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International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier: Clemency Now!

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegal imprisoned for 36 years!

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International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier: Clemency Now!

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegal imprisoned for 36 years!

Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist wrongfully accused in 1975 in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Government documents show that, without any evidence at all, the FBI decided from the beginning of its investigation to 'lock Peltier into the case'.

U.S. prosecutors knowingly presented false statements to a Canadian court to extradite Mr. Peltier to the U.S. The statements were signed by a woman who was forced by FBI agents to say she was an eyewitness. The government has long since admitted that the woman was not present during the shootings.

Meanwhile, in a separate trial in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mr. Peltier's co-defendants were acquitted by reason of self defense. Had Leonard been tried with his co-defendants, he also would have been acquitted.

Unhappy with the outcome of the Cedar Rapids trial, prosecutors set the stage for Mr. Peltier's conviction. His trial was moved to an area known for its anti-Indian sentiment—Fargo, North Dakota. The trial judge had a reputation for ruling against Indians, and a juror is known to have made racist comments during Mr. Peltier's trial.

FBI documents prove that the U.S. government went so far as to manufacture the so-called murder weapon, the most critical evidence in the prosecution's case. A ballistics test proved, however, that the gun and shell casings entered into evidence didn't match. The FBI hid this fact from the jury. Mr. Peltier was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. According to court records, the United States Attorney who prosecuted the case has twice admitted that no one even knows who fired the fatal shots.

Leonard Peltier is 67 years old and in poor health. An accomplished author and artist, Mr. Peltier is renowned for his humanitarian achievements. In 2009, Leonard was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the sixth consecutive year.

Although the courts have acknowledged evidence of government misconduct—including forcing witnesses to lie and hiding ballistics evidence reflecting his innocence—Mr. Peltier has been denied a new trial on a legal technicality. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others—including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Mr. Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release.

The Courts may not be able to act but Barack Obama, as President, can. Please join with us to free an innocent man. On February 4, 2012, tell Obama to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Scheduled events will be announced and details provided at www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106



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Issue #3 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

North America / Mexico | Repression / prisoners | Press Release | en

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david_venegas_el_alebrije.jpg imageWe demand to know the whereabouts of David Venegas Reyes 23:55 Mon 30 Jan by Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad 1 comments

At approximately 3.50 pm on Sunday 29 January 2012, our comrade David Venegas Reyes was arbitrarily arrested on the direct orders of Jesús Martínez Álvarez, Secretary General of the Government of Oaxaca; this happened as he, along with other comrades, was accompanying the caravan back to the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, led for over a year by the displaced women. [Castellano] [Français]

prison.jpg imageThousands Of Invisible Pickets 18:18 Thu 16 Dec by Workers Solidarity Alliance 0 comments

The prisoners in Macon, Hays, Telfair, Baldwin, Valdosta, and Smith state prisons do not have picket signs we can read, no do they have speeches that can be read out loud to us. We cannot see their faces or hear their voices. They are mostly invisible to us. It is now up to us to break though this wall of invisibility purposely imposed upon us and prisoners, by those who control society and our lives. The right to strike is the right of every exploited person in an exploitive society, prisoner or not.

textWorkers Solidarity Alliance (WSA) Statement Against Political Police Raids 14:51 Thu 07 Oct by Workers Solidarity Alliance 5 comments

The WSA condemns this attack and the arbitrary power which it claims for the repressive agencies of the state. We should also note the hypocrisy of the state agencies who do not shrink from supporting or engaging in mass-scale terrorism abroad, while asserting arbitrary powers at home in the name of "anti-terrorism" and allowing domestic armed extremists to assist in policing the border in Arizona. [Castellano]

common_cause.jpg imageLondon Activists Target Of Police Intimidation 10:17 Wed 23 Jun by Common cause - London 0 comments

June 22, 2010

For Immediate Release:

The recent arrests of two London activists for “promoting disturbance” represent yet another dramatic escalation in the Canadian state’s ongoing attempts to criminalize dissent.

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_o.jpg imageStatements From The Autonomous Municipality Of San Juan Copala Press Conference On May 21st, 2010 18:48 Thu 27 May by Jorge Albino Ortiz and Adalberto Hernandez Alvarez 0 comments

The press conference was given by two representatives from the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, Jorge Albino Ortiz and Adalberto Hernandez Alvarez and attended by 17 different media organisations, including official and independent electronic media, as well as magazines and newspapers. The atmosphere was tense and expectant of the autonomous representatives statements about the assassination of its top leader, Timoteo Alejandro Ramirez and his wife Cleriberta Castro and the continuing actions of the Triqui organization.

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_dsc03450_1.jpg imageLibertarian statement of solidarity with the comrades in Oaxaca, Mexico 01:07 Sun 09 May by Anarchist communist organizations 6 comments

We take this opportunity to express our solidarity with this people, and express our readiness to support and assist future efforts to break the siege and to defeat the alliance of political gangsterism, the mafia-like paramilitarism and oligarchic despotism. The struggle of the people of Oaxaca is our struggle too. [Castellano] [Italiano] [Français] [Čeština] [العربية]

Bety Cariño (April 2009) imagePolitical Statement from VOCAL on the paramilitary attack in San Juan Copala 18:51 Mon 03 May by Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad 0 comments

We demand that the murders of Bety Cariño, member of the CACTUS human rights organization and tireless activist in the defense of our Mother Earth, and of Jyri Jaakkola, international observer for peace with justice and dignity, not go unpunished. And we call on people to channel all the state, national, and international attention that this attack has aroused in the society, social movements, and the press towards the cause that led us to embark on the solidarity caravan that fateful day of April 27. WE MUST BREAK THE SIEGE AROUND SAN JUAN COPALA AND STOP AN EVEN HEAVIER ATTACK BY PRI-UBISORT. [Castellano]

Bety Cariño, during a conference in Dublin, Ireland, organised by the Latin American Solidarity Centre (April 2009) imageUpdate regarding the attack on the humanitarian mission that was visiting San Juan Copala, Oaxaca 17:49 Thu 29 Apr by CACTUS 0 comments

Comrades:

David Venega Reyes, disappeared after the paramilitary attack in San Juan Copala, Oaxaca. imageOaxaca: Paramilitary attack leaves two dead and three disappeared in San Juan Copala 03:43 Thu 29 Apr by Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad 3 comments

To the media
To the people of Mexico
To the people of the world
To the people of Oaxaca! [Italiano] [Français] [Türkçe]

62911_appo1.jpg imageIn Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz orders the assassination of a leader of CODEP 10:43 Tue 09 Jun by AWK 0 comments

For several weeks, from the highest levels of the government of [Oaxaca governor] Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, a state-wide campaign of defamation, harassment and persecution has been orchestrated and unleashed against the Committee in Defense of the Rights of the People (CODEP-APPO), a campaign that brings as one of its first consequences the assassination of Sergio Martínez Vásquez, member of the State Council of CODEP. It is important to mention that this calculated murder was preceded by the police surveillance and tracking of our offices and of veiled and open threats against different members of CODEP.

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imagePolice State Tactics at Toronto G8 -20 Jul 06 by Larry Gambone 1 comments

Why the state over-reacted is now being debated. Many people figure they deliberately let the black bloc run free as a rationalization for the billion squandered on “security.” An equal number believe the violence was a warning of what to expect if people react against the coming government cut-backs, the so-called austerity program to destroy workers living standards. Others think that the government does not have such a fine tuned level of control and the police simply went berserk, venting their hatred against those who do not share their anti-democratic sentiments.

imageIdeas: Sound of the Police Feb 11 by Devin K 0 comments

Since the time we are young we are saturated with images of the friendly cop, there to help you and your community. We are told the police are here to protect us from the "bad guys" and keep us safe from the salivating hordes of criminals just waiting for an opportunity to harm us. But what really is the function of the police? Who are they really here to protect? Here Devin K tries to answer such questions.

imageQuebec police forced to own up to use of agent provocateurs at summit protest Aug 24 by Joe 2 comments

The day after online footage revealed the presence of police provocateurs at the Montebello SPP summit protest the Quebec police have been forced to admit that the rock wielding men initially confronted for being in the agreed 'family friendly' zone by a union leader were indeed police agents.

textThey First Came For.... Mar 25 by Wayne Price 0 comments

Based on Martin Niemoeller's well-known statement about Nazi persecution, which begins, "They first came for the Communists and I did not speak up--because I wasn't a Communist."

textThe Next Battle of the Social War: Nine Black Panthers and state repression Jan 24 by Dave Strano 6 comments

January 23, 2007 should be a day that lives in infamy within the movements for social justice in North America. On that date, the nearly four decades long war on the Black Panthers was shown to still exist. Nine individuals, most identified as being members of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, were charged with murder or murder related crimes by officials in California. The incident in question involved the killing of a police officer inside the police station in which he worked in 1971. Over 35 years later, the struggle that the killing of the officer symbolizes is alive and strong.

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imageWe demand to know the whereabouts of David Venegas Reyes Jan 30 VOCAL 1 comments

At approximately 3.50 pm on Sunday 29 January 2012, our comrade David Venegas Reyes was arbitrarily arrested on the direct orders of Jesús Martínez Álvarez, Secretary General of the Government of Oaxaca; this happened as he, along with other comrades, was accompanying the caravan back to the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, led for over a year by the displaced women. [Castellano] [Français]

imageThousands Of Invisible Pickets Dec 16 WSA 0 comments

The prisoners in Macon, Hays, Telfair, Baldwin, Valdosta, and Smith state prisons do not have picket signs we can read, no do they have speeches that can be read out loud to us. We cannot see their faces or hear their voices. They are mostly invisible to us. It is now up to us to break though this wall of invisibility purposely imposed upon us and prisoners, by those who control society and our lives. The right to strike is the right of every exploited person in an exploitive society, prisoner or not.

textWorkers Solidarity Alliance (WSA) Statement Against Political Police Raids Oct 07 WSA 5 comments

The WSA condemns this attack and the arbitrary power which it claims for the repressive agencies of the state. We should also note the hypocrisy of the state agencies who do not shrink from supporting or engaging in mass-scale terrorism abroad, while asserting arbitrary powers at home in the name of "anti-terrorism" and allowing domestic armed extremists to assist in policing the border in Arizona. [Castellano]

imageLondon Activists Target Of Police Intimidation Jun 23 Common cause - Ontario Anarchist Organisation 0 comments

June 22, 2010

For Immediate Release:

The recent arrests of two London activists for “promoting disturbance” represent yet another dramatic escalation in the Canadian state’s ongoing attempts to criminalize dissent.

imageStatements From The Autonomous Municipality Of San Juan Copala Press Conference On May 21st, 2010 May 27 Municipio Autónomo San Juan Copala 0 comments

The press conference was given by two representatives from the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, Jorge Albino Ortiz and Adalberto Hernandez Alvarez and attended by 17 different media organisations, including official and independent electronic media, as well as magazines and newspapers. The atmosphere was tense and expectant of the autonomous representatives statements about the assassination of its top leader, Timoteo Alejandro Ramirez and his wife Cleriberta Castro and the continuing actions of the Triqui organization.

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