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    Prison time for activist over green jobs banner? We’re not kidding

    Posted by dlt on May 21, 2010

    Dear Friends,

    Despite the Gulf disaster, no one from BP has been arrested and sent to jail. Despite safety violations at coal mines, no one from Massey Energy has been handcuffed. But today I write to inform you that one of America’s best global warming activists is probably facing several months of jail. He’s been convicted by a D.C. jury, and now he awaits sentencing on July 6th. Why? Because he peacefully dropped two banners on Capitol Hill that said: “GREEN JOBS NOW” and “GET TO WORK.”

    I’m not joking. Ted Glick of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network was convicted by a jury May 13th of peacefully dropping the banners inside the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building last September. The DC U.S. Attorney’s office clearly has decided to make an “example” of Ted because of his previous two — count ’em, two — convictions related to peaceful acts of climate civil disobedience. Can you believe it? You can see a three-minute video of Ted’s September “crime” right here. He’s the guy toward the end simply lowering the banners. Period.

    Now Ted is facing up to three years in jail. Based on the judge’s comments last week, it really does appear that he will be incarcerated for at least a month or two.

    So here’s what you can do:

    First, please write a respectful but firm snail-mail letter to Judge Frederick H. Weisberg telling him why you think Ted should not go to jail. The judge’s address is below. Just type something up, print it and mail it off. Explain why only a suspended sentence is fair, especially given all the real injustices out there on global warming. There is reason to believe that that a large number of thoughtful, well-reasoned letters to the judge could bring leniency.

    Second, take an action right now that will help create a world where global warming is no longer such a threat and people like Ted won’t have to drop banners and get arrested in the first place! Sign the “Windmills, Not Oil Spills” petition to stop new offshore drilling in America and promote clean energy alternatives instead.

    Thanks for your support, your activism, and your prayers as CCAN fights to keep a morally innocent staff member out of jail during this time of great global crisis.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Tidwell
    Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network


    Here’s the judge’s address:

    Judge Frederick H. Weisberg
    DC Superior Court
    500 Indiana Ave., NW
    Washington, DC  20001

    **Please keep in mind**

    The letters should be respectful. Suggested topics include:

    • If you personally know Ted and have shared experiences with him, tell the judge;
    • Describe the urgency of the climate issue and the need to pressure our government to take action on it;
    • Give your views on what would be a justice-based approach by the legal system toward nonviolent actions of the kind Ted took part in.

    Please let other people know about this campaign. And it would be helpful if you could send us a copy of your letter to Judge Weisberg, or if you could let us know that you have sent a letter. You can email Ted at ted AT chesapeakeclimate.org, or you could send by regular mail to Ted’s attention at CCAN, P.O. Box 11138, Takoma Park, Md. 20912.


    Mike Tidwell
    Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    MTidwell AT ChesapeakeClimate.org
    cell: 240-460-5838
    www.ChesapeakeClimate.org

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    Posted in activism, civil rights, climate change, environment, global warming | Leave a Comment »

    “Polar Bear 7” Go to Court

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on March 7, 2008

    New York Green Zool  Zulkowitz is part of the “Polar Bear 7” arrested in action in Washington D.C. in October 2007.   Read his call for support:

    Friends–

    Please join the “Polar Bear 7” this Friday, March 7, 2 PM in Washington DC Superior Court, Room C-301, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW.

    On October 22, 2007, during the “No War, No Warming” demonstration in Washington DC, seven people, including myself, were snatched and arrested by the US Capitol Police. None of us had participated in civil disobedience or broken any law.

    According to police documents, seven people “dressed as polar bears,” (though I was dressed in a business suit and another defendant, a journalist, was dressed in casual clothes) were arrested for unlawful assembly. While only five of us eventually went to trial, Judge Raphael Diaz referred to us as the “Polar Bear 7” (and alternatively, as “teddy bears”).

    Following a six day trial in February, Judge Diaz found the “Polar Bear 7” innocent of unlawful assembly, but guilty of “a lesser included” charge, failure to obey a police order.

    Tomorrow, Friday, March 7 at 2 PM, the “Polar Bear 7” will return to court for reconsideration and/or sentencing. Attorney Ann Wilcox, along with co-defendants pro se, Adam Eidinger and Robert Levitt, will argue for the “Polar Bear 7.”

    In my view, the judge’s failure to acquit the “Polar Bear 7” sends a chilling message to the “No War, No Warming” movement. While there was no finding of any basis for our arrest, and the judge discredited the prosecutorial theory of “transferred intent,” he left open the question of selective arrest and gave the police license to arrest people for disobeying an order, even if they broke no law.

    –zool (Paul H. Zulkowitz)

    Posted in activism, anti-war, climate change, consitutional rights, first amendment, global warming, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Peace Survey for Green Party Presidential Candidates

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 16, 2007

    The survey below has been sent to all the Candidates seeking the GPUS nomination for U.S. President on behalf of members of the Green Party Peace Network (GPPN). Members will distribute the answers to their state parties and they will be posted on this blog.


    GPUS Presidential Candidate Peace Issues Survey:

    1. What is your position / policy on the following Issues:

    –War and Occupation of Iraq
    –Waging war on other countries (Iran)
    –Disparity in the percentage of U.S. government revenues devoted to
    militarism vs. domestic and social needs
    –No Child Left Behind and military recruiting in schools?
    –Support of a draft or “War tax”
    –Support of a “war-profiteering” tax for those companies making
    windfall profits from this war?
    –The idea of a surtax on incomes over a certain level
    –Alternative energy sources
    –Climate change (specifically, what goals would you prioritize)

    2. What support would you hope to get from states in the GPUS?

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    2008 Green Party Presidential Candidates:

    Jared Ball, independent journalist; radio host (WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC),
    hip-hop scholar, assistant professor of communications studies at Morgan State University
    in Baltimore, Maryland
    http://www.jaredball.comElaine Brown, 2005 Green candidate for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia; former leader of the Black
    Panther Party; organizer of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and National Alliance for
    Radical Prison Reform
    http://www.elainebrown.org

    Jesse Johnson, 2006 US Senate candidate and 2004 gubernatorial candidate for the Mountain
    Party in West Virginia (now affiliate state party of the Green Party of the United States); filmmaker
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMxgYnmdHfg

    Cynthia McKinney, former member of the US House of Representatives (Georgia), 1993 to 2003, 2005
    to 2007; former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1988-1992
    http://www.runcynthiarun.org

    Kent Mesplay, 2004 candidate for the Green presidential nomination; former president of
    Turtle Island Institute; environmental engineer, alternative energy activist; California Green organizer
    http://www.mesplay.org

    Kat Swift, Texas Green organizer; former Campus Greens leader; activist with Clean Money San
    Antonio and San Antonio Democracy Now
    http://www.bexargreens.org/katforprez

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, candidates, climate change, global warming, human rights, Iran, Iraq, military recruiting, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Climate change report shows need for Green agenda, election wins

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 7, 2007

    GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
    http://www.gp.org

    For Immediate Release:
    Monday, November 5, 2007

    Contacts:
    Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
    mclarty@greens.org
    Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,
    starlene@gp.org

    Greens: New climate change report shows the need for Green agenda, Green election wins
    Report proves that the Lieberman-Warner bill is inadequate and short-sighted and capitulates to industry, say Greens

    • Green Party Speakers Bureau on global warming
    (speakers available for interview):
    http://gp.org/speakers/speakers-ecological.php
    Contact information: http://www.gp.org/speakers

    WASHINGTON , DC — Green party leaders today said that a new climate change report to be released
    Monday proves the election of Green Party candidates into office is essential to enforce the immediate and drastic steps needed to combat global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in anti-war, climate change, global warming, peace | Leave a Comment »