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BK/NY – Saturday, May 21st – The Hydra We Face (CLDC Benefit)

WHAT: Civil Liberties Defense Center Fundraiser
WHEN: 7:00-11:00pm, Saturday, May 21 2016
WHERE: Brooklyn Commons – 388 Atlantic Avenue (Between Bond and Hoyt Streets)
COST: $10
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Come hear from friends fighting the repression of eco, animal liberation & and social justice activists in the Pacific Northwest, Buffalo and in America’s prisons. We will also hear what people are doing to fight back against this via the Freedom of Information Act, proactive lawsuits and more.

with:
•Lauren Regan, Executive Director, Civil Liberties Defense Center (Eugene, OR).
•Leslie James Pickering, owner, Burning Books (Buffalo, NY), press officer, Earth Liberation Front Press office.
•Rachel Meeropol, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights.

The Commons has a wonderful cafe and bar which features organic/fair trade coffee, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, dessert and more. Please come on an empty stomach and support the Commons!

This event takes place during the Left Forum which is happening at John Jay College 5.20-5.22

Presentations:
Lauren will provide case examples, tips, and traps regarding government and corporate surveillance of climate activists and frontline communities, their campaigns, and their lawyers, and why everyone needs to take security issues seriously to be a serious activist, advocate or attorney.

Rachel will discuss her legal challenges to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which allows for the prosecution of non-violent property damage as a federal crime of terrorism, as well as the suppression of dissent within the federal bureau of prisons, where animal rights and environmental activists are singled out post-conviction, along with other unpopular prisoners, for heightened restrictions and surveillance.

Leslie James Pickering highlights two decades of activism through secret files pried loose from the FBI. From living under federal surveillance to being targeted by informants to supporting underground liberation movements, this presentation offers a rare glimpse into maintaining the struggle in spite of repression.

Directions:
Hoyt-Schermerhorn: A, C and G
Bergen Street: F
Atlantic Ave – Barclay Center: B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5,
Flatbush Avenue: LIRR
B63 and B65

BK/NY – Friday, February 13th – “If A Tree Falls” Benefit Screening for Kevin Olliff and Tyler Lang

ifatreefallsWHAT: Benefit for AETA defendants Kevin Olliff and Tyler Lang
WHEN: 8pm sharp, Friday, February 13th, 2015
WHERE: The Base1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Entrance is free but we will be requesting donations for Kevin and Tyler’s legal defense fund.

Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff are two animal rights activists who, in 2014, were arrested in Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.” After a traffic stop, cops allegedly found bolt cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and camouflage clothing in the car. Tyler pleaded to 3 months time served while Kevin received a 30 month sentence in state prison. In July 2014, both were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) and are accused of liberating animals from fur farms in 3 different states. They face up to 10 years in prison.

We will be screening If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, a film that focuses on our friend and New Yorker, Daniel McGowan. He was arrested in 2005 by federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front– a group the FBI has called America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” The ELF operates in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership and launched spectacular actions against dozens of environmentally destructive businesses: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge in Vail, Colorado.

After the film, there will be time for questions and answers with special guests, including Rachel Meeropol (Center for Constitutional Rights attorney on Kevin and Tyler’s legal team) and Jenny Synan. NYC ABC will have a table with information and merchandise on political prisoners.

For more information, go to supportkevinandtyler.com

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