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News :: Environment : Politics
Resisting the 'Green Scare'
05 Jun 2006
In retaliation to FBI political repression of environmental and animal rights activists, a weekend of actions in solidarity with Jeff "Free" Luers have been planned in Boston.
December 7, 2005, marked the beginning of the largest roundup of environmental and animal rights activists in U.S. history. There have now been nearly 20 arrests and many Grand Jury subpoenas.

The nation-wide sweep of arrests, dubbed “Operation Backfire,” has been described by the FBI as a major hit to environmentalists and animal rights activists who engage in destruction of property as a means to defend wild lands and lives of other animals. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated in January that, “Investigating and preventing animal rights and environmental extremism is one of the FBI’s highest domestic priorities”.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) said. "The Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people. The attacks of 9/11 killed 3,000. Since 1993, there
have been at least five fatal attacks on doctors who performed legal abortions. Eric Rudolph recently pleaded guilty to placing a bomb in a
public area during the Olympic Games in 1996, as well as bombing a Birmingham women's clinic and a gay nightclub. All of these cases involved the loss of human life. To date, not a single incident of
so-called environmental terrorism has killed anyone."

Despite the lack of human injury in any of these actions, the government is threatening extraordinary sentences, ranging from 30 years to life plus 335 years. Similar crimes committed without political motivation receive far shorter sentences and even different charges. For example, a string of nine recent church arsons are being described by the authorities as “youthful pranks”.

Environmental activist Jeff “Free” Luers received a disproportionately long sentence (22.8 years) after confessing to attempting to burn three
SUVs at a Romania dealership in Eugene, OR. At trial, Jeff clearly stated that his action was a desperate attempt to bring awareness to the destruction of the Earth by this unsustainable form of transportation and its external costs of global warming, pollution, and the war for oil. Because of his stated political beliefs, “Free” received an extremely long prison sentence; he is charged with a Measure 11 crime despite the fact that this fire did not endanger any life; and he continues to suffer harassment by the Department of Corrections due to his designation as a member of a ‘Security Threat Group’.

June 2006 marks the sixth year that “Free” has been in prison as well as the 3rd year of International Days of Solidarity with him. The focus of international events this year will be on “Operation Backfire” and what many are calling a “Green Scare” campaign of government repression. In solidarity with “Free,” Boston activists have planned a weekend of celebration, which include a benefit show for him this Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm at the encuentro 5 on 33 Harrison Ave. The night will include a short film about “Free” as well as the bands Jake & Clara, Marta and Myriam of Presente, Evan Greer, and the Stick and Rags Village Orchestra. Outside the JFK Federal Building on Sunday, June 11 from 1pm – 3pm, a variety of speakers will be relating their experiences of political repression. There will be speakers from the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, Jericho Boston, Food Not Bombs, Boston Animal Defense League, Anarchist Black Cross, Operation: Over, and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Luers Support Group
freefreenow (at) mutualaid.org
http://www.freefreenow.org

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Re: Resisting the 'Green Scare'
06 Jun 2006
I'm Doing My Inconsequential Part For The Environment
By Peter Keim
May 10, 2006 |

As human beings continue to wreak havoc on the ecosystem, with seemingly no awareness of the long-term effects of our shortsighted actions, we seriously jeopardize the fragile balance of life on this big blue marble we call Spaceship Earth. Now is the time to take steps toward creating a cleaner environment, however insignificant and useless those steps may be. That's why I'm doing my own laughably inconsequential part to end pollution, limit damage to our precious ecosystem, and preserve what remains of our planet's biodiversity for future generations.

Every day, without fail, I meticulously organize my recyclables into five distinct categories, thereby subtracting an eyedropper's worth of garbage from the countless tons of waste that ferment in our landfills. It only takes a few extra minutes, but just think of the impact it totally lacks. I also refuse to use anything but "Earth-friendly" paper products—some of which contain up to 10 percent recycled materials. For me, it's worth shouldering the extra cost, but, unfortunately, only a scant few of us bother to do the same. And growing some of my own organic vegetables in my backyard garden also, to my immense gratification, reduces the use of toxic chemical-based pesticides and herbicides present in corporate farming techniques by as much as 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000001 percent.

These quixotic, Sisyphean efforts are my way of dealing with what is perhaps the most crucial and difficult issue of our time.

Why do I boycott multinational oil and gas corporations that fail to acknowledge and address global-warming issues, resulting in a few less dollars in their swollen coffers? Or participate in demonstrations against local wetland destruction that are attended by as many as a dozen people, before the wetland is eventually drained and cleared for a new Wal-Mart anyway? Why make the effort? Because I care. And I want these feelings to manifest themselves in barely measurable ways.

By using mass transit or riding my bike whenever possible, I may not be able to influence greenhouse-gas emissions standards or reduce mass global addiction to fossil fuels one iota. Nor, by slavishly collecting every banana peel or coffee ground to make my own rich garden compost, will I alter our consumer culture's pathological tendency to devour everything it encounters at an exponentially advancing rate. Restricting my household energy use to non-peak hours does not make me capable of reversing temperature changes in the gulf stream that even now have begun to throw the world's climate out of equilibrium. The question, however, is not "What can't I do?" but rather, "What can I do?"

The answer: next to nothing.

At the very least, I know with absolute certainty that I have done everything I can to nurture and protect the environment, through genuinely well-intentioned albeit minuscule actions, tragically destined to have absolutely no substantive effect. For I sleep better at night knowing that I have as much influence on global environmental policy as I would had I never been born.

Conservation is more urgent than ever. Scientists inform us that the combined effects of fossil-fuel consumption, land clearance, and overfishing the planet's seas have already ushered in a period of "mass global extinction," the sixth so far recorded in Earth's history, and the only one to be entirely man-made. In the next century, between two-thirds and three-fourths of all plant and animal species now in existence could become permanently extinct. But by carefully conserving water with the specially designed low-impact toilet I had installed, I can take comfort in the knowledge that I did what I could do to delay this inevitable global death-age by as many as several nanoseconds.
Won't you join me in this ongoing effort to foster an imperceptible improvement to this doomed and dying planet? You'll be rewarded with the knowledge that, despite the irreversible effects of centuries of sustained environmental abuse by the human race, individuals, working together, can fight this inevitability in a real, concrete, tiny, and totally ineffective show of unity.

Together, we can make an unbelievably negligible difference
Swim With the Fishes Frank
07 Jun 2006
Senator Latutenberg is a senile old idiot. How many Mafia bodies in Jersey Senator? I'll bet you live in a great big house in Jersey. How would you like it if I burned it down when you were out to protest Senators who live like billionaires. Oh I forgot, Lautenberg is a billionaire.
Re: Resisting the 'Green Scare'
10 Jun 2006
Maybe their Animal friends will come to their rescue like in a Disney cartoon, like in Cinderella, or Bambi.

Or maybe the animals can attack the enemies like in Alfred Hitchcocks "The Birds." The birds should be able to figure out who's a goodie and who's a baddie; if people are going to anthropomorphize animals and their "rights" why not go all the way and see them as active allies, rather than pathetic victims?