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Announcement :: Human Rights
Support Leonard Peltier: Boycott Paypal!
05 Jul 2004
Contact Paypal and confront their racism and theft!
from peltier supporters
On this day of celebration of "freedom" and "democracy," the Boston Area Leonard Peltier Support Group is calling for a boycott of PayPal and parent company eBAY.

The modest funds raised through the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (LPDC) and selected support group Web sites are used for public education programs, political and lobbying actions, and legal strategies undertaken on behalf of Leonard Peltier. We do these things to keep Peltier's hope for freedom alive. While such activities are likely inconvenient for the U.S. government, they are not illegal. On the contrary, these activities represent free exercise of our constitutional rights.

We've come to expect interference with our Web-based services over the years, i.e., interruption of service at critical times, for example. However, last week, both the LPDC and the Boston support group received notification from PayPal (our Web site credit card verification and payment processing service) that we are in violation of its relatively new Acceptable Use Policy. Designating Leonard Peltier as being "notorious for committing murderous acts," PayPal has now deprived us of our online fundraising capability. Our accounts have been closed preventing us from receiving donations electronically and we have been told that our funds collected through the online service may be frozen for up to 180 days.

What is PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy? Read it for yourself:

Please note that PayPal doesn't monitor Web sites but depends on "members of the community" to bring alleged violations to its attention. We can only speculate as to who those "members of the community" were in this case.

An Indigenous Rights activist and prisoner of conscience, Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned for the past 28 years for a crime he did not commit. U.S. prosecutors have admitted that they did not and cannot prove that Peltier committed the crime of which he was accused. In fact, it was proved long ago that Leonard Peltier was convicted through the use of fabricated evidence and false testimony. Under nonpolitical circumstances, the courts would have been compelled to release Peltier due to prosecutorial misconduct and a flagrant abuse of power. Instead, 28 years later, Peltier languishes in the maximum security prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The U.S. Government even now refuses to release Peltier despite his becoming eligible for parole over a decade ago. In violation of their own congressionally mandated guidelines, Peltier won't even be considered for parole until he has served over twice the normal term for his alleged offenses.

Due to his political prosecution / persecution, Leonard Peltier has been called the Nelson Mandela of the United States. He has garnered worldwide support. Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have repeatedly called for his immediate and unconditional release. He is supported by numerous luminaries throughout the world, including Mandela himself, as well as past and present members of the U.S. Congress. In 1991 and again in 2000, Judge Gerald Heaney (formerly of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals) and author of one of the appellate decisions in the Peltier case wrote to Senator Daniel Inouye to recommend a grant of Executive Clemency to Peltier.

PayPal also claims to have done an exhaustive evaluation of the LPDC and Boston sites for "offensive" material. What did they find?

The announcement of Leonard Peltier's nomination for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
The legal updates concerning Leonard's case, including information on Peltier's recent victory over editor Paul DeMain in a defamation lawsuit filed in 2003.
The position paper submitted by the Peltier legal team to the Committees on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on official misconduct in Indian Country, in particular that against the American Indian Movement and Leonard Peltier.
Material to mobilize support for the release of hundreds of thousands of documents still withheld after 30 years by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite repeated Freedom of Information Act actions brought by Peltier's attorneys.
Announcement of Leonard's presidential nomination for the Peace and Freedom Party in California.
Political action materials as regards the upcoming presidential election, in general, and encouraging Indigenous and other U.S. voters to use their votes to help win Leonard's freedom, in particular.

We consider this policy and PayPal's actions to be an attack on our political beliefs, interference with our right to participate in the "democratic" political process, and an intentional effort on the part of PayPal and its parent company eBAY to interfere with our (and your) constitutional rights. Such corporate actions -- as taken at the behest of the U.S. government, or not -- are an affront to activists everywhere and threaten our basic freedoms.

We will NOT go away! Join the LPDC/BA-LPSG boycott of PayPal and its parent company eBAY. Spread the word to friends, family, colleagues and co-workers:

Don't use the PayPal service on Web sites you own or manage. (Note: Alternative resources are listed below.)
Don't donate to or purchase from sites that use the PayPal service.
Don't buy or sell / auction items using eBAY.

Send them the message that we find THEIR policy and actions "offensive".

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Re: Support Leonard Peltier: Boycott Paypal!
06 Jul 2004
Seems like a conflict of interest here.

Boston IMC hosts an article like this while using PayPal to accept donations.

Or maybe this is "open publishing" and "capitalism" at its best.

Anyway, I think it is amusing.....