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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
Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets Monday Sep 12th 10:36 AM
Federal fishery managers allow wildlife protections to lapse in swordfish fishery Friday Sep 2nd 2:40 AM
Sea Otter Shootings in Santa Cruz County Monday Aug 29th 5:34 PM
1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads Thursday Aug 25th 10:18 AM
Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads Monday Aug 22nd 4:23 PM
Legal Filing Seeks to Halt Ranching Expansion, Elk Eviction at Point Reyes Tuesday Aug 16th 6:08 PM
Legal Action Launched to Protect Western Snowy Plovers From Sand City Beach Resort Wednesday Jul 27th 5:23 PMMore Local News...
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Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act Monday Sep 26th 4:19 PM
Flashback Friday: May 1984 - Raid on the University of PA Head Injury Lab Friday Sep 23rd 1:05 PM
Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference Wednesday Sep 21st 11:17 AM
ALDF Urges Court to Acknowledge Pets’ True Value To Their Families (1 comment) Monday Sep 12th 7:02 PM
SHARK Shuts Down US Senator Inhofe’s Pigeon Shoot (2 comments) Saturday Sep 10th 9:20 AM
Silky Sharks Singled Out as Species to Protect at International Conservation Meeting in Ha Thursday Sep 8th 9:13 AM
Global Experts Denounce Japan's "Scientific" Whaling Program Wednesday Sep 7th 5:15 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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