[Ppnews] Saturday 6/10 - "Resisting the Green Scare" Benefit Show in San Francisco

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Wed Jun 7 15:22:01 EDT 2006



RESISTING THE GREEN SCARE:
A Bay Area Event in Solidarity with Political Prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers
and Environmental/Animal Rights Activists Most Recently Targeted by State
Repression. (see below for more background information)

Saturday, June 10th
Station 40 (3030 B 16th Street @ Mission, San Francisco)
Doors at 1:30pm/Show at 2:00pm sharp
$3-$8 sliding scale, all money to benefit political prisoners
All ages welcome

Featuring Bands, Speakers, and Free Vegan Food!

Acts of Sedition
Myth of Progress
Entartete Kunst
Chest Full of Arrows

Speakers include:
Richard Brown -Black Panther Grand Jury Resister, as well several
individuals who will provide information & context on the current "Green
Scare."

Please join us!

For questions contact: caps at riseup.net

On June 10th, San Francisco will participate in the International
Weekend of Resistance Against the Green Scare, along with over 20 other
cities worldwide, in order to show solidarity and support for those facing
charges and harassment in the recent wave of repression against Eco and
Animal Rights activists. At this event, we also aim to contextualize the
Green Scare amidst the historic and on-going government oppression and
harassment faced by people of color here and abroad, particularly in their
struggles for liberation.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2006
Resisting the "Green Scare"

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 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 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.

For more information, http://www.freefreenow.org

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Free All Political Prisoners!
Free Jeff 'Free' Luers!
http://www.freefreenow.org
Resist Grand Juries!
http://www.fbiwitchhunt.org

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