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 concern.
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 www.whoisleonardpeltier.info or you can go directly to http://lpdoc.blogspot.com. 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 there’s a great deal of work to be done in 2010 to secure Leonard’s 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 you.
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/flyers, we'll send a second package to AG Holder on March 1. For background and instructions, see www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/zoom1.htm. 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 community. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
We’re pleased to announce the availability of Giclée Reproductions of 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 www.leonardpeltierart.com for details. For more information, contact Monica Martinez Donovan by e-mail at Monica15@q.com or call 719-687-8750. Proceeds 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 two raffles for which you can purchase tickets. Enter to win a painting (http://lpdoc.blogspot.com/2009/11/new-raffle-peltier-original-painting.html) by Leonard Peltier OR a hand-crafted flute (http://lpdoc.blogspot.com/2009/11/raffle.html) by gifted artist Leslie C. Thunder Hawk.
Donations are always welcome and very appreciated. Please make a pledge of support at www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/donate.htm. 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
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee