BK/NY – December 7th – Dinner and a Movie for Daniel McGowan
On December 7, 2005, New York City activist Daniel McGowan was among the first people arrested in an FBI offensive against environmental activists called “Operation Backfire.” Operation Backfire is part of the federal government’s broader campaign of repression of environmentalists and animal liberationists called the Green Scare (an allusion to the Red Scares of the early and mid twentieth century).
To mark the five-year anniversary of the Operation Backfire arrests, and to highlight the continued repression of activists that the federal government has labeled “terrorists,” Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan will be hosting dinner and a movie this December. Proceeds will go to Daniel’s commissary account.
WHO: Presented by Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan.
WHAT: A delicious home-cooked vegan dinner and screening of the highly entertaining film “Forest Warrior,” starring none other than Chuck Norris.
WHEN: 7-10pm, Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
WHERE: Semi-Legit – 6 Charles Place, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.
Off the Myrtle Broadway J/M/Z Trains or the Jefferson L Train. Here’s a map.
COST: $5-$20, suggested donation
Plot Summary for Forest Warrior (1996): Majestic Tanglewood Mountain is a special place. So, when deforestation looms, the young Lords of Tanglewood (who’ve established a makeshift clubhouse on its slope) and the spirit of mountain man John McKenna (Chuck Norris) summon all their powers — some supernatural — to save the pristine wilderness.
View the Trailer.
Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist from New York City, now a political prisoner held in USP Marion. He’s serving a seven-year sentence in federal prison for his role in two arsons claimed by the Earth Liberation Front in Oregon, 2001. Daniel was raised in Rockaway Beach, Queens and has boasted of having lived in almost every borough of NYC. He has been active in everything from rainforest preservation to indigenous rights to political-prisoner support to military counter-recruitment. At the time of his arrest, December 7th, 2005, Daniel was also working at WomensLaw.org, an organization that assists survivors of domestic violence, and pursuing a master’s degree in acupuncture. In August 2008, Daniel was moved to the Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Marion, Illinois, a federal prison unit that bypassed the usual review process and severely restricts inmates’ communication with the outside world. After organizing against CMUs with help from the Center for Constitutional Rights, he was transferred to USP Marion general population in October 2010. He is due to be released from prison on June 5th, 2013.
For further information, go to: supportdaniel.org