From Jeff Ordower - <[email protected]>
Subject Intimidation
Date January 31, 2024 10:57 PM
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Content warning: This email discusses police violence.


This month marks one year since activist Manuel Paez Terán, known as
Tortuguita, was shot and killed by police while defending the Weelaunee
Forest against Cop City in Atlanta, Georgia.^1

This is part of a broader trend of increased violence and repression
against climate defenders and activists around the world. And fossil fuel
companies are directly paying police forces to criminalize peaceful
protest–they must be held accountable.^2

Together we can raise awareness and call for an end to this violence and
intimidation. [ [link removed] ]If you support justice for climate defenders everywhere
and accountability for the fossil fuel industry, please add your name to
show your support here.

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Similar to the repression that faced those fighting to Stop Cop City,
those fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia
are facing ever greater restrictions and increasingly harsh punishment for
their actions to peacefully disrupt construction.

In September, the pipeline company filed lawsuits against more than 40
individuals and two groups seeking more than $4 million in damages and a
ruling prohibiting the defendants from accessing construction sites,
planning demonstrations, raising funds for protest activities, or even
publicly discussing nonviolent direct action.^3

We’ve seen these types of SLAPP lawsuits from #NoKXL to Standing Rock, but
the fossil fuel industry has become more severe and developed in their

In addition, fossil fuel companies are using their legislative allies and
the local police forces to increase the number of felony and criminal
charges for anyone on-site during an action, not just those participating
in direct action.

This intimidation is not new and is a common practice across the world.
Our own colleague, Hoàng Thi Minh Hồng, is the fifth high-profile
environmental activist in Vietnam arrested in the past two years on “tax
evasion” charges.^5

We must protect our freedom to peacefully resist the projects that harm
our communities and put our planet past a tipping point.

[ [link removed] ]If you support the safety and rights of climate defenders across the
world, add your name today.

In solidarity,

Jeff Ordower
North America Director

1 - [ [link removed] ]The New York Times

2 - [ [link removed] ]Global Witness

3 - [ [link removed] ]Wired

4 - [ [link removed] ]Cornell Law School

5 - [ [link removed] ]

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