Leonard Peltier, political prisoner being held over 37 years for a crime he did not do himself, was represented by bay area support groups, who were at the annual Stanford Mother's Day Powwow on to welcome the general public and to explain Leonard's case.
AIM-WEST volunteers, also a co-sponsor with the booth, said the powwow attendance overall seemed to be the largest gathering in it's nearly four decades!
Here is a short message from Sampson Wolfe (Apache), a coordinator in the bay area for the Leonard Peltier support groups, speaking on what the public can do, right now for Leonard.
This year the LP booth raised donations of over a $1000 towards Leonard's commissary account!
Thank you all my relations, for your hard work!
Tony Gonzales AIM-WEST
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 02:07
Pomo Dancers and Eloy Martinez, veteran of the occupation of Alcatraz Island
Eloy Martinez, veteran of the occupation of Alcatraz Island November 1969 until June 1971, speaking today, Sunday, April 28th on the occasion of the NPS providing a secure site on the Rock to exhibit artifacts during the occupation and that we are still here! And here to stay!
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:38
A.I.M. first photographic art exhibit, with historic objects and documents from AIM's history: May 10 to June 30. 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.
Wanted to let u know Tony attended a discussion @ Santa Rosa Jr College on April 5th, sponsored by the Mishewal Wappo Tribe & their struggle to regain there federal recognition. The tribe will be @ the 9th circuit court of appeals on June 11th. The tribe had recently won their decision to procede with their federal recognition, so the counties (Napa, Sonoma) filed an appeal & that will be heard June 11th in SF. The FINAL showdown will be in San Jose @ the courthouse on 1st street on July 25th. The courts will decide whether or not the tribe will regain their status as a federally recognized tribe, I hope we can all rally & support this tribe's fight, they are up against BIG MONEY from the Wine Industry. Please pass this info onto all the AIMSTERS & our supporters.
“AIM-WEST invites the general public to join with us to an education day at the ball parks. The SF Giants home games are to play the Atlanta Braves June 9-10-11-12. Please join us at the Willie Mays Statute at 6 pm, game time starts at 7:15 pm
And, AIM-WEST wishes to also invites the Oakland general public and organizations in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and opposes the exploitation of Indians as mascots, please join with us in Oakland at the stadium when the Cleveland ball team comes to town for three games starting August 16-17-18th !
News Flash!! Pleased to share that our partners in Richmond scored a HUGE VICTORY today. At issue was how to spend $19 million in realignment dollars to county. On one side was the Sheriff who wanted $3 million of those funds to expand jail capacity** and the other side was the community, with leadership from formerly incarcerated people themselves, saying those funds need to go toward critical re-entry services and supports. After a long and sustained campaign, the Sheriff backed off of his plans. I’m confident that our investments in building the leadership, partnerships and power evident in the campaign made a critical difference today.
Couldn’t say it better:
At the close of the meeting State Senator Loni Hancock emphatically stated, "This has been an extraordinary meeting, and I hope everyone realizes what a tribute to democracy this whole process has been. I am in awe of you guys, I'm in awe of this community and the testimony you've given. And the fact that it is really coming together with such promise for developing a whole new system. The whole promise of AB109 is not to replicate the failed system of the state level, but to build a new system that will break the cycle of crime and poverty and violence and put people on another track. Everybody talks about it almost nobody has done it successfully, and it sounds to me like Contra Costa is on the road to doing it successfully. You will make history if you do that, you will be a model for other places that are struggling with these tough issues. Just thank you, every single one of you for what you've done here."
Another warrior passing on…Gus Gutierrez, who struggled tirelessly for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He will be remembered for his positive outlook on life and the good natured person that he was.