Note: the white house rejected my note, saying they have a limit of 2500 characters, and i have twice that. so i will attempt to cut this down too. suggestions appreciated!
Dear President Obama, Greetings and thanks to you for all your good works. I am writing this short(ish) note to tell you about an event I am about to undertake, to get your attention for some of the serious things that have yet to be done.
I am going to undertake a water-only fast at Lafayette Park, across the street from your home, beginning October 12, 2015. The philosophy of my life and my journey, which came while I was on a peace walk years ago, is: “Humans free to love, critters free to roam, plants free to grow, spirit free to soar, a philosophy of love peace and joy, with compassion and respect for all life.” I am beginning this fast on October 12th to bring attention to the original genocider, Columbus. We must tell the truth. Turn Columbus day into a day of acknowledgement, teaching, truth-telling, wisdom-sharing, and healing. Call it Indigenous Day.
There are too many issues in my heart to adequately share in this small space provided, so I have written a larger letter with more detail (still never enough space to write it all) coming through snail mail, but here are a few more highlighted reasons. There are more than these as well.
I am asking you to give complete clemency to Leonard Peltier, a native Lakota man unjustly imprisoned for over 40 years. Amnesty International recognizes him as a political prisoner and has been actively advocating for his release for years now. Please Mr. President, release him, and let him breathe real air and see the sky and experience what’s left of the life that was stolen from him.
I am asking you to designate the YELLOWSTONE Bison as “a Protected National Treasure”. They are the last genetically intact still wild indigenous bison on this earth, who once numbered over thirty million, and were slaughtered down to less than 30 animals in the world, by agents of the US government back in the 1870’s and beyond. This abomination astonishingly continues every winter. This must end, and I believe I have a positive and beneficial solution. I call it “not cattle, CCCATALL!” It’s a compassionate campaign for cannabis awareness truth amnesty abundance legalization liberty laughter light love peace and joy!
Mr. President, the cannabis plant is a sacred plant teacher of peace and abundance, and we are literally warred upon –US govt’s word—for wanting this plant in our world. This is a war that should never have been waged in the first place, and needed to end as soon as you became president, but you didn’t do it. There must be heavy forces stopping you, so you may need to be publicly embarrassed for this refusal to stop that war. Countless more lives have been forever destroyed from your reticence. This war, which I see as an ongoing extension of over 500 years of unacknowledged wars on this part of the earth must end. Cannabis can lead us to peace and abundance. It is the very best biomass fuel on this planet, a multi-faceted beneficial and renewable resource. It gives us food, clothing, shelter and healing medicine, which heals by gently raising people’s spirits, making it a true sharer of peace and compassion. This violent war against peaceful people and beneficial plants must end now.
I am also asking you to honor the Treaty of 1868, which gives clear and forever ownership to the indigenous Lakota. It is a sacred land the them, too sacred to live on. They only use it for spiritual ceremonies, yet others desecrate and abuse that land daily. The land must be returned, the US Govt must honor the treaty of 1868.
There can be no pipeline, XL or any other. It is death incarnate, and must be stopped. No matter how safe it ever could be, it is still a finite fuel source. We must consider what our world will be seven generations from now, if you do not stop this travesty from occurring. The Lakota have a prophecy. They see a big black snake slithering through the land, killing everything in it’s path. The pipeline will not remain intact forever, it will leak and poison the literally essential life-giving aquifers, and much of life on earth will die. This travesty cannot occur. You can stop it.
There are so many more issues, too many issues to state in one short note, so I am asking to meet with you in person, before the extreme water-only fasting challenge I am about to undertake in order to get your attention, so we can manifest a peace and abundance oriented world. I really believe peace is possible, and I hope to have your participation. Here is all my contact info. I hope to hear from you.
Joyous Rainbow, PO Box 971, Paonia, CO 81428, 970-985-0164, or 760-969-8746, or 605-944-1491
Much love and gratitude to you. You have the hardest job in the world, and I don’t want to make it harder, but these are critical things in my heart and they must be addressed. Thank you.
Joyous Rainbow, peace advocate