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Charges dropped on two treesitters fighting Scripps Biotech

18 May

Two others prepare for trial

By Everglades Earth First!

Treesit against Scripps Biotech in Briger forest as seen from a Ch 12 news helicopters

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida— Four activists with Everglades Earth First! (EEF!) attended a court hearing today, related to the treesits in an ongoing campaign to stop the expansion of Scripps Biotech facilities into the Briger forest.

Two of the four, Brandon Block and Courtney Claar, have had their charges dropped.

The others, Russell McSpadden, a current editor with the Earth First! Journal, and Rachel Kijewski, a climb trainer with Everglades Earth First!, were offered a plea deal barring them from the property and requiring psychiatric evaluations. They are preparing for trial. According to the affidavits from their arrest, a Joint Terrorism Task Force agent is involved in the case.

Despite these legal obstacles, the campaign to stop Scripps Biotech from expanding continues on several fronts. And these activists continue to be on the front lines. For example, on May 1, 2011, Kijewski authored a response to the Biological Opinion by US Fish & Wildlife Service regarding the protection of federally protected species in the forest.

The group is inviting support in the form of donations for their legal battles ahead.

To read more background stories from the fight to stop Scripps and save Briger forest, click here


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Rollins 5 charges dropped! Resistance to industrial wind continues in Maine

2 May

Bangor, Maine—Today, all trespassing charges were dropped against Maine Earth First! activists Jessica Dowling, John Waters, Leonard Murphy, Donald Smith and James Freeman. The five were arrested in November after they blocked construction vehicles at the Rollins industrial wind energy project.

Charges were dropped in the midst of jury selection, as activists were preparing for a public trial to expose the corruption and destruction that accompanies industrialism (wind, or otherwise).

Demonstrators formed a blockade of construction vehicles on November 9, 2010, at the 40-turbine, $130 million Rollins Mountain wind-power project being built by First Wind in Lincoln. According to arrestee Jimmie Freeman, the case has emboldened the resistance to this project, “Corruption continues in Lincoln. We won’t rest until its stopped.”
Who wants to join them for the next show-down?

According to the Portland Press Herald, on November 9, 2010, “About three dozen protesters gathered at the entrance to the project site shortly before 8 a.m. as part of a rally planned by groups that oppose the project on Rollins Mountain and other large-scale wind energy proposals around Maine.”

“Most of those arrested are affiliated with the Maine branch of the national activist group Earth First! Wearing orange ponchos against driving rain and biting wind, they stood across a gravel access road and forced truck drivers to stop for nearly a half-hour.”