Boston-Based 'Peltier Defense Committee' Needs Help!
(NATIVE VOTE TRAINING SCHEDULE - SEE NOTICE AT END OF COLUMN)
Please help the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. These on-line companies such as pay-pal and ebay have refused further services.
On this day (July 4th) of celebration of "freedom" and "democracy," the Boston Area- Leonard Peltier Support Group called for a boycott of PayPal and parent company eBAY.
The modest funds raised through the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (LPDC) and selected support group Web sites are used for public education programs, political and lobbying actions, and legal strategies undertaken on behalf of Leonard Peltier. We do these things to keep Peltier's hope for freedom alive. While such activities are likely inconvenient for the U.S. government, they are not illegal. On the contrary, these activities represent free exercise of our constitutional rights.
We've come to expect interference with our Web-based services over the years, i.e., interruption of service at critical times, for example. However, last week, both the LPDC and the Boston support group received notification from PayPal (our Web site credit card verification and
payment processing service) that we are in violation of its relatively new Acceptable Use Policy. Designating Leonard Peltier as being "notorious for committing murderous acts," PayPal has now deprived us of our online fundraising capability.
Our accounts have been closed preventing us from receiving donations electronically and we have been told that our funds collected through the online service may be frozen for up to 180 days.
Please note that PayPal doesn't monitor Web sites but depends on "members of the community" to bring alleged violations to its attention. We can only speculate as to who those "members of the community" were
in this case.
We consider this policy and PayPal's actions to be an attack on our political beliefs, interference with our right to participate in the "democratic" political process, and an intentional effort on the part of PayPal and its parent company eBAY to interfere with our (and your)constitutional rights. Such corporate actions --as taken at the behest of the U.S. government, or not -- are an affront to activists everywhere and threaten our basic freedoms.
We will NOT go away! Join the LPDC/BA-LPSG boycott of PayPal and its parent company eBAY. Spread the word to friends, family, colleagues and co-workers.
*Don't use the PayPal service on Web sites you own or manage.
*Don't donate to or purchase from sites that use the PayPal service.
*Don't buy or sell/auction items using eBAY.
Send them the message that we find THEIR policy and actions
"offensive". An online petition also will be available for your signature in a day or two.
THE LPDC IS IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDS. WE THEREFORE URGE YOU TO IMMEDIATELY SEND DONATIONS BY SNAIL MAIL. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL.
PO Box 583
Lawrence, Kansas 66044-0583
Justice. We want it. We want it NOW.!
Boston Area - Leonard Peltier Support Group
NATIVE VOTE TRAININGS - TAKE ACTION!!!
Submitted by Alyssa Burhans
NCAI and National Voice are partnering together for Voter Trainings to assist tribes in developing their NATIVE VOTE strategies to include training on voter registration, voter education, and getting out the Native vote (GOTNV). The training curriculum has been developed specifically for Native people and our communities.
1st TRAINING: Southwest, July 10-11, Arizona State University Law School, Tempe, AZ
2nd TRAINING: Northwest, July 17-18, Coeur d’Alene Resort and Casino, Worley, ID
3rd TRAINING: Oklahoma, July 24-25, Hardesty Regional Library, Tulsa, OK
The trainings are open to all tribally-sponsored individuals and representatives from organizations that focus on Native American voter work.
There is no registration fee to attend these training sessions. We thank the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Chehalis tribe who have donated conference space, lodging, food, and monetary support. If you are interested in contributing in any way to the Native Vote project or specific trainings, please contact NCAI at (202)466-7767.
NATIVE UNITY - A place for Native American Peoples to solidify their tribes to make a positive impact on the cultural, social, economic and political fabric of American society and a place for non-Natives to better understand the ways of the American Indian.