"If you have to become an attorney, this is what we want you to do."
That could easily be a message from the trees, right? Or it's pretty much
the recurring theme of this conference here in Eugene, OR this weekend.
The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.
"At this point I would ask any informants or undercovers to leave."
-- Ben Rosenfeld
That serves a handy exercise to show "security culture" to everyone,
things we should be exercising all the time.
This was the first panel I attended. Updates on the (11 and now 13)
cases that are fast coming to be nicknamed "greenscare," recalling
"The 12th defendent was killed in custody," said Lauren Regan,
bringing to my mind Bobby Seale in the "Chicago [STRIKE]8[/STRIKE] 7
trials of the late 60s, early 70s with Abbie Hoffman and Dave
Dellinger at the helm. Bobby was forever called "the 8th defendent."
He though, didn't die in jail. He was removed after Judge Julius Hoffman
ordered him bound and gagged (literally) for demanding that he be
allowed to be his own attorney. Those were the 60s right? Those times
Don't bet on it. The red scare of the 50s dragged on for 40 or 50 years
when you really think about it. They may never have ended, is another
way to look at it. Lauren says there were two more indictments last
week, and that there are likely to be about a dozen more between now
and October when the actual trial is scheduled to begin. October 31st.
The friggin governmnet picked Halloween (hell night in many towns
across the USA) for this trial to begin.
Are Lauren and Ben this generation's William Kunstlers and Betsy
They're going to have to be whether they like it or not.
Times are different maybe, but not any easier. No rest for the
weary, you could say. "Get busy," might be the only thought
left to keep us all alive another day. It's very very appropriate
Lauren started this panel off with the Niemoller quote.
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
"But when they came for the green anarchists..." I paraphrase.
OK, snippets, I didn't take many notes.
all acts were before 9/11. Some were minors at the time.
7 years, there wasn't one lead, no evidence at all.
Everything about these indictments relies on the testimony
of one single informant.
Upon indictment of the first 11 greenscares Gonzales held a
flamboyant pretrial conference on the courthouse steps.
creepiest part of that conference was that every part of
Gonzales' smug comments were based on the sole snitch
testimony of that one informant.
looking at the 8 hour work day struggle, Lauren pointed
out that much of this is nothing new."
mentioned scooter libby and jack abramoff to give
some context for all this misguided sense of justice.
raise the fist stuff.
"ben's gonna discuss that."
yesterday the patriot act got renewed. Same day all of the
SHAC defendants were convicted.
kb with c0int3lpro stuff.
history with earth first...
She said the government was pumping out Waco/Move -
type propaganda that Earth First people were "arming ourselves
and preparing for war in the woods."
It took years and they finally won a civil lawsuit, proving
that it was all lies.
"Next to what we're hearing now, even though we know there
were real arsons, it brings people to a place where we
realize how skeptical we need to be. And we need to be
reminding the media to be skeptical."
we need to stand beside people who we don't have something
in common with when we have so many other things in common.
"... has little to do with our debate of violence versus
nonviolence because they don't buy into this debate."
"it's still sabotage, not terrorism."
described she used to try to say, vandalism,
but it's becoming too "milktoast," nowadays,
so she prefers to call it sabotage.
"and a village idiot at the helm."
"...he's been to this conference..."
/my thoughts at that moment./
[us gov't is acting as the piggish bad character in
each episode of captain planet, especially when they
try their hardest to demonize activists this way.]
clarified as a fullscale campaign against each part
of the "anarchist" movement. Especially with people
leaning towards green anarchy.
[who boyee, did the room get quiet when Ben said that.
You can hear a pin drop.]
sf during G8
indymedia photographer subpoena'd to turn over footage.
His footage proved that a riot was created BY police
officers. [hmmm. Just like Genoa, just like Quebec,
just like A12 DC!!!]
-- yahoo cops took it upon themselves
to throw a newspaper honorbox.
other cops went absolutely apeshit. -- sf police asks fbi joint
terrorist task force to join in what's otherwise a completely
all of the showups at peoples' doors are about questions of
anarchism. "Do you know any black bloc anarchists, can you
define anarchy? Are you an anarchist..."
Save a tree.
Plant a seed.
George Bush is a Superpredator.