The extraordinary giant puppets of the Tacoma Puppetistas will be visible twice in Tacoma on Saturday.[1]  --  They will appear first at the 14th annual march & rally for Leonard Peltier, the Native American political prisoner, which begins at noon,[2] and about an hour later at the 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Town Hall on the War at Tacoma's First Congregational Church, where Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA 9th) will speak and and answer questions.[3]  --  If you missed the début of the Tacoma Puppetistas at the huge rally in support of Lt. Ehren Watada at Exit 119 on Mon., Feb. 5, you can view some photographs here and here.  --  More details below....


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[Adapted from a message from Steve Nebel]

Several members of the Tacoma Puppetistas have expressed interest in participating as Puppetistas in these Tacoma events on Saturday, February 10, for two hours:

*Beginning at noon with be the 14th annual March & Rally for Leonard Peltier, a Native American political prisoner (more information at bottom)

*1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Town Hall on the War with Congressman Adam Smith (more information at bottom too)

The Tacoma Puppetistas' action will be as follows:

The Puppets will support Leonard until the march left or 12:15 p.m.

They will then move to the Town Hall on the War, at Tacoma's First Congregational Church (918 Division) where they will be outside the building, setting the tone for the event.

WHY:

Supporting Leonard Peltier, who lived in Seattle and has important ties to the Puyallups, is an important demonstration of solidarity with the Native American struggle for dignity and overcoming the legacy of racism and genocide.

The Town Hall on the War, because Congressman Smith has been a de facto supporter of the Iraq War since it began, and the puppets can set the tone for the event with signs like OUT NOW or IMPEACH BUSH. The chances are very good that puppets with and anti-war message would end up in the media.

Invite your friends!

More information on the two events:

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14th ANNUAL NW REGIONAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY FOR LEONARD PELTIER
MARCH & RALLY FOR JUSTICE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2007, TACOMA, WA

12:00 noon: MARCH FOR JUSTICE Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th & E. Fairbanks. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)
1:00 p.m.: RALLY FOR JUSTICE U.S. Federal Court House, 1717-Pacific Ave.

Performances by:

The Aztec Dancers
United Nations: Native Rap Activists
Albert Combs

Speakers:

Matilaja: Yu'Pik/Yakama, Tacoma LPSG: M.C.
Robert Robideau: Co-Director of the LPDC and Co-Defendant
Shelly Vendiola: Indigenous Women's Network
Steve Hapy: Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
David Duenas: Puyallup
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Every Worker's Movement
Frank Reynolds: Native American Coalition
Bill Bichsel: Catholic Worker, JWJ
Zoltan Grossman: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Faculty Evergreen's Native American Studies

PARKING: If you can come early, 11:30 a.m., we organize cars to be moved up by the rally site. Or a good place to park is at the Tacoma Dome Station and either walk or take the Portland Ave bus to Portland Ave Park and in returning take the trolley or any bus going back to the Tacoma Dome Station. Back to Portland Ave Park you can take the Portland Ave bus across the street from the rally, at 3:43 p.m.

These are very important times for Leonard Peltier. A new lawsuit has been filed to get all the documents the government has withheld. There are many parallels between Leonard's case & the war in Iraq. Both were created upon the foundation of lies. In time many of the fabrications were revealed. In both cases the government resisted releasing documents that revealed the truth. Behind both are the same reasons for what took place, the interests of multi-national energy corporations. This year our call is for: PEACE WITH JUSTICE & TRUTH! FREE THE DOCUMENTS!

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CONGRESSMAN ADAM SMITH TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT IRAQ IN TACOMA

America In Solidarity is proud to present a town hall with Congressman Adam Smith concerning America's occupation of Iraq. This event will feature questions from you about what is going on in Iraq and will be moderated by State Representative Dennis Flannigan. Congressman Smith sits on two key committees, Armed Services and House International Relations, and will be pivotal as the United States moves forward in this conflict. This is a special opportunity to let your voice be heard in an arena severely affecting working families.

The event will be on Saturday, February 10, at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at First Congregational Church (918 Division) in Tacoma.