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Mon May 8 2006Lessons from COINTELPRO
Mon May 8 2006Building a Movement in the Face of Repression
Claude Marks & Kelah Bott, in Fault Lines #16, write:
Recent crackdowns on the animal rights and environmental justice movements have left many activists feeling that their communities are under siege. From the prosecution of the SHAC 7 to the arrests of thirteen individuals for arsons committed over a ten-year span, a war is being waged against these movements by the U.S. government. While all of this may seem terrifying in its unfamiliarity to younger activists, the tactics being employed by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force are anything but new. Whisperings of ‘COINTELPRO’ have appeared in various articles about the backlash against eco-activism, but what does this generation really know about the Counter-Intelligence Program aimed at groups such as the Black Panther Party (BPP) and the American Indian Movement (AIM)? Today’s activists are heirs to a history of social and political battles from wars that are not yet over. Without seeing today’s struggles for animal rights and environmental justice in a broader historical and social context, we run the risk not only of repeating painful lessons of the past, but of isolating ourselves and weakening our movements.
Recent Indybay Coverage of Grand Juries, Arrests, and Other Anti-Activist Actions: SF Grand Jury Targets G8 Protest | SHAC7 Convicted | Government's "Case" Against Rod Coronado | 11 Indicted in Latest Round of FBI Environmental Witch Hunt | Three Arrested in Auburn, Accused of Planning ELF Actions | Animal Activists Subpoenaed to Appear in San Francisco | Grand Jury in San Diego
Legal Action Launched to Protect Western Snowy Plovers From Sand City Beach Resort Wednesday Jul 27th 5:23 PM
California’s Driftnet Fishery Puts Sharks in Crosshairs Monday Jun 27th 10:33 AM
State Evidence Suggests New Wolf May Be in California's Lassen County Wednesday Jun 22nd 5:23 PM
Lawsuit Initiated Over Politically Motivated Decision Denying Protection to Pacific Fisher Thursday Jun 16th 4:13 PM
Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare Frogs, Toads From Grazing Friday Jun 10th 4:28 PM
West Coast Whale Entanglements Increasing, On Pace for Another Record Year (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 1:39 PM
Lawsuit Challenges Monterey County's Contract With Federal Wildlife-killing Program Thursday Jun 2nd 12:56 PMMore Local News...
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Conservationists Urge Increased Protections of Silky Sharks at International Meeting Monday Jul 25th 10:19 AM
The Future of Our Nations Wild Horse's are Uncertain. Thursday Jun 23rd 6:09 PM
Killer whales remain protected in Washington Wednesday Jun 15th 5:03 PM
Animal Liberation Front Burns Buses Used to Transport Fur Buyers in Finland Monday Jun 13th 9:51 PM
President Obama Asked to Stop U.S. Military Project That Threatens Endangered Dugong Thursday May 26th 7:29 PM
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change Monday May 16th 1:53 PM
Save the Multinational Species Conservation Fund Saturday May 14th 5:06 PMMore Global News...
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53 Of The Ways The World's Military Harm Animals Tuesday Jun 21st 10:26 AM
Hillary Clinton Flunks Animal Rights And Environmental Issues Saturday May 21st 12:48 PM
David Ludwig & NPR's David Greene And Alison Aubrey Shill For Egg Producers Friday May 13th 7:30 AM
Animal Activist Marcy Winograd wins freedom of speech appeal Monday May 9th 6:59 PM
Former FBI Agent Pens Novel Based on Fictional Experiences in the Animal Rights Movement Tuesday Apr 19th 10:58 PM
WBUR Boston Promotes Animal Torture Done By Bridget Lancaster Friday Apr 8th 1:53 PM
Is Republican Don Young of Alaska The Most Animal Abusing Person In Congress? Tuesday Mar 22nd 4:42 PMOpen Newswire...
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