Monday, November 15, 2010

Dinner and a Movie in Brooklyn, Dec 7th for Daniel McGowan

On December 7, 2005, New York City activist Daniel McGowan was among
the first people arrested in an FBI offensive against environmental
activists called "Operation Backfire." Operation Backfire is part of
the federal government's broader campaign of repression of
environmentalists and animal liberationists called the Green Scare
(an allusion to the Red Scares of the early and mid twentieth century).

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Operation Backfire arrests,
and to highlight the continued repression of activists that the
federal government has labeled "terrorists," Family & Friends of
Daniel McGowan will be hosting dinner and a movie this December.
Proceeds will go to Daniel's commissary account.

WHO: Presented by Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan.

WHAT: A delicious home-cooked vegan dinner and screening of the
highly entertaining film "Forest Warrior," starring none other than
Chuck Norris.

WHEN: 7-10pm, Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

WHERE: Semi-Legit - 6 Charles Place, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

Off the Myrtle Broadway J/M/Z Trains or the Jefferson L Train.


COST: $5-$20, suggested donation

Plot Summary for Forest Warrior (1996): Majestic Tanglewood Mountain
is a special place. So, when deforestation looms, the young Lords of
Tanglewood (who've established a makeshift clubhouse on its slope)
and the spirit of mountain man John McKenna (Chuck Norris) summon all
their powers -- some supernatural -- to save the pristine wilderness.


Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist from
New York City, now a political prisoner held in USP Marion. He’s
serving a seven-year sentence in federal prison for his role in two
arsons claimed by the Earth Liberation Front in Oregon, 2001. Daniel
was raised in Rockaway Beach, Queens and has boasted of having lived
in almost every borough of NYC. He has been active in everything from
rainforest preservation to indigenous rights to political-prisoner
support to military counter-recruitment. At the time of his arrest,
December 7th, 2005, Daniel was also working at, an
organization that assists survivors of domestic violence, and
pursuing a master's degree in acupuncture. In August 2008, Daniel was
moved to the Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Marion, Illinois,
a federal prison unit that bypassed the usual review process and
severely restricts inmates' communication with the outside world.
After organizing against CMUs with help from the Center for
Constitutional Rights, he was transferred to USP Marion general
population in October 2010. He is due to be released from prison on
June 5th, 2013.

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