Thursday, 28 January 2010

Leonard Peltier

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

First, we've received calls in recent days about 
an obituary some of you
have seen on the Internet.  This obituary was for 
another man named Leonard
Peltier, not my brother.  I can well imagine the 
grief that man's family and
friends must feel, as well as the shock some of 
you experienced when you
read the notice.  Thank you to those of you who 
called and expressed your

If you have questions about things you see announced 
on the Internet, we
recommend that you first check our blog for confirmation.  
There's a link to
the blog from our home page at 
or you can go
directly to  We will always 
make any major
announcements -- good or bad -- on our blog and/or via 
our mailing list.  If
you know people who haven't joined our mailing list, tell 
them that they can
do so from our home page.

I recently returned from Washington, DC, and a conference 
with some legal
team members.  Ten of us met all one day to discuss issues 
and develop
various strategies.  You'll be informed of various actions/plans 
when it's
appropriate for us to do so, but I want to tell you that I have 
more hope in
my heart than ever before.  I also know theres a great 
deal of work to be
done in 2010 to secure Leonards freedom.  Success will 
not be quick or
easy, and there may be disappointments along the way, but we 
must and will
continue the fight to free Leonard.  I ask everyone to expend 
the same
energy as you did in 2009 towards that end.  We simply can't 
succeed without

The first submissions for the ZOOM IN Campaign will be mailed 
to Attorney
General Holder around February 6, the date that marks 34 years of
imprisonment for Leonard.  34 years!  Due to requests received from
organizers who wish to use their February 6th events to collect more
photos/fliers, we'll send a second package to AG Holder on March 1.  
For background and instructions, see 
Demand an Executive Review of the
Peltier case.

Through letters to the editor of your local newspaper, calling 
in to local
radio talk shows, tabling at local events, leafleting on your 
city streets,
etc., you can have an impact on the attitudes of people in your 
More than that, you can motivate those people to get active in 
the campaign
to free Leonard.  Get a couple of your friends together and 
establish a
LP-DOC support branch in your community today. Send an e-mail to to get started.

We are pleased to announce the availability of Giclée Reproductions 
never-before-seen paintings by Leonard Peltier. These are high quality
ink-jet prints using fade-resistant "archival" inks. Commonly found in
museums and art and photographic galleries, they are simply the 
best quality
reproductions available. They look just like the originals, but are
available at a fraction of the cost.  We invite you to visit for details.  For more information, contact 
Martinez Donovan by e-mail at or call 719-687-8750.  
will benefit my brother's legal fund.

Like many similar organizations, we’re still facing a funding 
shortfall.  To
carry out our plans for 2010, we need your help.  We currently have 
raffles for which you can purchase tickets. Enter to win a painting
) by Leonard Peltier OR a hand-crafted flute
( by gifted artist 
Leslie C.
Thunder Hawk.

Donations are always welcome and very appreciated. Please make 
a pledge of
support at Donations 
may also be
made by check or money order made payable to the LP-DOC.  Mail 
your donation
to LP-DOC, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.

Again, thank you for all you do on Leonard's behalf.  Together, 
we'll make
2010 count.

Betty Ann Peltier Solano
Executive Director
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

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