Tag Archives: ELF

ELF Attacks On Tourism, Development and Culture in Germany, Russia and Indonesia

3 Sep
Militante Ökos haben sich zum Anschlag auf die Seilbahn am Wurmberg bekannt. © dpa Fotograf: Holger Hollemann

Image of the site prior to sabotage. “Militante Ökos haben sich zum Anschlag auf die Seilbahn am Wurmberg bekannt.”

from Earth First! Newswire

The international ELF presence appears to be on the rise.

Last week it was reported that militant ecologists destroyed parts of a ski lift and an artificial snow production station at the Wurmberg in the Harz region of Germany, declaring themselves to be members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). This marks the first reported action of an ELF cell in German-speaking countries.

Der millionenteure Ausbau des Skigebiets für den Tourismus wird heftig kritisiert. (Archivbild) © dpa Fotograf: Stefan Rampfel

Area threatened by ski tourism. “Der millionenteure Ausbau des Skigebiets für den Tourismus wird heftig kritisiert.” (Archivbild)

According to initial police estimates, the damage amounts to around 100,000 euros, primarily by cutting numerous electrical lines. The action aimed at protesting the destruction of a sensitive area for the sake of ski tourism.

Earlier in the month, ELF Moscow had this to say:

“About two weeks ago we torched a tracked excavator at the place where workers were destroying Ismailovo park. The vehicle was parked on the side of the highway, where they were adding more lanes to the road. It took us 3-4 minutes to do the job. Continue reading

Ski Resorts Poised for Self-Immolation Against Climate Change?

29 May

by Rabb!t / Earth First! Newswire

skiresortpoodle2Ski resorts and environmental advocates have been butting heads since the dawn of time. And with good reason. Deforesting mountains to create ski runs and access roads degrades ecosystems, crippling old growth forests and splitting the habitat and migration patterns of interior forest species, or annihilating them outright. As climate change speeds up, ski resorts must use more and more artificial snow each season to maintain attendance, and the use of this artificial snow counteracts natural weather patterns and interferes with local vegetation and animal life, further perpetuating the cycle of climate catastrophe.

Now, in an ironic turn of evens, over 100 ski resorts have signed a declaration calling for U.S. policy action on climate change. And why? Because “tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century,” of course!

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Daniel McGowan Sent Back to Prison

4 Apr

Less than a week after Daniel’s article regarding being held in a CMU for his political speech was published by the Huffington Post, he has been sent back into custody. The following message is from a support site for Daniel McGowan:

daniel-mcgowan_apr-2013“Just when we thought it was over…. We have some bad news to report. This morning Daniel was taken into custody by federal marshals and is now at the federal detention center in Brooklyn getting processed.

We are still waiting to hear why this has occurred. Considering his exemplary behavior at the halfway house, approved weekend passes and the full-time job he started as soon as he was released back to the city this is all pretty insane. The Bureau of Prisons has proven to be cruel and vindictive time and time again.

Anyway, what YOU can do right now is write to Daniel and send your love! We don’t know how long he will be here, but there is a good chance it will be until his sentence officially ends on June 5.

Please write to:
DANIEL McGOWAN
#63794-053
MDC BROOKLYN
METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 329002
BROOKLYN, NY 11232

Thanks for your continued support!”

There is also an article posted by NYC ABC, which you can read here.

“Court Documents Prove I was Sent to Communication Management Units for my Political Speech”

1 Apr
Daniel McGowan, 2013

Daniel McGowan, 2013

by Daniel McGowan, Huffington Post

I currently reside at a halfway house in Brooklyn, serving out the last few months of a seven-year sentence for my role in arsons credited to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) at two lumber companies in Oregon in 2001.  My case, and the federal government’s rush to prosecute environmental activism as a form of terrorism, were recently explored in the Oscar-nominated documentary, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

if a tree falls 10499656-largeWhat has received less attention, though, is what happened to me while in federal prison.  I was a low security prisoner with a spotless disciplinary record, and my sentencing judge recommended that I be held at a prison close to home.  But one year into my sentence, I was abruptly transferred to an experimental segregation unit, opened under the Bush Administration, that is euphemistically called a “Communication Management Unit” (CMU) Since August 2008, when I first arrived at the CMU, I have been trying to get answers Continue reading

Eco-prisoners Continue Exposing BOP’s Shady “Communications Management”

7 Mar
CMU imageLast weeks, the EF! Newswire reported on legal challenges filed by Susan Tipograph, an attorney representing imprisoned ELF activist Marie Mason, related to her placement in a “control-management”-type prison unit in Carswell, Texas, because of her status as a political prisoner.
       While the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has continued to maintain that Carswell is not an official Communications Management Unit (CMU), we have learned enough from the BOP to know that they cannot be trusted. And this less-than-sneaky suspicion has only been re-affirmed by the ongoing work of the Center for Constitutional Rights and their client, another well known ecoprisoner, Daniel McGowan, who is currently finishing his sentence at a halfway house in NYC.
       McGowan’s lawyers at Center for Constitutional Rights have released a new flyer about the CMUs that the Bureau of Prisons operates. These are the units Daniel was held in for most of his prison 5.5 year sentence and the subject of a lawsuit (Aref v Holder) brought by Daniel and other former/current CMU prisoners. You can read the text of the flyer here and you can download a PDF of the two page flyer here or by clicking on the image above.  Continue reading

Attorney Claims FBI Violated FOIA in Marie Mason’s Case

4 Mar
green-scareBy Ryan Abbott,
WASHINGTON (CN) – An attorney whose client is serving 22 years for destroying private property claims the FBI denied her FOIA request, to cover up the government’s “Green Scare” program, meant to chill the speech rights of environmental activists.
     New York City attorney Susan Tipograph sued the Department of Justice in Federal Court, seeking records on her client, imprisoned activist Marie Mason.
     “The draconian sentencing of Marie Mason to nearly 22 years in federal prison has undoubtedly chilled the free speech practices of other animal rights and environmental activists,” Tipograph says in the complaint. Continue reading

We Will Counterattack Three Corporations for their World Wide Terrorism in the Next Six Months

7 Feb

And this is just the beginning…

OK,  up front lets just say this is a post about a fictional movie about a wild anarchist collective called The East starring that sexy blond viking vampire guy from True Blood, and sadly, not a new communique from the Earth Liberation Front. We are not suggesting that anyone seek to hold corporations accountable through acts of vigilante heroism and sheer awesomeness, unless you are really prepared for it, and in that case, well hell, we support you.

But damn, check out this trailer below.

We don’t know much about this movie except that it presents a fictional movement of underground radicals (sexy ones, as they all are) bent on revenge against our corporate overlords for terrorizing communities around the world and befouling our planet’s life support systems. Give it a look see, maybe you’ll be inspired…or terrified, and in that case you probably work on Wall Street or for Raytheon, and in that case quit yer job dip shit or Alexander Skarsgård will be coming to get you!

Skaarsguard just finished eating the CEO of TransCanada

Skarsgard just finished eating the CEO of TransCanada which he washed down with a Dick Cheney smoothie

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster for February 2013

4 Feb

birthdayCross posted from Prison Books

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. We’re still experimenting with the format a little, so this month is also a double sided 11×17 that can also be used as a poster to promote your local letter writing night.

This month’s poster is dedicated to Aaron Swartz. Here is an article we posted about his life and death.

Accused Earth Liberation Front arsonist Rebecca Rubin has been transferred again. Please write her letters of love and support. Remember, she is still pre-trial so please avoid writing about anything to do with her case. Continue reading

Solidarity With Marie Mason on her 51st Birthday

27 Jan
Solidarity With Marie In North Carolina

A banner posted to the fence at the disputed CVS building that was squatted/occupied last year as a campaign of resisting corporate development; at the corner of Weaver St. and Greensboro St in Carrboro, NC on Sunday January 27th. This banner was posted the day after a local eco-prisoner letter writing night in celebration of Marie Mason’s birthday. reposted from croatanearthfirst

Everglades Earth First! and friends sing happy birthday to Marie at the Monkeywrench Cafe in Lake Worth, Jan 27, 2013

Everglades Earth First! and friends sing happy birthday to Marie at the Monkeywrench Cafe in Lake Worth, Jan 27, 2013

Adapted from her support page: “January 26, 2013, is Marie Mason’s 51st birthday, which she is celebrating locked in a special control unit in the federal prison in Carswell, Texas. Marie is three years into her almost twenty-two year sentence.

Following a December call-out, events for Marie’s birthday have been held in countries around the world. They include Wellington, New Zealand; Haifa, Israel; Nijmegen, Netherlands; Vancouver, Canada; and Oakland, Baltimore, Chapel Hill, Bloomington, Minneapolis, New York City, Lake Worth, Philadelphia, and Troy, New York in the United States. Supporters have sent birthday cards, held yoga classes, had afternoon tea, shown movies, and had cake to celebrate with her and let her know that she is neither alone nor forgotten.

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Updates to Eco-Prisoner Support pages on the EF! Newswire

26 Jan

[Don’t forget today is Marie Mason’s birthday!]

“At the dawn of industrialism, factories were modeled after prisons; in its twilight, prisons are now modeled after factories.” —Os Cangaceiros

Supporting prisoners from our struggle is one important facet of the Earth First! movement.

The focus of our prisoner support and post-prison support is on eco-prisoners, caged animal liberationists and prisoners of indigenous land struggles, who share an Earth First! biocentric viewpoint, either in the actions which lead to their arrest or in their general activism.

Eco-prisoner List
Post-release Support
Political Prisoners of Allied Struggles
Prisoner Support Resources

It is clearly a new era in the ecological movement. We have never known a time with this many people imprisoned for their involvement in explicitly biocentric struggle. Continue reading