Join EWOK! for a special event on the 3rd anniversary of the Green Scare…
Who: Jenny Esquivel, partner of Green Scare prisoner Eric McDavid
Aaron Zellhoefer, of SHAC 7 prisoner Kevin Kjonaas’ support committee
Fred Peterson, husband of political prisoner Sara Jane Olsen
Leslie James Pickering, former ELF spokesperson
We’re happy to write that the “Texas Two”-related grand jury subpoenas of six Texas-based activists have all been withdrawn, meaning that we’re postponing the “People’s Fishing Expedition” till next time the State tries to get up in our business.
While we do not know the official reason behind the retractions at this point, we’d like to speculate that- from the perspective of the State- the strong resistance on the part of the Texas subpoenaed as well as the immediate show of solidarity from folks all over made the whole affair too much trouble for too little return. Read the rest of this entry »
Join EWOK! for our monthly movie night and potluck. This month, we’re showing two ELF/ALF-related episodes of everybody’s favorite syndicated show…
LAW & ORDER… cause after all, even cops seem cool on TV.
When: Monday, November 17th, 6:30pm
Where: “the Cabbage Patch,” 1909 Elliott
Cost: $5-15 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
all proceeds being split between the EWOK fund and Michael Sykes’ support fund.
We are disheartened to write that Aaron Ellringer, indicted in the Rhinelander case because of the activities of Snitch Ian Wallace, has himself turned snitch and taken a cooperating plea agreement. The agreement- viewable here: ellringer-plea– reduces his own charge to a misdemeanor and requires that he testify fully and truthfully as to his “involvement in criminal conduct, as well as to the involvement of all other individuals known to [him].” Over the past several months, we made the decision to refrain from commenting on Aaron’s status as much as possible in order to respect his desire not to be publicly associated with radical eco-movement. We did that on the understanding that he was not intending to cooperate with the State. Unfortunately, we were proven wrong.
Aaron Ellringer- who lives in Eau Claire, WI, and works at Just Local Foods, a cooperative grocery store- will be sentenced on December 9th. At this time, we expect Bryan Rivera and Katherine Christianson to go to trial in this case on December 1st, making it clear that Aaron’s level of cooperation in their trial will be a deciding factor in his sentencing the week after.
As many of you already know, snitch Ian Wallace recently plead guilty to his involvement in an attempted ELF arson at Michigan Tech University in 2001. He took a cooperating plea agreement, viewable here: wallace-plea-agreement.
In the agreement, Wallace also admits to his involvement in three other acts of eco-sabotage. These are:
- Apr. 1, 2000 – University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN – (vandalism) vehicles and building, U.S. Forest Service, North Central Research Station, St. Paul Annex; loss $25,186.
- Jul. 20, 2000 – Rhinelander, WI – (property destruction) 500 research trees, U.S. Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory; loss $1,000,000.
- Jan. 26, 2002 – University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN – (arson) Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics construction site; loss $630,000.
Ian Wallace, who has been cooperating in ELF investigations for some time, has entered an agreement that legally binds him to cooperate fully with the State. Though we believe that most (though not necessarily all) statutes of limitations on these acts have expired by now, we are nonetheless urging folks throughout the Midwest and the country to bear in mind that Wallace’s cooperation may still result in indictments of other people. This only highlights the need for the development of strong radical networks able and ready to resist State repression. We encourage you to start educating yourself and your community about non-cooperation with the State and to keep building movements of resistance to the system in all its oppressive manifestations.