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News :: Human Rights
STOP ABUSE AGAINST JAILED ACTIVIST TRE ARROW
02 Aug 2004
Environmental, human and animal rights activist Tre Arrow, currently being held in Canada's North Fraser Pretrial Center on immigration charges, has been moved into solitary confinement and is being denied a diet in keeping with his beliefs (raw/vegan) in a blatant attempt to break his spirit. In the 4 months he has been incarcerated he has suffered catastrophic weight loss, and is now down to 91 pounds.
He is not violent, and he is NOT a criminal. Yet he is being subjected to cruel,inhumane treatment. The North Fraser Pretrial Center facility has REFUSED to allow him a raw vegan diet, or even regular access to a fruits or veggies.

He's built a good rapport with others in general population who traded with him every once in a while when raw, or fresh food is on their trays. However, the selection is neither consistent nor well rounded, so he would go for days with nothing and then get 6 bananas (via trades), he can't consume all that at once, yet the facility refuse to let him keep the food in his cell over night.

He went to the in-house physician on Friday, and when he came back, HIS APPLE HAD BEEN REMOVED!! This was during the DAY (and counter to policy), a guard at the North Fraser Pretrial Center DELIBERATELY removed Tre's only sustenance for the day!! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE AND THE FACILITY AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NEED TO HEAR FROM US!!!

It's important to understand that Tre's diet is part of his deeply held spiritual beliefs, and is a natural outgrowth of his non-violent, pro-environmental sustainability activism. His need to avoid cooked foods and animal products is no different than a Jew's need to avoid pork. It is a diet of conscience that has sustained his health and athletic build.

He is quite simply being STARVED TO DEATH. NO ONE deserves this kind of treatment. Please help us FLOOD the Canadian Attorney General's office with calls and faxes, demanding that Tre be returned to the general prison population and that he be provided with a diet in keeping with his conscience.
If you can make ONE CALL, CALL 604.241.8452 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE!!

Jeff Plant
Constituency Office 604.241.8452 (voice mail, leave a message!)
Inquiry BC 604.660.2421 (live person M-F 7:30-5 PM, PST)

Ministry of the Attorney General 1.250.387.1866
FAX: 604.241.8493

An email can be sent to the British Columbia Attorney
General via this link:
http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/contacts/emailag.htm


PLEASE CALL, and keep calling, FOLLOW UP YOUR CALL(S) WITH A FAX.
A MAN'S LIFE IS LITERALLY ON THE LINE!

When you make your call and fax your letter, YOU ARE HELPING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FORCE OF MANY, a groundswell of support is gathering behind Tre, in both the US and Canada. People of conscience in both countries are outraged that his health has been allowed to deteriorate so dramatically, that neglect of his basic human needs has reduced his previously robust , athletic build down to 91 pounds, and that he has been subjected to harassment by guards and facility staff. A reporter who had the rare opportunity to see him yesterday reported that she could "see every bone" in his body, and he is SO WEAK. He needed assistance to get up stairs to the interview. The guard held him under the armpits.

Contributions for Tre's legal defense can be sent to:
Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund
p.o. box 229
Roberts Creek, BC
v0n 2w0 canada



If you don't know who Tre is, more info can be found
at http://trearrow.org/. Info on his current
predicament can also be found at
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/293776.shtml.

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Re: STOP ABUSE AGAINST JAILED ACTIVIST TRE ARROW
03 Aug 2004
What are the immigration charges?

Is he in Canada on a valid visa?
Tell the WHOLE story!
03 Aug 2004
Well, I wish the poster of this thread would tell us the full story here.

He was not picked up randomly, he was brought to the attention of the Canadian immigration authoties after he was arrested for shoplifting (a pair of bolt cutters no less)

http://www.portlandtribune.com/archview.cgi?id=23513
"" Portland's best-known radical environmental activist has been arrested after one and a half years on the run on federal arson charges.
Michael James Scarpitti -- better known as Tre Arrow -- was arrested Saturday at an auto parts store in Victoria, British Columbia, on unrelated charges of theft and assault. He gave his name to Canadian authorities as Joshua Murray. According to the Oregon U.S. attorney's office, his real identity was discovered through fingerprints.""

Now if you do not believe that link try http://www.vpsg.org/index/trea.040704.html

""April 7th, 2004
In mid-March 2004 American "raw energy" vegan activist Tre Arrow (an all round activist who has been active in both Animal Rights and Environmentalism) was arrested in Canada after he was allegedly caught trying to shoplift a pair of boltcroppers.

After he was arrested, the Canadian authorties were surprised to discover that their alleged shoplifter was on the American FBI's Most Wanted list, accused of involement in two separate arson actions. One arson was against logging trucks at a controversial logging site known as Eagle Creek. Logging in this area is destroying an old growth forest which provides essential and important animal habitat and ecological system. No group has ever claimed responsibility for the Eagle Creek arson. The 2nd arson was against vehicles owned by a Sand & Gravel company. This latter action was claimed by the Earth Liberation Front.

Tre became a suspect for the arsons after the police informant Jacob Sherman admitted his own involvement in both arsons and then went onto say that Tre had also been involved with the arsons. Sherman also claimed that Tre Arrow had been the instigator and initiator of the arsons.

Following his arrest and remanding into prison, Tre has started a hungerstrike (or fast as he refers to it). Tre says that his fast is in support of those who are suffering at the expense of corporate greed and the resultant poisoning of food, pollution and unequal food distribution. Also, he is fasting to protest the lack of democracy within the US Government and the lack of justice within the judicial system.

Once Tre has finished his fast he will follow the raw energy diet (for those who don't know, this is the vegan diet but without any cooked foods).

Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network is requesting that people write to the prison and politely ask that they respect Tre's diet and provide him with adequate supplies of fresh raw fruit and vegatables.""

So it APPEARS Michael James Scarpitti WAS/IS on hunger strike!!!!!!!

Hunger strike against a shoplifting charge?
Re: STOP ABUSE AGAINST JAILED ACTIVIST TRE ARROW
03 Aug 2004
It's not shoplifting, your imperialist running dog.

He was liberating those bolt cutters from their corporate masters.

FREE THE BOLT CUTTERS.
Re: STOP ABUSE AGAINST JAILED ACTIVIST TRE ARROW
08 Aug 2004
Truth and Justice for all wrote:

"He was not picked up randomly, he was brought to the attention of the Canadian immigration authoties after he was arrested for shoplifting (a pair of bolt cutters no less)"

Ahhh...

Okay, so it is appropriate and correct for the Canadians to try to murder him! Thank you for setting us straight.

By the way, why would someone on hunger strike eat apples and bananas? He's obviously trying to break the fast, and is being denied the foods he needs to do that.