06 FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE FROM LEONARD PELTIER

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

Greetings to my relations, my friends, and to my many supporters the world over.It is that time again. Another year has passed, and on February 6th I will be marking 36 years since my arrest. During all this time, my family and allies have discovered just how far the government will go to wrongfully convict and imprison someone they know is innocent. They do this as a message—first to Indians, and further to anyone who might stand up to injustice—as if to say, “We will do as we please”.

From the day of my arrest until now, through you my supporters, I have been honored with many activist and humanitarian awards. I thank you for keeping awareness of me and my case alive. Your commitment has really been a special experience for me.

In addition many celebrities, political figures, and organizations have called for my release, including 55 members of Congress. This last November, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) passed a permanent resolution calling for my release. Well let’s hope its not that permanent. The NCAI has committed to being directly involved with my case so that the message from Washington to Indian people does not remain, “We will do as we please”.
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Political Therapy | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

What if society can no longer resist the destructive effects of unbounded capitalism? What if society can no longer resist the devastating power of financial accumulation?

Politics and therapy will be one and the same activity in the coming years. People will feel hopeless and depressed and panicky because they are unable to deal with the post-growth economy, and because they will miss their dissolving modern identity. Our cultural task will be attending to those people and taking care of their insanity, showing them the way to a happy adaptation. Our task will be the creation of social zones of human resistance that act like zones of therapeutic contagion. The development of autonomy is not totalizing or intended to destroy and abolish the past. Like psychoanalytic therapy it should be considered an unending process.
The above are the title and the last paragraph of an interesting article from adbusters click the link below for the full article
Political Therapy | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters.

Occupy celebrates Montana rejection of Citizens United

Occupy celebrates Montana rejection of Citizens United
OfftheBus contributor Debra Bullington writes from Helena, Montana.
On January 21, representatives from Occupations all over the Montana – Bozeman, Great Falls, Livingston, Missoula, Boulder and Helena – came together to celebrate the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a state law banning corporate spending in state and local political campaigns. read full article on Huffington Post click here

Can’t Unring the Bell

Can’t Unring the Bell. How Eager Corporate Media Are To Write Our Epitaph!

From the Helena Independent Record’s inaccurate (by an order of magnitude) and dismissive “reporting” of our January 21 event celebrating the Montana Supreme Court’s upholding of Montana’s 1912 Corrupt Practices Act in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, to this AP article:

“The national Occupy Wall Street movement, which denounces corporate excess and economic inequality, began in New York City in the fall but has been largely dormant lately.

Oakland, New York and Los Angeles were among the cities with the largest and most vocal Occupy protests early on. The demonstrations ebbed after those cities used force to move out hundreds of demonstrators who had set up tent cities.”

What they don’t get:

This movement is here to stay. Its form will surely continue to evolve. Its visibility to the corporate media may wax and wane.

But it has already utterly changed the national conversation. Before Occupy Wall Street’s initial action on September 17, 2011, the clueless, easily bamboozled corporate media were obsessed with a phony, right-wing-manufactured “debt crisis”. This misguided obsession helped enable tea-party zealots to do what had never before been done:  to hold the “full faith and credit” of the United States Treasury hostage to extremist partisan demands, resulting in a first-ever downgrading of U.S. government credit-worthiness to create a manufactured “crisis” that wasn’t. Occupy forced into the national consciousness the awareness of the real unemployment and widening-economic-injustice crises that we actually face. If that ended up being Occupy’s only accomplishment, it would remain huge, indeed.

But of course, it isn’t. Do you suppose Senators Baucus and Tester’s recent endorsement of a Constitutional Amendment to negate Citizens United occurred in a vacuum? Did you imagine President Obama’s highlighting of the issue and adoption of populist language in his State of the Union address were in the works before Occupy turned these things into a national grassroots movement?

Just how naïve are you?

How to get involved

Next General  Assembly:  Saturday, February 18, Staggering Ox 3 PM in the back at the shades of Ox
Our current work groups are: Community Connections,  HCTV the OH-show, Media, Technology, Direct Action ,  Financial, Newsletter (Helena Occupied) If you would like to help in any of these efforts come to a GA or email: occupyhelena@gmail.com. We have a twitter account twitter.com/occupyhelena @occupyhelena to follow. We have a lively free speech Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OccupyHelena