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Local forest activist subpoenaed

Recently, forest activists from Portland and Eugene have been receiving subpoenas to appear in front of a Grand Jury in Eugene in mid-November. .......Grand Juries have been used in this country to try and break up successful social movements by trying to force otherwise innocent activists to provide information about the groups they are involved in.
Recently, forest activists from Portland and Eugene have been
receiving subpoenas to appear in front of a Grand Jury in Eugene in mid-November.
Included in the list of activists is Mary "Moss" Fanelli, who
had been very active in the Eagle Creek campaign in past years. Grand Juries
have been increasingly used in recent years in the Northwest by prosecutors
to investigate the activities of environmental activists. Historically,
Grand Juries have been used in this country to try and break up successful
social movements by trying to force otherwise innocent activists to
provide information about the groups they are involved in. Failure to
testify or cooperate in these political investigations can be grounds for
"contempt of court" charges and up to 18 months in prison. Political grand
juries are really nothing more than a tool of political repression that
should be abolished. It is unclear what the Grand Jury currently issuing
subpoenas is investigating at this time, but this one seems different from
others seen in the Northwest in recent years. Whereas other grand juries have
almost exclusively summoned spokespeople for groups like the Earth Liberation
Front, this one is summoning numerous forest activists from the
community who've focused their activism on public, nonviolent civil disobedience
actions as opposed to covert sabotage and arson. Really, any
of us could receive a subpoena next and it is important for us to show strong
opposition to this grand jury to show the government that nonviolent forest
activists will not be intimidated or stopped by unjust tools of political repression.
Please consider sending a donation to help Moss defend herself (remember,
she is not charged with anything but needs a lawyer to help her successfully
navigate through a grand jury process that could be used to jail her if she chooses
not to answer questions).
Donations can be made out to the 'Autumn Legal Defense Fund' and mailed
to the Resource Conservation Federal Credit Union at 1910 SE 11th, Portland,
OR 97214.

homepage: homepage: http://www.cascadiaforestalliance.org/

Community Forum on the 'anti-terrorism' law 06.Nov.2001 02:43

repost from Cascadia Forest Alliance cfa@spiritone.com

Community Forum on the new 'anti-terrorism' law and how it impacts
our civil liberties
7 - 9 pm, Monday Nov. 12
Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Ave (just north of Broadway)
This will be an important Community Forum and Briefing on the
new 'anti-terrorism' legislation, the USA PATRIOT ACT, just signed
into law and its implications for Portland's activist community. Join activists
from a variety of different causes and community members in learning
about what the legislations means for our rights and to help develop strategies
to oppose the roll-back of our civil liberties. Part of the forum will
also be focused on grand juries in addition to focusing on the new 'anti-terrorism'
legislation. Call 503-888-6939 for more info.