Over the past year, law enforcement has kept up a campaign of harassment and arrest of environmental activists in attempt to solve “eco-terrorism” cases that they have made no progress (of course, “eco-terrorism” is a propaganda term used to demonize; terrorists kill and torture human beings, while the acts committed by so-called “eco-terrorists” are solely aimed at inanimate objects. “Eco-vandals” or “eco-sabateurs” might be a better term). Here in San Diego a number of environmental activists were harassed by police in the blind hope that when faced with jail time, that one of them might give them a clue as to who had set fire to a local apartment complex in the name of the Earth Liberation Front 2 years ago.
And last month, we had the arrests of half a dozen environmental activists on flimsy evidence, alleging that they were involved in arsons in Oregon in the late 1990s. One of these activists could be facing life in prison with the charges he’s up against. From his support network:
Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist, unjustly arrested and charged in federal court on 16 counts of arson, property destruction, and conspiracy, relating to two incidents that occurred in Oregon in 2001. Daniel has plead “not guilty” and denies any knowledge or involvement in the crimes he is being charged with. He is facing a minimum of 30
years in prison and the possibility of life in prison if convicted.
Daniel is from New York, and has been an active member of the community, working on diverse projects such as the demonstrations against the Republican National Convention, Really Really Free Markets, and supporting political prisoners such as Jeff “Free” Luers and others. Daniel was attending graduate school for acupuncture and was working at Women’s Law, a nonprofit group that helps women in domestic abuse situations navigate the legal system, which is where he was arrested by federal marshals on December 7th, 2005.
Daniel was indicted separately, but his arrest comes in the context of a well-coordinated, multi-state sweep of six activists by the federal government, which has charged the individuals with practically every earth and animal liberation case left unsolved. The arrests were made primarily from information investigators received from activist-turned-informant, Jacob “Sketcher D” Ferguson. Jacob is cooperating with federal investigators and wore wiretapping devices while speaking with several of the defendants, including Daniel. Since then, one of those arrested, Stanislas Meyerhoff, has also decided to cooperate with the prosecution, hoping that the court will show “mercy.” Daniel has stated that there will never be any cooperation on his part with his “captors.”
In order to help Daniel, his family and friends have created a support network (Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan) in order to help fund Daniel’s legal representation which is expected to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are asking his friends and supporters to donate what they can to help Daniel’s family with the legal bills. The support group will also be covering the cost of postage and telephone calls, travel expenses for prison visits, reading material for Daniel, his commissary fund, and whatever other needs might arise.
Donations can be made by going to the Daniel McGowan support page at:
In addition, we want to make sure that Daniel is getting the emotional support he needs to remain strong throughout this process. He really appreciates letters and we are asking everyone to please write to him.
Lane County Jail
101 West 5th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Please remember when writing to not discuss his pending case, do not use any nicknames, do not discuss legal information or offer legal advice (even if you are a lawyer), don’t discuss any illegal activity, and be smart– remember that ALL mail is read by prison officials.
On behalf of Daniel, we thank you for your support.
Questions and concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems pretty clear that unless people support arrested activists like Daniel, that the courts will run right over them.
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