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December 1999


GM food... comments needed now
       Date:  Tue, 28 Dec 1999

Send Your Comments on Safety-Testing & Labeling
of GE Foods to the FDA Before Jan. 13

Pesticide Action Network Updates Service
Action Alert: GE Food Safety
December 17, 1999
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. government agency
responsible for food safety, has recently held a series of public
meetings on its policy regarding genetically engineered (GE) food.
The last of the three hearings was held December 13, 1999, in
Oakland, California. Outside more than a thousand people
participated in a rally demanding pre-market safety testing and
labeling. The demonstration was organized by a coalition of national
and local non-governmental organizations including Pesticide Action
Network North America (PANNA).
FDA will also accept written comments on the policy until January
13, 1999.
PANNA urges everyone to write FDA demanding that the Agency:
1. institute thorough pre-market testing and labeling of all GE
2. withdraw all GE foods from the market until they are subject to
thorough safety assessments; and
3. place a moratorium on all approvals of new GE food products until
required safety and labeling programs are in place.
Every day, millions of infants, children and adults in the U.S. are
consuming genetically engineered food without knowing it. Tests of
everyday groceries by the Consumers Union show that genetically
engineered foods are already on supermarket shelves--in baby
formulas, tortilla chips, drink mixes, taco shells, "veggie"
burgers, muffin mix--and even in fast-food.
FDA's policy for oversight of genetically engineered crops,
presented in 1991, indicated that FDA would treat GE plants no
differently than traditionally bred plants, except in rare
circumstances. In other words, no pre-market notification nor
pre-market safety testing would be required. Even though the Agency
received almost 4,000 comments on the policy, most calling for
safety testing and/or labeling, FDA essentially ignored the comments
and has proceeded with a voluntary program that has yet to require a
single safety test. While FDA urges corporations to thoroughly test
GE foods, it has allowed the corporations themselves to determine
whether these foods are safe.
Under the policy, FDA does not require that companies consult with
the Agency before marketing GE foods. The voluntary consultation
consists of discussions between FDA and the corporation concerning
safety and nutritional assessments prepared by the corporation. At
the end of the process, FDA prepares a brief memorandum summarizing
the interaction and declaring the consultation complete. The
memorandum typically indicates that the company, not FDA, has found
that the GE crop does not differ significantly from non-engineered varieties.
Consultations between FDA and corporations are conducted entirely
behind closed doors. The FDA gives no public notice that it is
engaged in consultations, provides no information to the public and
gives no opportunity for the public to participate in the process
allowing GE foods on the market.
After consultations are completed, FDA announces its decisions by
merely posting the information on its Web site. Even then, the
company safety assessments, the basis for FDA's decisions, are
available to the public only through Freedom of Information Act
requests. Companies may withhold significant portions of the data
from the public under claims that they are confidential business
ACTION -- Write FDA and tell them that current policies do not meet
the public's need for information and do not adequately protect the
public from potential health risks. Urge FDA:
* to institute a mandatory regulatory program, in place of its
current system of voluntary consultations, to assess the safety of
genetically engineered foods and to insure that no such products
posing a significant health risk are put on the market. FDA should
develop detailed protocols for assessing risks including
allergenicity, toxicity, and nutritional changes; require long-term
feeding studies using the whole engineered food; and thoroughly
review company testing. All data submitted for FDA assessments
should be part of an open and transparent public process that allows
opportunities for citizens to comment on pending approvals.
* to require any GE product which passes FDA's safety review and is
marketed to carry a label stating that "This product contains a
genetically engineered material, or was produced with a genetically
engineered material and contains genes from XX sources." Labels
should be mandatory for all genetically engineered products, whether
or not current testing techniques can detect foreign DNA. The label
should be straightforward and informational and not include
value-laden words like "improved with" or "enhanced by" genetic
* to require imported genetically engineered food, which currently
receives no safety review, to undergo the same review as domestic
* to withdraw all GE foods from the market until they are subject to
thorough safety assessments; and
* to place a moratorium on all approvals of new GE food products
until required safety and labeling programs are in place.
Comments may be sent directly to FDA by visiting their Web site at
then  click on "Comment on Federal Register Notice."
Or write to:
Commissioner Jane Henney
FDA Dockets Management Branch
Attn: Docket No. 99n-4282
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
Sources: "A Regulatory Patchwork--with big holes," by Michael
Hansen, Consumer Policy Institute, 1999. "FDA Implements Informal
Food Safety Reviews," December 1994, The Gene Exchange. "Seeds of
Change," Consumer Reports, September 1999.
Contact: PANNA


December 18, 1999


On television last night, they announced that the Costners signed the final
papers to start building the [Dunbar] resort in Deadwood - I am trying to
locate the article, but thought I'd pass it on to you if you don't know
already.  Also, one of the banks is from Canada. 

Last Wednesday, the KOLA International Campaign Office sent all
the letters and petitions that you and your family & friends signed
these past five months to The Dunbar offices in Lead, SD.

Several thousands of people have already written to the Costner
brothers to express their opposition to The Dunbar gambling &
recreational resort in the heart of the sacred He Sapa, the Black

For more information, please visit:

Please feel free to use the feedback form on the bottom of that
page as a petition/open letter to Kevin & Daniel Costner; or
use the online at:

We also have a paper petition for those who want to distribute
this among relatives, friends, co-workers, students, etc. ...

in Friendship & in Struggle,

Elsie Herten
Phyllis Bald Eagle


Protesters face charges...Help wanted
Dec. 18, 1999
The people arrested in Seattle face charges. Help by writing protest

Dear all:

I imagine you have all heard about what happened here a few weeks ago:
massive protests that shut down the WTO and stopped the so-called
"millenial round".  This is great news for all of us who are hoping to
make this world a liveable place, and we should celebrate this event as
the victory that it is.

Nonetheless, this victory did not come without its costs.  About 580
protesters, myself included, were arrested and sent to jail in an attempt
by the authorities to squelch our actions and our expression of dissent
against corporate and capitalist domination.  Though all but four have
been released, many of us are still facing serious charges that could land
us right back in prison.  The Seattle City Attorney, Mark Sidrane -- who
is a real asshole -- is refusing to drop the charges  against us.  Our
strategy is to all ask for an individual jury trial and to refuse all
plea-bargains that do not affect us all equally.  In this way we are
hoping to overwhelm the justice system.

However, it is becoming clear that this legal strategy will work only if
accompanied by a political strategy.  Only if a great deal of pressure is
applied on local politicians will they give in to our demands.

I am writing to all of you to ask for your participation in applying that
needed pressure by e-mailing the city attorney Mark Sidran (at
marksidran@ci.seattle.wa.us) and the Mayor, Paul Schell
(mayors.office@ci.seattle.wa.us), to demand that all charges be dropped
against all WTO protesters immediately.  It is obvious that what we are
being charged with, under all the legal jargon, are political crimes.
Even those who have been charged with felonies (property destruction,
mostly) are being framed: they were all arrested on a day when there was
neither property destruction nor violence on the part of the protesters.

Given the critical nature of this situation I am also asking that you pass
this message on to as many people and organisations as you think will be
sympathetic to our cause and ask them to put pressure by whatever means at
their disposal on the city of Seattle.

That said, I hope you are all doing well and in a fighting spirit.  On
behalf of the Seattle 580,

Nic Veroli.


December 18, 1999

Mexican students from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
university have been on strike for seven months now against a vicious
IMF-sponsored attack against public education launched by president Ernesto
Zedillo.  Last Saturday December 11, more than 600 activists from the
Consejo General de Huelga (a students's fighting unity forum) rallied in
front of the American embassy in Mexico city.  The speakers demanded the
release of Mumia Abu Jamal, a black journalist on death row in the US, and
expressed their solidarity with workers, students and ecologists'
demonstrations protesting against the World Trade Organisation in
Seattle.  Shortly before five P.M., a contingent of armed granaderos
(paratroopers of Mexico city) guarding the embassy charged against the
students towards the end of the rally.  Protesters were persecuted and
battered out of the Metro (the underground) and other places where they had
run for shelter.  Some 98 activists have been arrested -27 of them
underage- and six students were taken to hospital.  Some reporters were
viciously attacked by the police as well.  A US embassy official has sued
protesters for damaging the building.  Meanwhile, the Mexican government
has not shown any willingness to release the imprisoned students, and it
has declared that these actions shall be punished with the full penalty of
law.  These have been moved to the reclusorio (the state penitentiary) on
Monday 13.  In response to these events, the Consejo General de Huelga
(General Council of Strike) has blamed both the "democratic" government
that now runs Mexico city (presided by the Partido de la Revolución
Democrática-PRD) and the federal -national- administration for the
repression.  Furthermore, it has voted to suspend the bargaining process
with University authorities that is currently on the run, until the
prisoners are released; it also called for a plan of struggle which will
kick off next Monday December 13 with a demonstration starting from the
Monument of Revolution to the Lower House of Parliament.  Meanwhile,
students from Preparatoria 2 are due to go on hunger strike demanding the
release of their brothers and sisters, and a road blockade will be staged
next Tuesday.  This shall culminate on Thursday December 16 in a big
demonstration starting from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to the US

But Mexican students are not alone!

In the face of this repressive drive by the Mexican government against
those fighting against the destruction of public education, every social
and democratic organisation, trade and students union, political party and
human rights group from around the world must take a clear stance.  The
broadest solidarity is needed to release all the jailed activists and to
demand that all charges be dropped.  Street protests must be organised to
demand that they are set free right now.  Send solidarity to the e-mail
adresses of the Mexican government and the COnsejo General de Huelga


Please send solidarity to the following addresses ---
Consejo General de Huelga: cgh@unam.8m.com
Comité contra la represión del CGH: solidaridadunam@yahoo.com
Mexican Government: segob@rtn.net.mx


Los estudiantes mexicanos de la UNAM mantienen desde hace mas de siete
meses una heroica huelga contra el ataque a la educación publica lanzado
por el gobierno de Ernesto Zedillo y mandatado por el FMI.  El sabado 11 de
diciembre, mas de 600 activistas del Consejo General de Huelga realizaron
una movilización frente a la embajada norteamericana en México.  Los
oradores se pronunciaron por la amnistia de Mumia Abu Jamal, periodista
negro condenado a muerte por la justicia de los EEUU, y saludaron las
manifestaciones de trabajadores, estudiantes y ecologistas realizadas
durante la reunión de la Organización Mundial de Comercio, en Seattle,
Estados Unidos.  Minutos antes de las cinco de la tarde, los granaderos
armados del gobierno de la ciudad de México -policia antimotines- que
custodiaban la Embajada, cargaron sobre los estudiantes que se retiraban de
la marcha.  Los manifestantes fueron perseguidos, sacados a golpes del
Metro y los lugares donde se habian guarecido.  El saldo fue de 98
activistas detenidos -entre ellos 27 menores de edad-, y seis estudiantes
hospitalizados.  Tambien fueron violentamente agredidos por las fuerzas
policiales varios reporteros.  El representante legal de la embajada
norteamericana ha presentado una querella por daños, y el gobierno no ha
dado señales de liberar a los detenidos, sobre los que amenaza volcar todo
el peso de la ley.  Los activistas presos han sido trasladados al
reclusorio -penitenciaria del estado- el dia lunes 13 de diciembre Por su
parte, el Consejo General de Huelga responsabilizo al gobierno
"democratico" de la ciudad de Mexico (en manos del Partido de la Revolución
Democrática) y al gobierno federal -nacional- de los hechos.  Ademas,
resolvio suspender el proceso de dialogo con las autoridades universitarias
hasta la liberación de los detenidos e implementar un plan de lucha que
inicia con en una movilizacion el lunes 13 de diciembre del Monumento a la
Revolucion a la Camara de Diputados.  Al mismo tiempo, alumnos de la
Preparatoria 2 iniciaran una huelga de hambre por la liberacion de sus
compañeros, y el dia martes se realizara un bloqueo de avenidas, para
culminar el jueves 16 en una megamarcha de la Secretaria de Relaciones
exteriores a la Embajada de Estados Unidos.

¡Los estudiantes mexicanos no estan solos!

Ante este ataque del gobierno mexicano sobre los estudiantes huelguistas
que luchan contra la destruccion de la educacion publica, es necesario el
pronunciamiento inmediato de las organizaciones democraticas y sociales,
sindicatos, centros estudiantiles, partidos politicos y organismos de
derechos humanos de todo el mundo.  Es necesaria la mas amplia solidaridad
para lograr la libertad inmediata y el desprocesamiento de todos los
activistas detenidos, impulsando movilizaciones callejeras exigiendo su
liberacion, enviando pronunciamientos a las direcciones electronicas del
gobierno y del Consejo General de Huelga.


Enviar pronunciamientos a las siguientes direcciones:
Consejo General de Huelga: cgh@unam.8m.com
Comisión contra la represión del CGH: solidaridadunam@yahoo.com
Secretaria de gobernación del Gobierno mexicano: segob@rtn.net.mx


December 16, 1999
Emergency! Pretrial hearing of anti-racist! 
Please forward

On Tuesday, December 21, at 12:30PM, at the downtown
courthouse in Ann Arbor, Robin Alvarez will have a picket of her pre-trial hearing.

The 20-month long political witchhunt against
antiracists for shutting down the May 9, 1998 Ku Klux
Klan rally in Ann Arbor is at  its end. Of the original 23, the one charge that
remains on track for trial next month is the speech charge against Robin. This charge is
a high felony called "Inciting to Riot".

As many of you know, Robin is a 46-year-old antiracist
Ann Arbor resident who has been charged with a 10-year  felony for
SPEECH ALONE. The police are NOT claiming that Robin
touched anyone or damaged any property – only  that she used her
voice. At the precise time when the prosecution says
Robin was chanting, and only dozens of yards away  under massive government
protection, the Ku Klux Klan was inciting the crowd to
commit acts of racist and anti-Semitic terror and
violence. For speech Robin; NOT THE KKK , faces a 10-year felony.

Robin is a thoughtful, unassuming and thoroughly
friendly mother of two boys.

Trials are a gamble ; even in the best of  circumstances. (Tommy Doxey's
conviction was confirmation of this.) If Robin is  convicted, the sentencing
guidelines will require that she spend some YEARS IN  JAIL. This would be a
tragedy for the city of Ann Arbor; it would be an  unspeakable injustice.

Please help us get the charges dropped before the  trial. YOU CAN HELP!

Show your support on Tuesday. Come to the hearing.
Attend the 12:30PM picket at Huron and Main just prior
to her hearing.
Thank you.

If you cannot come to the hearing, please write
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie as tell him
to drop the charge against Robin.

Brian Mackie Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney
101 East Huron
PO Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107


December 15, 1999
GM-FOOD: Open Letter from World Scientists to
All Governments

This was posted to a Dutch activist-list with the statement that there were
NO Dutch scientists signing yet.......
I feel somewhat ashamed and hope they will, soon.


  Our list of world scientists who signed onto our Open Letter to All
  Governments has swelled to 231, from 31 countries. We are planning to get
  more signatures and submit the letter to the government  delegations to the
  Biosafety Conference in Montreal jan.25, 2000. The letter was submitted to
  heads of delegation at the WTO, at the time there were 144 scientists from
  27 countries.
  The summary of the letter is reproduced below together with the full list of
  scientists. Please visit our ISIS website for full letter and sign on

   Institute of Science in Society Website: www.i-sis.dircon.co.uk

                                      14 December, 1999
  Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments


  We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all
  environmental releases of GM crops and products; for patents on life-forms
  and living processes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive
  public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.

  Patents on life-forms and living processes threaten food security, sanction
  biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources, violate basic human
  rights and dignity, compromise healthcare, impede medical and scientific
  research and are against the welfare of animals.

  Life-forms such as organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes are discoveries
  and hence not patentable. Current GM techniques which exploit living
  processes are unreliable, uncontrollable and unpredictable, and do not
  qualify as inventions. Furthermore, those techniques are inherently
  hazardous, as are many GM organisms and products.

  The latest largescale surveys of GM crops showed they offered no benefits.
  On the contrary, they yield significantly less and require more herbicides.
  GM crops intensify corporate monopoly on food which is driving family
  farmers to destitution, and preventing the essential shift to sustainable
  agriculture that can guarantee food security and health around the world

  The hazards of GM crops and products to biodiversity and human and animal
  health are now becoming apparent, and some even acknowledged by sources
  within the UK and US Governments. In particular, the horizontal spread of
  antibiotic resistance marker genes from GM crops will compromise the
  treatment of life-threatening infectious diseases which have come back
  worldwide. New findings show that the horizontal spread of transgenic DNA
  can occur, not only by ingestion but via breathing in pollen and dust. The
  cauliflower mosaic viral promoter, widely used in GM crops, may enhance
  horizontal gene transfer and has the potential to generate new viruses that
  cause diseases.

  We urge all Governments to take account of the scientific evidence in
  accordance with the precautionary principle, to negotiate a strong and
  effective International Biosafety Protocol under the CBD, and to ensure that
  biosafety legislations at the national and international levels take
  precedence over trade and financial agreements at the WTO. Research into
  sustainable agricultural methods that do not require GM crops should be
  widely supported. Many sustainable agricultural systems have already
  resulted in increased yields and diminished environmental impacts around the
  *       *       *

  Signed (231 scientists from 31 countries):
  1.      Prof. Adolfo E. Boy, Horticulture and Sustainable Agri. Univ.Moron,
  Chair of Inst. of Sustainble Agriculture, Argentina
  2.      Dr. Maria G. Neunteufel, Economist, Vienna, Austria
  3.      DI Gertrude Kaffenbock. Ph.D. candidate, Agricultural Economist, St.
  Polton, Austria
  4.      Dr. Peter j. McMachon, Plant Physiologist, Genethics, Australia
  Conservation Foundation, Australia
  5.      Dr. Graeme E. Browne, General Practitioner, Melbourne, PSRAST,   Australia
  6.      Dr. Horst W. Doelle, Prof. Micobiology, Univ. Queensland retired,
  Chair of International Organisation for Biotechnology and Bioengineering,
  Director, MIRCEN-Biotechnology, Brisbance and Pacific Regional Network.
  7.      Angela Fehringer, Anthropology Student, Sydney, Australia
  8.      Margaret Jackson, BSc.Genetics, National Genetics Awareness Alliance, Australia
  9.      Dr. Ted Steele, Molecular Immunologist, U.   Wollengong, Australia
  10.     Stephen Glanville PDC, ECOS Design, Australia
  11.     Dr Farhad Mazhar, Ecologist, New Agricultural Movement, Bangladesh
  12.     Renata Menasche, Agronomist, Federal Un. of Rio Grand du Sul, Brazil
  13.     Paulo Roberto Martins, Research Institute of Technology, Brazil
  14.     Dr Thomas R. Preston, Un. of Tropical Agriculture, Cambodia
  15.     Prof. David Suzuki, Geneticist, U.B.C., Canada
  16.     Prof. Joe Cummins, Geneticist, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  17.     Dr Warren Bell, MD, Canad. Assoc. of Physicians for the Environ.,   Canada
  18.     Prof. Abby Lippman, Epidemologist & Geneticist, McGill Un. Canada
  19.     Prof. Ronald Labonte, Population Health Research Director, Ontario,   Canada
  20.     Prof. Ed Daniel, Health Sciences Centre, McMaster Univ., Ontario,  Canada
  21.     Prof. Emeritus Edwin E. Daniel, FRSC, Health Science, McMaster Univ.
  Ontario, Canada
  22.     Dr. Ingrid C. Northwood, Biochemist, Simon Fraser Univ., Canada
  23.     Laura Mitchell, Earth Scientist, APEGBG, Canada
  24.     Steve Robak, Canadian Department of National Defence, Canada
  25.     Dr. John C. Worketin, Retired computer scientist, Ontario, Canada
  26.     Aaron Jette, Anthrolopogy student, McGill Univ., Montreal, Canada
  27.     Prof. Alain Cuerrier, Taxonomy/Botany, Quebec, Univ. of Montreal, Canada
  28.     Anna D. Noikov, B.A.B.Ed., Wholistic Practitioner, Edmonton, Canada
  29.     Dr. Carolyn A. Simmerman, ND.DC, Docotr., Whole Health Centre,
  Edmonton, Canada
  30.     Denis Cauchon, M.Sc. Ph.D. candidate, Toxicology, Ecole HEC, Montreal, Canada
  31.     Dr. Gavin A. Kemp, ret. Researcher, Vegetable Crop Breeding,  Lethbridge, Canada
  32.     Dr. James A. Nero, D.C., General Practitioner, neuromusculoskeletal
  medicine, Coquitlam, Canada
  33.     John B. Van Loon, M.Sc., Storage Entomologist, retired, Canadian
  Grain Commission, Winnipeg, PSRAST, Canada
  34.     Prof. Ralph C. Martin, Plant Science, Nova Scotia Agricultural  College, Truro, Canada
  35.     Prof. R.M. Wolfson, Physicist, Maharishi Vedic College, Ottawa,  Canada
  36.     Virginia F. Flamarique, AMD, Consultant Agrologist, Edmonton, Canada
  37.     Yoon C. Chen, B.Sc., DPM Podiatrist, Foot Clinic, Lethbridge,  Alberta, Canada
  38.     Prof. Marijan Jost, Plant Geneticist, Agricultural College,  Krizevci, Croatia
  39.     Prof. Drasko Seman, Ecologist, Univ. Zagreb Medical School, Croatia,
  Croatian Man and Biosphere Committee, UNESCO South Eastern Mediterranean Sea
  Project, UNESCO Comm. Ed. & Communication, INCN, European Committee on
  Environmental Ed., IUCN, Croatia
  40.     Prof Anton Svajger, Un Zagreb Medical School, Croatia
  41.     Vesna Samobor, M.Sc. Agricultural College, Krizevci, Croatia
  42.     Damir Magdic, M.Sc.  Food Scientist, Osijek Un, Croatia
  43.     Damjan Bogdanovic, PhD candidate, Un Zagreb, Croatia
  44.     Dr. Zora Matrovic, MD, MS, Vice-President, Croatia Natural Law Party, Croatia
  45.     Dr. Gennadi Kobzar, Senior Scientist, Biomedicine, Institute of
  Chemistry, Tallinn Technical Univ. PSRAST, Estonia.
  46.     Dr. Tewolde Egziabher, Agronomist, Min. of the Environment,
  Spokesperson for African Region, Ethiopia
  47.     Dr. Herve Le Meur, Biomathematician, Univ. Paris, France
  48.     Dr. George Capouthier, Biologist, Univ. Paris, France
  49.     Dr. Jean-Michel Panoff, Univ. of Caen, Caen, France
  50.     Dr. Vic Norris, IFR Systems Integres, Univ. Rouen, France
  51.     Dr. Jean-Pierre Berlan, Directeur de Recherches INR/CTESI, France
  52.     Thieerry Raffin, Sociologue, President de 'Inf'OGM, France
  53.     Alain Fardif, Certificat of therapist, Paris, France
  54.     Dr. Jean Estrangin, MK, General Practice, Grenoble, France
  55.     Dr. Luc G. Bulot, Researcher, ESA CNRS 6019- Centre de
  Sedimentologie- Paleontologie, Marseille, PSRAST, France
  56.     Sylvain Allombert, M.Sc., Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Centre National de
  la Recherche Scientificque, Monpellier, PSRAST, France
  57.     Prof. Gilles-Eric Seralini, Laboratoire de Biochimie & Moleculaire,
  Univ. Caen, France
  58.     Dr. Christine von Weisaeker, Ecoropa, Germany
  59.     Dr. Reinald Doebel, Institute of Sociology, Rural and Development
  Soc., Westfaelische Wilhelms Univ., Germany
  60.     Dr. Rebecca C. Wade, Molecular Biology, Heidelberg, Germany
  61.     Dr Christiane Boecker, MCommH, Community Health, Haiti
  62.     Kevin Li, B.Sc., Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  63.     Prof. Ervin Laszlo, President, The Club of Budapest, Hungary
  64.     Dr. Vandana Shiva, Research Institute for Science and Ecology, India
  65.     Dr. Muhua Achary, Environmentalist, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore,  India
  66.     Dr. Thomas S. Cox, Research Geneticist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture,
  Manhattan, KS (retired) - present address Hyderabad, India.
  67.     Devinder Sharma, Geneticist, Plant Breeder and Writer, Forum for
  Biotechnology and Food Security, New Delhi, India
  68.     C. Nanjunda Murthy, M.Sc. Plant Scientist, Karnataka, India
  69.     Dr. N. Raghauram, Plant Molecular Biology, Univ. Mumbai, India
  70.     Dr. Bruno D'Udine, Behaviour Ecologist,   University of Udine, Italy
  71.     Dr Giorgio Cingolani, Agricultural Economist, Italy
  72.     Prof. Leopoldo Silvestroni, Endocrinologist, Univ. of Rome, Italy
  73.     Prof. Adriano Decarli, Cancer Epidermiology, INST, Univ. Milan,  Italy
  74.     Prof. Atuhiro Sibatani, Molecular Biologist, Osaka, Japan
  75.     Dr Shiron Sugita, Plant Geneticist, Nagoya U. Japan
  76.     Dr Noeoru Tagishita, Plant Geneticist, Jap. Assoc. Agro-Nature,  Tokyo, Japan
  77.     Dr. Shingo Shibata, Biosafety and Environmental Sociologist, Japan
  78.     Dr Machiko Yasukohchi, PLAN - International Japan Public Relations
  79.     Jaroen Compeerapap, Environmental Law and Development Center, The  Netherlands
  80.     Dr Robert Mann, Ecologist, Auckland, New Zealand
  81.     Dr Peter R Wills, Theoretical Biology, Uni. Auckland, New Zealand
  82.     Dr. Robert Anderson, PSRG, New Zealand
  83.     Dr. Shona L. Lamoureaux, Plant Ecology, Christchurch, New Zealand
  84.     Sigrid D. Houlette, B.Sc. Solid Waste Manager, Environemtal
  Engineering, Local Government, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  85.     Prof. Terje Traavik, Virologist, University of Tromso, Norway
  86.     Dr Ingrid Olesen, Senior Research Scientist, Institute of
  Aquaculture Res. Ltd, Norway
  87.     Dr. Lars Rasmussen, MD, General Practitioner, Univ. Oslo, Mesnali, Norway
  88.     Prof. Oscar B. Zamora, Agronomist, U. Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines
  89.     Dr. Pamela G. Fernadez, Agronomist, U. Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines
  90.     Dr. Romeo F. Quijano, Pesticide Action Network,
  Pharmacologist/Toxiologist, Philippines
  91.     Charles T. Olsen, D.C., Chiropractic Clinic, Davao Clinic, PSRAST, Philippines
  92.     Dr. Margarida Silva, Molecular Biologist, Portuguese Catholic Univ.,  Portugal
  93.     Dr. Franciso J.C. M. Teixeira, Researcher, Geophysics, Geological
  and Mining Institute, Lisbon, Portugal
  94.     Glenn Ashton, Director, Ekogaia Foundation, and Green Party, South  Africa
  95.     Dr Gregorio Alvar, Biotechnologist,.  Computense U. Madrid, Spain
  96.     Dr. Javier Blasco, Aragonese Ctr  Rural European Information, Spain
  97.     Prof. Ernest Garcia, Ph. D., Sociology, Univ. Valencia, Dept.
  Sociologia I Antropologia Social, Valencia, Spain
  98.     Prof. F. Pura Duart Soler, Sociology, Univ. Valencia, PSRAST, Spain
  99.     Prof. Every N. Gummesson, Management, Stockholm Univ. PSRAST, Sweden
  100.    Dr. Katarina Leppanen, History of Ideas,  Gothenburg Uni, Sweden,
  101.    Dr. Jaan Suurkula, Physician, Physician and Scientists for
  Responsible Assessment of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  102.    Said O. Holmin, Lic. Technology, Rector, Computer Science, College
  of Creative Computer Science, Stockholm, Sweden
  103.    Florianne Koechlin, Biologist, World Wildlife Fund, Switzerland
  104.    Verena Soldati, Biotechnologist, Basler Appell, Switzerland.
  105.    Dr. Daniel Amman, Cell Biologist,  Tech. Switzerland
  106.    Dr. Ruth Goseth, Dermatologist, ISDE, Switzerland
  107.    Yves Schatzle, Agronomist and Economist, Switzerland
  108.    Yvan Maillard, dipl. Sc. Nat. ETH, Environementalist, Ecology,
  Fribourg, PSRAST, Switzerland
  109.    Prof. Omboom Luanratana, Pharmacologist, Univ. of Mahedol, Bangkok, Thailand
  110.    Dr. David Bellamy, Biologist and Broadcaster, London, UK
  111.    Prof. Arpad Pusztai, Biochemist, Formerly from Rowett Institute, UK
  112.    Dr. Susan Bardocz, Geneticist, Aberdeen,  UK
  113.    Dr. Colin L.A. Leakey, Plant Geneticist, Cambridge, UK
  114.    Dr. Harash Narang, Pathologist, BSE expert, UK
  115.    Prof. Richard Lacey, Microbiologist, Leeds, UK
  116.    Dr. Michael Antoniou, Molecular Geneticist, Guy's Hospital, UK
  117.    Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Geneticist and Biophysicist, Open University, UK
  118.     Dr J. M. Kerr, Bioethics, Winchester College: Oxford U. UK
  119.    Gerard C. Bodeker, Ed. D., Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public
  Health, Univ. Oxford Medical School, UK
  120.    Fatima Pelica, Biochemist, PhD Candidate, JII, UK
  121.    Manoel Bascoi, Geneticist, PhD Candidate, JII, UK
  122.    Dr. Jerry Ravetz, Philosopher of Science, London, UK
  123.    Dr Tom Wakeford, Biologist, U. of East London, UK
  124.    Peter Preston Jones, MSc,  Environomental Campaigner, UK
  125.     Prof. Brian Goodwin, Biologist, Schumacher College, UK
  126.    Patrick Holden, Director, Soil Association, UK
  127.    Dr. Eva Novotny, Astrophysicist, Univ. Cambridge (retired), UK
  128.    Prof. Ian Stewart, Biomathematics, U. Warwick, UK
  129.    Dr. Vyvyan Howard, Toxipathologist, U. Liverpool, UK
  130.    Edward Goldsmith, Editor, The Ecologist, London, UK
  131.    Zac Goldsmith, Editor, The Ecologist, London, UK
  132.    Lynda Birke , Biologist, Liverpool Uni. Veterinary School, UK
  133.    Prof. Peter Saunders, Biomathematician, U. London, UK
  134.    Prof. Tim Ingold, Anthropologist, U. Manchester, UK
  135.    Dr. Robert C. Poller, Organic Chemist, U. London, UK
  136.    Gordon Daly P.hD student, Gene Therapist, Kennedy Inst. London, UK
  137.    Stuart Daly P.hD student, Transgenic group, Charing Cross Hosp. UK
  138.    Dr. John E. Hammond, Engineer, Highfeild, UK
  139.    Dr. Philip Kilner, Cardiologist,  Royal Brompton & Harefield, UK
  140.    Dani Kaye M.Sc. Scientists for Global Responsibility London, UK
  141.    David Kaye M.Sc. Scientists for Global Responsibility, London, UK
  142.    Angela Ryan, Molecular biologist, Open Univ. UK
  143.    Prof. David Packham, Material Scientist, U. Bath, UK
  144.    Dr. David J Heaf, Biochemist,   Wales, UK
  145.    Dr. Alan Currier, Taxonomist, IRBV, UK
  146.    Dr. Gesa Staats de Yanes, Veterinarian Toxicologists, U. Liverpool, UK
  147.    Barbara Wood-Kaczmar, M.Sc., Science writer, UK
  148.    Dr. Gene S. Thomas, Agriculturist, UK
  149.    Dr. David A.H. Birley, General Medical Practitioner, Swindon, UK
  150.    Dr. Brian Hursey, ex  FAO Senior Officer for Vector Borne Diseases,
  Neath , UK.
  151.    Dr. Michel Pimbert, Agricultural Ecologist, International Institute
  for Environment and Develoment, London,UK
  152.    Joseph A. Gari, Ph. D. candidate, Ecological Geographer, Univ. Oxford, UK
  153.    Dr. M.E. Caparis, Nea Ecologia, Marine Biology, London Univ., UK
  154.    Dr. Alassandro Gimona, Research Scientist, Ecology, MLURI, Aberdeen,  UK
  155.    Darl N. Middleton, Ph. D. Candidate, Environ. Science, Drpt. Civil
  Engineering, Univ. Manchester, UK
  156.    Dr. Jean A.D. Saunders, BDS, LDS RCS, Dental Surgeon (retired) Faringdon, UK
  157.    Dr. Karen Wren, University teacher, Geography, St. Andrews Univ.,
  St. Andrews, Fife, UK
  158.    Dr. Keith H. Halfacree, Univ. Lecturer, Geography, Univ. of Wales Swansea, UK
  159.    Lale Gurel, Bec., Manager, Nature - Macmillan Publishers, London, UK
  160.    Dr. Margaret J. Tyson, Glossop, PSRAST, UK
  161.    Dr. Michael L. Abrahams, (retired) Aeronautics, Bristol, PSRAST, UK
  162.    Sophie H. Bown, B.Sc. Ph.D. Candidate, Zoology, Manchester Univ., UK
  163.    Prof. Martha Crouch, Biologist, Indiana University, USA
  164.    Prof. Ruth Hubbard, Biologist, Harvard University, USA
  165.    Prof. Phil Bereano, Council for Responsible Genetics, U. Washington  USA
  166.    Prof. Martha Herbert , Pediatric Neurologist, Mass. Gen. Hosp. USA
  167.    Prof. Jonathan King, Molecular Biology, MIT, Cambridge, Council for
  Responsible Genetics, USA
  168.    Prof. Liebe F. Cavalieri, Mathematical Ecology, Evolution and
  Behaviour, Univ. Minnesota, St. Paul, USA
  169.    Prof. David Ehrenfeld, MD, Biology/Ecology, Cook College, Rutgers
  Univ., New Jersey, USA
  170.    Prof. Philip B. Rudnick, Emeritus, Chemistry, West Chester Univ.,
  Pennsylvania, PSRAST, USA
  171.    Prof. Philip J. Regal, Dept. Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Univ.
  Minnesota, St. Paul, USA.
  172.    Prof. Stuart A. Newman, Developmental Biology, New York Medical
  College, Valhalla, New York USA
  173.    Prof. David Schwartzman, Geochemist, Howard Uni. Washington DC USA
  174.    Prof. John Garderineer, Biologist, U. Michigan USA
  175.    Dr. Samuel Epstein, School of Public Health, Univ. Illinois, Chicago, USA
  176.    Dr John Fagan, Genetics ID, Washington, USA
  177.    Dr. Britt Bailey, Senior Researcher, CETOS, Ca, USA
  178.    Dr. Marc Lappe, Geneticist and Director CETOS, Ca, USA
  179.    Dr Michael W Fox, Veterinarian & Bioethicist, Washington DC, USA
  180.    Dr Walter Bortz, Physician, Palo Alto, USA
  181.    Anne-Marie Mayer, Ph. D. candidate, Nutrition, Cornell Univ., USA
  182.    Dr. Catherine Badley, Biologist,  University of Michigan USA
  183.    Dr. Gerald Smith, Zoologist, U. Michigan, USA
  184.    Vuejuin McKersen M.Sc, Natural Resource Manager U. Michigan, USA
  185.    Dr. John Soluri, Historian of Science, Carnegie Mellon U USA
  186.    Juiet S Erazo PhD student U. of Michigan USA
  187.    Dr. Juette Peufecto, Biologist, U of Michigan USA
  188.    U.V. Kutzli Ph.D. Candidate, U of Michigan USA
  189.    Kristin Cobelius M.Sc. Student, U. Michigan USA
  190.    Lena S Nicolai PhD Student University of Michigan USA
  191.    Marial Peelle, Biol./Anthropologist Undergrad. Swarthmors College   USA
  192.    Dr. Ty Fitzmorris, Ecologist, Hampshire College USA
  193.    Dr. Caros R Ramirez, Biologist, St Lawrance University USA
  194.    Rosa Vazquez Student in Biology, Ohio State University USA
  195.    Rev. Dorothy A. Harper, Biotethics, Washington, USA
  196.    Dr. Louis H. Krut, MK, CHB.:MD, St. Louis Univ. Medical School,  Missouri, USA
  197.    Sean Lyman Student Gettysbury College USA
  198.    Ryan White Student St Lawrence University USA
  199.    Dr Jack Kloppenburg, Un. Wisconsin, Rural Sociologist, USA
  200.    Dr. Nancy A Schult, Entomologist, U of Wisconsin-Madison USA
  201.    Dr. Brian Schultz, Ecologist, Hampshire College USA
  202.    Dr. Douglas H Boucher, Ecologist, Hood College USA
  203.    Dr. Timothy Mann, Geographer, Hampshire College
  204.    Chris Picone M.Sc. Soil Microbiologist, U. Michigan USA
  205.    Dr. Peter M. Rosset, Ins. for Food and Development Policy, USA
  206.    Dr. Ignacio Chapela, Microbiologist & Ecologist, U.C. Berkeley, USA
  207.    Dr. Ingrid C. Northwood, Biochemist, Simon Fraser University, USA
  208.    Prof. Ed Daniel, Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University, Ca,   USA
  209.    Dr Linda Jean Sheperd,  Biochemist, Gaia Blessings, USA
  210.    Dr Herve Grenier, Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Change, Univ.
  211.    U.V. Kutzli Ph.D. Candidate, U of Michigan USA
  212.    Alex Jack, Planetary Medicine, Jushi Institute, Becket, Mass, USA
  213.    Philip H Howard, Ph.D candidate, Rural Sociology, Uni. of Missouri, USA
  214.    Dr. Arthur Rybeck Jr D.D.S. Dentistry and Organic Farmer, Wheeling, USA
  215.    Dr. Arlene M. Kellman, D.O., Physician, Tucson, USA
  216.    Dr. Barbara K. Given, Faculty Researcher, George Mason Univ.   Fairfax, USA
  217.    Dr. Carolyn F.A. Dean, MD ND, Consultant, Integrative Medicine,
  Holeopathic Pharmakeia, NY, USA Board of Women for a Safe Future
  218.    Cynthia A. Frye, FS/MS Student, Biology, Univ. Texas Medical Branch, USA
  219.    Dr. Gary P. Kaplan, Assoc. Prof. Neurology, North Shore Univ. Hosp.,
  NYU School of Medicine, Mass, USA
  220.    Dr. Gayle robin Hamilton, Assoc. Prof. Centre for the Advancement of
  Public Health, Fairfax, VA, USA
  221.    Heidei A. Kratsch, R.D./Graduate Student, Plant Physiology, Univ.
  Wisconsin, Oshkosh USA
  222.    Dr. Jay L. Glaser, MK, Medical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Medical
  Center, Lancaster, USA
  223.    Dr. John Zamarra, M.D., Cardiology, Fullerton, USA
  224.    Lynn V. McIndoo, Student, Environmental Resources Engineering,
  Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, USA
  225.    Paul C. Helgeson, BSME Senior Engineer, Middleton, WI, USA
  226.    Dr. Ronald E. Openshaw, Adjunct Faculty, Geology, Physics, Maharishi
  University of Management, Fairfield, USA
  227.    Dr. Stephen L. Mikesell, Anthropology and Political Ecology, Univ.
  Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  228.    Dr, Suzanne m. Wuerthele, Toxicologist, Toxicology& Risk Assessment,
  federal regulatory agency, Denver, USA
  229.    Thomas J. Saunders, Student, Environmental Science, Humboldt State
  Univ., Arcata, USA
  230.    Dr. Usha Mukhtyar, M.D. Consultant, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Bronx,
  New York USA
  231.    Vijaykumar V.C. Chalasani, MS, Consultant East Brunswick USA


December 01, 1999
Weekly Vigil's in D.C. will Christmas for Peltier!!!

Starting tonight (December 1st) we are having a vigil every wednesday night
untill Christmas. We will meet at 6:30, with the vigil starting around 7:00
and lasting till 8:00pm. There is a large crowd this time of year around  the
whitehouse because of the national christmas tree in Elipse Park, our
presence each week could prove to bring alot of attention to Leonard's  case.
Next week at 5pm, Clinton will light the national tree, this is a big photo
op for him and a good chance for us to demonstrate on Leonard's behalf and
bring attention to his case. We are encouraging people to arrive to the
vigil, early so we can make our presence known, get the word out about
Leonard Peltier, and let Clinton know we are there.

for info:


November 1999

November 28, 1999
Three Strikes Reform NEEDS YOU!

         "California's three-strikes law is the most severe in the
nation, defining a third felony  as virtually any crime beyond
misdemeanor, including such nonviolent offenses as drug possession,
petty theft, writing bad checks and burglary.  These offenses must be
prosecuted, but it doesn't follow that conviction should automatically
trigger life imprisonment without possibility of parole.  Most of the
states with three-strikes laws require that all three strikes be serious
or violent crimes to merit a life sentence."
         LOS ANGELES TIMES editorial, August 24, 1999

Sam H. Clauder II, Proponent
12922 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, California, USA 92840
(714) 543-6400, Fax (714) 542-2224

Dear Friend,
         It's only a beginning, but...
         Thousands of distinguished Californians, from all walks of life,
are coming to the realization that the application of the current
three-strikes law is draconian, fiscally irresponsible and simply
unjust.  They want to change the law, and, by joining with CITIZENS
AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME, you can lead the way.
         Let me explain.
         When passed in 1994, the so-called 'three-strikes' law called
for a mandatory sentence of 25-years-to-life for anyone convicted of a
third felony.  What distinguished California's three-strikes law from
the versions in other states was that, in California's version, almost
any violation of the law can become a third strike.


         California is the ONLY state in the nation with a three-strikes
residual effect of this law has been a dramatic increase in prison
population and a 100% increase in the budget for the Department of Corrections.
         Allow me to put some of this in perspective.
         Dozens of other state legislatures, including notoriously
zealous 'law and order' states such as Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and
Oklahoma, have passed some form of a three-strikes law, but NONE OF THEM
         And no one would consider the legislatures of these states as a
haven for coddling criminals,  or claim that they are being 'soft' on
crime.  But they have all agreed that including non-violent crimes in
three-strikes legislation is both inappropriate, and costly.


         I'm asking you to help me, and CITIZENS AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME,
bring balance back to our justice system by sending us a check for $35,
$50, $100, $250, or whatever you can reasonably afford.

         CITIZENS AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME will use your contribution to
qualify an initiative for the next state-wide ballot in November, 2000.
The initiative is called THE THREE STRIKES ACT OF 2000, and it has
already been written and filed.
         Now, we need your help in building a state-wide organization to
help qualify the initiative for the ballot, and to get this information
out to the general public.

         We realize that, for many people, any discussion of issues
surrounding crime and punishment is difficult, and emotionally charged.
For us it is a simple truth -- "the punishment must fit the crime."

         CITIZENS AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME is not advocating the abandonment
of the three-strikes law.  We simply want to see sensible balance brought to it.
         We want a three-strikes law that reflects our concern for
dealing with career criminals, but does it in a way that brings balance
back to the application of the law.

         CITIZENS AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME believes that, for someone to
receive a mandatory sentence of 25-years-to-life, they should be a very
serious threat to society.
         We also believe that there are thousands of cases where the
legal system, and its sense of justice, have been perverted and
distorted by the application of this law.
         Locking up someone for the rest of their life because they stole
a loaf of bread, possessed a small amount of drugs, or passed a bad
check, is not justice -- IT IS MINDLESS VENGEANCE!


         THE THREE STRIKES ACT OF 2000 is designed to amend California's
three-strikes law so it only applies to violent or serious crimes.  It
also prohibits more than one strike being applied to any criminal act.
         This will unclog the legal system of thousands of trials for
petty crimes that can't be plea-bargained because the current law allows
them to be prosecuted as three-strikes felonies.

         THE THREE STRIKES ACT OF 2000 provides for the re-sentencing of
cases that were 'strike-able' offenses under the old law, but not so
under the new law.  As many as 3,500 third-strikers and 25,000
second-strikers could qualify for re-sentencing.
         This will relieve the over-crowding of our prisons and save the
state as much as one billion dollars a year in court and prison costs.

         THE THREE STRIKES ACT OF 2000 allows the three-strikes law to be
amended further if a majority of the Legislature agrees, and then the
Legislature places the amendment on the ballot and a majority of the voters agree.
         The current law can only be amended by a vote of the people, or
if 2/3 of the Legislature and the Governor agree, and it's literally
impossible for the Legislature to EVER agree that much.
         So, the only feasible way to amend the law is by a vote of the
people and that's why we're asking you to send $35, $50, $100, $250, or
whatever you can afford, to help us put the initiative on the ballot.


         A variety of polls have underscored the fact that the vast
majority of Californians, when they voted for the three-strikes law in
1994, believed that they were only targeting violent criminals.
         A Rand Corporation study released earlier this year determined
that the three-strikes law has had no effect on the crime rate, while it
continues to swell the cost of running the state's correctional facilities.
         The polls also show that Californians are shocked to find out
that the three-strikes law is being used to put people away for petty
crimes, like the recent case of a homeless man who was sentenced to
25-years-to-life in state prison for stealing a slice of pizza.
         The most recent poll, released this month by the University of
California, Riverside, shows that a majority of Californians oppose the
current three-strikes law, and THEY WOULD VOTE FOR OUR INITIATIVE TODAY


         In order to bring this law back into balance, it will have to be
done through the initiative process.  To place a state-wide initiative
before the voters, many things will need to happen, and your help is
crucial if we are going to succeed.
         The most important element to insure our success is money.  For
a campaign of this size to have a chance of succeeding we will have to
spend money to qualify the initiative for the ballot.  After that, we
will have the daunting task of educating the public on the inherent
flaws in the current three-strikes law.
         Which is why CITIZENS AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME needs your help
right now!  Please join with us to bring balance, common sense and justice back to the courthouses of California.

         SEND YOUR CHECK TODAY for $35, $50, $100, $250, or whatever you
can reasonably afford, to CITIZENS AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME, 12922 Harbor
Boulevard, Garden Grove, California, 92840.
         Or call (714) 543-6400, or e-mail CAVC.Sam@att.net, to find out
about other ways you can help support THE THREE STRIKES ACT OF 2000.

         Please don't hesitate because time is of the essence!
         Thank you so very much, in advance, for your support!
                         Sam H. Clauder II, Proponent
                         The Three Strikes Act of 2000


Sun, 28 Nov 1999
To: All Supporters of Lori Berenson

This is day 1,460 of Lori's wrongful incarceration -- four full years!
In the early evening of Thursday, November 30, 1995, Lori Berenson was pulled
off a public bus in downtown Lima by Peruvian DINCOTE anti-terrorism police.
Working as an accredited journalist, she had just left a session of the
Peruvian Congress where she was researching articles on women's rights,
poverty in Peru, and decentralization. She was found "guilty" of treason against the
Fatherland of Peru by a secret and "faceless" military tribunal in which she
had no due process and could not defend herself. From the moment of her arrest
Lori has maintained her innocence to the preposterous charges against her.


As the parents of Lori Berenson we are truly grateful for your past support
and we once again ask for your help in ending this four-year nightmare. We call
for a nationwide "Phonathon," "Faxathon," and "E-Mailathon" to the White House
Monday and Tuesday. President Clinton, who has publicly stated that "America
takes care of its own," cannot be allowed to forget about Lori and he must be
prompted to use the authority of his office to secure Lori's release.
Many thanks!
Rhoda and Mark B.

Please call the White House hotline, 202-456-1111 and, when instructed,
press 0 for a hotline operator. Express your concern (or outrage).
Tell President Clinton that November 30th marks four years of Lori Berenson's
illegal imprisonment in Peru. Remind him that Lori has never had justice and,
given that Peru has withdrawn from the Inter-American Human Rights Court of
the Organization of American States, Lori's case is left in legal limbo, with no
international recourse for justice. Also remind him that Lori has suffered
physically from the four years of her harsh incarceration, the last of which
has been spent essentially in isolation. Urge him to use his powers to press
the Peruvian government for Lori's immediate release.

Please download the following letter, or write your own expressing your
concern (or outrage), and FAX to the White House at 202-456-2461.
If you find it easier, this letter also appears on Lori's website at
http://www.freelori.org/ and you may be able to download the letter faster
(Attention: Helen, Agency Liaison Room 6)
November 30, 1999
The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton
President of the Unite States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Clinton:
November 30th marks four years of Lori Berenson's illegal imprisonment in Peru.
The United Nations High Commission on Human Rights has ruled that Lori has
been arbitrarily deprived of her liberty and Peru's withdrawal from the
Inter-American Human Rights Court of the Organization of American States, in
disregard for its international obligations, leaves Lori's case in legal  limbo,
with no international recourse for justice.
I urge you to use all your powers in accordance with Act of Congress 22 USC
Section 1732 to press the Peruvian government for Lori's immediate release.
Lori has suffered physically from four years of harsh incarceration, the last
of which has been spent essentially in isolation.


You may be able to send an e-mail letter that will be delivered to the White
House as a FAX -- and we've been told that it's free! Please send as an e-mail
the above letter to President Clinton, or write your own expressing your
concern (or outrage). The e-mail address in the "To field" must be typed
exactly as what is printed on the next line.

In the "Subject field" please type "Bring Lori Berenson Home From Peru" and
send the letter as you would a regular e-mail. If this works, we understand it
is converted, free of charge, to a fax in the White House. You will get an
e-mail notifying you when it has been received. Rhoda and Mark Berenson
Information about Lori can be found on the Web at the following new site:





Ghost Dance Petition
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999
Re-posting from another list Respectfully...............

To My Brothers and Sisters of ONE,

    With respect I ask.  No, I am begging you from my spirit and from my heart to yours. Will you join Our Nations and Peoples of Texas to start the true "Ghost Dance" again ?  George Bush Jr. is about to become the next president of the USA.  We all know how he feels about Indians even though he is married to one of us. 

    If you will not join with us in Texas as a group.  I ask again with respect and from my heart to yours will you join with me and the Peoples and Nations of Texas as Individuals.  If you will please e-mail me at aimrio@quik.com 

Kaskanupa/Wm. C. Deason
Program Director State of Texas
American Indian Movement, Texas Chapter (AIMTx)
Founding Member of The American Indian Rights Foundation (The AIR)
Member of The Original Nations Of the East (ONE)
Ohenyon Wakan Tonka, wasteho. (Forever Creator, it is a good thing.)

Your Brother and Friend, I Honor and Cherish you All.

Formal Petition for the Reinstatement of the Texas Indian Commission
Sponsored by ; The American Indian Movement Of Texas, American Indian Rights Foundation, Original Nations of the East, <<<<<  Will you stand with Our Nations and Peoples in Texas ?

The following signators are the registered voters of the state of Texas. 


We the citizens of the state of Texas formally demand that the Executive and Legislative branches of the Texas State Government, (The Govonor of the State of Texas, the State Senate and House of Represenatives), that have been duley elected by the citizens of the state of Texas  forthwith inact, reinstate and impower The Texas Indian Commission for the purpose of serving the needs of the recognized and unrecognized Indigenous Nations of the state of Texas, in the areas of Religious Freedoms that have been denied and Civil Rights and Human Rights that have been ignored.  Up to and including violations by several of the state government branches of the of Federal Laws and Statutes that have already been passed by the Congress and signed by the President of the United States of America !
Signature                               Printed Name                          Address
___________________________________________________________________! ________________________________
____________________________! ___________________________________________________________! ____________
________________________________________________! ___________________________________________________

The petition on the first sheet appears to be just another petition.  It is not.  We the Indian Peoples and Nations of the State of Texas have endured enough.  We have suffered in silence or have been ignored since the end of the "Indian Wars".  The "Indian Wars" ended more than 100 years ago.  Since that time the American Indian Peoples and Nations have been in a struggle for their very existance and the survival of their Traditions, Religion, language and to just have the same rights and freedoms that every other citizen of the United States takes for granted every single day.  This is NOT just a serious problem in Texas but throughout the United States.  With your help we can finaly stop the madness.  This is the begining of the new Millinium.  Will the American Indian Peoples and Nations live in freedom or will they become extinct ?  We the first People of this land are asking for your decision, do we as a race unique in all of the world cease to exist or will you help us to join with you as a free and respected People with the same rights and freedoms that we all want for our children.  In the words of Chief Sitting Bull, "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children".  In the name of the Creator and Chief Sitting Bull and all of the ancestors of all of the Indian Peoples and Nations we ask you now PLEASE take the time to print out this petition and get just 100 people to sign it.  When you have the 100 or more signatures please spend .35 cents and free a People from a fate worse than death.  Rise like the sun and let your light dispel the darkness.
Please, mail the compleated pettitions to; The American Indian Movement of Texas
                                                                                        PO Box 756
                                                                                  Elm Mott, TX 76640
Is .35 cents and a little time to much too ask to save the Texas Indian Peoples and Nations ?  If the answer is , "It is worth my time", join the Indian Peoples and Nations of Texas in our Circle of Life.  This is the true "Ghost Dance" for our Freedom.  George Bush, LET MY PEOPLE GO !  

Don't forget to pass a copy to a friend !

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