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Greenpeace Activists Jailed in L.A

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    Dear Friend: We received this request of solidarity - send an e-mail to fellow activist jailed. Not hard, they deserved it. Frontlines Staff ... GREENPEACE
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2001
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      Dear Friend:

      We received this request of solidarity - send an e-mail to fellow
      activist jailed. Not hard, they deserved it. Frontlines Staff

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      GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS JAILED IN LOS ANGELES - SUPPORT THEM!

      Three members of Greenpeace are in jail in Los Angeles for protesting
      against clearcutting forests in British Columbia and conducting an
      effective media campaign which reached millions of people with an
      anti-corporate message.

      On October 20 1998, activists from the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow
      Warrior, boarded the 570-foot ship, Thorseggen, and chained
      themselves to the ship's unloading cranes to protest ancient forest
      destruction. The Thorseggen was carrying 8,000 tons of newsprint (the
      material used to print newspaper and phone books). Interfor, a
      logging company clearcutting in British Columbia's ancient coastal
      rainforest, directly supplies wood fibers to the mill where the
      newsprint was produced.

      Swimmers prevented the cargo ship from docking, forcing the ship to
      anchor in Long Beach Harbor. Greenpeace activists then placed a lock
      on the anchor chain to prevent it from being hauled up. Seven
      security ships--among them four coast guard vessels--surrounded the
      Thorseggen.

      fIFTY sIX (56) hours of protest were brought to a close as members of
      the Los Angeles police SWAT team boarded the Thorseggen. In the end,
      13 Greenpeace activists were hauled away and arrested. Only the four
      activists attached to the ship's cranes were formally charged. One of
      the four activists charged, an Australian citizen, was deported to
      London. The other three were tried in an LA court and found guilty of
      several charges.

      As the Long Beach Harbor is a major commercial port on the west coast
      and crucial to the LA business environment, the judge and prosecutor
      worked to deliver the message to corporations and to protesters that
      Los Angeles would do whatever it takes to protect business interests
      above all else.

      The three members are now in LA jails serving the remainder of 30 day
      sentences. The time may be shorter due to overcrowding. Friends are
      asking that supporters send messages of support via email to BOTH the
      following addresses:

      nosweatshops@...
      dan.rudie@...

      Please, send messages to BOTH addresses.

      The names of the three members are Omi M. Hodwitz, Pat Finn and
      Bernard McLeod.

      Thanks!
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