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The term Green Scare refers to the Red Scares of the early twentieth century, made famous by the McCarthy hearings and the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Green Scare demonstrates a similar systematic
criminalization of dissent as the U.S. government is using all its tactics (e.g., grand juries, specialized legislation, paid agents provacateurs) to target the radical environmental and animal rights movements, those who publicly support them, and others who struggle for a healthy, diverse eco-system and the rights of animals.
On December 7th, 2005, the FBI made their first arrests of "Operation Backfire," a multi-state sweep targeting alleged Earth Liberation and Animal Liberation Front activists with charges of conspiracy and arson threatening them with life in prison. Elsewhere, the government has convicted organizers of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign - a campaign that ultimately kept Huntingdon off the stock market and can take credit for the divestment of hundreds of their clients and investors. The SHAC 7 are currently serving up to 6 years for violating the "Animal Enterprise Protection Act" by operating a website. In Sacramento, Eric McDavid, waiting in solitary confinement for trial, faces up to 20 Years for alleged thought crime. In 2001, Jeff "Free" Luers was convicted of damaging 3 Sports Utility Vehicles that were later restored and sold. He is currently serving his 6th year of a 22 year, 8 month sentence.
This year, on December 7, people all over the country will be organizing and participating in events to raise awareness about the Green Scare and show solidarity with those targeted by it. Please organize an event in your area to support Green Scare Indictees and political prisoners.
Some ideas for events are:
· Film screenings
· Prisoner letter writing parties
· Support rallies
· Fundraisers (garage sales, 5-k runs, bike rides, booksales, etc)
· Shows or music festivals
To get ideas or support, please go to GreenScare.org. Remember, everything you do to support people who are targets of prosecution should be LEGAL and in their best interest. Many are in pre-trial or in an appeal process; please do not organize something that could jeopardize their cases. Further, if you are organizing events specific to targeted individuals, please contact their support committees before organizing rallies or fundraisers. You can find their contact information at GreenScare.org or by emailing us. To let us know what events you have planned, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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