Resisting the Green Scare
Saturday, June 10th 8pm
A Night of Films, Discussion, and Letter Writing to Benefit Indictees of the "Green Scare"
*pickaxe: A story of struggle to save the forests of Oregon. An eclectic mix of activists take a stand to protect an old growth forest from logging at Warner Creek in the Willamette National Forest of Oregon, blockading the logging road and repelling the state police. Over months a community builds around the illegal blockade as it develops into the Cascadia Free State and similar actions spread across the region. Years after its release, Pickaxe has become a classic document of the potential for grassroots direct action to achieve victory against the forces of both government and big business. Lovingly crafted by the participants themselves, the film expertly presents every moment, from confrontation to celebration. By filmmakers Tim Lewis and Tim Ream. [94 min.]
*Breaking the Spell: An hour-long look at the 1999 Seattle WTO protests and the anarchists who traveled there to set a new precedent for militant confrontation, this documentary picks up where Pickaxe left off. Filmed in the thick of the action, including footage that aired nationally on 60 Minutes, it captures a moment when world history was up for grabs. [63 min.]
plus food, bar, and musical interludes...
$3 - 10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds
@ the Empty Vessel [on the boat!]***, Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
F to Carrol St., M and R to Union
Just south of the Carrol St. Bridge at 1st St. on the Gowanus Canal.
Map - http://tinyurl.com/jo3r5
The term Green Scare, alluding to the Red Scare of the 1940s-50s, is an _expression used to refer to recent actions taken by the U.S. government against the radical environmentalist movement.
The term has now been widely used to describe an late 2005 sweep of arrests, convictions and grand jury indictments of alleged ELF/ALF activists on charges relating to acts of property damage, conspiracy, arson and use of destructive devices dubbed "Operation Backfire."
A New Yorker, Daniel McGowan, is one such accused individual. A long time social and environmental activist, Daniel is now defending himself against charges that have mandatory minimums of life in prison if convicted. Jeff "Free"
Luers and Chris McIntosh have already received egregious sentences for property damage crimes. The current Green Scare indictees need your support now !!!
***The Empty Vessel Project is an action, art, and sustainability experiment. They salvaged EV, a WWII rescue boat, to create a space for re-imagining the post-industrial urban environment. They are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization and encourage participation on all levels. Access to the Empty Vessel is from the west side of 1st Street, one block south of the Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal.