Dec 7: Solidarity Born of Love

November 25, 2008 at 6:54 am (Events)

Join EWOK! for a special event on the 3rd anniversary of the Green Scare…

What: “Solidarity Born of Love”: a panel on political prosecution and incarceration, from the perspective of family and friends

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

Help us publicize this event! Downloadable flyer here. Two-sided version for quarter-sheets here.

When: 7:30 pm, Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Where: 2615 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis (thanks to the Animal Rights Coalition for donating the space!)

Cost: $5-15 suggested donation, all proceeds go towards prisoner support

no one turned away for lack of funds; childcare provided.

When the State targets people for harassment, prosecution and incarceration, they do more than repress individuals. Friends, family, loved ones, are punished, entire communities are disrupted, immeasurable strains are imposed on those who care about these targets of state repression. With 21 felony cases resulting from the recent RNC in St. Paul, on the 3rd anniversary of the Green Scare* and our 2nd birthday, EWOK! is taking December 7th as a chance to reflect on the real effects the criminal “justice” system has on our communities, and to recognize the invaluable contributions of those on the outside who stand strong and support political arrestees and prisoners when such support is both difficult to provide and necessary to survive.

The term “Green Scare” refers to the federal government’s expanding prosecution efforts against radical environmental and animal rights activists. The term has now been widely used to describe an early 2006 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”; similar indictments and convictions in the Midwest since then; the cases of the SHAC7, Eric McDavid and Rod Coronado; as well as recent repressive legislation such as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which attempts to turn activists into “terrorists.”

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