Here are a list of ideas & some resources to use for your event or action on February 27, 2016:
- Hold a teach in at your University or College using the film “Incident at Ogalala” as a guide. The film can be found and screened online here. After the screening you can encourage people to write letters to the White House calling for Obama to grant executive clemency to Leonard Peltier. You can also ask people to Call the White House 202- 456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and demand clemency for Leonard Peltier.
You can find a template letter for people to copy ideas of what to write here.
General tips for holding a teach-in:
- Decide with your group what you want to do, for example: a film screening or a short talk.
- Contact us so we can add your organization to the list of endorsers and put your event on the list so that others in your area can find out about it.
- Make a plan to ensure basic things get done for example: booking a room with audio visual equipment, printing out hand outs, assigning roles like sign in table or mc, doing outreach either on campus or on social media, sending out press releases, buying envelopes and stamps, and making sure that all letters make it to the post office, etc.
- Remember that a teach-in is an excellent opportunity to learn, ask questions, and get to meet people who share values (like Freedom for Leonard Peltier), which can hopefully lead to taking action.
2. Hold an information picket or rally at your University or College to raise awareness about Peltier’s case and calling for President Obama to grant executive clemency. Ideas for signs could include “Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier” or “Clemency Now for Leonard Peltier” and a banner idea could include “Call the White House 202- 456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and demand clemency for Leonard Peltier”.
Here is a template for a flier that your student group can hand out: Who is Leonard Peltier Flier Template
3. Hold an information picket or rally in your City (off campus) near a federal courthouse or a popular spot for protests that you know about.
General Tips to Prepare for a Picket or Rally:
- Coordinate with your group. Decide what kind of action you want to have.
- Contact us so we can list your organization as an endorser and add your action to the list so that others in your area can find out about it.
- Make a plan to ensure basic things get done for example: signs get made, press releases are sent out, fliers are printed out, outreach is done, speakers are lined up, sound systems are ready, and if need be permits are filled out.
- Wear appropriate clothing and have water on hand to ensure that people stay hydrated.
- Stick to messaging and keep it simple: Clemency for Peltier Now!
- It is important to remember that this day, February 27, 2016, is Wounded Knee Liberation Day and is a day for Leonard Peltier. Any actions that are taken will reflect back on the efforts of people who are working hard to get a loved and respected family member and friend out of prison.
4. Introduce a Resolution to your Student Government
Here is a sample resolution. https://www.docdroid.net/mvPZTU5/leonard-peltier-student-resolution-sample.docx.html
Some other Resources:
Make sure to check out the Official Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee Website
Make sure to like and subscribe to the National Student Day of Action facebook page.
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