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[Friends of Peltier] Friends Digest Vol. 4, No. 1

"Hope only brings the possibility of freedom. Creator works through
each of us to make miracles happen and, so, we must always do our
part. Be a living prayer... connected to sky and earth and all our
relations... possessed with courage, generosity, humility, endurance,
and wisdom. Vigorously pursue freedom in this way, every day and
in every generation. Creator will bless your actions."-  Anonymous


Today, Howard Zinn -- the Boston University historian, political
activist, and long-time Peltier supporter -- died of a heart
attack in Santa Monica, CA, where he was traveling.  He was 87.
Please join us in extending condolences to his daughter,
Myla Kabat-Zinn; his son, Jeff; and his three granddaugthers
and two grandsons.  Funeral plans are not yet available. See:

* February 6: 34 Years in Prison *

On February 6, 1976, Leonard Peltier was arrested in Canada.
From that day to this, his home has been a prison cell. Recommit
yourself to The Struggle. Fight for Leonard's freedom as never
before. Mark the day by taking action.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Zoom In campaign
to tell Attorney General Eric Holder you expect him to conduct an
Executive Review of the Peltier case.  The first delivery of flyers
to AG Holder will occur around February 6. We're told that, to
accommodate certain organizers, a second delivery will be made on or
around March 1.  That means everyone has more time to do outreach in
their communities and motivate others to support an Executive Review.

For information on the Zoom In campaign, visit
and keep those
flyers coming. If you have questions or need any assistance
with campaign materials, please don't hesitate to contact
.  Campaign coordinators are standing
by to assist you and will even prepare your campaign flyer for you
if you're experiencing technical difficulties.

On February 6, we also encourage everyone to contact the Attorney
General's office to demand an Executive Review of the Peltier
case. Keep your message brief and to the point.

Address:  Attorney General Eric Holder, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20530
E-Mail:; Mark your message to the attention of
the Attorney General.
Phone:  (202) 514-2000
Fax:  (202) 307-6777

* February 6 Events *

Events will occur worldwide on February 6.  In the States, two
major events have been scheduled.  Attend if you can and help spread
the word.

San Jose, CA: Honoring Leonard Peltier: 33 Years of Illegal Arrest.
Fundraiser for the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee. 1:00
- 4:00 pm, Center for Training and Careers, 749 Story Road at
Remillard Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (free parking and close to
bus line 25). To include an update on Leonard's case, film showing
(TBA) and entertainment: Swiftcloud Drum Group, Cal Skyhawk, others
TBA. Sponsored by LPSG South Bay (Leonard Peltier Support Group).
For more information, contact Donna at 408-293-4774 or

Boulder, CO: Peltier rally at noon at the Boulder County
Courthouse, Boulder, CO. There will be speakers, music and
a Native drum group.  The Courthouse is located on the Pearl
Street Mall between 13th and 14th Streets.  For more details,
see .

* Reproductions *

New reproductions of never-before-seen Peltier paintings, using
the Giclee method, are now available in various media and sizes.
The reproductions may be purchased online via credit card.  Proceeds
benefit Mr. Peltier's legal fund.  See .

* Xtra *

New Year 2010 Message from Betty Ann Peltier Solano [LP-DOC] at

Video of interview with Robert Redford
conducted by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Available at
The introduction to the interview begins at 12:00 min. The interview
begins at 14:13 min. Comments on Peltier and "Incident at Oglala,"
specifically, begin at 38:39 min.


"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

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

Friends of Peltier   :)







Urgent: Take Action Now to Stop Dirty Energy Bank   :) 

January 27, 2009

Dear Friends:

We have just learned that Senate Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter to other Senators, seeking their support for his Clean Energy Development Administration (CEDA) concept. At first, the idea sounds great: who could oppose a bank to support clean energy projects? And, at this writing too many Senators seem willing to sign on without looking at the details.

Please tell your Senators NOT to sign Sen. Bingaman's letter and to oppose the CEDA legislation.

Because here are the details: Sen. Bingaman's CEDA would allow UNLIMITED taxpayer loan guarantees for construction of new nuclear reactors and "clean coal" projects. A nine-member unelected board of directors would determine which projects CEDA would fund--with no Congressional or public oversight. Unlike some other clean energy bank proposals, there would be no limit on how much money any single technology could receive, and no requirement that those technologies that offer the fastest, most cost-effective carbon reductions get funded first.

Indeed, the real intent of Sen. Bingaman's CEDA is to provide massive new taxpayer funding for nuclear power and coal--not genuinely clean, safe and cost-effective renewables and energy efficiency projects. CEDA is simply another taxpayer bailout for giant dirty energy interests. It must be stopped.

Please ask your Senator now to oppose CEDA, and certainly not to sign on to Sen. Bingaman's "Dear Colleague" letter.

Bingaman is taking this step to try to show support for CEDA, and to try to add it to a jobs bill, or any other legislation possible. We need to show Bingaman and the rest of the Senate that a dirty energy bank--no matter how he and the nuclear industry try to describe it--is not what our nation needs. One would think the Senate has learned recently that the American people are tired of taxpayer bailouts of huge corporations. Let's tell them again now.

And please ask your friends and colleagues to act too, and help us publicize this on your blogs, Facebook pages, etc. We need to act fast, and, if we're going to stop this thing, we all need to act now. Here is the link to the action page:

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte

Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

P.S. if you're on Twitter, you can follow us here. We send out a lot of information and links to timely and useful articles and studies that we can't do any other way.

Because NIRS believes in transparency, we have set up a new Donor Information page on our website. You can find out how your contributions are spent and even see our most recent tax return and certified audit. And, of course, you can donate too!

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ACCION eNews: ACCIONista Recounts Devastation in Haiti   :)

   January 2010

ACCIONista Recounts Devastation in Port-au-Prince

"The capital is no more," said Cassandre Dupont, ACCION Resident Advisor to our Haitian microfinance partner SOGESOL, who was fortunate to escape from SOGESOL's headquarters in Port-au-Prince during the devastating earthquake. Unfortunately, the quake has left no one untouched. ACCION and SOGESOL are now working hard to search for missing staff members and locate the institution's thousands of microentrepreneur clients to help them rebuild their shaken futures.

"Life as I knew it has changed forever," said Dupont. "The damage that was incurred has devastated families and taken generations from this country," she continued. "Please find it in your heart to aid the Haitian people."

In the past, microfinance services have helped to empower and provide stability for poor Haitians during difficult times. The need is far greater now. 

Please make a secure, tax-deductible gift to our Support Haiti Fund and help restore Haitian clients' livelihoods >>


Out from Under the Mattress

For too many of the world's poor, the only way to protect their money is to hide it under the mattress, so to speak, or to pay someone else to keep it safe. Neither of these methods is sustainable. Now, ACCION is forging ahead with long-time partners BancoSol in Bolivia, Finamérica in Colombia and CREDIFE in Ecuador to come up with savings products designed to help microentrepreneurs and the working poor keep their savings safe while earning interest. 

Find out how a $5.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is helping to make savings possible >> 


Catalyzing Change to Better Serve Poor Clients

In 2009, ACCION's Center for Financial Inclusion launched a collaborative action research project aimed at improving client protection in microfinance. After working with ten microfinance institutions (MFIs) around the world to test adherence to the six principles of client protection, several of those MFIs are already taking concrete steps to do more for their poor clients.  In Mexico, a microfinance cooperative is now offering financial education to its clients; in Bosnia, an MFI is piloting a debt counseling program; and in the Philippines, a rural bank has launched a new system to receive client feedback via text messages. 

Learn more about the Center's action research project >>


Microcredit? Microsavings? Microfinance.

ACCION's Elisabeth Rhyne on why microcredit and microsavings are really just two sides of the same coin. Click here to read the blog post >> 

 Jan. 26-27: Singapore - Microfinance Investments in Asia

View all events >>


Financial Times covers ACCION's announcement that it will open up a new microfinance institution in the underserved region of Manaus, Brazil.  Read more >>

Financial Times discusses the Gates Foundation grants to ACCION and other microfinance organizations to help the world's poorest people to save. Read more >>

Michael Schlein, ACCION CEO, is named one of the "Year's Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere.

Microfinance Focus covers ACCION's successful implementation of its Dialogue on Business training program for marginalized women in India. Read more >>


Boiling Over with Promise: Grace Galus Ulaya and her Unconventional Enterprise


It could be a scene from Macbeth. Two women hover over boiling cauldrons, stirring large lumps of curdling blood, impervious to the smoke swirling around them. But no, this is a chicken feed business, and boiling blood is the first step...

Click here to read Grace's
story >>



ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need - microloans, business training and other financial services - to work their way out of poverty. A world pioneer in microfinance, ACCION issued its first microloan in 1973 in Brazil . Today, ACCION's partner microfinance institutions serve more than 3.7 million poor entrepreneurs per year in 23 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the United States .ACCION International Headquarters
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Suite 300
Boston, MA 02129 USA
Tel:  617-625-7080 
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A petition for Bangladesh tribes, Avatar's no fantasy, and more   :) 

E-news from SurvivalBANGLADESH Petition: repression in Bangladesh

One year after the Bangladesh government promised to halt the persecution of the country's indigenous peoples, reports of abuses continue to emerge. Please sign an online petition calling on the government to fully implement the peace accord it has signed with Bangladesh's indigenous Jummas.
Take action: sign the petition »


PARAGUAY Survival names winner of this year's ‘Greenwashing Award'

A Brazilian company has won Survival's ‘Greenwashing Award 2010' for dressing up the wholesale destruction of a huge area of an uncontacted tribe's land in Paraguay as a conservation project.
See how much land Yaguarete intends to clear »


GLOBAL Avatar: it's no fantasy

Following Avatar's win at the Golden Globes, tribal people have said that the film tells the real story of their lives today. A Kalahari Bushman and Yanomami shaman have both spoken out, and a Penan man said, ‘the Penan people cannot live without the rainforest. The forest looks after us, and we look after it.'
Read more »



GLOBAL Tiffany's target of global Survival protest

Next week, Survival supporters will demonstrate outside Tiffany jewellery stores in five countries to protest at the company funding water boreholes for game animals on Bushman land where the people are forbidden access to their own borehole.
Join the protest »

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