prayers for Leonard's freedom.

Remember to wear your Peltier T-shirts. Don't have one yet or need
a new one? The LP-DOC will have new T-shirts, bumper stickers,
and buttons available for purchase.

Directions to Lindenwood: From I-94, take exit 351 to University
Drive. Go North on University Drive to 17th Ave S. Go East on 17th
Ave. S to 5th St.. The entrance to Lindenwood Park is located at
the S 5th Street and 17th Avenue intersection. Meet at Shelter #4.

* Birthday Cards *

Leonard has requested that any birthday cards sent to him be free of
signatures. He is into recycling. He has asked that any messages or
special greetings you want to convey be written on a sheet of paper
(signed and self-addressed) and inserted into his card. Mail your
cards and letters to:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132, USP Lewisburg, PO Box 1000, Lewisburg,
PA 17837.

Monetary gifts should be sent to Leonard's commissary account in
the form of a U.S. Postal Service money order (made payable to
Leonard Peltier #89637-132). Mail money orders to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Leonard Peltier #89637-132, PO Box 474701,
Des
Moines, Iowa 50747-0001.

* Peltier Statement *

The following is Leonard's statement for the Political Prisoners
March and Rally today, August 25, Denver, CO (on the occasion of the
Democratic National Convention). Read here: <http://snurl.com/3jdka>

* Graywolf Show: Interview with Ben Carnes *

Ben Carnes on AIM and Leonard Peltier on August 26,
2008 (Tuesday evening) at 9:00 PM CST. To listen, go to
<http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Graywolfuncensored>. The Call-in
Number for the show is (347) 996-3652.

* LP-DOC Update *

Activities, newsletter, fundraising... Read here:
<http://snurl.com/3jew2>.

*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*
"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier
*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

-----

Please circulate to family and friends and otherwise widely
post our listserv announcements. Also frequently visit our
Blog at <http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com> or receive our
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You also can Bookmark our home page and/or blog. Click on the
Bookmark button provided at each of these sites to use any program
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favorites. Visit us often to learn more about efforts to win
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Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.o

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LPDOC + Arden Actions: Write to BOP: Peltier's Transfer; etc.. October 24, 2008 5:31 PM

Write to BOP Regarding Peltier's Transfer
Forwarded on Behalf of contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info
Urgent!!!! Write to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of
Leonard Peltier regarding his transfer!!!!!

October 16, 2008

As we reported in a previous email, Leonard is once again being
uprooted and relocated to another prison. Although this seems
to be a strategy by the federal government to disrupt his defense
committee, we can take advantage of the limbo Leonard is in right now
by demanding that the Bureau of Prisons transfer him to a facility
closer to his home reservation. Turtle Mountain is requesting that
Leonard be transferred to the reservation's custody, and in the
meantime there are federal facilities in Sandstone, Minnesota and
Oxford, Wisconsin which could accommodate him.

Please send the following correspondence or similar as soon as
possible to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC)
Grand Prairie Office Complex
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132

Dear DSCC:

I am contacting you seeking consideration for Mr. Leonard Peltier
who will be transferred from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in the near
future. Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner and deserves to
be transferred to a lower security prison. Also, Mr. Peltier
should be transferred to a facility close to his home based on
the hardship policy of the Bureau of Prisons, because his family
has grown older, is on a fixed income which limits the time they
can visit him. Mr. Peltier has served over 32 years in prison and
deserves to be close to his family during this crucial time in their
lives. For these reasons I ask that you transfer Mr. Peltier to the
Turtle Mountain Reservation’s custody as soon as possible. The
alternatives that would help satisfy this request are either the
federal facility in Sandstone Minnesota or Oxford Wisconsin as both
are near in proximity to his family.

In the name of all things good and humane, I ask you to do the
right thing for compassion ?Ts sake in the transfer of Leonard
Peltier today. Thank you and may the Creator bless you.

Sincerely,


Your Name
Your Street Address
Your City, State, Zip Code

Mail UPS or E-mail to: GRA-DSC/PolicyCorrespondence&AdminRemedies@bop.gov
Or Fax to: 972-352-4395

Please help us get my brother home,
Thank you

Betty Ann Peltier-Solano
Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee


Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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ALERT: The BOP is about to move Leonard from Lewisburg PA to we don't know
where.  These are times of desperate hope for Leonard...his formal parole
hearing comes in a few weeks...next one, if he needs it, is 2017.  If his
captors fail to free him after 33 years of false imprisonment, they will
deliberately and maliciously keep imprisoned a man they--and the whole
world--KNOW to be INNOCENT. His newly reformed support group--the Leonard
Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC)--is run by his sister Betty
Peltier Solano and niece Kari:  These gals need a few bucks to travel back
and forth to see him & run the tiny office in Fargo. They talk to him daily
and are Leonard's personal heartline to the world, including to me and you.
Please visit their lively website. 


http://whoisleonardpeltier.info/     [The ONLY official Peltier website]


Please join your prayers and pleas for Leonard's freedom to theirs, and, if
you're lucky enough to be able to do so, please reach into your conscience
and send'm $10-$20-$50--whatever. Takes a few seconds right on the site.
I'm doin' it myself! It's like taking a cleansing shower.  Do it!   We need
Leonard back among us in these dark times. Maybe Bush has one holy act of
executive clemency he might perform before Christmas. If not him, Obama
surely will have the wisdom to free Leonard.  Let them both hear your pleas.

Blessings & strength to YOU personally and to ALL OF US--we'll be needing
lots of both in the days just ahead. 

/Harvey

*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>
*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*<+>*


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                                Maybe you alone

                                 can't save the

                                    world.


                                but it certainly

         

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URGENT! ACT NOW STOP EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS scheduled 10-27 October 24, 2008 5:33 PM

URGENT! ACT NOW TO STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS, scheduled for MON OCT 27!
Act NOW to STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!
TELL THE GEORGIA GOV., LEGISLATURE, PARDONS AND PAROLE BOARD, BUSH, OBAMA, MCCAIN, CONGRESS AND THE MEDIA:
STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!

Please join the online campaign to STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS NOW!
YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!   Click HERE to

http://www.iacenter.org/troydavis/

Fill in Online Form

Tell Gov. Perdue and the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board:

STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS!

On Monday, October 27, Troy Davis, an African American on death row in Georgia, is scheduled to be legally lynched by the state of Georgia. Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of a police officer despite what Amnesty International calls "overwhelming doubts about his guilt." No physical forensic evidence was presented at Davis' trial, and 7 of the 9 witnesses have recanted their testimony, with at least two saying they were pressured by police to finger Davis as the killer. Yet on October 14 the Supreme Court refused to allow a new hearing in his case. TAKE ACTION NOW using the link below to let the Georgia Parole Board, Governor, Legislature, and congressional delegation as well as President Bush, Senators Obama and McCain, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Congressional leaders and members of the media know you demand No Execution of Troy Davis!


To fill in the online form, go to:
http://www.iacenter.org/troydavis 

Your messages will go to hundreds of public officials, including the Governor of Georgia, the entire Georgia legislature, each member of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the full Georgia Congressional delegation, as well as President Bush, Senators Obama and McCain, Congressional leaders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, and national and local media representatives.

The text of the message reads as follows (you will have the opportunity to edit it if you wish):

To: Governor Perdue, Georgia Pardons and Parole Board, Georgia Legislature, Georgia Congressional Delegation, Senators Obama and McCain, President Bush, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secretary General Ban
cc: members of the media

On Monday, October 27, Troy Davis, an innocent man, is scheduled to be executed unless you act to prevent it. He was convicted solely on witness testimony, and 7 of the 9 witnesses have since recanted, many alleging that police coerced them into making false statements.

I join with millions in the US and around the world in demanding that you Stop the execution of Troy Davis. Innocence matters to me. Justice matters to everyone.

I urge you to act now.

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c/o Solidarity Center
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Send an email request to
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Troy Davis Global Action Day October 24, 2008 5:35 PM

To clarify, Iran has banned the execution of minors for drug-related crimes, but will still allow the sentence to be imposed against juveniles convicted of murder, according to a statement made by Iran's Assistant Attorney General for Judicial Affairs Hossein Zabhi on Saturday.

And now on to the Troy Davis update.

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=11330

Activists and lawyers are working around the clock to stop the scheduled execution of Troy Davis from happening on October 27.  New appeals were filed yesterday.  The time is now to attend actions and contact public officials (contact info listed at the bottom of this message).

Amnesty International has issued a call for a Global Day of Action set for today (Thursday, October 23) in conjunction with a large rally at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to stop the execution of Troy Davis. The rally will begin at 6 PM.

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

http://www.ncadp.org/

supports this initiative and is encouraging all of our members, supporters and allies to participate in some way. 

http://www.gfadp.org/

If you can attend the rally in Atlanta, please do so. If not, find an action in your community and attend.  Those we know of are listed below.

Also scroll down to the bottom of this email for contact info of Georgia public officials you can contact.

Here is a list of scheduled actions:

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

RALLY AT THE CAPITOL STEPS
206 Washington Street SW
Speakers:
*Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network
*Larry Cox, Executive Director Amnesty International
*Steve Hawkins, NAACP Executive Vice President
*MC'd by Lorraine Jacques White, radio host on WAOK

Sponsored by Amnesty International, NAACP and National Action Network
For more info call 404-876-5661 x13
__________________________________________________________
SOLIDARITY ACTIONS (See below for full announcements):
*Arizona
*California
*Colorado
*Washington, DC
*Georgia
*Illinois
*Michigan
*New Hampshire
*New York
*Pennsylvania
*Virginia
*Washington

Also:
*Belgium
*France
*Italy
*UK
__________________________________________________________
ARIZONA

Thursday, October 23, 4 PM
Solidarity Rally for Troy Davis
Memorial Union, Arizona State University
Tempe
Contact Sarah.R.Oliver@asu.edu  or mlkubik@asu.edu

__________________________________________________________
CALIFORNIA

PALM SPRINGS:
Solidarity Rally for Troy Davis
Desert Sun, 750 N. Gene Autry Trail
Thursday, Oct. 23 noon
More info: fsmotr@earthlink.net

BAY AREA:
Join the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis
Thursday, October 23rd
5:00 pm, Powell and Market, San Francisco
Help us gather petition signatures

Speak out on the day of the scheduled execution
Stand in solidarity with Troy
Monday, October 27th
3:00 pm, Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Stand in solidarity with Troy

For more info call: 510-394-8925
Sponsored by the CEDP and Death Penalty Focus
__________________________________________________________

COLORADO
Action at Old Town Square, Fort Collins
Th. Oct. 23, 4 PM
More info: swanson.marla@gmail.com

__________________________________________________________

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Columbia Heights: Th. Oct. 23, 6 PM
STAND FIRM FOR JUSTICE: Solidarity Rally for Troy Davis
Corner of 14th St. and Park Rd. NW (the paved triangular area), right by the Columbia Heights Metro.
jcohn@aiusa.org

Howard University: Th. Oct. 23, 12:30 PM
Solidarity Rally for Troy Davis
Outside Douglass Jall, by flagpole
More info: lindsayparme@hotmail.com
__________________________________________________________
GEORGIA

Atlanta: 10-26-08, 6 PM
Prayer rally for Troy Davis and Friends of God Concert
Immanuel Baptist Church, 644 Memorial Drive
More info: Pastor George, micaiah_1@msn.com

Kennesaw: Oct. 23, noon
Emergency SpeakOut to Save Troy Davis
Campus green, Kennesaw State University
GET ON THE BUS! Passenger vans will be transporting students and others to/from Kennesaw State University to the 6
PM downtown rally at the capitol. Seats reserved on a first-come/first-served basis.

Call 607-280-4070 to reserve your seat now. More info: call Matt at 404-452-2697

__________________________________________________________
ILLINOIS

Chicago: October 23, 5:30 PM
Speak-out for Troy Davis!
DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield
March to Quad for candlelight vigil

Sponsored by Amnesty International--DePaul Chapter and Midwest Regional Office; Campaign to End the Death Penalty; DePaul Students Against the Death Penalty; and National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Contact aweger@students.depaul.edu  for more info.

Monday, October 27 5 PM
Speak-out to Save Troy Davis!
Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn
For more info contact the Campaign to End the Death Penalty at julien@nodeathpenalty.org  or 773-955-4841

__________________________________________________________
MICHIGAN
Monday, October 27 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Protest the execution of Troy Davis on the campus of Muskegon Community College
Muskegon, MI
More info: tracy.holt@muskegoncc.edu

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USCFB Actions: Major Trials: Activists Underway: Burma; etc.. November 02, 2008 10:22 PM

Major Trials of Activists Underway in Burma
Dear Friends of Burma,

Many of you have asked us about the incredible trials going on right now in Burma, so we have compiled some information below to share with you. We are closely monitoring the trials and sending information to the United Nations and governments throughout the world.

Detailed information and many photos of the students can be found below, but here is a brief explanation of what is going on: there is a group of courageous young men and women known as the 88 Generation Students

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6958363.stm

who spearheaded the Autumn, 2007 nationwide demonstrations by Burma's Buddhist monks. 
After Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi,

http://uscampaignforburma.org/learn-about-burma/aung-san-suu-kyi

these student leaders are the most prominent democracy activists inside Burma.  Most have been arrested because they encouraged people to participate in peaceful marches calling for change in Burma.  They are currently being hauled before Burmese "courts" and are charged with "crimes" that could put them in jail for over 100 years.
Refusing to accept the unfairness of the trials in Burma's court system, which is 100% controlled by the ruling military junta, the 88 Generation Students stood up and actively objected at their trials.  Read on to see what happened...
Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Mike Haack, Jennifer Quigley, Jacqui Pilch
Current Trials of Burmese Democracy Activists


(an abbreviated version of a longer report that can be read on our blog, blog.uscampaignforburma.org)

http://doiyeh.wordpress.com/

Since July 2008, the Burmese military regime has been sending democracy activists, arrested during peaceful protests in 2007, for trial before various Township and District courts. Most of the trials are being held inside the Insein Prison

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insein_Prison

compound in Rangoon and Oo-Bo Prison compound in Mandalay. Defendants were brought to the court in handcuffs and not allowed to meet with their lawyers in the initial hearings. Later, they were allowed to meet with their lawyers, and their family members were also allowed to attend the courts' hearings.

However, since Oct 3, 2008, the authorities stopped allowing family members to attend the trials and moved their family prison visits to the weekends. The family members sent a letter to the Chief Justice, asking permission to  attend future hearings, but there is no response from the Chief Justice as of this writing.

Meanwhile, the court hearings are more and more restricted and unjust. The judges do not allocate sufficient time for the defense lawyers to ask counter-questions. The judges refuse to allow defendants' family members to attend the hearings. The prosecutors have demanded the judges sanction defendants who simply asked for a fair trial. In case of Daw Win Mya Mya and five National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders in Mandalay, the authorities refused even to allow the prison officials to to confirm the date of arrest.

Min Ko Naing and Eight Members of the 88 Generation Students Transferred to Ma-ubin Prison in the Delta

Today (October 31st), the prison authorities transferred Min Ko Naing and eight members of the 88 Generation Students to prisons far from their familes -- nearly a five hour drive.  The 88 Students were sentenced to six months imprisonment each on Oct 29 by a judge for "contempt of court". Apparently, seeking a fair trial is considered "contempt" by the Burmese military regime.  

On Oct 30, 2008, the Rangoon Northern District Court, held inside the Insein Prison Compound, held a hearing against Min Ko Naing and 22 defendants.  Min Ko Naing and eight members of the group were brought before the court with blue colored-prison uniforms while other defendants wore civilian dress (since they were not yet convicted).  During the hearing, Min Ko Naing and all the defendants claimed that they have no trust in the court's fairness, and therefore withdrew power of attorney from their lawyers in protest. The next day, the nine including Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Mya Aye, Nyan Linn, Pyone Choe (aka) Htay Win Aung, Aung Thu, Hla Myo Naung, and Aung Naing (aka) Myo Aung Naing were transferred to Ma-ubin Prison with heavy security guards.  Ma-ubin is in a region hit by Cyclone Nargis, and conditions are terrible.

On Oct 31, the judges from Rangoon Southern District Court and Northern District Court continued hearings of other members of the 88 Generation Students inside the Insein Prison Compound. Min Ko Naing and the eight were not present in the trials.  The regime's prosecutors requested that the judges drop the cases against the nine, and the judges agreed. Instead, it appears that the Burmese military regime is planning to move the cases against Min Ko Naing and the eight to Ma-ubin District Court where it will be very difficult to obtain any information.

Four Farmers, Who Asked the ILO for Help, Arrested, Others in Hiding

The 88 Students are not the only people facing arrest and trial. A group of framers from Aunglan (Myede) and Natmauk Townships in Magway Division wrote to the International Labor Organization (a United Nations agency) office in Rangoon in July 2008, reporting that their farmlands were forcibly confiscated by the military regime.  They asked the ILO for help, and shortly thereafter the ILO liaison officer came to their areas to investigate. On Oct 20, the three farmers who signed the letter to the I

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Urgent, It's Time to Protect Your Vote by voting early :) November 02, 2008 10:23 PM

Cara All,

Ni hao.  Cool, thanx for sharing, caring, and go vote early,

http://colorofchange.org/earlyvote08/?id=1593-67632  ,

from       http://www.colorOfChange.org     ;

it's a great way to make sure the remocrats don't discount your vote and steal the elections!  Thanx All, twigs of poetree


YOU CAN

Talk the talk, walk the walk, and even
Be the be, but, if you don't vote the vote,
You won't ever be livin' in a democracy!


Thanx

While feeling sacred on
This All Hallow's Day,
I also feel pangs of the
Hungry, so wrought by
The profane; for the food
Wasted by us could feed
All the world's. Yet,
Betwixt, in the mundane
It's only hurled.


clarity

Sword that cuts all ways,
Without, for, there's no cutting;
And a pointless point.


normal

I don't suffer, or, suffer from,
Eurocentrism, northern malaise,
Nor, academia; a blood disease.


Injustices

Addressing, not addressing them
have costs, the former is individual,
the later is global, as well.


ends or means

Neither do I embrace.
Rather, the struggle well run,
Which uplifts us uncrowned,
Every moment humans race!


Responsibility

If you don't exercise it,
Its Siamese twin sister, freedom,
Will wither, like a muscle, as well.


if

One lived as prayer,
Their light adding
To the well of light,
Their every step in grace,
Leaving no footprints;
That will echo always.


why

As acid rain from your closed eye,
An acre of rainforest falls each
Second, and the earths tears bleed;
For, all you see is grey.


grace

Feeling with your spirits hands,
See with the eye of your heart,
Hear with the ear of your soul,
And know with the body
Of life's knowledge,
We can be prayer;
Being forever answered.


Tone

Life's signs and meanings
Perceived by all our senses and
Being's foci of attention, can
Divine from within and without.
That's if our inner-eye
Isn't clouded by false-ego,
Self-conscious self, or doubt.


Cityscape

Hustled and bustled,
Still, hands only put to heart,
Beings, only art.


Artist

Their innerselves, stretched canvasses
On that frameless frame, the world.
They being painted by life itself,
With reality as the brush.
The painting ever evolving,
The frame continually changing,
Their beingness as gleaned meanings
For all to share; seen through...,
If they were there.


Some of the groups I moderate :

Disabled Greens News and discussion, Group :
http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/
Abuse in Therapy, Group :
http://www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AbuseinTherapy/
Diffabled, Mental Health, all related issues, advocacy, and
professionals: Invite link:
http://passport.care2.net/invite.html?g=880  , Homepage:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Diffabled_MentalHealth_Action
reality's 360 page and blog : http://360.yahoo.com/jamesmnordlund
reality's My Space page, blog : http://myspace.com/jamesmnordlund
Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities: United to
Demand Justice and Social Change:
http://rippdnycnetwork.ning.com/profile/realiteee
Prison Abuse Social Network! Welcome to all Abolitionists:
http://sdicks4msnetwork.ning.com/profile/realiteee
reality's Windows Live Space :
http://jamesmnordlundreality.spaces.live.com/default.aspx?owner=1&wa=wsignin1.0   
reality's geocities website :
http://www.geocities.com/jamesmnordlund/index.html
Poets For Human Rights : http://groups.google.com/group/Poets-for-Human-Rights/web/realitys-twigs-of-poetree-pour-vous         
Poets For Human Rights
http://poetsforhumanrights.ning.com/profile/reality   
 
What do you think?  "Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen." ~ Leonardo da Vinci.  Enjoy a festive eve' as you can.  Copy, share, as you will.  Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither, like a muscle, as well.  Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised.  Viva la evolution, viva Green Party!  Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring. I look forward to hearing from you. Goodbye. For those interested "of or pertaining to the morning, day: relating to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day (formal), (Mid-16th

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Today's the Day! VOTE! November 04, 2008 7:26 PM

Today's the Day! VOTE!
Today's the day. Here are some resources to help you on this
Election Day.

Not sure if you're registered? Don't know where your local polling
place is?
Do you need to bring ID?

You can find answers to these questions and more at
<www.canivote.org>. This website is maintained by the National
Association of Secretaries of State, the nation's oldest nonpartisan
professional association for public officials.

Can't find your polling station?

Find maps to your polling station by typing in your zip code at
<http://action.fcnl.org/r/22536/36235/>.

Trouble at the polls?

Before you take off for the polls, save this voter hotline in your
cell phone: 1-866-OURVOTE. If you are told that your registration has
been "caged," "purged," or challenged, or if a poll worker insists
on offering you a provisional ballot (which is less likely to count)
rather than a regular ballot, call for help. If you witness voter
intimidation, voter fraud, distribution of partisan material at the
polls, or broken voting machines, report it; Election Protection,
the nation's largest voter protection coalition, will register your
report in a national database and notify the appropriate elections
officials.

The hotline is administered by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil
Rights under Law. The hotline 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA provides the same
service in Spanish. Election Protection promises to "provide
Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information
and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted."

Friends don't let friends forget to vote

As former Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon said,
"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't
vote." Spread the word far and wide that getting up early or staying
late at the polls on November 4 matters.

Please pass on this voting information to at least four of your
friends and family members.

Thanks.


Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org
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Letter from Leonard November 09, 2008 11:59 PM

Forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
<contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info>
November 5, 2008

My Relatives and Friends,

Last night a change in this country took place that not too long
ago many people said would never happen. An African-American was
elected to the White House and by a major landslide, which gives
him a mandate by the public to fulfill his promises. This landslide
indicates the people have placed their hope with this man they call
their president for a change in this country.

HOPE. There have been times if I can even recall what it really
means to have hope that justice is right around the corner. I've
been mislead and disappointed so many times that I would soon
see justice and to have it denied upon a technicality in legal
appeals. Or like what happened eight years ago. Everyone placed
their hope and trust with a couple named Bill and Hillary, but we
were betrayed at the last minute. I know that many of my friends,
family and supporters were crushed. I began to feel the weight
and pressure of a lifetime being unjustly imprisoned began to
crowd me into a corner of my cell and then in my mind. But, it
was this thing that has been our battle cry for so many years,
"In the Spirit of Crazy Horse". I remembered what he stood for and
remained a warrior until his last breath. It is a strength that we
stand upon when we are right. We were right to be in Oglala and we
were right to be prepared to defend ourselves. What wasn't right is
that a jury never got to hear any of this testimony, and the rest
of the trial was a product of the fabrication and then manipulation
of the FBI. This spirit of Crazy Horse is a spirit of being in total
resistance to the wrongs perpetuated towards your people, community,
family and yourself. Some of us called it outrage, but that is just
merely an emotion without resolving the issue. It is when we make
a conscious choice to try and balance the wrongs in this society
that we are being compelled by this spirit of resistance to stand
in defense of the wronged.

That spirit cannot be conquered, and I refused to submit and give in
when it appeared there may be no hope. It was because of the letters
of support and encouragement from so many people that I continued
on for another eight years. And now people seem to feel there is
a change blowing in the wind and that the election of Obama is a
manifestation of that change.

I sincerely hope so, because I am now 64 years old and coming up
on my 33 year of being confined and fighting for justice and my
freedom, Obama may be my last chance at securing my freedom. If
there is one thing I learned from earlier campaigns on my clemency is
that he won't just be able to do it by himself. He is going to need
your support in the form of public opinion on the case. That isn't
going to happen until we can create education and awareness on the
circumstances of my case across this country and send letters. Be
a Branch Support Group to help create public opinion. My case
has to be a national issue on justice denied, it may sound easy,
but it isn't. The FBI has been an opposing force in attempting to
discredit my cause and that of Native people since they focused
their attention on the American Indian Movement in the 1970's. When
it appeared that Clinton might actually grant clemency, the agents
went and demonstrated at the White House and utilized their resources
to create doubt in the mind of Clinton.

So in the national awareness goals of the branch support groups it is
going to be your challenge to keep the public interest focused. It
is also another hope that with a whole generation of people who
were born after my wrongful conviction that there will be a renewed
source of energy and actions.

One point that I would like everyone to focus on right now is a
"30 year law" regarding my sentence and parole. At the time I was
convicted, the guidelines said:

"Any prisoner, .shall be released on parole. after serving thirty
years of each consecutive term or terms of more than forty-five years
including any life term, whichever is earlier: Provided, however,
That the Commission shall not release such prisoner if it determines
that he has seriously or frequently violated institution rules and
regulations or that there is a reasonable probability that he will
commit any Federal, State, or local crime." 28 U.S.C. section 28
U.S.C.  4206(d)

I've served more than 30 years of this sentence and have been
considered a model prisoner And the likelihood of committing any
crimes is non-existent due to my age and the humanitarian work I've
pursued to help my people since my incarceration. According to this
law, they have to grant me a parole to my next sentence. But as we've
learned from the past, we cannot take anything for granted so your
letters should be focused on this law to the parole commission and
congressional leaders. If the commission complies with the letter
and spirit of this law, we will have made a significant step towards
my freedom and we will need to maintain and increase this momentum.

The Committee and I have been discussing several ideas and projects
to make this a pro-active campaign. We are currently rebuilding the
former LPSG's into LPBSG's. This is necessary due to a breakdown
with the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. I had to turn
to my sister and niece to help me rebuild my defense committee
from scratch. We had no files, records, and merchandise. We have
not been able to make contact with the former

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Two Executions This Week in Texas November 18, 2008 5:27 AM

2 weeks after the first African-American was elected President of the United States, two African-Americans are set to be executed in Texas this week. Last week, Texas also executed two African-Americans. The week before that Texas also executed an African-American. 40 percent of the people on death row in Texas are black, although blacks comprise only 11.9 percent of the Texas population. According to the TDCJ website, of the fourteen executions starting with the one on Nov 6, Elkie Taylor, and going until March 11, 2009, all the people scheduled for execution in Texas are either African-American (8) or Hispanic (5).

For more information on the issue of race and the death penalty, visit this page at the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Help Us Win a Membership Contest so that We Can Help Some Families of People on Death Row

http://www.amazee.com/node/3382/

Click here to join the "Abolish the Death Penalty Project" on Amazee.com and help us win a membership contest. We could win up to $5,000 to use against the death penalty. The project with the most members by Jan 22 wins. This is one of the easiest actions you can take to make a big impact for some of the families of people on death row, if we win.

We plan to use one-half of any prize money we win to help needy families of people on death row travel to visit their loved ones on death row. We will use the other half of the prize money to fight against the death penalty.

You have to go to the project page, click on "join project" on the right hand side, then click on "register". Then to qualify as one of the members who count towards the contest, you have to upload a profile picture or avatar of yourself. You don't have to do anything else to help us win the membership contest, just join the project.

We were all moved by the family members who spoke at the 9th Annual March to Stop Executions in Houston, so we were thinking of how we could help them. We all know that the death penalty is reserved for the poor. There are no rich people on death row. We want to use one half of any prize money we get through this contest to help family members visit their loved ones on death row. Many families have a hard time making ends meet and the extra cost of traveling long distances to visit their loved ones on death row is a great financial burden. Some of the people on death row have young children who rarely get to visit them. We will decide which needy families to help in consultation with the other groups in Texas that work together against the death penalty, including Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, Campaign to End the Death Penalty and the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement.

If we win the first place prize of $5,000, then $2500 will be reserved to help with trips to death row for families of people sentenced to death who need financial help to visit their loved ones. The other $2,500 would be used for activities during the upcoming Texas legislative session, such as a big anti-death penalty rally in Austin and other projects. If we only win third place, then we would have $1000 for the families and $1,000 for other expenses. But let's aim for first place!

Thanks to Amazee for helping non-profits achieve their missions!

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November Executions in Texas
Elkie Taylor November 6 EXECUTED
TDCJ Info on Elkie Taylor

George Whitaker III Nov 12 EXECUTED
TDCJ Info on George Whitaker III

Denard Manns Nov 13 EXECUTED
TDCJ Info on Denard Manns

Eric Cathey Nov 18
Facebook Group for Cathey
TDCJ Info on Eric Cathey
Petition for Cathey


Rogelio Cannady Nov 19 STAYED

Online Diary of Rogelio Cannady
Sign Petition for Cannady

http://www.petitiononline.com/SaveRoy/petition.html

TDCJ Info on Rogelio Cannady

Robert Hudson Nov 20
Sign a petition for Robert Hudson

http://www.petitiononline.com/rjh1963/petition.html

Facebook Group for Hudson
TDCJ Info on Robert Hudson

To send the Governor of Texas an email denouncing these executions, go to:

http://governor.state.tx.us/contact

You can also call and leave him a voice message:

Telephone numbers for Governor Rick Perry of Texas

* Citizen's Opinion Hotline [for Texas callers] : (800) 252-9600

* Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] : (512) 463-1782

* Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] : (512) 463-2000

* Citizen's Assistance Telecommunications Device
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD), call 711 to reach Relay Texas

* Office of the Governor Fax:
(512) 463-1849

Mailing Address:

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

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Photos From 9th Annual March to Stop Executions
Scott Cobb has put some photos from the 9th Annual March to Stop Executions online.

Clarence Brandley speaking at 9th Annual March to Stop Executions in Houston, Oct 25, 2008. Clarence is an innocent person who spent ten years on death row in Texas before being fully exonerated.

Thank you to all the sponsors and attendees of the march, especially to the many family members of people on death row who attended and spoke out against the death pen

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Southern Poverty Law Center Acts: Victory: KY Klan Trial; etc.. November 18, 2008 5:28 AM

Victory in Kentucky Klan Trial
Nov. 14, 2008
Dear James,

We won a great victory today in our lawsuit against the Imperial
Klans of America (IKA) and its leader, Ron Edwards.

The jury awarded a $2.5 million verdict to our client, Jordan Gruver,
who was brutally beaten by IKA members while attending a county fair
in Brandenburg, Ky.

The people of Meade County, Kentucky, have spoken loudly and clearly.
And what they've said is that ethnic violence has no place in our
society, that those who promote hate and violence will be held
accountable and made to pay a steep price.

Jordan is understandably gratified by the verdict. And he's relieved
that the ordeal of the trial is over, though he will never fully
recover from his nightmare.

We know the IKA does not have the assets to pay the full verdict. But
we look forward to collecting every dime that we can for Jordan and
to putting this violent organization out of business.

Details about the case and verdict are available on our website.

http://www.splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?
aid=345&splcnewsletter=dnewsgen-111408

We've received numerous messages of support over the past few days.
We greatly appreciate your commitment to tolerance and justice.

Sincerely,

Morris Dees
Founder

You can donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center online.

http://www.splcenter.org/center/contact.jsp?splcnewsletter=dnewsgen-
111408

We welcome your feedback. Contact us online.


Klan trial update, day 2
Nov. 13, 2008
Dear James,

We heard remarkable testimony at trial today in our case against Ron
Edwards, the leader of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and his
top lieutenant, Jarred Hensley.

A former Klansman stunned the courtroom when he told the jury that
Edwards ordered him to kill SPLC founder and chief trial counsel
Morris Dees in the late 1990s.

Fortunately, an undercover FBI investigation foiled the plot. The
would-be assassin served three years in prison, but Edwards was never
charged — and the extent of his involvement had not been disclosed
until today.

We also heard testimony today from two Klansmen who were present the
night our client, Jordan Gruver, was brutally beaten by IKA members
recruiting at a county fair in Brandenburg, Ky. They testified that
Edwards is motivated by greed and obsessed with recruiting new
members so that he can fill his coffers with donations and membership
dues.

You can read full coverage of today's testimony on our blog.

We have long believed that litigation is but one tool we can use to
fight injustice and intolerance. We also believe that by reaching
children before their minds are filled with bias, we can prevent some
of the hatred that resulted in the case we're trying today. We're
pleased to report that today an estimated four million students in
thousands of schools participated in our annual Mix It Up At Lunch
Day and crossed social and racial boundaries by sitting down with
someone new at lunch.

Morris and I would like to thank you for your support. We'll continue
updating you over the next couple of days as we wrap up the trial.

Sincerely,

Richard Cohen
CEO and President

https://secure.splcenter.org/donate/online/online.jsp?

You can donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center online.

Klan trial update, day 1
Nov. 12, 2008
Dear James,

Morris Dees and I are here in Brandenburg, Kentucky, where we just
finished the first day of trial in our lawsuit against Ron Edwards,
leader of the Imperial Klans of America, and one of his key
lieutenants. Our client, Jordan Gruver, was severely beaten, knocked
to the ground, and kicked by two Klansmen wearing steel-toed boots.

This morning, we selected a jury and called as witnesses one police
officer who saw Jordan being kicked by two Klansmen, and another who
interviewed Jordan after the attack and described him as a physical
and emotional wreck. Jordan's jaw was wired shut, and he was afraid
for his life.

We also put Imperial Wizard Edwards on the stand and presented
evidence about the annual white-power rally he hosts, where Klansmen,
racist skinheads and neo-Nazis are encouraged to commit violence
against minorities. Edwards will be back on the stand tomorrow.

You can read more coverage of the trial on our blog.

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2008/11/12/steel-toed-boots-help-splc-
make-case-against-klan-group/?splcnewsletter=dnewsgen-111308

I'll update you again after tomorrow's testimony.

Thanks for standing with us in our fight against hate and injustice.

Sincerely,

Richard Cohen
CEO and President

You can donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center online.

We welcome your feedback.
Contact us online.

Or by mail:
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

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Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 12 November 19, 2008 10:24 PM

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 12
*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*
I would like to ask you why when we speak you do not listen, and when
you listen, you do not hear, and when you hear us, you do not choose
to understand what we say. This is one time that I ask you to listen
carefully and understand what we have to say. -- Frank Fools Crow
                  *'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

* Call to Action: South Dakota Relief *

Conditions from the blizzards last week have created a crisis
on the South Dakota reservations. The Governor has declared a
State of Emergency. The Link Center Foundation has received many
applications for assistance that cannot be filled due to lack
of funds. With propane, wood, and electricity prices continually
rising, many more requests for help are expected to arrive. Please
mark your check "Emergency Utility and Heating Fund" and send your
donation to the Link Center Foundation, P.O. Box 576, Firestone,
CO 80520-0576. Credit card donations may be made securely online
at <www.linkcenterfoundation.org>.

* Freedom Campaign *

To keep up to date on actions you can take to help win
Leonard's freedom, visit our Campaign for Freedom blog at
<http://freedomcampaignforleonardpeltier.blogspot.com/>.
We encourage you also to sign on to Leonard's defense committee
listserv at <www.whoisleonardpeltier.info>.

Until the inauguration on January 20, there are many points of
contact for writing to President-Elect Barach Obama to request
an award of Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier. For example,
you can reach his transition team at <www.change.gov>. However,
letters are less easily dismissed and due to the onslaught of
electronic requests he now receives, the following locations may
be more effective avenues for capturing the senator's attention.

We encourage you to draft a brief letter (examples can be found at
<www.FreePeltierNow.org>.  Focus only on the issue of clemency and,
if you include information on Peltier's case, be certain that your
information is accurate.

We also highly recommend that you fax your correspondence to ensure
speedy delivery.  You may, of course, mail your correspondence. Send
your correspondence to at least one and preferably ALL of the
senator's offices. Do it today.

Washington Office
The Honorable Barach Obama, 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC
20510; 202-228-4260 (Fax)

Chicago Office
The Honorable Barach Obama, John C. Kluczynski Federal Office
Building, 230 South Dearborn St., Suite 3900 (39th floor), Chicago,
Illinois 60604; 312-886-3514 (Fax)

Springfield Office
The Honorable Barach Obama, 607 East Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois
62701; 217-492-5099 (Fax)

Marion Office
The Honorable Barach Obama, 701 North Court Street, Marion, Illinois  62959;
618-997-2850 (Fax)

Moline Office
Honorable Barach Obama, 1911 52nd Avenue, Moline, Illinois  61265;
(309)736-1233 (Fax)

* LP-DOC Communique *

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee has issued a call
to performers asking that benefits be planned and implemented on
Mr. Peltier's behalf on or around December 10, Human Rights Day
(also the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human
Rights).  The LP-DOC also is seeking volunteers to help with a myriad
of tasks and encouraging the formation of many more branch support
groups in the U.S. and around the world. If you can lend a hand,
please send an e-mail message to <bcarnes@whoisleonardpeltier.info>.

* Reminder: Peltier Gift Drive *

Mail all holiday gifts for the children on the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation to: Rosyln Jumping Bull, Box 207, Oglala, SD
57764. Remember that the Gift Drive will serve ages newborn to
18 years.


                  *'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*
"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier
                  *'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

-----
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We encourage other sites to link to our Web site and blog. No prior
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Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 13 November 26, 2008 6:15 AM

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." -- Gandhi
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* Christmas at Turtle Mountain *

In addition to the annual holiday gift drive for the children
on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Leonard Peltier is organizing a
gift drive for the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North
Dakota. Leonard grew up on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and many
of his family members still live there.

This annual gift drive is one way in which Leonard continues his
humanitarian work for his people. Help Leonard reach out beyond
the bars that imprison him. Remember... The gift drive helps the
children and families, but also Leonard himself. Help keep Leonard's
spirit strong through the difficult holiday season.

Mail all gifts to:

Tamara Patneaud
PO Box 308
Rolla, ND 58367
701-278-6121

Rosyln Jumping Bull
Box 207
Oglala, SD 57764
605-867-2231

Send new (unwrapped) toys, warm clothing, books, school supplies,
etc., for children ages newborn to 18 years. To ensure delivery by
Christmas, mail your gift no later than December 17.

* Day of Justice *

On Friday November 28th, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense
Committee will hold a demonstration called "Day of Justice" at the
Fargo Federal Courthouse, 110 Quentin N Burdick, 655 First Avenue
North, Fargo, North Dakota.

The Turtle Mountain Tribal Council recently passed a resolution
demanding the immediate release of tribal member Leonard Peltier
to their custody. The "Day of Justice" calls for the US Bureau of
Prisons to recognize the sovereignty of Turtle Mountain and let
Leonard Peltier go home.

The US Bureau of Prisons is not following the law in regard to
releasing Leonard Peltier on parole. Legally, Peltier should have
already been released under Title 18, Sections 4205 and 4206, of
the U.S. Criminal Code. The "Day of Justice" asks, "Why is Leonard
Peltier still in prison?"

Featured speaker for the "Day of Justice" is Russell Means, a
member of the Lakota Oglala Nation who has been on the forefront
of organizing for the American Indian Movement since the early
1970's. More information about Means can be found at his official
websites <www.russellmeans.com> and <www.russellmeansfreedom.com>.

Come hear more about Leonard Peltier's case and learn how you can
help win Leonard's freedom and justice for all political prisoners.

                  *'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*
"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier
                  *'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

-----
Please circulate to family and friends and otherwise widely
post our listserv announcements. Also frequently visit our
Blog at <http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com> or receive our
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Or register to receive e-mail announcements. It's easy. Go to our
homepage at <http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/welcome.htm>. Scroll
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click on "Subscribe". Or send a blank e-mail message to
<FreePeltierNow-on@mail-list.com>.

You also can Bookmark our home page and/or blog. Click on the
Bookmark button provided at each of these sites to use any program
you wish by which to save the sites to your list of browser
favorites. Visit us often to learn more about efforts to win
Leonard's freedom and find out what you can do to help.

We encourage other sites to link to our Web site and blog. No prior
permission is required. Feel free to use one of our banner ads at
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/banners.htm> to link to our resources.

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Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 15 December 15, 2008 10:12 PM

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 15

* January 20: Inauguration Day *

Eight years ago, on January 20, then President Bill Clinton left
office without taking action to free Leonard Peltier. On this
Inauguration Day, folks around the country will celebrate change. We
encourage you not only to celebrate what we hope will be a new
beginning for all, but to actively work for Leonard's freedom.

A shout out to supporters in the Mid-Atlantic region: Plan to
attend festivities in Washington, DC, during the 4-day celebration
there. Create a presence for Leonard... Along the parade route,
on the Mall, adjacent to the National Museum of the American
Indian. Carry signs, wear shirts.

Take a clipboard or two along. Why? Carry
a sheaf of spare clemency letters with you. See
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/LEGAL/uploads/clemencyletter.doc>.
Educate people face-to-face and get one signature per letter. Because
personal letters often are more effective, also carry spare paper
and pens. Encourage folks to write their own brief letters. They
can use your sample letter as a guide.

Leave notes, flowers, and tobacco ties inside the National Museum of
the American Indian. An inscription for Leonard Peltier is located
at Panel 2.04 (line 28) on the Honor Wall inside the museum.

What can the rest of us do? Host an Inaugural party of your own
to celebrate new hope for Leonard Peltier. Gather with friends,
family members, and people in your community to educate others
about Peltier's case. Show "Incident at Oglala," or read from
"Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance". Motivate everyone to
get and stay involved.

The incoming Administration has announced that one day of the
four-day Inauguration celebration will be a Day of Service. So,
take ACTion. Some ideas:

+Chalk It Up--Assemble your group of supporters, hand out chalk, and
spread out around your town. Write slogans in support of Leonard's
freedom on sidewalks, e.g., "Free Peltier NOW. You can add a web
address, too: whoisleonardpeltier.info, for example. (CAUTION:
We recommend that you consult graffiti ordinances in your area
and use only chalk because such markings are not permanent.) Also
leaflet nearby to generate more awareness. Select handouts at
<www.FreePeltierNow.org/downloads.htm>.

+Personal Touch--Instead of signing a petition or writing letters
of support, try a more personal approach in communicating your
message. Make a big sign that says "I Stand with Obama on Freeing
Peltier." Take a photograph of each person in your group--with
the sign being held by the supporter or hung as a background for
the photo. Make certain that the supporter's face and the sign's
message are clearly visible, and make certain to record the name
and address of the person photographed. (That information can and
should be written on the back of the photo once it is developed.)
If we all do this, tens of thousands of photographs can be assembled
and delivered to the White House in the months ahead. But, for
now, let's stockpile the photos for delivery to the White House en
masse. And don't stop there. Keep collecting photos!

You can find other ideas at
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/educate.htm>.
Don't hesitate. Start planning your Inauguration activities now.

Also remember that the 33rd anniversary of Leonard's arrest is
February 6.

But don't restrict yourself only to commemorative occasions. Make
Leonard's freedom a 24/7/365 endeavor. Friends, our time is now.
Stand up. Move your lips and agitate your tongues. Make a noise.
Whatever it takes. Do it and keep doing it until Leonard is free!

* Op-Ed *

Read "12,000 Days" at
<http://freepeltiernow.blogspot.com/2008/12/its-been-12000-days.html>.

* Raffle for Freedom *

First Place, Painting by Leonard Peltier
Second Place, Poster-size Lithograph of Painting
Third Place, "Incident at Oglala" DVD, "Songs for Leonard Peltier"
CD, and
T-Shirt

Cost: $5 ea. or 5 tickets for $20. Send checks or money orders
(be sure to indicate it's for raffle tickets) to: LP-DOC, Box 7488,
Fargo, ND 58106. The drawing will be held at the end of December.

* Last Call *

Remember to ship your gift for a child at the Pine Ridge and/or
Turtle Mountain. Mail gifts to:

Tamara Patneaud
PO Box 308
Rolla, ND 58367
701-278-6121

Rosyln Jumping Bull
Box 207
Oglala, SD 57764
605-867-2231

* Remember Leonard, Too *

This season is a difficult time for all prisoners. You are all
working hard for Leonard's freedom, we know, as well as being busy
with your lives and preparing to spend the holidays with friends
and family. But with a simple gesture, you can bring comfort and
joy to someone who is very far from home and missing his family
and friends. Let's all take a minute out of this day to each send a
holiday card, newsy letter, or note of encouragement... The address:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP-Lewisburg
US Penitentiary
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000

Friends of Peltier
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LPDOC Actions: Don't Let This Opportunity Pass Us By; etc.. January 01, 2009 1:01 AM

LPDOC Actions: Don't Let This Opportunity Pass Us By; etc..
Don't Let This Opportunity Pass Us By
There's a movement of citizens inspired by the presidential
campaign who are now submitting ideas for how they think the Obama
Administration should change America. It's called "Ideas for Change
in America." One idea already submitted is an award of clemency
for Leonard Peltier. We thought you might be interested in getting
involved and recommend you check it out. You can read more and vote
for the idea by clicking the following link:

<http://www.change.org/ideas/view/pardon_or_commutation_for_leonard_pe
ltier>

Ultimately, the top 10 ideas are going to be presented to the Obama
Administration on Inauguration Day and ***will be supported by a
national lobbying campaign by Change.org, MySpace, and more than a
dozen leading nonprofits*** after the Inauguration. So this idea
has a REAL chance at becoming policy.

Visit the link and support the idea with a "YES" vote. You also
can send an e-mail alert to friends or share this idea on MySpace,
Facebook, etc., using various tools available on the same page.

We can't let this opportunity pass us by. It takes a couple of
minutes to vote. Don't wait. Do it now.

Thank you for everything you do on Leonard's behalf.

*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*
"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier
*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 16
*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*
In a famous 1963 decision, Brady v. Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court
held that "the suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable
to an accused upon request violates due process where the evidence
is material either to guilt or to punishment, irrespective of the
good faith or bad faith of the prosecution."
*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

* Season's Greetings *

Blessings, Friends. May peace and joy blanket you as you travel
through the coming year. We pray that you'll have the strength to
meet any challenge and that Creator will bless the work of your
hands--your actions on behalf of Mr. Peltier, in particular.

* Getting Back to Basics *

The legal wrangling of the past decade can be confusing to
many, but one simple truth remains in the Peltier case: Leonard
Peltier is innocent. How do we know? Because the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI)--or rather their documents which were withheld at
trial--have told us so. View (and widely circulate) this explanation
of the crucial, exonerating evidence in the Peltier case:

<http://FreePeltierNow.org/java/ballistics.htm>.

* Have You Written Your Letters? *

Write your letter in support for Leonard's bid for parole.

Mail your letter to:

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Please also write a letter in support of Leonard's transfer to the
Turtle Mountain Reservation or to the Sandstone, MN, or Oxford,
WI, correctional facility. See
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2008/12/change-in-works-at-
lewisburg.html>
for details.

* Emergency Assistance Needed *

Always harsh, the winter weather has already created a crisis
on South Dakota reservations. Blizzard conditions and subzero
temperatures have created a heating shortage. Donations are
desperately needed to meet the demand for heaters, heating oil,
wood, etc. Please do what you can. Send a check or money order to:

Link Center Foundation
P.O. Box 576
Firestone, CO 80520-0576 NOTE: Make your check or money
order payable to the Link Center Foundation Utility and
Heating Fund. You also can donate securely online at
<http://www.linkcenterfoundation.org/id25.html>.

* LP-DOC Raffle for Freedom *

First Place, Painting by Leonard Peltier
Second Place, Poster-size Lithograph of Painting
Third Place, "Incident at Oglala" DVD, "Songs for Leonard Peltier"
CD, and
T-Shirt

Cost: $5 ea. or 5 tickets for $20. Send checks or money orders
(be sure to indicate it's for raffle tickets) to: LP-DOC, Box 7488,
Fargo, ND 58106. The drawing will be held at the end of December.

* Stage Play: My Life Is My Sun Dance *

Patrons, donors, sponsors, theater owners... Assist In Peace
Productions in bringing the play "My Life Is My Sun Dance"
to cities and rez communities around the nation. Contact
<keith@mylifeismysundance.com>.

* Oglala Commemoration Auction *

See
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2008/12/oglala-commemoration-new-
items.html>.

* February 6 Events *

On Friday, February 6 (the 33rd anniversary of Leonard's illegal
imprisonment), folks in Boulder will host an educational event about
his case. The scheduled speakers for the evening are Chief Leonard
Crow Dog, David Hill and Ben Carnes. Music will be provided by the
Plenty Wolf Singers. The event will

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LPDOC Action: Peltier's Transfer on 12 Jan 2009: Be Heard! January 11, 2009 10:30 PM

LPDOC Action: Peltier's Transfer on 12 Jan 2009: Be Heard!
Peltier's Transfer on 12 Jan 2009: Be Heard!
The classification and designation functions of the Bureau of Prisons
have been centralized at the Designation and Sentence Computation
Center (DSCC) located at the Grand Prairie Office Complex. Please
send e-mails to:

GRA-DSC/PolicyCorrespondence&AdminRemedies@bop.gov.

But also fax letters if at all possible: 972-352-4395.

Please also note that the warden at Lewisburg and the related
regional director do not make decisions with regard to
classification/designation. The ultimate power rests with the
director of the Bureau of Prisons.  You can cc the director on
correspondence to the DSCC.  Fax a copy of your correspondence:
202-514-6878.

Sample Letter

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC)
Grand Prairie Office Complex
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132

Dear DSCC:

I am contacting you seeking consideration for Mr. Leonard Peltier
who will be transferred from USP Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in the
near future.

Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner and his security rating has
been greatly reduced. Mr. Peltier deserves to be transferred to
a lower security prison. Also, Mr. Peltier should be transferred
to a facility close to his home in North Dakota. Mr. Peltier has
served over 32 years in prison and deserves to be close to his
family during this crucial time in their lives.

It is my understanding that the Tribal Council, Turtle Mountain Band
of Chippewa Indians, has requested that Mr. Peltier be transferred
to their custody. I ask that you transfer Mr. Peltier to the Turtle
Mountain Reservation's custody as soon as possible. The alternative
that would help satisfy this request is a transfer to the federal
facility in Sandstone, Minnesota, or that in Oxford, Wisconsin.

In the name of all things good and humane, I ask you to do the
right thing.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your City, Your State, Your Zip Code and/or Country]

cc:

Director Harley G. Lappin
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Fax: 202-514-6878

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MD Gov. to Introduce Abolition Bill- who do you know in MD? January 17, 2009 8:42 AM

MD Gov. to Introduce Abolition Bill- who do you know in MD?
Maryland Governor to Introduce Abolition Bill - who do you know in MD?
Greetings All!

http://www.ncadp.org/

First, happy new year!  We here at the National Coalition wish you and yours all the best in 2009, and we look forward to seeing many of you at "Training for the Long Run: NCADP 2009," our national conference next week in Harrisburg, PA.  Please visit www.NCADP.org to learn more and register today!

Now for the big news.

The Maryland repeal effort is now officially in it's next phase -- the Governor announced today that he will personally sponsor the repeal bill and will do everything he can to pass it. This obviously is tremendous news, and something we've been hoping for for a long time. The campaign now kicks up many notches!

The Governor's institutional support gives great weight to the bill, but it is still a long road ahead and Governor O'Malley needs the full support of the larger abolition community to be very strongly behind him in order for him to be successful.  But please note: the opportunities are different depending on where you live.

Do you live outside of Maryland?  If so, please do NOT contact Maryland legislators or the Governor.  It is much better that Maryland policy makers hear from their own voters/citizens/tax payers.  So the question is, who do you know in Maryland?  If you have friends, family, colleagues, etc. who live in Maryland, please ask them to sign up with Maryland Citizens Against State Executions at http://www.mdcase.org/ and to take the actions suggested by that organization. 

Do you live in Maryland?

This is all hands on deck. We need Marylanders all across the state calling and writing their legislators, hosting events, tabling at churches, distributing yard signs, and more. This is the time. If everyone makes repeal in Maryland a priority, we will be another state down in less than 90 days!  Sign up today at www.mdcase.org and get involved!

Thank you for taking action today.

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
www.NCADP.org
abe@ncadp.org


Here's the Washington Post article from this morning.

O'Malley Begins Quest To Repeal Death Penalty

By John Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 16, 2009; A01

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said yesterday that he will for the first time personally sponsor a bill and do "everything in [his] power" to abolish capital punishment in Maryland, signaling his desire to make the issue a chief accomplishment as he enters the second half of his term.

O'Malley said in an interview that he plans to invest heavy political capital to persuade the General Assembly to pass a repeal bill during its current 90-day legislation session, even asking lawmakers to work around a Senate committee that has kept such a bill from passing before if necessary.

During his first two years, the governor has established a track record of muscling through difficult legislation, including a bill setting up a public vote on slot-machine gambling and a package of tax increases and spending cuts. But his promised introduction of a death-penalty repeal bill will face strong opposition, probably leading to a major political battle.

O'Malley said the death penalty is not a deterrent, wastes resources that could be better spent fighting violent crime and leaves the state open to the possibility of executing innocent people. "That risk alone should be enough to repeal it and substitute it with life without parole," he said.

The governor's stepped-up effort comes at a time when other states have been rethinking the merits of the death penalty and with Maryland at a crossroads on the issue. A state commission led by former U.S. attorney general Benjamin R. Civiletti recently recommended abolition, but local prosecutors who support capital punishment have urged O'Malley to issue the regulations needed to end a court-imposed moratorium on executions.

The 37 executions that took place nationally last year marked a 14-year low and continued a downward trend after peaking in 1999, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. In late 2007, New Jersey became the first state in a generation to abolish the death penalty; others are considering it.

"I'm going to lobby people on the merits of the issue," said O'Malley, a Catholic who has long opposed the death penalty. "I just feel personally compelled to try."

After a meeting with O'Malley yesterday, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), a capital punishment supporter, said he would continue to talk with the governor but said changing votes will be tough.

"When you're middle-aged, your mind is pretty much set on issues like this," Miller said. "It's not an issue you can lobby. He's going to push hard, but I'm not sure he's going to be successful."

It is unclear how many minds O'Malley would need to change, because repeal bills have not been debated by the full House or Senate in recent years. Death penalty opponents claim that a majority in both chambers support repeal, although the bill could face a filibuster in the Senate, further complicating passage.

Maryland has executed five people since it reinstated the death penalty in 1978. Five inmates are on death row.

The state has had a de facto moratorium on capital punishment since December 2006, the month before O'Malley took office, after the state's highest court ruled that procedure

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Leonard's Statement Before Transfer January 17, 2009 8:43 AM

Leonard's Statement Before Transfer
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 11:04 AM
Subject: Leonard's statement before transfer

Dictated by phone January 12, 2009

Greetings my relatives, friends and/or captors

To my relatives and friends, I want to especially thank you for your generosity in this season of giving they call Christmas.  And I want you to know I’m mindful of the reason for the season as they say, for Jesus himself was a political prisoner.  He stood up against the warmongers the exploiters of his people and he was imprisoned and hung out to dry, likewise so many other people who have stood up against those who would exploit the lives and resources of people around the world. I don’t claim to be of any significance on their level, I am but one man of many who have stood up against exploiters that would use force to inflict their value system upon a weaker people.

I am in the process right now of being transferred; I had hoped to be transferred to a facility on the Turtle Mountain Reservation while I dealt with other legal issues regarding my imprisonment.  However my captors have once again triumphed in their continuing efforts to break me.  They have sent me even farther away from my traditional homeland.  I hear them and others continually talk about justice. One of the bureaucrats in North Dakota when becoming aware of my efforts to be transferred to Turtle Mountain spoke up and said he believed justice is being served in my continued imprisonment.  I sincerely hope good people will take note of this person, Senator Byron Dorgan, on the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs.  It is quite obvious that he has no knowledge of true Indian History, no knowledge of my case, and is only a lackey for those who wish to keep us always subject to their
version of what justice is.  They have at times called me a thug and a cold blooded murderer, but I know historically they called Geronimo a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Crazy Horse a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Captain Jack of the Modocs a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Black Hawk of the Sauk a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Tecumseh a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Sitting Bull a cold blooded murderer and savage …and the list goes on and on. 

The one thing all these men have in common is they were all imprisoned or killed by this government; they were all patriots in their own land, trying to stop the illegal immoral taking of their people’s land and resources.  They didn’t call the men who murdered our people at Wounded Knee thugs and savages, they didn’t call the snipers who shot Frank Clearwater at Wounded Knee in 73 a murderer, they didn’t call the ones who shot Buddy Lamont a cold blooded murderer, they didn’t call the ones who shot Joe Stuntz a cold blooded murderer, they didn’t call the sniper who shot that young woman and baby in 1992 at Ruby Ridge Idaho in a cold blooded murder, they didn’t call the ones who burned the men, women and children to death at Waco, Texas in 1993 in cold blooded murderers.  I assume cold blooded means you have no sense of right or wrong or something of that nature when you take a life.  And if that is so, then this country is full of cold blooded murderers and thugs because by proxy they have killed thousands of innocent men women and children in Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan, I’ve seen them on TV.  I’ve seen the pictures of children’s bodies piled on top of each other..  And right now the US funds Israel’s war machine as they kill hundreds of innocent men, women and children. 

Einstein once said, “All things are relative” and “For every action there is a reaction.”  In the traditional way our people teach the same.  In all the major religions around the world it is taught the same way before Einstein ever drew a breath.  Every person in America who allows this injustice to continue without voicing any opposition is a party to murder on some level.  Someone once said and it is a truism, “All that is needed for evil to prevail is good men to say nothing.” And if Einstein is correct and Jesus is correct then you reap what you sow, and Buddha is correct who said there are karmic laws that must repay or be repaid for whatever you do then this nation had better start paying attention. It is financially at this point bankrupt.  It is spiritually and morally bankrupt.


I’m sure this letter won’t buy me any favored treatment.  Actually I don’t know that anything ever has.  They had a plot to kill me once that didn’t work.  They have denied me medical treatment that I need.  I have arthritis in my knees.  I have a semi dysfunctional jaw from lack of medical treatment.  I have 80% loss of vision in one eye.  And I have other internal organ infirmities that need medical treatment.  But though I have trouble walking I will stand and voice my objection to the cold blooded mistreatment of indigenous people in this land and others.  I will speak out always against the cold blooded atrocities that are caused directly by military weapons and/or political policies that cause people to take their own lives as in my country and other countries around the world.  And though my vision may be failing me somewhat I can still read the writing on the wall.
Though this country is in great financial peril money - is not the cure. There are some writings today that this country will be destroyed by fire, well let me tell you, or should I say, reiterate the words of my elders and others; the fires are burning now, right now today all over the world the fires are burning.  There will be natural devastation upon devastation coming to this country that has used the land and resources of my people to pollute and destroy the natural order of life. You reap what you sow.  And as my people say everything that goes around comes around.  As Einstein said, “For every action there i

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LPDOC Actions: Update on Leonard's Transfer; etc.. January 18, 2009 6:13 AM

LPDOC Actions: Update on Leonard's Transfer; etc..
The FBI Rears Its Ugly Head
"If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they
have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking
the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do. The way
it is now in the world, we don't mind lying." --John Peters (Slow
Turtle), WAMPANOAG

Enter former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Joseph Trimbach. As some of you know, Joseph Trimbach recently
issued a press release, "Urgent: Fight to Keep Leonard Peltier
Behind Bars". The guy's been up to no good for about a year now
and together with others of his ilk who also have a beef with the
American Indian Movement (AIM)--more often than not based on purely
personal disputes--he has no problem with stretching the truth or
telling an outright lie.

But who is this "champion of justice"?

We recommend that you read, "The FBI Rears Its Ugly Head":

<http://freepeltiernow.blogspot.com/2009/01/fbi-rears-its-ugly-head.html>

Take action for Leonard Peltier today.


Update on Leonard's Transfer
Leonard was transferred on Tuesday, January 13, to a maximum-security
federal prison in Waymart, Pennsylvania, northeast of his former
facility in Lewisburg. Prison authorities have assured Leonard's
family that he will retain his phone and painting privileges and
access to his diabetes medication.  We will keep you posted on
the transition.  Many thanks to all of you who wrote the Bureau of
Prisons on his behalf. Please write to Leonard at his new address
below.

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP-Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
PO Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472

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rest :) LPDOC Acts: Contacts: Take Action to Protect Peltier; etc.. January 21, 2009 4:37 AM

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 thus, we are greatly concerned about
his safety.  It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not
even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this
heinous assault.  Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be
a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner. He was placed in solitary
confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you
won't name your attackers; incidentally being only given one meal
seriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes. Prison
officials refuse to release any info to the family, but they need
to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does President
Obama. His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.

This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBI's recent letter,
prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit
LP as a model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system
knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges
against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given
points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator. It
is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use
Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage
"it takes an Indian to catch an Indian". In 1978, they made an
attempt to assassinate him through another Indian man who was also
at Marion prison with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the
plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE
AT FREEDOM. When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined
the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He
also began to speak on Leonard's behalf until his murder six years
ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close
friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion
to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him that
he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him.

We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support
for his continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also
seeking support from Native People.  So please be aware, and keep
Leonard in your prayers. The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact
we are having. If they will set him up to blemish his record just
before a parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his
freedom will become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing
happens to him again!

Please write the President, send it priority or registered
mail.  Email to Change.gov or email President Obama.  Call your
congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to
them. Do what you can to get the word out to insure that LP is
receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries.

I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at
this time to help.  I don't know what else to do. Please Help!

Thank you Betty Peltier-Solano Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and
respect. Canaan Federal Prison
570-488-8000

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LPDOC Acts: Contacts: Take Action to Protect Peltier; etc.. January 21, 2009 4:37 AM

LPDOC Acts: Contacts: Take Action to Protect Peltier; etc..
Act, Protect Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused and discriminated against, now!
Pursuant to Betty Ann Peltier Solano's letter about her brother, let the Bureau of Prisons know that the public will hold them accountable for the safety and wellbeing of Leonard Peltier.

A sample letter 
Dear Sirs,

Hello.  I was OUTRAGED to hear that Mr. Leonard Peltier, #89637-132, a greatly respected member of our society, and a model prisoner 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.  I‘m writing you today seeking consideration for Mr. Leonard Peltier, as the Bureau of Prisons is accountable for his safety and wellbeing, and you should know that the public will hold your offices accountable in that regard.  Please, also note that He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you won't name your attackers, whose names he doesn't know; and being only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health, because of his diabetes.  As well, to insure that he is receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries, prison officials are releasing information on him to his family, and that he is not being discriminated against, institutionally abused, nor, being treated without dignity and respect.  Certainly, your administration must be aware of what high esteem, and with what regard Mr. Leonard Peltier, is held and viewed in the world community, and your, as well as humanities, responsibility to insure his safety and wellbeing are preserved.  Thank you for your attention, time, and all your efforts.

Sincerely,

(add your name, address, and phone # (needed for letters to the editor))

Make calls too  

Warden Ronnie R. Holt, Warden
USP-Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
3057 Easton Turnpike
Waymart, PA 18472
Phone: 570-488-8000
Fax: 570-488-8130
E-mail address: CAA/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

D. Scott Dodrill, Director
Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
2nd & Chesnut Streets., 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301
E-mail: NERO/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street, NW, Room 654
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3250
Fax: 202-514-6878

Ask President Obama to investigate this incident:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461
E-mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Sites to send emails and letters   http://capwiz.com/fconl/home   

http://www.congress.org 

Some groups where you can independently act on

http://change.gov/openforquestions 

http://www.change.org/

Action on change.org  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally_abused_etc 

What do you think?  Copy, share, as you will.  Viva la evolution!  I look forward to hearing from you.  For those interested "of or pertaining to the morning, day: relating to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day (formal), (Mid-16th century, from late Latin matutinalis, from Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)".  Ciao, for now.

Matutinally Yours, 

james m nordlund   reality (aja)  


Contacts: Take Action to Protect Peltier
Pursuant to Betty Ann Peltier Solano's letter about her brother,
let the Bureau of Prisons know that the public will hold them
accountable for the safety and wellbeing of Leonard Peltier.

Warden Ronnie R. Holt, Warden
USP-Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
3057 Easton Turnpike
Waymart, PA 18472
Phone: 570-488-8000
Fax: 570-488-8130
E-mail address: CAA/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

D. Scott Dodrill, Director
Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
2nd & Chesnut Streets., 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301
E-mail: NERO/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street, NW, Room 654
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3250
Fax: 202-514-6878

Ask President Obama to investigate this incident:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461
E-mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
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URGENT! Leonard Peltier's Safety in Jeopardy!
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

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Peltier's Status :) January 28, 2009 2:59 AM

Peltier's Status  
As you know, word was received on January 20 that Leonard Peltier
had been attacked very soon after his transfer to USP-Canaan in
Waymart, Pennsylvania.

Family members received a phone call from Leonard on January 22. He
was jumped by young gang members. He's been put in solitary, he says,
and won't be released again into the general population. He was told
by the FBI that he was the victim in the attack, the proof of this
being a videotape. Assured that he'd enjoy all his privileges upon
his transfer to USP-Canaan, he's now been told he'll be allowed only
one phone call a month. Two attorneys attempted to get inside the
prison to meet with Leonard, but their requests for legal visits
were denied. Peltier is clearly being isolated from friends and
family and even his attorneys.

Sheila Dugan, Esq., an attorney residing in Pennsylvania and working
with Peltier attorney Michael Kuzma was able to visit Leonard on
January 24 for four hours. She saw his bruises. Leonard's chest
still hurts.

Leonard was not taken to a hospital to be examined. He was beaten
up by two other inmates.

Leonard is in solitary confinement and is allowed only one call a
month! As crazy as it sounds, he doesn't have a comb so he can't
comb his hair.

Also, this was a non-contact visit.  There was a glass barrier
separating Leonard and Ms. Dugan. She had to talk to him via phone
for the entire four hours.

The below letter to the Bureau of Prisons was written on January
24 by Michael Kuzma. Please consider writing letters of concern to
the BOP as well!

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Federal Express #8628 9879 0796

January 24, 2009

Mr. Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, N. W.
Washington, D. C. 20534

Re:  Leonard Peltier, #89637-132

Dear Director Lappin:

I represent Mr. Leonard Peltier, #89637-132, who is currently
incarcerated at USP Canaan.

Mr. Peltier was recently transferred to USP Canaan from USP
Lewisburg.  It is my understanding that Mr. Peltier was brutally
attacked on or about January 13, 2009.  Mr. Peltier suffered a
possible concussion, the middle finger on his left hand may be
broken or is badly injured, he has a large bump near his right
wrist, the right side of his rib cage and chest are in a pain,
the right side of his chest is bruised as is his left knee, and he
is now having headaches, which Mr. Peltier believes are a direct
result of the January 13, 2009 beating.

It is clear that Mr. Peltier is in grave danger at USP Canaan.
By letters dated November 29, 2008 and December 15, 2008, I requested
that Mr. Peltier be transferred to the Turtle Mountain reservation
or, in the alternative, he be sent to Sandstone FCI or Oxford FCI.
As I noted in my letter of December 15, 2008, on August 20, 2008
Mr. Peltier sought to be transferred to Sandstone FCI or Oxford FCI.
A copy of the "Inmate Request to Staff" form dated August 20, 2008
that Mr. Peltier submitted to Case Manager Rothermel is once again
enclosed for your information.

Please advise me of what steps, if any, you have taken to ensure
Mr. Peltier's safety.  More specifically, I would like to know
what you have done to make sure that he is not attacked again in
the future.  Also, has Mr. Peltier received appropriate medical
treatment for his injuries?  If not, it is imperative that he sees
health care professionals without any further delay so that his
injuries may be properly treated.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Thank you.

Yours truly,


Michael Kuzma, Esq.

Enclosures

cc: Mr. Henry J. Sadowski, Regional Counsel

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Aung San Suu Kyi January 28, 2009 3:03 AM

Martin Luther King Jr. and Aung San Suu Kyi
Dear james m,

Many people have compared Burma's Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi to Martin Luther King Jr.    

These comparisons came into focus last Sunday -- on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. day -- when Suu Kyi was given the "Trumpet of Conscience Award" by the Realizing the Dream foundation, which is led by Martin Luther King III.

http://www.realizingthedream.org/docs/RTD%20invite.pdf

In a ceremony attended by over 1,000 people in Washington, DC, the award was presented by Jordan's Queen Noor and accepted by U.S. Campaign for Burma co-founder Aung Din on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi.  Each year, Realizing the Dream honors individuals who embody the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.  

For the past three years we have organized events on Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday to draw attenton to the struggle of Burma's democracy movement.  Each year, these events grow larger and larger. 

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama joined the effort, issuing a statement of support that said "[Aung San Suu Kyi] has sacrificed family and ultimately her freedom to remain true to her people and the cause of liberty. And she has done so using the tools of nonviolent resistance in the great tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, earning the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize."  

This year, we are asking all of our supporters, including you, to help Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma by making a New Years Resolution to host an event for Burma at your home.  You can hold your event at any time between now and Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday on June 19th.  Please join us in this important effort! 

Sign up here to get started right away.

http://uscampaignforburma.org/index.php   

Sincerely, 
Jeremy Woodrum

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma:

Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.

Or, make a donation today.

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rest :) LPDOC Acts: Breaking News: Peltier Back @ Lewisburg; etc.. January 30, 2009 7:48 PM

responsible should
he fail to provide for Leonard's safety.
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Bush Strikes at the Heart of Leonard Peltier
Bush denies clemency to Peltier
http://freepeltiernow.blogspot.com/2009/01/bush-denied-clemency-for-some-high.html

Defense Committee Media Advisory
http://freepeltiernow.blogspot.com/2009/01/native-americans-and-supporters.html

Op-Ed by Friends of Peltier
Primum Non Nocere
http://freepeltiernow.blogspot.com/2009/01/primum-non-nocere.html

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Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

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LPDOC Acts: Breaking News: Peltier Back @ Lewisburg; etc.. January 30, 2009 7:49 PM

Breaking News: Peltier Back at Lewisburg
Leonard has been transferred back to USP-Lewisburg and released
to the general population. He was welcomed back not only by
the brothers at Lewisburg, but by all of the prisoners. Leonard
wishes to thank all of his supporters for standing with him during
this difficult time. But we need to finish the job. Take Action:
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/transfer.htm.

Leonard's address:

Leonard Peltier
#89637-132
USP-Lewisburg
US Penitentiary
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837
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The Primary Directive: Survival
On January 13, 2009, 64-year-old and ailing Indigenous activist
Leonard Peltier was transferred to USP-Canaan, a maximum security
facility in Waymart, Pennsylvania.  Not long after his arrival,
Peltier was attacked by two young inmates and sustained a
number of injuries.  Proven to be the victim of the attack via
videographic evidence, Peltier is nevertheless being held in
solitary confinement and is unable to contact family but once
a month. Peltier's attorneys were denied access to their client
for four days. A protest in support of Peltier, a member of the
American Indian Movement, occurred in San Francisco on January 23.
Other protests are being planned in Colorado and elsewhere on or
around February 6, the 33rd anniversary of Peltier's arrest in
connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. Peltier's Nation, the Turtle Mountain
Band of Chippewa Indians, passed a resolution late last year
requesting Peltier's transfer into their custody to serve the
remainder of his sentence.  Family members are supportive of such
a transfer. Alternatively, family members want Peltier transferred
closer to home, either to FCI Sandstone (MN) or FCI Oxford (WI).
Peltier's security rating has been greatly reduced by the Bureau
of Prisons (BOP) in recognition of his model behavior for the
past 30 years.  "The fact is that Peltier is an innocent man.
He should be given his freedom.  All that aside, his current
security rating means he shouldn't even be in a maximum security
prison anymore," said Peltier attorney Mike Kuzma.  "In light of
this incident, we know that the BOP cannot ensure Leonard's safety
in a maximum-security environment."

* Take Action *

Very soon, the BOP will decide how to resolve this matter.  Leonard
may be returned to general population.  While this is preferable to
solitary confinement, we already know that the BOP can't or won't
protect Leonard from harm.  We must keep up the pressure on the BOP
to transfer Leonard to one of the three above locations.  Today and
every day over the next several weeks, make your voices heard.
Send letters, call, and/or e-mail the director of BOP.

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street., NW
Room 654
Washington, DC  20534
Phone:  (202) 307-3250
Fax:  (202) 514-6878
E-mail:  hlappin@bop.gov

A sample letter (that you can adapt and use for a telephone script,
as well) follows.

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Dear Sir:

I was outraged to learn that, on January 13, Leonard Peltier
was transferred to USP-Canaan in Waymart, Pennsylvania, where
he was immediately attacked and injured by young gang members.
Your inability to protect Mr. Peltier in this or any other maximum
security facility is clearly evident.

I understand that last August Mr. Peltier properly submitted a formal
application for transfer to an institution close to his home in North
Dakota-either the low-security prison at Sandstone, Minnesota, or the
medium-security facility in Oxford, Wisconsin.  Such an assignment,
I know, would comply with Program Statement 5100.08 which states
that the BOP is to make every effort to keep prisoners within a
500-mile radius of their homes so that prisoners can maintain ties
to their families and home communities. In reviewing Mr. Peltier's
places of confinement during the past 33 years, however, I was
shocked to discover that he has never received such consideration.
Apparently, your rules don't apply to Mr. Peltier and never have.

In addition, in late 2008, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Indians also sent a resolution to you offering a third option,
i.e., that their tribesman Peltier be transferred to that Nation's
custody to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Leonard has been a model prisoner for the past 30 years.
In recognition of this, the BOP has greatly reduced his
security rating.  Peltier shouldn't be imprisoned in a maximum
security facility anymore.  His reduced security rating, Peltier's
application, and his Tribal Council's request should have been but
clearly weren't taken into account in the BOP's recent decision
to transfer Peltier to yet another maximum security prison-and one
where his safety and wellbeing were put in such serious jeopardy.

The only remedy to the current situation is for you to immediately
transfer Mr. Peltier to one of the above, more appropriate
facilities.  I strongly urge you to do so.

Sincerely,


(Your Name)
(Your Street Address)
(Your City, State and Zip Code)

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Please be persistent.  Leonard needs your help.  This advocacy
on Leonard's behalf will take only moments out of our busy days.
We must let the director of the BOP know that the only responsible
thing for him to do is to assign Leonard to a safe environment.
We must also let him know that we will hold him responsi

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SOA 6 Sentenced: Jail / Nonviolent Act to Close SOA/WHINSEC February 01, 2009 10:33 AM

SOA 6 Sentenced: Jail / Nonviolent Act to Close SOA/WHINSEC
"SOA 6" Sentenced to Prison for Nonviolent Direct Action to Close the SOA/ WHINSEC
North and South, the People Say, Close the SOA! Donate

http://www.soaw.org/site/article.php?id=129
 
"SOA 6" Sentenced to Federal Prison for Nonviolent Direct Action to Close the SOA/ WHINSEC
Today, on January 26, six human rights advocates appeared in a federal courthouse in Georgia. The "SOA 6," ranging in age from 21 to 68, were found "guilty" of carrying the protest against the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) onto the Fort Benning military base. The six were among the thousands who gathered on November 22 and 23, 2008 outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to demand a change in U.S. policy towards Latin America and the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC.

The "SOA 6" spoke out clearly and powerful in court today. They made a compelling case for the closure of the school and creation of a culture of justice and peace, where there is no place for the SOA mindset that promotes military "solutions" to social and economic problems. The six spent the weekend preparing for their trials with a team of lawyers, legal workers and volunteers, and today they stood up for all of us working for a more just world.

The "SOA 6":
Father Luis Barrios, 56, from North Bergen, NJ, was sentenced to 2 months in federal prison and a $250 fine
Theresa Cusimano, 40, Denver, Colorado, found guilty and awaiting sentencing
Kristin Holm, from Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 2 months in federal prison and a $250 fine
Sr. Diane Pinchot, OSU, 63, from Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to 2 months in federal prison
Al Simmons, 64, from Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced to 2 months in federal prison
Louis Wolf, 68, from Washington, DC, found guilty and awaiting sentencing


Support the "SOA 6"

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Fr. Luis Barrios

Father Luis Barrios is the Chairperson of the Department of Latin American & Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner with the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is also an Associate Priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Manhattan, New York City. Fr. Barrios, as well is a Board Member of Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizing-Pastor for Peace. Professor Barrios is a columnist with El Diario La Prensa and has been honored with the Media Award-2006-GLAAD as an Outstanding Spanish Language Newspaper Columnist and was nominated again in the year 2008. He teaches courses on gangs, criminal justice, cultural criminology, forensic psychology, US foreign policy in Latin America, Puerto Rican Studies, race and ethnicity, and Latina/os Studies.

Click here to read Fr. Luis Barrios' trial statement

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Theresa Cusimano

Theresa M. Cusimano, J.D., served as a public interest advocate for twenty years. Her Italian/Irish passion for social justice has led her to work with: the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops on immigration and refugee issues, the federal Department of Education on the Americans with Disabilities Act and more recently with Colorado Campus Compact to support college campus engagement in community problem solving. Cusimano was born in New York, raised outside of Philadelphia and has the joy of living in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. She is both honored and extremely humbled to have participated in nonviolent civil disobedience with her five co-defendants who together, face trial on Monday, January 26th.

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Kristin Holm
On November 23rd, 2008, Kristin Holm, a first year student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), along with five others, entered the base of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's (WHINSEC).

Kristin is the third seminary student from Chicago to stand trial for civil disobedience at the WHINSEC vigil in the past five years. The others are Elizabeth Deligio, CTU, 2005; and Le Anne Clausen, CTS, 2008.

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Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, OSF

Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, second oldest of six children, Diane Pinchot entered the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland after graduating from Villa Angela High School in 1963. She graduated from Ursuline College with a BA in Art Education in 1968 and has been teaching since. Her assignments have included Saint Ann's School in Cleveland Heights, Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights and, for the last 26 years, Ursuline College in Pepper Pike. After completing several degrees -- an MALS at Wesleyan University in Conn. concentrating in metals and a terminal degree an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1990 at Ohio University -- the Diocesan Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador in 1992 asked her to come and help design and build an altar on the spot where the Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave after they were raped and killed. This significant action slowly changed Diane's life and over time the Central American martyrs, especially Dorothy Kazel, a member of the Ursuline community, inspired her to become more active in social justice groups within the community and other national organizations. Her artwork has also reflected this transformation, becoming more narrative and engaging the viewer to question the meaning behind the form. She has exhibited her work internationally, nationally and regionally and has c

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Two cops assaulted Oscar Grant - your voice is needed again February 01, 2009 10:34 AM

Two cops assaulted Oscar Grant - your voice is needed again
Dear James,

It wasn't just one cop attacking Oscar Grant on New Year's Eve. A new video shows that before Grant was killed, officer Tony Pirone punched him in the face without cause, hitting him so hard that he dropped to the ground. Experts have called it criminal. So why has the District Attorney said he's not pursuing charges?

It took two weeks and thousands of people speaking out before the DA charged Oscar Grant's killer with murder. Clearly, it will take continued public pressure to see that justice is served throughout this case. This is a moment to demand accountability, and your voice is critical.

Please take a moment to click the link below. By adding your voice, you'll help us publicly confront District Attorney Tom Orloff, and put pressure on California's Attorney General to keep an eye on how Orloff handles the case. It only takes a second. And please ask your friends and family to do the same.

http://www.colorofchange.org/grant/?id=1593-67632

Local news reported on the video showing Pirone assaulting Oscar Grant last week,1,2 but it has been on the Internet for weeks.3 As with the shooting, the video doesn't leave a lot of room for explaining away Pirone's actions. It makes it clear that with no physical provocation, he punched Oscar Grant so hard that Grant immediately went down. This is assault, and it is a crime.

Unfortunately, it appears that Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff is once again falling asleep at the wheel. First, he took two long weeks to make the decision to file charges against Oscar Grant's murderer. Then he declared that he was "not actively pursuing"4 charges against other officers, even though he had access to all the video we've seen, BART's internal investigative report, and the evidence collected under his own investigation.

Law professor Peter Keane from UC Hastings College of the Law, couldn't have said it any clearer: "If the district attorney is saying he's not going to charge any officer except Mehserle, in my opinion he's not doing his job."5

Orloff's inaction further calls into question his commitment to justice for Oscar Grant. Given Alameda County's terrible record of prosecuting police abuses, we cannot simply trust that Orloff's office has the will to pursue justice wherever it leads.

That's why we're asking the California Attorney General to once again place an observer in the Alameda County District Attorney's office for the duration of any prosecutions related to Oscar Grant's murder. And we want to hear Orloff tell the public how not seeking charges against Pirone could possibly be in the interest of justice.

Please join our call for justice, and ask your friends and family to do the same. It only takes a minute:

http://www.colorofchange.org/grant/?id=1593-67632

Thanks and Peace,

-- James, Gabriel, Clarissa, William, Dani, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   January 28th, 2009

References

1. "BART SHOOTING: Rita Williams Reports On Footage Showing Grant Punched Before Being Shot," KTVU, 1-23-09
http://tinyurl.com/c8dxov

2. "Video shows another BART cop hitting passenger," San Francisco Chronicle, 1-25-09
http://tinyurl.com/ar53bc

3. "When Assault Becomes Murder," Injustice in Seattle, 01-11-09
http://tinyurl.com/a5favy

4. "Highlights Of DA Tom Orloff's Wednesday News Conference On Murder Charge," KTVU, 1-14-09
http://tinyurl.com/b7mteh

5. See reference 1.

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rest :) LPDOC Acts: 2-6 Call to Act on Behalf of Peltier; etc.. February 06, 2009 10:35 AM

safety to the extent the prisoners here can, then I demand to be
returned to my nation, Turtle Mountain, where I can be assured of my
safety!
Turtle Mountain has issued a resolution to transfer me into their
custody, and they have asked to meet with Obama on a nation-to-nation
basis. This has to happen and it will when a lot of energy is placed
behind it. In the past 18 days your efforts brought me out of the
hole and to where there is a measure of safety.

The FBI has said that I will never leave prison alive, and we should
not accept that as an idle threat. There have been a few times that
my life was targeted by the FBI in the 33 years since my capture, and
each of those who have helped me to survive are now dead. The
transfer and attack at Canaan is just a warning to me of what is to
come. The warden's know of the psychological make-up of their inmate
population in their prison, and they clearly knew that placing
someone who is well known, as I am, with connections to many famous
people and at my age, I would be subject to predatory attacks. This
was deliberate by the BOP, and as far as the motivation for the
attack, it could have been ordered by any prison official at the
request of the FBI, or someone trying to curry favor from the feds.
It could have also been a tactic to beat me into submission for
purposes of extortion or
something as stupid as trying to make a reputation.

We know they are afraid and Trimbach's smear letter support that.
They see pressure, in the form of your letters and calls, growing and
they know that my committee has been tirelessly developing plans to
set up a wave of activity. The FBI is now afraid that they will fail
to keep me falsely imprisoned. We are becoming stronger and we must
keep building our network to succeed.

I am proud of the brother's & sisters, the Elder's and my family who
make up the committee; they have all personally sacrificed more than
many people may ever know. It is humbling when I hear about the
difficulties they have had due to being associated with me, but they
do not quit. They are putting in many hours of their lives that they
could be spending with their own families, but I hear they are on the
phones talking to people, writing letters, and networking through the
computers. They have been criticized by a few people and have
attempted to create divisions within the committee through spreading
accusations about them. So let me say this, I know the people I have
invited to serve on my committee, and I've known most of them for
years. A couple of them are my Sun Dance brothers and I have
entrusted my life in their abilities and their commitment to bring
about my freedom.
The decision I have made to place them in their positions of
responsibility is mine, not the critics. I ask all my supporters to
ignore those who would have you waste your time listening to or
reading petty gossip based upon jealousy or personal dislike. These
are activities that the FBI uses to destroy a movement, and they are
not the Indian way of doing things. So we need to be aware that those
who are bad-mouthing my committee, and talking behind their backs to
smear them, may be infiltrators sent by the feds to tear down the
committee. Watch out for those people and make some distance from
them.

I am also asking all of my supporters and allies to follow the
directions of the committee when the plans and strategies are
presented at the Feb. 6th event in Boulder, CO. It had begun as an
educational event and now it will be a very important event because
of everything that has happened recently. We had wanted to release it
when Obama was sworn in, but my transfer placed it on hold. I am a
believer that nothing happens by accident or coincidence. It all
happens for a reason, and it feels as if things are coming together
the way they should. It is significant that an intense campaign will
be begin after 33 years in captivity and with a newly elected
President who could be receptive to my clemency appeal in office.
We will be making our message stronger in what we do and in how we
will do it. I cannot stress how important it will be to increase our
numbers after this event because the committee members,
spokespersons, and their families will be making more personal
sacrifices to help increase awareness. They'll need your support in
organizing other events and networking in your area.

Again, I want to thank everyone who wrote, called and emailed. My
hand in appreciation is extended to those who have held rallies and
protests on my behalf to call attention to the attack on me. I also
extend my gratitude to Cynthia McKinney, former congresswoman for her
recent letter to President Obama urging him to free other political
prisoners and myself.
In all these years, there have been so many people who have prayed
for my safety and freedom from all faiths. There is power in those
prayers and that is what I know will bring about my freedom. I can
feel something different this time, and many others have expressed
the same thought to me. So when you pray, don't pray only for me, but
the warriors of AIM who have died for our people, the victims of
the "Reign of Terror" on Pine Ridge, and other victims who has
suffered as we have. Pray for their families as well. They must not
be forgotten and they must have justice!

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Dallas Thundershield, Bobby Garcia,
Rocky Duenas, Standing Deer, and in The Spirit of Total Resistance,

Leonard Peltier

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LPDOC Acts: 2-6 Call to Act on Behalf of Peltier; etc.. February 06, 2009 10:36 AM

Broadcast of the Peltier Event in Boulder, Colorado
TODAY! Live Internet stream of the Boulder, CO, event for Leonard
Peltier at Noon (Mountain Time).  Brought to you by FREE Leonard
Peltier Radio, http://www.therealpublicradio.net/.

FREE Leonard Peltier Radio Program
We Are All Doing Time
Setting The Record Straight

Host: Wanbli

Please listen and call in at 712-432-8773, pin 179441.
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February 6 Call to Action on Behalf of Leonard Peltier
Today, February 6, is the 33rd anniversary of Leonard's arrest.
Take two actions today.  Contact the White House by phone and
e-mail. Tell President Obama to Free Peltier NOW.

Phone:

Comments: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213

E-Mail:

Use BOTH of the following:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/ (Office of
Public Liaison)

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Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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Friends Digest Vol. 2, No. 18  
Statement from Leonard *

From 31 January 2009; see
http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/02/statement-from-leonard-peltier.html.

* Remember to Write *

Due to your actions, Leonard was transferred back to Lewisburg.
Remember that the changed mission of USP-Lewisburg means that
Mr. Peltier will be transferred yet again.  Please continue to
keep the pressure on the Bureau of Prisons to transfer Leonard to
an appropriate facility.  Today and every day, make your voices
heard.  Send letters, call, and/or e-mail the director of BOP:
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/transfer.htm.

* Call the White House on February 6 *

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing on February 6 at
12:00 noon, stop and call the White House Comment Line and ask for
Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier. E-mail or pass out the phone
number to friends, family members, colleagues, etc.  Ask everyone
you know to simply take two minutes out of their lives to make this
call. Call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111.

* Events *

Friday, February 6, in Boulder, CO: 33 Years Searching for American Justice.
See
http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/01/33-years-searching-for-american-justice.html.

Friday, February 6, in Toronto, Canada: 27th annual traditional
Prayer Vigil in honour of the People's Struggle to free Leonard
Peltier.  See:
http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/02/27th-annual-traditional-prayer-vigil-in.html.

February 19, in Ottawa, Canada: Peltier Demonstration During the Visit
of U.S. President Obama.  Details TBA.
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Statement from Leonard Peltier: A Heroes Welcome 1/31/09
lynnelakota@..., wrote  

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your efforts in my
urgent time of need, you cannot imagine how much my spirit has been
lifted from the cards and letters, the phone calls and how everyone
kept up the pressure. My gratitude is really more than I can express.
My return to Lewisburg was met like a hero's welcome, and many people
came to assure me of my safety there. It is so ironic that the
prisoners in a federal maximum-security prison can guarantee my
safety, but the Bureau of Prisons will not. I did not say, "cannot",
but "will not" do so. You have to remember the BOP is a little
brother to the FBI and they came from an illegitimate mother called
the JUST-US (Justice) Department.

Do I sound a little angry? Well, I am angry that many of my friends
have died in assuring my survival while I've been in prison. All the
men who were involved in my escape at Lompoc, all died mysteriously
soon after: Dallas Thundershield at Lompoc, Bobby Garcia at Terre
Haute, and Rocky Duenas, whose body was never recovered. And Standing
Deer, he gave away his life when he revealed the assassination plot
against me. He lived under the shadow of death for years, waiting to
be killed for defying the government, until he was eventually paroled
to Texas. He was murdered soon after the same person who contracted
him to have me assassinated warned him about his involvement with my
campaign. Surviving this attack brought back memories of those
losses, and it is with tears of more gratitude in my eyes and in my
heart that no one died this time. I don't ever want to lose another
brother in
protecting me; a human life is precious and important.

I know in other countries, prisoners who have been held by their
government have been placed in house arrest after they have attained
international support as I have. If the BOP cannot guarantee my

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Stop the Execution, Listen Live, Sign On, Take Action! February 18, 2009 2:17 AM

Stop the Execution, Listen Live, Sign On, Take Action!
Dear Friends,

As you know, NCADP lists all pending executions prominently on its web page at www.NCADP.org, in most cases linking to our state affiliate site for direction on actions to take. 

We want to highlight the upcoming execution this week of Edward Nathaniel Bell, scheduled to be killed by the Commonwealth of Virginia at 9 p.m. on February 19th, 2009 for the shooting death of Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook, 32, from the Winchester Police Department during a late evening police chase on Oct. 29, 1999.

The case of Edward Bell presents Virginia Governor Kaine with one serious question and two facts. The question is one of innocence, and the facts of this case are that too many gross procedural irregularities have occurred in getting a man with intellectual disabilities to the death chamber in Virginia.  Please read more about this case on Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty's web page at http://www.VADP.org and take the action requested there. 

Please also click on the following link to sign on RIGHT NOW to a special on-line petition which will be presented to Governor Kaine in the coming days:  http://www.clemency4eddie.net/


LEGISLATIVE OPPORTUNITIES

As noted last week, Legislative sessions are in full swing across the United States.  The new trend seems to be that real attention is now being paid to the wasteful costs of the death penalty.  NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney was featured in a national Associated Press article on the subject this past week - Click here to read it and several related articles. 

In New Mexico, with bi-partisan support the NM House of Representatives voted 40 to 28 to approve the abolition bill and send it to the NM Senate.  Further action has not yet been scheduled, but watch for updates on the NM Repeal web page.

In Montana, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Montana abolition bill and it to the Senate floor where it is expected to be debated and voted on TOMORROW in a session that starts at 1pm Mountain time.  Listen live on the MT Legislature site.  Get updates here: http://www.mtabolitionco.org/

This Wednesday at 12:30pm in the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee, MD Governor O'Malley is scheduled to testify on the abolition bill that he himself is sponsoring.  And next week on Ash Wednesday, Governor O'Malley is leading a public march to rally for the abolition bill.  Learn more here: http://www.mdcase.org/

See the NCADP Blog for a report on NM Lobby Day and a bit about the participants in the Montana Judiciary Committee Hearing.  And more as the week progresses...  


JOIN NCADP ON FACEBOOK!

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HELP NCADP HELP ITS AFFILIATES!

Once again, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is working hard to assist its affiliates on the front lines and to that end, we want to encourage you to sign up with your state affiliate.  Click here to use NCADP's state affiliate list to find and sign up with your state group.

Finally, please support NCADP and help us help our state affiliates.  Positive legislation is going on now in Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and other places.  Your support to NCADP helps us support the efforts in those states and across our nation.  Support NCADP today!

Thank you.

Yours in the Struggle,

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
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NCADP Online and in the News! February 26, 2009 6:31 AM

NCADP Online and in the News!
NCADP is proud to be making an impact online!
Visit the Huffington Post to read an article by Diann Rust-Tierney discussing the link between the abolition of slavery and the abolition of the death penalty.

http://ncadp.org/index.cfm?content=3

Visit She Source to see Diann's biography and publications on She Source, an online resource guide for journalists and broadcast talk show guest schedulers seeking female experts to interview about breaking news issues.  

Visit our blog to see pictures and news of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's march with Maryland clergy this morning, calling for an end to the death penalty in that state!

Sign up for Twitter updates from NCADP.

NCADP recognizes how critically important it is to share our message with the broader community. Your support empowers us to do so.

Only by convincing a greater number of Americans to speak out can we finally end capital punishment in this country. Please make a gift to NCADP today to help us reach an ever greater audience.
 
In Solidarity,
 
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Leonard Peltier DOC Actions: Robideau's Passing; etc.. March 02, 2009 1:33 AM

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 1
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The human voice is different from other sounds.  It can be heard over
noises that bury everything else. Even when it's not shouting. Even
if it's just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard over
armies... when it's telling the truth.
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* Robert Robideau *

As you know, Robert Robideau (Leonard's cousin and
co-defendant) passed to the spirit world recently.  Red Town
Radio will air a tribute to Bob tomorrow, February 28,
at 3:00 p.m. Central time.  Guests will include Starr
Robideau, Russell Means, and David Hill. Anyone wishing to
share memories of Robert Robideau is encouraged to call in.
See <http://www.blogtalkradio.com/RedTownRadio>.

Also see Leonard Peltier Remembers Robert Robideau at
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/02/peltier-re-robert-robideau.html>.

On March 14 and 15, there will be an honoring ceremony for Robert
Robideau in Albuquerque, NM. Contact: nantinkirose@hotmail.com,
505-286-5432.

* Keep Leonard Safe *

Mr. Peltier's move back to Lewisburg is temporary.  He may be moved
again at any time.  We ask supporters to keep up the pressure
on the Bureau of Prisons.  Demand that Mr. Peltier is moved to
a facility commensurate with his current security rating. See
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/transfer.htm>.

* Wounded Knee II *

Today is the anniversary of the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. See
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/knee.htm>.

On YouTube, you can watch an interview with
Bill Means as he remembers Wounded Knee:
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/02/1973-occupation-of-wounded-knee_27.html>.

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"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier
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you wish by which to save the sites to your list of browser
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Leonard's freedom and find out what you can do to help.

We encourage other sites to link to our Web site and blogs. No
prior permission is required.

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<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/networks.htm>.


Robideau's Passing
Friends,

We're sad to report that Robert Robideau passed over at his home
in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, February 17th. Please offer a
prayer for his safe journey. Also remember the Robideau family in
your prayers.

Friends of Peltier

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It's Abolition Day - Take Action! March 02, 2009 1:34 AM

It's Abolition Day - Take Action!
See Below for Special Maryland and New Mexico actions, and more!
Greetings Abolitionists!

Tomorrow is March 1st, International Death Penalty Abolition Day, which marks the anniversary of the date in 1847 in which the State of Michigan officially became the first English-speaking territory in the world to abolish capital punishment. It is a day to remember the victims of violent crime and their survivors; it is a day to remember those killed by state sanctioned violence - guilty or not- and their survivors; and it is a day for intensified education and action for alternatives to the death penalty.  See the link to more info on our Blog.


Abolition Day is especially exciting this year because so much is happening in state legislatures to advance our cause.  Below are several things you can do to help.  Please take action now!

#1 - Take Action in Maryland.  (This action is for Maryland residents only.  If you do not live in Maryland, please forward this to friends, relatives, colleagues etc. who you know who do live in Maryland.)

The Maryland Senate will vote on whether to repeal the death penalty THIS TUESDAY. The time to act is now! Email your Senator today at www.mdcase.org!

Follow-up your e-mail with a phone call. The General Assembly switchboard is 1-800-492-7122 (toll free in Maryland)  Tell your Senator to vote for a fair vote in the full Senate AND to vote for the repeal bill.

Background:

This past Friday, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 5-5 on Governor O'Malley's death penalty repeal bill. For most bills, this would have been its end.

But there is just too much momentum in Maryland for repealing the death penalty - thanks to Governor O'Malley's leadership, the recent findings and recommendation of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, and people like you!

The Senate leadership has agreed to consider motions that will allow the bill to get a full Senate vote despite the committee's vote. We must win both the motions and the repeal vote itself in order to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

Take action now at www.mdcase.org and please forward this mailing to friends or colleagues.

All of our efforts to end the death penalty must come to bear this week!


#2 - Take Action in New Mexico!   (This action is for everyone!)

Please IMMEDIATELY contact Governor Bill Richardson and thank him for openly reconsidering his position on the death penalty, and urge him to support HB 285 to repeal the death penalty and HB 211 and HB 284 to enhance support for murder victim families in our state.  A short, hand written note sent in the mail is the single most important action you can take.  You can also call or fax a letter, but please send your short note in the mail first.

Contact NM Governor Bill Richardson at:
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Telephone:    (505)827-3000
Fax:              (505)827-3026


#3 - Make certain that you are on your state affiliate contact list so that they may reach you quickly and efficiently when it is time to contact your state legislators.  Click here to learn who to contact in your state: 

Especially if you live in the following states, sign up and take action TODAY:  Encourage people you know who live in those states to sign up also.  Thank you!

Colorado - http://www.coadp.org
Kansas - http://www.kscadp.org
Montana - http://www.mtabolitionco.org/
Nebraska - http://www.nadp.net/

#4 - Make a special Abolition Day contribution to support the work of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. 

Thank you!

Yours in the Struggle,

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
http://www.NCADP.org
abe@ncadp.org

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Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 2 March 20, 2009 5:13 PM

The human voice is different from other sounds.  It can be heard over
noises that bury everything else. Even when it's not shouting. Even
if it's just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard over
armies... when it's telling the truth.

* Call to Action *

As you know, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians passed a
resolution late last year requesting Peltier's transfer into their
custody to serve the remainder of his sentence.  Family members
are supportive of such a transfer. Alternatively, family members
want Peltier transferred closer to home, either to FCI Sandstone
(MN) or FCI Oxford (WI). Peltier's security rating has been greatly
reduced by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in recognition of his model
behavior for the past 30 years.

Keep up the pressure on the BOP to transfer Leonard to one of the
three above locations.  Send a letter by e-mail or fax by * Friday,
March 20 *.

For details and guidance, see:
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/transfer.htm>.

Don't be dissuaded by the BOP's canned response to your letter on
Leonard's behalf.  Write back.  Reiterate that Mr. Peltier followed
BOP procedures in submitting his request for a transfer.  Make note
of the fact that Mr. Peltier has never been in an institution
within 500 miles of his home and tell them this is unacceptable and
doesn't comply with the BOP's guidelines. An appropriate transfer
would take his home reservation into account, as well as his current
security rating.  All the way around, Peltier should be transferred
to Turtle Mountain, Sandstone, or Oxford.

Next, write to or call the director of the BOP:

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW, Room 654
Washington, DC  20534
(202) 307-3250 (office)
(202) 514-6878 (fax)
hlappin@bop.gov

Then, forward all your communications with BOP staff to Attorney
General Eric Holder.  Raise all of the same issues with the Attorney
General:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
AskDOJ@usdoj.gov (If you use e-mail,
be certain to address your message to the Attorney General)

Last, follow up with a phone call to the Office of the Attorney
General:

(202) 353-1555.

Raise all the same points but also talk about things like
government accountability and ask why the BOP's guidelines don't
appear to apply (and never have applied) to Leonard Peltier.  Why in
over 33 years has Leonard Peltier not been held within 500 miles
of home?  Why does BOP falsely claim that Peltier hasn't followed
procedure as regards his request for a transfer?  Why does BOP
continue to hold Peltier in a maximum security facility when his
current security rating qualifies him for a transfer to a lower
security facility?

We know we're asking a lot.  Your active support is greatly
appreciated.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Mr. Peltier.

* LP-DOC Needs Your Help *

Donate, purchase a painting or lithograph, buy some merchandise.  The
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee asks that all supporters
give something during these difficult economic times.  No amount
is too small. Read more at <http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info>.

* More *

Bad Indians, a poem by Ryan Red Corn:
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/03/bad-indians-poem-by-ryan-red-corn.html>

Place your bid for the Oglala Commemoration Auction:
<http://www.oglalacommemoration.com>

Rocky Boy Agency: Brawl In The Bear Paws
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/03/brawl-in-bear-paws.html>

"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone tosway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier

Also frequently visit <http://www.FreePeltierNow.org> and our
main Blog at <http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com>.  The Blog is
updated daily.

Register to receive e-mail announcements. It's easy. Go to our
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Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

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rest :) Urgent: Write, e-mail, call AG Holder re transfer Peltier March 29, 2009 2:31 AM

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Also frequently visit <http://www.FreePeltierNow.org> and our
main Blog at <http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com>.  The Blog is
updated daily.

Register to receive e-mail announcements. It's easy. Go to our
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<FreePeltierNow-on@mail-list.com>.

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Urgent: Write, e-mail, call AG Holder re transfer Peltier March 29, 2009 2:32 AM

Urgent: Write, e-mail, call AG Holder re transfer Peltier
Urgent: Write, e-mail, call AG Holder re transfer for Peltier
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"If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a
comrade of mine."-- Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
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* Call to Action *

So you've written to the BOP's designation center in Texas on
Leonard Peltier's behalf, as well as Director Lappin of the Bureau
of Prisons. If you received responses at all, they've been less
than satisfactory, right? The next step is to contact the Attorney
General of the United States.

You can send an e-mail to AskDOJ@usdoj.gov. IMPORTANT: Be certain
to address your comments to the attention of Eric Holder, Attorney
General.

Better yet, take just a few minutes to place a phone call. The
phone number of the Office of the Attorney General is 202-353-1555.

The following is sample text that you may use for your communication
with the Attorney General. The text also may be adapted as talking
points during a phone call.

[Begin]

The Honorable Eric Holder
Office of the Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
(Date)

Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132

Dear Mr. Holder,

First, thank you for overturning the strict guidelines as regards
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. If, as you ordered, "a
presumption of disclosure" is applied by the Department of Justice
(specifically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation) when handling
Leonard Peltier's FOIA requests, his attorneys can expect to finally
have access to thousands of government documents withheld at trial
33 YEARS AGO!

I strongly agree that the American people have the right to
information about their government's activities, as well as to hold
any government agency accountable for its failure to support and
defend the U.S. Constitution.

I am writing, today, because I am alarmed by the treatment of
Mr. Peltier by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). As you likely know,
due to a change in mission at USP-Lewisburg, Leonard Peltier was
transferred to USP-Canaan on January
13. I was outraged to learn that he was immediately attacked and
injured by young gang members there.

I recently wrote to the BOP's Designation and Sentence Computation
Center (DSCC) to ask that Peltier's recent application for transfer
be honored. The DSCC's response implied that Mr. Peltier did not
apply for a transfer and/or follow procedures for doing so. However,
last August, Mr. Peltier properly submitted a formal application for
transfer to an institution close to his home in North Dakota-either
the prison at Sandstone, Minnesota, or the facility in Oxford,
Wisconsin.

I was disgusted to discover that Mr. Peltier has never been placed
within a 500-mile radius of his home during the past over 33
years. It's apparent that Mr. Peltier hasn't been afforded fair
consideration and equal treatment by the BOP. The assignment
requested by Mr. Peltier would comply with Program Statement
5100.08 which states that the BOP is to make every effort to keep
prisoners within a 500-mile radius of their homes so that prisoners
can maintain ties to their families and communities.

When I apprised DSSC of these facts, I was told that Mr. Peltier has
the right to appeal a designation made by the DSCC. However, to date,
Mr. Peltier's request for a transfer has not been formally approved
or rejected. There has, in fact, been no response whatsoever. What
is there to appeal?

In addition, Mr. Peltier's attorney wrote to Director Lappin about
Peltier's request for a transfer. To date, there has been no reply.

I also have written to Director Lappin and have received no reply.

You also should know that, in late 2008, the Turtle Mountain Band
of Chippewa Indians sent a resolution to Director Lappin (and
later to the White House) offering a third option, i.e., that their
tribesman Peltier be transferred to that Nation's custody to serve
the remainder of his sentence.

These are the facts: Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner for the
past 30 years. In recognition of this, the BOP has greatly reduced
his security rating. Peltier shouldn't be imprisoned in a maximum
security facility anymore.

Peltier's reduced security rating, his application for a transfer,
and his Tribal Council's request should have been but clearly weren't
taken into account in the BOP's recent decision to transfer Peltier
to yet another maximum security prison where the BOP's inability
to protect Mr. Peltier became clearly evident.

First and foremost, I look to you to protect and defend the
Constitution and ensure equal rights for all. I would hope that
you expect the same from all of your subordinates in the Department
of Justice.

Mr. Holder, I ask that you truly embrace government transparency-and
accountability-within the DOJ. The only remedy to the current
situation is for you to immediately transfer Mr. Peltier to one of
the above, more appropriate facilities. I strongly urge you to do so.

Thank you for your consideration and rapid response.

Sincerely,


(Your Name)
(Your Address)
(Your City, State and Zip Code)

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Sentencing Project Acts: Crack Disparity News: Advocacy Mth; etc.. April 04, 2009 1:04 AM

The Sentencing Project: Fundraising Page  
Put your shadow behind you, give the gift that keeps on giving, a hand to a sister and/or brother, Started by james m nordlund  

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These Actions, on Change.org, the url   

Sentencing Project Acts  

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Crack the Disparity Newsletter: Month of Advocacy
CRACK THE DISPARITY NEWSLETTER

Volume 1, No. 4, Spring 2009, In This Issue

Crack the Disparity Month of Advocacy Kicks Off
Hearing from the Folks Back Home - April In-District Meeting
Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity Talking Points
Cheatsheets for Writing Your Members of Congress and Newspaper Editors
Save the Date
Media Momentum

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Feature Story:
Now That He's Released, Lawrence Garrison's
First Priority
is Reform
By Zerline Hughes
Lawrence Garrison
is home.
After spending more
than 10 years of a 15-year crack cocaine sentence, Garrison is rebuilding his
life in his hometown of Washington,
DC. Despite being released from
prison a few years early as a result of the United States Sentencing
Commission's retroactive guideline amendment implemented last year, Garrison
isn't yet at peace. His twin brother, Lamont, is still incarcerated - and has about
nine more years to go.
"It didn't hit me
until I went to the bus station that I was released - unsupervised," recalled Garrison.
"The only thing I could think about was my twin. He was supposed to be with me.
We walked in together; we should have walked out together."
The brothers - who
continue to maintain their innocence - were separately convicted of conspiracy
to distribute powder and crack cocaine just a few months after having graduated
from Howard University. They were charged with
conspiracy as part of a 20-person powder and crack cocaine operation,
implicated by a target of the investigation, the owner of a Maryland auto body shop
who received a
reduced 36-month prison sentence in exchange for information. Although no
drugs, paraphernalia or drug money were found in the Garrison's home, or on
their person, they were subject to the harsh, mandatory minimum sentence that
crack cocaine offenses deliver.
For the first time,
the Garrison twins were separated in 1998 - by unfair, draconian sentencing. Lawrence
served his sentence in Elkton,
Ohio, while his brother remains at a prison in
Manchester, Kentucky.
Lawrence Garrison returned
to Washington
in January and resides with his mother and great uncle. He clearly remembers
his first family meal upon returning: a salad, with broccoli, cheese, ranch
dressing, and a slice of cheesecake which he shared with his grandmother and
mother, Karen Garrison, who also is an active advocate for sentencing reform and
works for Families Against Mandatory Minimums. He's currently living with his
mother in the home he and his brother were raised in together, which keeps him motivated
to continue to advocate on behalf of his brother and others like him.
"We're contemplating a commutation for my brother," said Garrison
who celebrates his 36th birthday this month. "I've been on the Hill a
couple of times. Everywhere I speak, every organization I speak to, I advocate
for my brother. The same way my mom has for the last 10 1/2 years."
Garrison is grateful to be able to speak to his twin on the
phone - a luxury he was not permitted while incarcerated. He also appreciates
what he calls "those little things," like being treated with respect and "not
hearing keys jingle and doors being locked behind me." Click here to read more [ http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102536987633&s=12636&e=001p-FLYaOcqmo8uD3Bmx0KpoTf26MXobqZ1XcMfsmv_MX4M8s5HxeYPEbviS0IrQT-bc_iu0n82kjoG78OWP-OEg9VPWGwmA0X1YJu7DESHVlgvjNII6NjevfUzCVtREjZshM0SBtpLhA= ].
[ http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102536987633&s=12636&e=001p-FLYaOcqmo8uD3Bmx0KpoTf26MXobqZ1XcMfsmv_MX4M8s5HxeYPEbviS0IrQT-bc_iu0n82kjoG78OWP-OEg9VPWGwmA0X1YJu7DESHVlgvjNII6NjevfUzCVtREjZshM0SBtpLhA= ]
Crack the Disparity Coalition Takes Message to Hill
Two defendants appear before a federal judge on drug charges.One
is charged with possession of five grams of crack cocaine; theother is
charged with trafficking 500 grams of powder cocaine. Neither person
has any prior convictions.Who gets the longer sentence,
the crack cocaine addict or the powder cocaine trafficker? The most
likely answer is that both will get the same mandatory five-year
sentence, despite the fact that the cocaine seller had 100 times more
cocaine than the crack cocaine user.
This question was posed to staffers

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Cesar E. Chavez and Abolish the Death Penalty :) April 10, 2009 4:31 PM

These Actions, on Change.org, the url   

Chavez + Abolish Death Penalty 

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Give Thanks for Repeal in New Mexico, But We Must Do More!
Dear Friends,

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) is proud of our efforts to help our affiliate, the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty, bring that state to abolition.

If you have not done so, please take a few minutes to send brief, hand written thank you notes to Governor Richardson and the sponsor of the abolition bill, Representative Gail Chasey.

Their addresses are as follows:

Honorable Bill Richardson
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Rep. Gail Chasey
1206 Las Lomas Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87106

We cannot rest, however. As I write this, pro-death penalty forces seek to bring the death penalty to Alaska for the first time since it became a state. Our opponents in New Mexico are already waging a campaign to overturn the repeal bill Governor Richardson signed into law last month.

There is good news - thanks to the work of NCADP and our network of affiliates, there are more allies than ever working in the states to fight the death penalty. Because of NCADP's crucial training programs and tools, these abolitionists are better prepared than they have ever been to lead efforts to repeal the death penalty in the state legislatures and to educate the public through the news media. Just as we did in New Mexico in March, we will prevail!

Thank you.

Diann Rust-TierneyExecutive Director

PS: You can keep up with our work in several ways:

Join one of our many affiliates

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diann-rusttierney to read articles by NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney on the death penalty and current events.
 
Visit our blog at http://ncadp.org/blog.cfm to read the latest death penalty news!
 
Go to http://www.causes.com/ncadp or http://apps.facebook.com/causes/104077 to join NCADP on Facebook
 
Go to http://twitter.com/ncadp to sign up for Twitter updates from NCADP

 

Honoring the Legacy of Cesar Chavez
Dear Fellow Abolitionists,

Today, March 31, would have been the 82nd birthday of the late farm worker leader and champion of nonviolence, Cesar E. Chavez.  Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning is a holiday in eight states now: AZ, CA, CO, MI, NM, TX, UT and WI.  People across the country are celebrating this day by honoring the life, work, and values of Cesar Chavez by serving in their communities, making the holiday a day on, not a day off.

I know from talking with his family, Cesar Chavez was a death penalty abolitionist.  More broadly, he was an organizer and an activist for human rights.  The active involvement of people from all walks of life in Chavez Day reflects the significance of Cesar's legacy and his special place in American history.  Nearly 16 years after his passing, Cesar's philosophy of service to others continues to thrive.  He once said, "We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better world for our children... in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning."

Much of what I know about organizing strategy and tactics I learned while I was working for my friend and mentor, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, the first executive director of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, a part of the broader farm worker movement.  Magdaleno was a farm worker himself, and an organizer for the United Farm Workers labor union.  I met him when he was director of Amnesty International USA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty.  He was recognized as the NCADP's Abolitionist of the Year in 1994, and he continues to contribute to our struggle to this day.  Magdaleno wrote a reflection about Cesar and nonviolence on NCADP's blog today.

As we continue the struggle to end the death penalty, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty salutes the spirit and the legacy of Cesar Chavez, and urges you to join us today with a special contribution in Cesar's honor.

Thank you.

Si Se Puede!  (Yes we can!),

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
1705 DeSales St., NW  Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.NCADP.org
abe@ncadp.org

 

Join the Petition Drive for a National Cesar E. Chavez Holiday!  

http://www.ufwaction.org/campaign/chavezholiday09/e63nwu2y7685new?

Previous related pledges, actions on Change.org, the url   

Chavez Day Walk & Festival   

http://immigration.change.org/actions/view/chavez_day_walk_festival

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NCADP Acts: Call / Prayer/Meditation / CO Victims Bill; etc.. May 09, 2009 9:46 PM

Actions, on Change.org, the url   

NCADP Acts  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/ncadp_acts

We're in 2nd place and need your help today!
Dear Friends,

As you know, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) is up for The Jenzabar Foundation

http://thejenzabarfoundationblog.com/2009/04/22/the-national-coalition-to-abolish-the-death-penalty/

Social Media Leadership Award, which provides a $3,000 grant to a non-profit organization based on its use of social media to raise awareness of its cause.

Social media plays an integral part in our campaign to end the death penalty across the country, as evidenced by our use of our blog, Twitter, and Facebook over the past week to keep you informed of the developments on the death penalty repeal bill in Colorado. 

The deadline for voting has been extended to Friday, May 8th, with the winners to be announced on May 11th.  We're currently in 2nd place, and we need your help to keep us going.

Please consider leaving a comment on The Jenzabar Foundation blog today.  Or, if you've already voted, please consider getting as many friends and family to vote as you can.  This grant would mean a lot for our efforts, but we need your help!

Thanks so much for all your support!

http://www.ncadp.org/

Diann Rust-Tierney
Executive Director

PS: You can also help NCADP directly by visiting our website and making a secure donation today

You can see also our work online in several ways:

By joining one of our many affiliates

Read articles by NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney at the Huffington Post??

Visit our blog to read the latest death penalty news??

Join NCADP on Facebook??

Sign up for Twitter updates from NCADP

GLOBAL Call for Prayer/Meditation for Colorado Murder Victims Families Bill

Please Forward...

Dear Friends,

Today, May 6 is the final day of the 2009 Colorado Legislative Session.  Coloradans Against the Death Penalty is launching an all day presence at the Colorado Capitol in support of HB-1274.

HB 1274, the "Cold Case Bill," repeals the death penalty and redirects the funds saved to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Cold Case Unit for the purpose of resolving unsolved homicides.  It is a primary effort of the Colorado organization, "Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons"


Start Time: 8:45am MDT (10:45am EDT)
End Time: Midnight, or when the bill passes (or dies) in the Senate and the House

We are asking for prayer/meditation in solidarity with the Vigil for Justice for the Murder Victims Families of Colorado at the Colorado Statehouse.  Please take a few minutes to pray, meditate, or reflect in solidarity with the Vigil in Colorado.  Please ask others you know to do the same.

Follow the action in the live blog at http://www.ncadp.org/blog.cfm and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncadp

REFLECTION/PRAYER - Adjust as you see fit

"I am in solidarity with the Vigil for Justice for the Murder Victims Families of Colorado going on right now at the Colorado Statehouse.  With all of my heart and soul I am (praying/willing) for Justice and Mercy at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado today.  May the Legislators and those who advise them act with wisdom, love and compassion to repeal the death penalty and instead help murder victims families know the truth about what happened to their loved ones by passing The Cold Case Bill, HB 1274."

Below is the alert being sent to the e-mail lists of the many Colorado organizations involved in this effort.  Thank you for your participation.

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
http://www.NCADP.org
abe@ncadp.org
mobile: 561-371-5204


-----Original Message-----
From: cadp@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Lisa Cisneros
Sent: Tue 05-May-09 7:09 PM
To:
Subject: [CADP] COME TO THE CAPITOL May 6 all day: Vigil For Justice for Colorado Families of Murder Victims

COME TO THE CAPITOL May 6 all day: Vigil For Justice for Colorado Families
of Murder Victims

Please forward this message

Dear Friends,

Starting a 8:45am tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6, 2009) and throughout the last day of the 2009 Colorado legislative session, please come to the Capitol in Denver to lend your personal presence in a "Vigil for Justice for the Murder Victims Families of Colorado."  The vigil will go until both the House and the Senate vote on our bill.  This can be any time from 9am to midnight. Please come all day, **or for whatever part of the day you can be there**.  Come as early as you can and stay as long as you can, but come - even if it is just for 15 minutes.

To help maximize our presence WEAR A WHITE SHIRT (no message shirts allowed in the galleries), WEAR YOUR FOHVAMP BUTTON IF YOU HAVE IT, AND GATHER TOGETHER WHERE YOU SEE OTHERS OF US.  For our location updates, text 561-371-5204 (preferred) or call toll free 800-973-6548.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is not a "demonstration."  This Vigil for Justice is simply a presence of like minded people.  Our goal is to be present and witness as the Legislature does the right thing by passing HB-1274 in its original form.

ALSO, we are not alerting the media.  We expect that when enough of us

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Troy Anthony Davis Global Day of Action May 20, 2009 10:17 PM

Troy Anthony Davis Global Day of Action
These Actions, on Change.org, the url  

act / abolition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/act_abolition

Dear Fellow Abolitionists,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19, is Troy Anthony Davis Global Day of Action. 

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=12168

This is an opportunity to "shout from the rooftops" in opposition to what could be the execution of an innocent man.  We invite you to join NCADP by participating in this day of action in some meaningful way.  More on that is below.

We also wanted to take the opportunity to thank each of the 649 supporters who posted a comment in support of NCADP on the Jenzabar Foundation blog.  We here at NCADP were deeply touched by your support and comments.  While NCADP received the most comments and that is what got us to the finals, the Jenzabar Foundation chose to make its award to another worthy organization called Forge, which helps refugees in Africa.  We applaud the folks at Forge, and we thank the Jenzabar Foundation for its work and for the benefits NCADP has derived from participating in the contest.  Again, thank you.


Troy Anthony Davis Global Day of Action

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=12168

Troy Anthony Davis is currently on death row in Georgia, where he awaits a decision in his case by the U.S. Supreme Court.  If the Court refuses to hear his case or otherwise grant relief, his execution date could be set at any time.  Tuesday, May 19th is Troy Anthony Davis Global Day of Action, an event sponsored by Amnesty International and endorsed by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  Learn more and take action here.

NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney wrote about this case last week on the Huffington Post - read that here.

Additional Background

In 1991, Troy was convicted in the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail largely on the basis of eyewitness testimony - no physical evidence links him to the crime. Since his trial, seven of nine eyewitnesses have recanted their original statements, yet federal law prevents these new eyewitness statements from being heard.

Troy's execution had been scheduled for September 23rd, 2008. On September 12, 2008 he was denied clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. Two hours before he was to be killed he received stay from the U.S. Supreme Court pending its decision as to whether it would hear his appeal.  On October 14, 2008, the Court denied his request for relief so that his evidence of innocence could be heard in a legal proceeding.  Just one day later, Troy Davis' execution was set for October 27 at 7pm EST.  On October 24, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay pending further examination and possible acceptance of a new appeal.  On April 16, by a 2-1 vote the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Troy's appeal but issued a 30 stay to allow time for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The stay has now expired.  Learn more about this case and take action here.

Thank you.

--abe

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support

NCADP is proud to be making an impact online!

Visit : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diann-rusttierney to read articles by NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney.

Visit our blog to read the latest death penalty news!

http://ncadp.org/blog.cfm

 Click here to join NCADP on Facebook


Click here to sign up for Twitter updates from NCADP

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Free Native American Leader, falsely incarcerated for 33 years :) June 08, 2009 1:16 PM

Please, especially now, your efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier, are greatly needed  
These Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally_abused_etc

Leonard Peltier's first full parole hearing was held in 1993, at
which time his case was continued for a 15-year reconsideration. On
Wednesday, it was announced (in Portland, OR) that Mr. Peltier has
recently applied for and been granted a parole hearing. The hearing
is scheduled for July 27, 2009. All supporters are encouraged to
step up their efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier.

Letters in Support of Parole

It is really important that everyone write letters in support of
Leonard's petition for parole. These letters can be quite simple
and should cover the basic points important for parole decisions. A
sample letter follows. Feel free to use it, but know that it's even
better if you write one in your own words. Be courteous and concise.

Get as many people to sign similar letters, as well. Carry a sheaf of
spare letters with you. Get one signature per letter, that is, rather
than using a petition format. Mail them to the Parole Commission,
but also send copies to the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
(contact information below).

Guidelines for General Supporters

First, we ask that you sign the online at  

http://www.msplinks.com/http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/parole2008/.
Next, draft correspondence to the U.S. Parole Commission. A sample
letter follows.

Sample Letter

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
(Insert Date)

Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Dear Commissioners,

Convicted in connection with the deaths on June 26, 1975, of
Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, agents of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Mr. Leonard Peltier remains imprisoned at the United
States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The court record in this case clearly shows that government
prosecutors have long held that they do not know who killed Mr. Coler
and Mr. Williams nor what role Leonard Peltier "may have" played
in the tragic shoot-out.

Further, in a decision filed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
on December 18, 2002, Mr. Peltier's sentences "were imposed in
violation of [Peltier's] due process rights because they were based
on information that was false due to government misconduct," and,
according to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2003: ".Much
of the government's behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its
prosecution of Leonard Peltier is to be condemned. The government
withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not
disputed."

Despite these admissions, Leonard Peltier has served over 33 years
in prison.

After careful consideration of the facts in Leonard Peltier's case,
I have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to
the public. First, Leonard Peltier has no prior convictions and has
advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore,
Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent
evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He
continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to
lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively,
disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive
writer. Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill
the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over
their deaths.

Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those
in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered
women's shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment
programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates
an annual holiday gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation.

Leonard Peltier is widely recognized for his good deeds and in
turn has won several awards including the North Star Frederick
Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of
the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International
Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime
Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel
Peace Prize six times.

Leonard Peltier is now over 60 years of age-a great-grandfather-and
suffers from partial blindness, diabetes, a heart condition, and
high blood pressure.

I recognize the grave nature of the events of June 26, 1975,
and I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of those who
died that day. However, I find aspects of this case to also be of
concern and I believe Leonard Peltier deserves to be reunited with
his family and allowed to live the remaining years of his life in
peace. I also believe that, rather than presenting a threat to the
public, Mr. Peltier's release would help to heal a wound tha

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rest :) Free Native American Leader, falsely incarcerated for 33 years :) June 08, 2009 1:17 PM

that has
long impeded better relations between the federal government and
American Indians.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Signature


(Your Name)
(Your Street Address)
(Your City, State, and Zip Code)

For Family and Friends

As with any professional correspondence, your support letter should
be on letterhead (if you have Microsoft Word or another similar
program you can easily create professional-looking letterhead from
a template). The letterhead should include all of your contact
information including your name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail
address if applicable.

Describe your relationship with Leonard -- how do you know him, for
how long, etc. Write about his character, and his accomplishments
both before and during imprisonment. Discuss improvements made
since being incarcerated such as education and his philanthropic
work. Discuss Leonard's positive attitude and, despite his innocence,
the fact that he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over the
deaths that occurred on June 26, 1975.

Finish your support letter by telling the Parole Board how you
will support Leonard once he is granted parole. Your support might
be financial, such as a place to live, use of a vehicle, or help
finding job offers. Your support can also be emotional such as
providing advice and encouragement.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUPPORTERS: When you write a letter in support
of Leonard's parole, mail the letter directly to the U.S. Parole
Commission, but also please send a copy of your correspondence to
the Peltier Legal Team, c/o LP-DOC, P.O. Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.
Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier  

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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center / constitutional rights: Act: Free San Francisco 8 June 08, 2009 1:45 PM

center / constitutional rights: Act: Free San Francisco 8
Take Action: Free the San Francisco 8!

http://www.freethesf8.org/

Dear Supporter:

In less than one week, the San Francisco 8 - former Black Panthers and other activists - will have a preliminary hearing in San Francisco. They are being charged with the murder of a police officer in 1971. The charges are based on confessions extracted by torture, and it is clear that the indictments against these men are an attempt to rewrite the history of the Black Panthers and the gains of the Civil Rights movement. Take action today and support the San Francisco 8.

In 1973, New Orleans police employed torture over the course of several days to obtain information from members of the Black Panthers about the death of Sergeant John Young, an officer of the San Francisco Police Department. The men were stripped naked, beaten, blindfolded, covered in blankets soaked with boiling water and had electric probes placed on their genitals, among other methods. In 1974, a court ruled that both San Francisco and New Orleans police officers had engaged in torture to extract a confession, and a San Francisco judge dismissed charges against three men in 1975 based on that ruling.

In January 2007, eight elder activists - Richard Brown, Richard O'Neal, Ray Boudreaux, Hank Jones, Francisco Torres, Harold Taylor, Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim - were arrested after a grand jury convened in San Francisco to reopen the case.

The state Attorney General of California initiated the prosecution of the San Francisco 8, and he is the person who has the power to stop it. Put the pressure on and write Attorney General Jerry Brown to demand the charges against these activists be dropped.

Stand for justice and support the San Francisco 8 today.

Sincerely,

Annette Dickerson
Director of Education and Outreach
    
Take Action  

http://www.freethesf8.org/

Send a fax  

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/383/t/4089/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27347
 
Sign the Open Letter  

http://www.freethesf8.org/what_to_do.html
  
Center for Constitutional Rights ll 666 Broadway 7th floor NY, NY 10012 ll 212-614-6464 ll

http://www.ccrjustice.org   

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Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4 June 21, 2009 11:55 PM

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4
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"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." -- Gandhi
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* Parole Expenses *

Pocket change, $1, $5, or more... For the sake of freedom, no
amount is too small. Funds are needed to meet expenses associated
with Leonard Peltier's parole hearing next month. The need is
urgent. Please give what you can.

Mail donations to: LP-DOC, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.

Or donate by credit card:
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/donate.htm>.

* Parole Letters *

It's EXTREMELY important that everyone write a letter in
support of Leonard's parole. You can find sample language at
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/06/write-that-parole-letter-today.html>
.

* Online Parole Petition *

Have you signed the parole petition on Mr. Peltier's behalf?
If not, do it today.

<http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/parole2008/>

We'll be closing down the petition around June 26 so that data can be
compiled for delivery to the U.S. Parole Commission. So don't wait.
Do it now. Not sure if you've signed? Sign again. Any duplicates
will be deleted before the signatures are submitted to the Parole
Commission.

Do more than sign. Forward the above link to all your friends,
family members, colleagues, etc., and urge them also to support
parole for Leonard Peltier. Post the link on electronic bulletin
boards, in chat rooms, on blogs and Web sites... Do it and keep
doing it.

* Gather at USP-Lewisburg on July 27 *

Leonard Peltier's parole hearing is scheduled for July 27. Join other
Peltier supporters at the entrance of USP-Lewisburg at 7:30 a.m.
Meet at the corner of Route 15 and William Penn Road. Help spread
the word. The Parole Examiner has to pass by to enter the prison,
so wear Peltier shirts and carry signs.

USP-Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, 200 miles north
of Washington, DC, and 170 miles west of Philadelphia.

Map and Directions:
<

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Read about National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 :) June 21, 2009 11:56 PM

Read about National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009
These Actions, on Change.org, the url

Read NCJCA of '09

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/read_ncjca_of_09

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions

The Sentencing Project

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LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc.. June 21, 2009 11:58 PM

Health Alert: Peltier In Need of Medical Assistance
Forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Kari Ann Cowan, Peltier's niece, reported tonight (Friday) from the
prison at Lewisburg that Leonard may have suffered a heart attack.

"He had hard time breathing.  He was in his cell and had an ache
in his chest. He was kinda scared he was having a heart attack. He
raised his hands, breathed slowly and finally felt better."

We need to call the prison and ask them to get Leonard to the
hospital in Rochester (MN) as soon as possible for a check up.

Be polite and courteous and express your concern for his health
and welfare.
We gotta step up.

Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132.

Call Warden Scott Dodrill at (570) 523-1251.

Fax numbers: (570) 522-7745 and (570) 522-7519

E-mail address: LEW/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,


Wanbli
Co-Support Group Coordinator and LP-DOC Spokesperson
Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org


Update: Parole Date Changed to July 28
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"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." -- Gandhi
                  *'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*

* Parole Update *

Leonard Peltier's parole hearing has been changed to July 28.

To be considered by the commissioners, your letters of support must
arrive at the U.S. Parole Commission no later than July 1.

Not a lot of time left.  Folks, get out there on the streets and
get folks to sign as many letters as possible.  For a sample letter,
visit <www.FreePeltierNow.org>.

Have you signed the parole petition on Mr. Peltier's behalf?
If not, do it today.

<http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/parole2008/>

We'll be closing down the petition on or around June 26.

* Lewisburg *

Join other Peltier supporters at the entrance of USP-Lewisburg on
July 27 between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. for a peaceful protest and vigil.
Meet at the corner of Route 15 and William Penn Road. USP-Lewisburg
is located in central Pennsylvania, 200 miles north of Washington,
DC, and 170 miles west of Philadelphia.

Days Inn will give a discount to anyone attending the Peltier
vigil.  The motel is 1 mile from the prison. The phone number
is 570-523-1171.

You perhaps can't make the trip to Lewisburg.  What to do?

First, write that letter in support of parole.
It's EXTREMELY important that everyone write a
letter.  You can find sample language and other guidance at
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/06/write-that-parole-letter-today.html>.
Also call the White House to express your support for Leonard's
freedom: 202-456-1111 or -1112.  Do this often.

In solidarity with the protesters in Lewisburg, mount your own
peaceful protest and/or vigil at a local federal courthouse.

Our brothers and sisters across the world also can participate.
On July 27, gather outside the closest U.S. embassy.

Now is the time.  Do something!  Make your voices heard.

* A shoutout to Portland, OR *

Come by the NW-AIM table at the powwow at Delta Park this weekend.
The powwow runs from Friday evening (tonight) through Sunday and
admission is free.  Information and letters for folks to sign will
be available.  You'll be able to purchase a raffle ticket to win
an original Peltier painting, too.

* Donate *

Pocket change, $1, $5, or more... For the sake of freedom, no
amount is too small. Funds are needed to meet expenses associated
with Leonard Peltier's parole hearing next month. The need is
urgent. Please give what you can. Mail donations to: LP-DOC,
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.  Or donate by credit card:
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/donate.htm>.

* June 26 - 34th Anniversary of the Oglala Tragedy *

-- The 10th annual Oglala Commemoration.  See
<http://www.oglalacommemoration.com>.

-- London, UK.  Picnic and Vigil. Supporters will gather at the
"Fountain of Life" in Hyde Park from 12 noon until 2 pm, to give
folks a chance to get there. From there the supporter will make their
way to the US Embassy in Grosvener Sq. The nearest tube station is
Marble Arch on the central line.

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"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier
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Also frequently visit <http://www.FreePeltierNow.org> and our
main Blog at <http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com>.  The Blog is
updated daily.

Register to receive e-mail announcements. It's easy. Go to our
homepage at <

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Urgent: Free Jailed Falsely :) June 23, 2009 10:55 AM

Please.

Free Jailed Falsely  
Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Thanx, again  
Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

Latest from Friends Digest 

LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660

LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655

Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

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Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

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http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed

Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

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Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition

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Thanx.

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O'siyo. Additions :) June 26, 2009 11:45 PM

Free Jailed Falsely   

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Very latest from Friends Digest 

June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670

34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666

Thanx.  Ciao.   reality

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Immediate: Free Jailed Falsely :) July 03, 2009 8:10 PM

Urgent.


Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Thanx, again  
Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

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http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions3

Very latest from Friends Digest 

Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677

June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670

34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666

LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660

LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655

Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed

Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition_2

Please.

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Additions to LP medical alert :) July 06, 2009 9:07 AM

Additions to LP medical alert  
Sample letter, email, or talking points for calls  

Warden Bledsoe
Warden for Lewisburg Prison, PA
Email: LEW/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

Subject: Concerning Leonard Peltier, #89637-132

Dear Warden Bledsoe,

Hello.  As you may be aware, Leonard Peltier, #89637-132, has had a scare with prostate cancer.  He is now having blood in his urine and he desperately needs to have an oncologist examine him.  A general practitioner operating in the prison system is not sufficient; he needs to be seen by a specialist.  The urgency is due to his previous scare of cancer and his current, urgent, medical needs; only a specialist can determine the state of his health.  According to his medical he is supposed to receive an exam every three months, but according to Leonard he has only been seen once a year.  How can this be?  As everyone knows one examination can give you warning, anyone who has had a prognosis or scare with prostate cancer, that is, you need to see an oncologist and be examined regularly.  Again, Warden, please give Leonard Peltier the proper medical attention he has the right to.  Thanx.  Goodbye.

Truly,

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Eyes On Members of Congress July 11, 2009 1:10 AM

Friends,

Your help is urgently needed. Please, everyone, take a few minutes
to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to write a letter
to the U.S. Parole Commission by TUESDAY, JULY 14, on behalf of
Leonard Peltier.  Use fax or e-mail.  You may also consult your
senators' and representative's Web sites for telephone numbers.
Get started now.

<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/congressmaster.htm>

Please also contact the following Members of Congress who have
supported Peltier in the past to urge them to immediately write a
letter to the U.S. Parole Commission.

--> Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Chairman, House Judiciary Committee.  Call
202-225-3951.

--> Sen. Daniel Inouye via the Committee on Indian Affairs at (202)
224-2251; <comments@indian.senate.gov>.  A SHOUT OUT to Minnesota:
Remember that your new senator, Al Franken, is the newest member
of the Committee on Indian Affairs.  Drop him a line, too.

--> The members of the Congressional Black Caucus at 202-226-9776;
<congressionalblackcaucus@mail.house.gov>.  Remind them of the
congressional briefing with the CBC on the Peltier case on May
17, 2000.  A number of the members supported Leonard a decade
ago and must do so again.  They can help to educate their newer
members, as well. But time is of the essence. Members of special
note include Rep. John Conyers, Jr., (MI), Rep. John Lewis (GA),
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC).

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee also has
asked that all supporters contact Speaker of the House Nancy
Pelosi to urge her also to renew her commitment to Leonard's
freedom.  Contact the Speaker of the House at 202-225-0100.
Or use e-mail: <http://speaker.house.gov/contact/> or
<AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov>. San Francisco constituents
may also reach Ms. Pelosi at (415) 556-4862 or at her DC office
(202-225-4965).

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Additions  

Sample Letter  

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
(Insert Date)

Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Dear Commissioners,

Convicted in connection with the deaths on June 26, 1975, of Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Leonard Peltier remains imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The court record in this case clearly shows that government prosecutors have long held that they do not know who killed Mr. Coler and Mr. Williams nor what role Leonard Peltier "may have" played in the tragic shoot-out.

Further, in a decision filed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on December 18, 2002, Mr. Peltier’s sentences "were imposed in violation of [Peltier's] due process rights because they were based on information that was false due to government misconduct,” and, according to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2003: "…Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Leonard Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed."

Despite these admissions, Leonard Peltier has served over 33 years in prison.

After careful consideration of the facts in Leonard Peltier's case, I have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to the public. First, Leonard Peltier has no prior convictions and has advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore, Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively, disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive writer. Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over their deaths.

Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered women's shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates an annual holiday gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Leonard Peltier is widely recognized for his good deeds and in turn has won several awards including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times.

Leonard Peltier is now over 60 years of age—a great-grandfather—and suffers from partial blindness, diabetes, a heart condition, and high blood pressure.

I recognize the grave nature of the events of June 26, 1975, and I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of those who died that day. However, I find aspects of this case to also be of concern and I believe Leonard Peltier deserves to be reunited with his family and allowed to live the remaining years of his life in peace. I also believe that, rather than presenting a threat to the public, Mr. Peltier’s release would help to heal a wound that has long impeded better relations between the federal government and American Indians.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Signature

(Your Name)
(Your Street Address)
(Your City, State, and Zip Code)

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUPPORTERS:

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rest :) Eyes On Members of Congress July 11, 2009 1:11 AM

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUPPORTERS: When you write a letter in support of Leonard's parole, mail the letter directly to the U.S. Parole Commission, but also please send a copy of your correspondence to the Peltier Legal Team, c/o LP-DOC, P.O. Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.


Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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Free Jailed Falsely :) July 21, 2009 5:55 AM

Free Jailed Falsely  
Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Thanx, again  
Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

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Very latest from Friends Digest 

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707

Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677

June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670

34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666

LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660

LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655

Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed

Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition_2

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LP-DOC: News from Lewisburg :) July 29, 2009 7:05 AM

LP-DOC: News from Lewisburg
News from Lewisburg
Greetings from Lewisburg, PA. As you know, Leonard's parole hearing
was today. The attorney Eric Seitz is very hopeful about the outcome
of the hearing. The government brought nothing new to the table
and made it clear that their position is that LP should never be
released despite his being eligible for parole. That, of course,
is about nothing but revenge. Peter Matthiessen ("In the Spirit
of Crazy Horse") was a witness today. He's attended many of the
hearings, appeals, etc., over the years. He felt the examiner was
attentive and open to what was being said on LP's behalf. He's also
feeling positive. We're also told Leonard handled the Q&A (for
about 45 minutes) very well. Unfortunately, there's nothing further
to report. The examiner said he'd like some time before making
a recommendation. We expect that Leonard will be notified of the
recommendation within the next 24-48 hours. This is progress, folks.
Normally a denial is made and immediately, sometimes even before LP's
lawyers have even finished their presentation. Overall, the feeling
is that Leonard received a fair hearing. Keep up those prayers
for a positive outcome. Ultimately, of course, the full Parole
Commission will make the final decision. We'll keep you posted.

-----

Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6 August 04, 2009 7:43 PM

"Do not depend on the hope of results. Concentrate on the value and the truth of the work itself." -- Thomas Merton

* White House Alert *

Obama is said to read five letters daily from plain ol' folks
like us.  So, write a letter.  Mr. President, Free Peltier Now!
The address: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
20500.  Fax a letter every day: 202-456-2461.

* Sleepy Days of Summer *

Everyone's nervously awaiting the parole decision, we know.  Well,
we've heard it said that the best way to quiet shaking knees is to
bounce a baby on them.  Our baby?  The work, always the work.

In August, Washington becomes a ghost town.  Members of Congress
will be heading back to their home states/districts very soon.  So...

Request a meeting with your Member of Congress:

--Find your congressional district and senators'
and representative's contact information. See
<http://www.FreePeltierNow.org/congressmaster.htm>.

--Send a fax or e-mail to the scheduler requesting a meeting:
Include the date and time of day you will be available to meet with
the Member, but be flexible about scheduling your visit because
Members of Congress have busy calendars; Offer to meet with a
staff member if the Member of Congress is not available (i.e., a
Legislative Assistant); Include the issue you would like to discuss
(a congressional investigation into the Pine Ridge Reign of Terror,
for example); Provide a phone number and/or e-mail address where
the scheduler can reach you.

--Follow up with a phone call in one week's time if you have not
heard back from the congressional office.

--When the meeting is scheduled, find accurate information as to
the physical location for your legislator's office.

--Be on time for the meeting. Staff in most Capitol Hill and district
offices are busy and work on tight schedules. Remember that their
time is valuable.

--Establish a rapport. After introductions and handshakes, talk
about things or relationships you might have in common. A little
bit of research can pay off, so find out all you can about your
Members of Congress. For instance, maybe you have a mutual friend,
or perhaps you both went to the same elementary school. Thank your
senator or representative for all that he or she does on Capitol
Hill to represent your state or district.

--If several people will attend the meeting, select a
spokesperson. If everyone there will have a role, select one person
to move the meeting along in a timely manner.

--State your purpose. For example, you might say, "Congressman Lee,
we are here to talk with you about hearings on the long-term effects
of COINTELPRO. Specifically, we would like to have your support for
hearings on the Reign of Terror on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
in the early 1970s."

--Make the issue real. Legislators are people; they are sympathetic
to stories about real people. For example, humanize the events on the
Pine Ridge Reservation during the 1970s by sharing published stories.
Offer the member a copy of "Incident at Oglala" for viewing or a
copy of Peter Matthiessen's book, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse".

--Make a clear request. Tell your Member of Congress exactly
what you would like him or her to do, and do not leave without
learning the legislator's position on your issue. For example,
you might say that you would like your legislator to sign a letter
in support of a congressional investigation into the Pine Ridge
Reign of Terror. Then, ask the member or their staff to outline
the legislator's current position.

--Very soon after the meeting, write a thank you letter to your
member for taking the time to visit with you.

It's common for some congressional members to view the events of
the 1970s as history only and unimportant to today's world. Don't
be dissuaded by this. Instead, use some creativity to make the
events on Pine Ridge important in light of the issues of the day,
as well as the political landscape in Washington, DC. Monitor
congressional actions, debates, proposed Bills, etc. Pay attention
to current events. Use the opportunities presented to you to couch
your comments and concerns about the Reign of Terror in such a
way that they compliment your member's legislative priorities. You
can identify those priorities by visiting your representative's or
senators' Web pages.

A congressional contact-whether by phone, letter, and/or
face-to-face-should be approached as an ongoing endeavor. Send follow
up letters, place additional calls, and plan more congressional
visits so as to keep your issue of concern before your representative
and senators.

* Parole *

There is no decision on parole as yet.  We'll let you know as soon
as there's news.

In the meantime, you may be interested in this video of attorney
Eric Seitz following the 28 July hearing:

<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/08/video-attorney-eric-seitz-following.html>.

We also have a link on our home page to a Q&A that may answer your
questions about federal parole: <http://www.FreePeltierNow.org>.


"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Pelt

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Urge Congress to take action on forensic reform September 03, 2009 2:29 AM

This Action, on Change.org, the url   

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After Two Decades, On the Verge of Freedom

Reevaluating Lineups

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News from the innocence movement around the United States

Dog Scent Evidence Challenged

Two lawsuits in Texas allege that dog scent evidence implicated innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit. Both men have been cleared, but their suits allege that a dog handler provided questionable evidence to implicate them.

Dog scent evidence has been involved in at least three wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing. A report on dog scent evidence and wrongful convictions is scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight on CNN.

Read more.


Two Freed After 20 Years

Ronald Kitchen and Martin Reeves were freed in Chicago on July 7 after spending 21 years in prison for murders they’ve always said they didn’t commit. Kitchen says he falsely confessed after officers allegedly beat him during an interrogation.

Read more and watch a video of their release.


DNA Evidence Found After 20 Years

Shane Sebastian Davis has spent nearly two decades behind bars for a murder he says he didn’t commit. DNA evidence from the crime scene — previously believed to be lost or destroyed — has been located.

Davis’ attorneys, working with the Griffith University Innocence Project - a member of the Innocence Network, are seeking testing on the evidence.

Read more.


Art and Innocence


An exhibition of paintings by artist Dan Bolick is currently on display at the Westmoreland Museum in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Bolick painted large portraits of 10 people who were exonerated after spending years in prison. Above is his painting of Pennsylana exoneree Drew Whitley.

Bolick wrote about his experiences meeting and painting the exonerated on the Innocence Blog this month.

Read his posts.

 
Aidan Quinn and Brooke Shields

In two new Innocence Project videos, Aidan Quinn and Brooke Shields perform scenes from the award-winning play “The Exonerated.”

Watch the videos on our YouTube page.

Learn more about how the arts and entertainment community is helping address and prevent wrongful convictions through the Innocence Project Artists’ Committee. .


Use our easy online form to forward this message to friends, family and colleagues.

Connect with other Innocence Project supporters on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.


We welcome your feedback. Please contact us at the address below. Cases for review must be submitted via postal mail.

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info@innocenceproject.org


After Two Decades, On the Verge of Freedom


Lebrew Jones, who has served more than two decades in prison for a New York City murder he has always said he didn’t commit, learned last week that he’ll be released on parole in November. His parole follows mounting evidence of his innocence and comes as his legal team — including attorneys at the Innocence Project — seeks DNA testing in the case.

Jones (above, photo by Tom Bushey, Times Herald-Record) had no criminal record before he was convicted in 1989 of killing a 21-year-old woman in Manhattan. He has maintained his innocence for two decades and his case was the subject of an award-winning investigative series by the Times Herald-Record newspaper. Included in his parole application was a letter from Lois Hall, the mother of the murder victim, saying she believes he is innocent and should be paroled while his quest to clear his name continues.

"Oh my God, I'm so happy," Hall told a reporter upon hearing he will be released. "The only sad part about this is he had to do 22 years for something he never did."

Although biological evidence that could potentially prove Jones’ innocence was collected from the crime scene, it has been reported as lost or destroyed. The Innocence Project is consulting on DNA issues in Jones’ case with his lead attorneys at the law firm of Davis, Polk and Wardwell.

Jones’ case is not the only one affected by lost evidence in New York City, where the Innocence Project continues calling for improvements in evidence preservation and storage practices. Approximately half of all New York City cases closed by the Innocence Project in recent years were closed because of lost or destroyed evidence. In 2006, evidence in Alan Newton’s case was located after being falsely reported destroyed for eight years. The tests exonerated Newton and he was freed after 22 years in prison.

Read more about Jones’ case and explore the Times Herald-Record’s multimedia feature on the case, including video interviews with Jones in New York’s Otisville State Prison.

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When Police Chief Darrel Stephens first implemented changes to eyewitness identification procedures in his department in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, he met some resistance. But the effectiveness of improved lineups soon became apparent to his department and the reform has since spread to the entire state.

“Police officers are like most people — change is difficult, particularly when they don’t understand the basis for the change

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New Book: Racial Disparity Discussed in "Integration Debate,"... September 03, 2009 2:30 AM

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racial disparity + justice  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/racial_disparity_justice

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Suu Kyi Found Guilty, What You Can Do :) September 03, 2009 2:31 AM

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diminish genocide  

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http://www.clearviewproject.org

Diminish genocide, discuss and advocate for Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Burmese people  

First, the bad news: today, Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted

http://uscampaignforburma.org/pr/2009-activists-condemn-imprisonment-of-burmas-aung-san-suu-kyi-urge-concrete-international-action.html

by Burma's sham court system and will be sent back to house arrest for an additional 18 months. Her sentence also stipulated that if the regime finds another false pretext, it can simply extend her sentence, as it has done during the past 20 years.

Now, the good news: key leaders around the world are moving beyond words and calling for concrete action -- 14 Nobel Peace Prize recipients, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and Jody Williams are calling for the UN Security Council

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/11/myanmar.suukyi.reax/

to establish a commission of inquiry (investigation) into crimes against humanity committed by the military regime. Further, the British and French governments are calling for the UN Security Council to impose a global arms embargo on the regime, with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown stating that "nothing less than global arms embargo" should be imposed on the Burmese regime.  Brown also said "I also believe that the UN Security Council - whose will has been flouted - must also now respond resolutely and impose a worldwide ban on the sale of arms to the regime."

Now, it's time for the United State to join the UK and France in action, and help build a powerful effort to overcome China's resistance at the UN Security Council.

What you can do.  An organization that works on Burma named "Avaaz" is currently circulating a global petition to press the United States and United Kingdom to propose a resolution at the UN Security Council. Right now, there is a unique opportunity since the U.K. and U.S. serve as consecutive Presidents of the UN Security Council in August and September. Let them hear from you, click here to sign the Avaaz petition,

http://uscampaignforburma.org/action/2009-sign-the-petition-avaaz-calls-for-action-from-the-security-council.html

and if you have yet to sign our petition,

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1189/t/5102/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1308

click here.

Sincerely,

Mike Haack and Jeremy Woodrum

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History is Made: Sotomayor Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice September 03, 2009 2:32 AM

This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Justice for the Supreme Court  

http://immigration.change.org/actions/view/justice_for_the_supreme_court

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions

Learn and talk about the confirmation of Justice for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor 

http://www.civilrights.org/judiciary/supreme-court-nominees/sotomayor/

Take Action!

http://www.nclr.org/section/act_now/
 
Thank the senators who made this historic moment possible!
 
This month, history was made twice.  On August 6, 2009, the Senate approved the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor by a vote of 68 to 31, and on August 8, 2009, a swearing-in ceremony made her the third woman and first Hispanic to sit on the Supreme Court.  On August 12, 2009, she met with President Obama at an official White House reception in her honor.
 
Find out how your senators voted!
 
On August 6, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), shared her thoughts with the American people:
 
"Finally, our community is represented on the highest court in the land.  For that reason and many others, this vote matters to Latinos, and it matters to our country.  Latinos will always remember who recognized the significance of this nomination and did everything possible to make this long-deferred dream a reality for the Hispanic community."
 
Now it's time to SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!

http://www.nclr.org/section/act_now/
 
If you were one of the many Americans who wrote to your senators to encourage them to vote for Justice Sotomayor, thank you for helping make history!  If you didn't have a chance to write to your senator, now is your opportunity!
 
Tell your senator how much you appreciate their vote, or how much you wish they had voted to make history!
 
Unfortunately, 31 senators chose to ignore Justice Sotomayor's 30 years of extensive experience in the law, 17 notable years on the federal bench, and dedication to the Constitution and the rule of law.  It's important for all members of the Senate to understand the significance of this moment for the Latino community and hold them accountable for their votes.
 
Email your senator today!

http://capwiz.com/nclr/issues/

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Free Jailed Falsely :) September 03, 2009 2:33 AM

Free Jailed Falsely  
Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions10

Very latest from Friends Digest 

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707


Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677


June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670


34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666


LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660


LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655


Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition


Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition_2

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Newer: Free Jailed Falsely :) September 11, 2009 9:27 PM

Free Jailed Falsely  
Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions12

Very latest from Friends Digest 

LP-DOC Actions: LP: I'm Obama's Political Prisoner Now; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8825


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 9  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8803


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707


Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677


June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670


34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666


LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660


LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655


Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition


Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition_2

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New actions and updates: Free Jailed Falsely :) September 26, 2009 10:34 AM

Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions16

Very latest from Friends Digest  

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 11  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8834


LP-DOC Actions: LP: I'm Obama's Political Prisoner Now; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8825


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 9  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8803


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707


Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677


June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670


34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666


LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660


LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655


Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Demand an Executive Review of the Peltier Case  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/demand_an_executive_review_of_the_peltier_case


Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/leonard_peltier_petition


Leonard Peltier Petition  

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New actions and updates: Free Jailed Falsely :) October 13, 2009 11:44 AM

New actions and updates: Free Jailed Falsely  
Help Mr. Leonard Peltier get the parole he, and humanity, truly deserves, advocate and evoke  
Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 34 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all.  Luckily, "we, the people...", can still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's parole.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions16

Very latest from Friends Digest  

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 12

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8871


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 11  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8834


LP-DOC Actions: LP: I'm Obama's Political Prisoner Now; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8825


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 9  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8803


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707


Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677


June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670


34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666


LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660


LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655


Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Demand an Executive Review of the Peltier Case  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/demand_an_executive_review_of_the_peltier_case


Leonard Peltier Petition  

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Faulty Forensics and the Ultimate Injustice :) November 09, 2009 6:05 AM

This Action, on Change.org, the url  

ultimately injustice  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/ultimately_injustice

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions

http://www.innocenceproject.org/

Reunited by Exoneration

Youth and Innocence

Why I Give: A Donor Profile


News from the innocence movement around the United States


A Partnership for Forensic Reform

A new group launched this month by the Innocence Project and partners across the country will seek to raise awareness and support for the creation of federal forensic standards to help prevent wrongful convictions. The Campaign for National Forensic Science Standards is a coalition of local leaders united in advocating for federal forensic reform.

Visit the Just Science Coalition website for more.

http://www.just-science.org/

An Inactive Innocence Commission

An editorial in the Connecticut Law Tribune this month called on the Connecticut Advisory Commission on Wrongful Convictions to meet its obligations under state law to review the causes of injustice in the state and recommend reforms.

Read more.

Three Men Cleared in Dallas

Richard Miles served 14 years behind bars in Texas before evidence of his innocence led to his release October 13. Miles, who was represented by Centurion Ministries, was freed after a judge ruled that prosecutors had failed to alert defense after learning of an alternate suspect. Read more.

Two other men, Claude Simmons Jr. and Christopher Scott, were freed Friday in Dallas after spending 12 years in prison for a murder evidence now shows they didn’t commit. Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins said their exoneration should persuade prosecutors and police departments around the country to reinvestigate cases of possible wrongful conviction. Read more.

Journalism Program in Standoff with Prosecutors

An investigative journalism class at Northwestern University in Illinois is in a standoff with prosecutors after the state requested student records such as grades, notes and emails. Students have uncovered new evidence that a man imprisoned for 31 years is actually innocent. In a case filing, prosecutors requested student records. The university is refusing to hand over the requested materials.

Read more.


A New Trial After a Quarter-Century

A New York judge has granted a new trial in the case of Dewey Bozella, who has been in prison for more than 25 years for a murder he says he didn’t commit.

"It was like a miracle had happened," Bozella said of learning of the new trial.

The Innocence Project represented Bozella until it became clear that evidence for DNA testing no longer existed; in 2008, the Innocence Project brought the case to the law firm of WilmerHale, which has represented Bozella pro bono.

Read more


Use our easy online form to forward this message to friends, family and colleagues.

Connect with other Innocence Project supporters on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.


We welcome your feedback. Please contact us at the address below. Cases for review must be submitted via postal mail.

The Innocence Project
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New York, NY 10011
info@innocenceproject.org


 
Faulty Forensics and the Ultimate Injustice
 

Cameron Todd Willingham’s case is capturing national attention, more than three years after the Innocence Project compiled strong evidence that faulty forensic evidence led to his wrongful execution.

Willingham's conviction hinged largely on forensic analysts’ determination that a fire in Willingham’s home was arson – a determination that has been soundly rejected by nine leading scientists in several independent reviews. The Innocence Project took the case to Texas’ Forensic Science Commission, whose investigation was derailed earlier this month when Gov. Rick Perry replaced several members of the commission less than 48 hours before they were to meet about the case.

On November 10, the Texas State Senate will hold a hearing to ask Gov. Perry’s new pick to chair the Forensic Science Commission about the panel’s ongoing work. The Innocence Project is focused on making sure that the objective, independent, thoughtful investigation of this case continues. Last week, a group of more than 400 Texans -- including 15 people exonerated through DNA -- sent a letter to Bradley, urging him to ensure that the commission's work continues. "Undue delay -- much less a complete change of course - seems destined to sweep this investigation, Texans' faith in forensic evidence and our criminal justice system, maybe even jurors' willingness to convict, away with it," the letter reads, in part.

The Innocence Project’s formal allegation that sparked the Forensic Science Commission investigation points out that an unknown number of other arson convictions in Texas may have involved the same kind of faulty forensic analysis that led to Willingham’s conviction. In the meantime, a year-long investigation by The New Yorker undermined all of the other evidence that was used to convict Willingham. The case is now the strongest on record of an innocent person having been executed since the reinstatement of capital punishment.

The case has been covered this month by countless media outlets and commentators. Visit our Willingham Resource Center to access reports from the Houston Chronicle, New York Times, CNN’

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Newer actions and updates: Free Jailed Falsely :) November 09, 2009 6:17 AM

"...We, the people...", should still be the voice for those unheard; let us do what we can do to support Leonard's freedom.  Thanx, again.  Ciao.   

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions8

 

Very latest from Friends Digest  

Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 14  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8902


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 13

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8893


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 12

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8871


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 11  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8834


LP-DOC Actions: LP: I'm Obama's Political Prisoner Now; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8825


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 9  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8803


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707


Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677


June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670


34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666


LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660


LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655


Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650

 

Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions17


Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Demand an Executive Review of the Peltier Case  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/demand_an_executive_review_of_the_peltier_case


Leonard Pel

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Free Jailed Falsely :) November 18, 2009 1:15 PM

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions9

 

Very latest from Friends Digest  

[Friends of Peltier] Announcement of New LPDOC Campaign  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8923


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 14  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8902


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 13

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8893


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 12

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8871


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 11  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8834


LP-DOC Actions: LP: I'm Obama's Political Prisoner Now; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8825


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 9  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8803


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727


Eyes On Members of Congress  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8707


Peltier Medical Alert  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8677


June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8670


34th Anniversary Events  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8666


LP-DOC: Acts: Update on the Lewisburg Vigil, 7-28-09; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8660


LP-DOC: Acts: Health Alert: Peltier Needs Medical Assist; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8655


Previous  

Focus Parole, Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 4  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8650


Newer Actions, on Change.org, the url  

Won't you treat Leonard Peltier compassionately?  

http://www.change.org/actions/view/wont_you_treat_leonard_peltier_compassionately


Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions18


Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Demand an Executive

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act for social justice :) December 25, 2009 9:07 AM

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/act_for_social_justice

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions

http://www.change.org/profiles/reality

This holiday season, don't forget to struggle for the most abused, act for social, prison, and human justice  

Abolition Times - December 23, 2009  

DECEMBER 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

The Board of Directors and Staff of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty wishes you and yours a joyous Holiday Season and a safe, healthy and happy New Year!

Office Closed Next Week

The NCADP office will close at mid-day on Thursday, December 24, and re-open on Monday, January 4 at 9 a.m. EST. If you need anything related to the conference, please email Aimee Gabel, conference coordinator, at aimee@ncadp.org. You can also contact Sachin Chheda, Deputy Director, anytime at sachin@ncadp.org or via phone at 414-412-6099.
 

New Witness in Troy Davis Case Names Another Person as Policeman's Killer

The extraordinary U.S. Supreme Court-ordered evidentiary hearing for Troy Anthony Davis in Georgia has not been scheduled yet. But developments continue to give supporters of Davis hope that his strong claims of actual innocence will be heard and get Davis off death row. Recently, yet another witness has come forward and said that another man confessed to her that he, not Davis, committed the murder of a Savannah police officer. See an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis.

Troy Davis' sister, Martina Correia, will have more information about the case and will discuss her experiences fighting to obtain clemency for her brother at the 2010 NCADP Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, January 14-17. Register today!


Speaking of the Conference, It's Not Too Late

The NCADP Annual Conference is coming up fast. Please join us in Louisville, Kentucky, from January 14-17, 2010, for the largest and best annual gathering of abolitionists! Hotel rooms are still available at the discounted rate of $114 a night, but you must make your reservation before Friday. After Friday, rooms may still be available but we cannot guarantee the discounted rate.
 

The Faith-Based Community and Abolition

This year marks the 20th anniversary of NCADP's "Lighting the Torch of Conscience" campaign, which mobilized organizations and individuals of many faith traditions to work to end the death penalty. A holiday-themed op-ed posted in the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog and co-authored by United Church of Christ's General Minister and President Geoffrey Black; Reverend Linda Jaramillo, United Church of Christ's Executive Minister, Justice and Witness Ministries; and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, recounts the campaign, and suggests that faith-based communities still have a key role to play in the abolition movement.

DPIC Year End Report Says 2009 Death Sentences at Record Low

The Death Penalty Information Center's (DPIC) 2009 Year End Report says that the imposition of death sentences this year was at an all-time low, that costs involved in implementing capital punishment prompted eleven states to consider ending it, and that several were only one legislative house or a few votes short of repeal. AP Story. Texas Story. Full Report (pdf).

Texan of the Year

The Dallas Morning News has nominated former Texas Forensic Science Commission Chair Sam Bassett as its "Texan of the Year" for the calm and poise he displayed after his sudden removal from the Commission. Governor Rick Perry fired Bassett, and three others, just days prior to the panel's review of a report by fire scientist Craig Beyler, confirming that the fire which destroyed Cameron Todd Willingham's house in 1991 and killed his children could not be proved to have been caused by arson - a finding which indicates that Willingham was wrongly convicted and executed. Although he is no longer a Commissioner, Bassett has refused to remain silent about Governor Perry's apparent efforts to suppress the Beyler report.

Kansas Legislature to Consider Death Penalty Repeal

Kansas is confronting the fact that in difficult budget times, an expensive, failing death penalty system is hard to justify keeping. We are working closely with our state affiliate, the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KsCADP), to educate the public about the failings of the death penalty, as Kansas' state legislature prepares for hearings in January to discuss repeal.

New Hampshire House Leaders Block Bill to Expand Death Penalty

In the Granite State, our affiliate, the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, in cooperation with Equal Justice USA, is working hard to end capital punishment. Local activists had a great victory as the New Hampshire House Rules Committee voted against an effort to expand the death penalty to include the crime of home invasions. A commission is studying the death penalty there, and recently heard testimony about cost.

Hoosiers Take Note  

The death penalty does nothing to deter crime in Indiana, it costs too much, and it frequently results in convictions and executions of innocent people. For details, read the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette op-ed, "Hoosiers should examine what executions accomplish," by Will McAuliffe, Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Acting to Suspend Executions, an NCADP affiliate.

State Legislators' Organization Endorses the Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act

The National Conference of State Legislators, a bipartisan organization which advocates for the interests

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Newer actions and updates: Free Jailed Falsely :) December 28, 2009 7:51 AM

Leonard has carried a constant burden for all of humanity, for over 35 years straight, graciously, courageously, and with great generosity, and, besides thanking him, we have a responsibility to act, not just to right the wrongs of this world, to act to lessen  Leonard's, and those like Leonard's, burdens; they've humbly born for us all. 

reality


This Action, on Change.org, the url   

Free Jailed Falsely   

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_jailed_falsely

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions14

 

Very latest from Friends Digest  

LP-DOC Actions: Happy Holidays from Leonard Peltier; etc..

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8949


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 16

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8939


[Friends of Peltier] Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 15

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8931


[Friends of Peltier] Announcement of New LPDOC Campaign  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8923


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 14  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8902


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 13

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8893


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 12

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8871


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 11  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8834


LP-DOC Actions: LP: I'm Obama's Political Prisoner Now; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8825


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 9  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8803


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 8  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8793


Friends Digest Acts: Attorney Seitz on denial of parole; etc..  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8769


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 7  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8759


Shout Out to NH and Surrounding Area

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8756


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 6  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8748


News from Lewisburg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8744


Friends Digest Vol. 3, No. 5

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/8727



Newer Actions, on Change.org, the url  

Won't you treat Leonard Peltier compassionately?  

http://www.change.org/actions/view/wont_you_treat_leonard_peltier_compassionately


Previous Actions, on Change.org, the url  

free falsely jailed  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/free_falsely_jailed


Act to Protect Leonard Peltier, severely beaten, institutionally abused, etc..  

http://humanitarianrelief.change.org/actions/view/act_to_protect_leonard_peltier_severely_beaten_institutionally

http://www.change.org/profile/189788/actions19


Other Actions for Leonard on Change.org  

Demand an Executive Review of the Peltier Case  

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/demand_an_executive_review_of_the_peltier_case


Leonard Peltier Petition  

http://criminaljustice.ch

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Native American, Green, etc., actions November 17, 2010 1:43 PM

This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9012

GOD BLESS NEW JERSEY & BRASSCHECKTV.COM
Harveysplace: http://www.harveysplace.net/

http://www.brasschecktv.com/

Check it out!  /Harvey

           http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689357176&ref=profile
 
Forwarded Message: GOD BLESS NEW JERSEY & BRASSCHECKTV.COM.msg
GOD BLESS NEW JERSEY & BRASSCHECKTV.COMWednesday, November 17, 2010 11:58 AMFrom: "Harvey Arden" <harveyarden@starpower.net>To: harvey@harveysplace.netCheck it out!  /Harvey

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689357176&ref=profile


Is our pressure on Costco working?
I want to thank you for being on the frontlines and helping us pressure Costco to protect the oceans by saying no to wholesale destruction. I’m hesitant, but want to share with you that it appears our pressure may be working.

https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=681&s_src=topheadertestversion2&JServSessionIdr004=v5qipsttu2.app331a

Greenpeace activist surveys have revealed that several of the red list fish have disappeared from Costco store shelves. Is this a move in the right direction? A clever decoy? Or, merely a seasonal adjustment?

http://www.oh-no-costco.com/

We don’t know—because once again, Costco is hiding the truth and not being transparent. Why are they so afraid of making a public commitment to the oceans?

One thing we know is that the pressure is working—so we need your help once again. Please take action and tell Costco CEO, Jim Sinegal to stop being shifty and to stand up for the oceans by supporting positive environmental change.

Sincerely,
 
Casson Trenor
Oceans Campaigner
   
Greenpeace:

http://www.greenpeaceusa.org

702 H Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001 | 1-800-326-0959 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-326-0959      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

 

Urgent Call to Action: Release Leonard Peltier!
Information forwarded on behalf of the LPDOC:

At this time, we want as much pressure exerted on the White House
as possible. The message? Release Leonard Peltier!

We prefer that you call or write. Letters and phone calls are
taken far more seriously by the White House.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

You can Fax your letter, if you like: 202-456-2461 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-456-2461      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Comment line: 202-456-1111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-456-1111      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or -1112. If you have trouble getting
through, call the main switchboard (202-456-1414 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-456-1414      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) and ask to be
connected to the comment line. Lines may be busy or you might be
placed on hold. Don't be discouraged by this. Hit that redial
button or wait for your call to be answered. Remember that you're
competing for phone time with other organizations, as well as
competing with your fellow Peltier supporters. Keep trying.

You may send an e-mail, but e-mail won't be nearly as effective:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

If your oganization wants to demand Leonard's release, submit a
message to the White House here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/organizations.
                         
Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

Peltier family accuses U.S. government of medical neglect
Forwarded on behalf of the LPDOCFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 November 2010
Contact: Delaney Bruce, Legal Team Liaison, Leonard Peltier Defense
Offense Committee, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106, USA; Telephone:
1-701-235-2206 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-701-235-2206      end_of_the_skype_highlighting; contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

Peltier family accuses U.S. government of medical neglect

"A man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes in this country.
Why does my brother have to wait over a year to receive even
a diagnosis?"

Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who maintains his
innocence, was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting
deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977.
Imprisoned for 35 years-currently at the federal prison in Lewisburg,
Pennsylvania-Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by
Amnesty International. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members
of Congress and others-including a judge who sat as a member of
the court in two of Peltier's appeals-have all called for his
immediate release.

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Indigenous; Green; Native American; etc., actions :) February 17, 2011 4:16 AM

These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion:
Indigenous; Green; Native American; etc., actions  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9039

This petition on change.org: Help Indigenous; Green; NA:

http://www.change.org/petitions/help-indigenous-green-na?share_id=KYIWkwNNYO&pe=pce

Peltier Must Be Tranferred  
Message forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense
Committee. Please take action on Mr. Peltier's behalf, today.

At this time, Mr. Peltier's most pressing need is proper medical
care. His only hope of being seen by qualified physicians and
receiving care that complies with standard medical protocols is to
be immediately transferred to another facility. For background
information on this current crisis, read our November 2010 press
release.

You can help. Please print this letter (PDF format). Sign the
letter; write your name and mailing address; and mail or fax your
letter today.
 
Mail to: Federal Bureau of Prisons
Address: 320 1st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20534
Fax: (202) 514-6620

Sample Text

Often a handwritten heartfelt letter is quite effective. Remember to
always employ a respectful tone and keep your comments brief and
to the point. If you wish, you may adapt the following text.

Harley G. Lappin, Director
U.S. Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534

Dear Mr. Lappin:

It has come to my attention that Leonard Peltier #89637-132,
an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
is in dire need of medical attention.

I believe that Mr. Peltier's medical needs are urgent. He needs to
be seen by proper medical staff. Therefore, I respectfully request
that Leonard Peltier be transferred to FCI-Oxford in Wisconsin or
FMC-Rochester in Minnesota. Either of these facilities can adequately
accommodate Mr. Peltier's medical needs.

Thank you in advance for transferring Leonard Peltier and immediately
addressing his medical needs!

Sincerely,

Signature

Thank you for all you do on Mr. Peltier's behalf.

-----                    

Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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Urgent social justice, green, indigenous, act September 19, 2011 6:12 PM

These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion:

Urgent social justice, green, indigenous, act:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9096

This petition on change.org: Urgent Act, for all:

http://www.change.org/petitions/you-urgent-act-for-all?share_id=SMkkIDurmD&pe=pce

http://www.change.org/petitions/you-urgent-act-for-all

 

 

Urgent: Innocent man about to be executed:

Dear MoveOn member,

Troy Davis could be executed as soon as September 21, 2011, for a crime he did not commit. Davis is on death row in Georgia for the 1991 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail. However, since his conviction, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him have recanted and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime.

No one should be executed when there are so many doubts about guilt. It is more important than ever that we continue to let Georgia authorities know that we oppose any effort to execute Troy Davis.

That's why I created a petition to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on SignOn.org, which says:

We, the undersigned, call on Georgia authorities to take all steps necessary to ensure that Troy Anthony Davis is not executed. Seven of the nine witnesses have changed their story and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. No one should be executed, especially when there are so many doubts about guilt.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=263925&id=31093-1718406-NozxOEx&t=2

Thanks!

–Ana Zamora, Death Penalty Focus

The text above was written by Ana Zamora from Death Penalty Focus, not by MoveOn staff, and MoveOn is not responsible for the content. This email was sent through MoveOn's secure system, and your information has been kept private. Death Penalty Focus did not pay for this—we never sell or rent the MoveOn list.

 

 

 

Another way to help Troy Davis:

There could be one more avenue to help save Troy Davis from execution on Wednesday September 21 — but to take advantage of it, we need you to speak out now, and ask your friends and family to take action as well.

We've learned that Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm, who asked a judge to issue Troy's death warrant, can also ask the judge to take it back. This move would be a game-changer — but it'll only happen if he feels more pressure from us to do the right thing than he feels from all those in Savannah calling for Troy's death.

Click the link below to automatically sign the petition to District Attorney Larry Chisolm, which reads:

"Based on the major, persistent doubts about his guilt, I call on you to seek a withdrawal of the death warrant against Troy Davis and to support clemency in his case."

http://www.act.colorofchange.org/sign/chisolm

 

 

 

All Troy Davis petitions on change.org:

Stop my brother Troy Davis' Execution on Sep. 21.:

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-my-brother-troy-davis-execution-on-sep-21

WILL GEORGIA EXECUTE ANTHONY TROY DAVIS ON QUESTIONABLE TESTIMONY?:

http://www.change.org/petitions/will-georgia-execute-anthony-troy-davis-on-questionable-testimony

Georgia must re-try Troy Davis:

http://www.change.org/petitions/georgia-must-re-try-troy-davis

Help save Troy Davis from execution:

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Actions for social justice, Indigenous, N.A., et al January 14, 2012 4:28 PM

Honor Dr. M.L.K., Jr. with actions for social justice, et al! 
These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion:
Actions for social justice, Indigenous, N.A., et al:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9127   

This petition on change.org: Dr MLK, Jr Act/Justice:

http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-mlk-jr-actjustice


http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-mlk-jr-actjustice?share_id=BQszfPrjVO&

A Busy Year Ahead:
Solidarity with Leonard Peltier--04 February is International Day
of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier.  Visit our Schedule of Events at
<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/04FebSolidarity.htm> to locate
an event near you.  Will you be hosting an event?  Send details to
contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info.

Gear Up for the Struggle--T-shirt Special!  Get a 20 percent discount
(and a free "Free Peltier" button) when you order ONLINE.  Gear up
for the struggle with your choice of "Broken Treaty" or "Visions
of Freedom".  Promotion ends on 04 February 2012.  Shipping is free
for domestic orders.

<http://lpdoc.blogspot.com/2011/11/freedom-for-leonard-peltier-online.html>

An Historic Moment, an Historic Year--During its annual conference
late in 2011, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
unanimously passed a resolution on behalf of Leonard Peltier and
pledged to actively initiate and support efforts to bring Leonard
home.  We urge all supporters to print the resolution and send a
copy to your Members of Congress.

<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/download/PDX-11-082_final.pdf>

Urge your representative and Senators to support the NCAI's efforts
and also express their support to President Obama for a grant of
Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier.  Use the tool on the left
sidebar of our home page to locate your Members of Congress.

<http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/index1.htm>

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Background: Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully
convicted in connection with the deaths of two agents of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite the courts' acknowledgment
of FBI and prosecutorial misconduct in the case, Peltier has been
imprisoned since 1976, currently at the U.S. Penitentiary at Coleman,
Florida.

The evidence shows that the FBI was the aggressor in the firefight
that occurred on June 26, 1975.  From 1973 to 1976, Indigenous
People on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota were
victims of beatings, drive-by shootings, and stabbings carried out
by local vigilantes who collaborated with the FBI.  Peltier and
other Indigenous activists were forced into a defensive posture
to protect not only their lives, but the lives of others who
were present-elders, women, and children.  Indeed, Mr. Peltier's
co-defendants, tried separately, were acquitted on grounds of
self-defense.

The evidence also clearly shows that the U.S. government's goal
was to orchestrate Mr. Peltier's conviction by any means-including
falsifying extradition documents and intentionally committing fraud
on a Canadian court, as well as suppressing evidence of Mr. Peltier's
innocence during his trial.  By the government's own admission,
the critical part of the prosecution's case against Mr. Peltier
was the ballistics testimony which, years after his conviction,
was discovered to be false.

You can help to free an innocent man.  Learn more about the Peltier
case at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

Lauched into cyberspace by the
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND  58106

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Special Announcement:
Joint Message from Friends of Peltier and the Leonard Peltier
Defense Offense Committee
22 December 2011

Friends and Supporters,

We wish you a happy holiday season. Enjoy your friends and family
and good times. May you and your loved ones be doubly blessed in
the coming year. We know you join us in wishing no less for Leonard
Peltier and his family.

The coming year will be an important one for Mr. Peltier. Now,
more than ever, unity will play a key role in winning Leonard's
freedom. Therefore, we're pleased to announce the merger of Friends
of Peltier with the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee.

Soon, our mutual Web sites and mailing lists will be merged. Some
of the assets of Friends of Peltier will be discontinued (those
being primarily blogs and pages on social networks, so you may wish
to follow instead the LPDOC blog and pages on Facebook, MySpace,
Twitter and Google+). This merger should be somewhat seamless and
occur with a minimum of disruption.

Via the Free Peltier Now Coalition mailing list, be assured that
each of you will continue to receive announcements, information
about Leonard Peltier's case and his st

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Actions for Black History Month, Prisoners rights, et al February 29, 2012 6:46 AM

These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion:
Actions for Black History Month, Prisoners rights, et al:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9130     

This petition on change.org: Black History Mth: Acts:


Sites to send emails and letters, to your Senators, etc.  

http://www.capwiz.com/fconl/home

http://www.congress.org/


Sample letter text:

All supremacists from all conspiracies within all demographics, who all collaborate with the white supremacy, must stop dictating their demographics embrace the devolutionary direction of the corporate structure’s convolution; and support allowing kids to be kids, and young women to become women, at minimum, before they’re introduced to any and all forms of corporate whoring.  As well, female supremacists can’t collaborate with black and white supremacists in gradually taking away women’s reproductive healthcare and rights, as well as choice; the price they’ll pay when they do will be much greater than the crumbs they get off the republicans plate.  Happy Rhodes sings, “words weren’t meant for cowards, be brave…“; write on.  They say, the brave are those who stand when standing is hard; I say it’s when you only stand, "all endowed with inalienable rights..." (regardless of the fact that the dino-in-chief has taken away any and all rights from everyone except himself with the NDAA law, for all intents and purposes), yet, we only have the ones we exercise; remember the constitution republicans- that includes women.  As well, I've said the united suck of assassins is a country of extremists, supremacists of every conspiracy within every demographic, conspiring with the republican conspiracy (which is why the remocrats keep winning even though they're only 20 % of the population, the dempublicans keep building them up), including academic, supposed Christian (the 'good cop', some of the civil wrongs movement, 'bad cop', all republicans, S.S Tea Partiers, our taliban and al-queda), supposed Sikh, LGBTQ, etc.; Machiavellians and uber-ones, at minimum fascists to nazis, one and all- it's not even a possibility that the evolution's direction can stand against the corporate structure's convolution's devolutionary one, at this rate.  The republicans final solution, to steal everything from everyone through the extermination to extinction of humanity and large mammals, technocracies of the world have permanently altered weather cycles causing the increase in the amount and severity of supposedly natural disasters, yet, we know all life are necessary threads in the fabric of life, we can’t allow to be torn asunder. Extermination of humanity, large mammals, determined by the republican conspiracy, globally, millions of birds falling from the sky, fish dead in the water, etc., must be heeded now; before they sukceed in dictating the extinction of humanity and large mammals- as well as the destruction of the earth, and, possibly, all life as you know it. Life is indivisible, struggling with global unnecessary unending war is necessary; although, the intellect can‘t lead, for the life doesn‘t follow. Remember a lesson from WWII, if you’re not taking bullets, you’re making them, and fascism is the last step before the complete backslide to Nazism, possession is only nine-tenths of the law in a poverty stricken mind, centrism among extremists is Nazism, don't be it or allow it; Ghandi said “…be the change you wish to see in the world“, and Castaneda said, “discipline is the art of feeling awe”, etc.. Turn 360 degrees around, back to the evolution, dispelling the convolutions devolutionary direction; and getting back to the real future, we'll only have if you do! By abolishing the over use of fossil fuels (vaporizing the spirit and sucking the very blood of the earth, like the remocrat conspiracy does through their psychic terrorism, the suck, assassinating their only real competition, the real left, the evolution), and the devolutionary direction dictating the permanently altered weather cycles, 100 year storms happening every ten, 10,000 year cataclysmic events happening every thousand, 100,000 year destroying all life events, like alteration of magnetic poles location, their reversal, degradation of our orbit around the sun, happening every ten thousand, etc., and being most alive! Don't be republicated into mirror supremacist images of the white supremacy, being woman, black, supposed christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Asian, Atheist, male, LGBTQ, age, etc., supremacists isn't equality, there's no equality of nazism; destruction to extinction aren't profit, pleasure, nor power- Audre Lourdes said, "you can't take apart the man's house with the man's tools.”.  The premeditated mass-murder of 8 billion people isn’t allowable, opinion, freedom of religion, choice, civil liberty, a right, equality, American dreaming or way of life, nor cool. The dreamers must awaken, unlike the Dino-In-Chief’s response to the tea partiers, which is tripartisanship, centrism, caving, the real left’s is fku+theshtthatshatu, as it should be; thank goodness! They can’t sociologically program somas of illimitable potential, that are indivisible, as life is, in order to republicate automatons for la machine, if you, don‘t agree, resist, refuse, be more so. Popularityism=vampirism=cannibalism=centrism supremacy=fascism=extermination=nazism=extinction.  Thanx.  Goodbye.

Matutinally Yours,

(include your name, address, and, if you're writing a letter to the editor, your phone # so they can confirm it's your letter)

reality

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