13 Words of Power

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These 13 Words Can Be Very Lucky for Activists:
A magic phrase that's becoming more and more crucial
by Mickey Z.
If we ever need proof that green ethics and earth defense are becoming more and more widespread, consider how the all-purpose smear of "terrorist" is being increasingly used by governments and private groups to criminalize eco-dissent. Yep, thanks to the Green Scare, you just might deserve and orange jumpsuit and a one-way ticket to Gitmo.

The term Green Scare refers to "the federal government's expanding prosecution efforts against animal liberation and ecological activists, drawing parallels to the "Red Scares" of the 1910's and 1950s."
 
This term was first known to have appeared in 2002 in the wake of the February 12 congressional hearings titled "The Threat of Eco-Terrorism" which discussed groups including the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).
 
[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]
 
Here's how it's all explained by GreenIsTheNewRed.com: "The animal rights and environmental movements, like every other social movement throughout history, have both legal and illegal elements. There are people who leaflet, write letters, and lobby. There are people who protest and engage in non-violent civil disobedience. And there are people, like the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front, who go out at night with black masks and break windows, burn SUVs, and release animals from fur farms. Animal rights and environmental advocates have not flown planes into buildings, taken hostages, or sent Anthrax through the mail. Yet the FBI ranks them as the top domestic terrorism threat. And the Department of Homeland Security lists them on its roster of national security threats, while ignoring right-wing extremists who have bombed the Oklahoma City federal building, murdered doctors, and admittedly created weapons of mass destruction."

WATCH VIDEO: The Beginning of Ecoterrorism

Here's Where the Magic Words Come In

Cops, judges, and lawyers are trained to deal with situations like police stops, arrests, and other legal proceedings, but the rest of us live in a bubble of TV-induced misperceptions. There is so much to know and so many mistakes to be avoided that nobody can afford the luxury of not learning these ropes.

Magic Words: "I am going to remain silent. I would like to see a lawyer."

Enter Katya Komisaruk, author of Beat the Heat: How to Handle Encounters with Law Enforcement, a book every activist should own, read and share. Komisaruk, admitted to Harvard Law School while serving a five-year sentence in federal prison following a protest against nuclear weapons, is a criminal defense lawyer in Oakland and part of Law Collective. In Beat the Heat, she gives the type of legal coaching we all need before we end up cuffed and fingerprinted...and it all begins with the magic words: "I am going to remain silent. I would like to see a lawyer."

Learn them, memorize them, use them, and be ready to repeat them as often as possible.  
 
 

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