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Something you should all care about

In Civil Liberties, class warfare, Direct action, Freedom of Speech, Global War On Terror on November 14, 2006 at 11:31 pm

This was emailed to me by my friend Breanne:

Non-violent protest now a felony (could be charged with terrorism,
even) if it causes a business to lose profits.  although it is aimed
toward animal rights activists, i don’t see what would stop them from
trying to apply the law to other activists.  only in a capitalist
society would it be considered a felony to contribute to profit loss.

transcript today from www.democracynow.org:

House Passes the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
The House has passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act despite
opposition from dozens of organizations including the National Lawyers
Guild, Humane Society and Natural Resources Defense Council. The bill
makes it a felony for animal rights activists to engage in non-violent
protests that result in businesses losing money. Legal experts say a
protester could be charged with terrorism if they engaged in a sit-in
that caused a business to lose profits. Congressman Dennis Kucinich
said the law would have a chilling effect on non-violent protest.
Kucinich said the country has to be very careful of painting everyone
with a broad brush of terrorism.

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  1. The wonderful folks over at Wake Up Call Radio on NYC’s WBAI also did a good segment on this early this morning (listen here to the 11/14 show in the 7am hour).

    They interviewed William Potter from Green is the New Red, which we recently posted on.

    This is the terrifying schtuff futuristic novels are written about…

  2. […] I was IMing with my friend Breanne last night, and she expressed shock about the new bill passed by the house, which “makes it a felony for animal rights activists to engage in non-violent protests that result in businesses losing money.” […]

  3. What also scares me is that “causing a business to lose profits” can be very loosely defined. For example, if i’m protesting on almost any given street in NYC, I could potentially be causing businesses on that street to lose some business, even if my protest is not aimed at any particular store. So does that basically mean you aren’t allowed to protest in NYC or any other dense cities? Are we only allowed to protest in residential areas or parks?

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