Community advocate Briana Waters has been caught up in the Bush administration's "eco-terrorist" hysteria. As a vocal pacifist and a devoted mother, Brianna is an unlikely candidate for a terrorist. Swept up during the hysteria of the renewal of the US Patriot Act, the charges are vague and and a product of guilt by association.
Briana's charges carry a draconian mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in prison should she be convicted. Briana pled not guilty to the charges, first brought on March 15, 2006, and was released pending trial.
"Briana Waters is the target of a politically-motivated prosecution," says event organizer Jennifer Miller, "The charges against her are based on individuals naming names in exchange for lower sentences and are utterly without substance. We are proud to stand by Briana through this ordeal. The outpouring of support for this Portland event is just one sign of how well Briana is loved, and of deep suspicion concerning the government's motives in this case."
Friends and supporters will host a "Folk the Man!" benefit event on Thursday, June 28. The event will take place at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy, beginning with speakers at 7PM and followed by music from 8PM onwards. Speakers will address Briana Waters' case, and also Bush administration's attacks on civil liberties and the right to criticize the government. Acclaimed folk artists Hanz Araki (myspace.com/hanzaraki) and Timothy Hull (timothyhull.com) will perform.
Admission for the event is a $10-20 sliding scale donation. All proceeds will benefit Briana Waters' legal defense.