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Re: E-M:/ RE: / Massasauga Earth First! statement about the attempted ELF action at Ice Mountain

Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>


you hit the nail on the head. It is a ruleless,
lawless society for corporations and those who want to
rape the earth. Why should we sit back and let it
happen when these creeps poison our air and water. Do
you really think that does not put terror in the
hearts of people? What are the cancer and asthma rates
in our bioregion, directly as a result of
environmental insult? Why should people who want to
protect the earth have any respect for those who want
to defile it? There can no compromise when it comes to
making sure the water is clean, the food is safe, the
forests are protected, and so on. 

Also look who are the first two on this list to jump
up and down about the audacity of a respectable, long
standing effective movement (earth first!) to support
"illegal" activity. Ken and Grant are long time
industry lackeys. Ken loves the smell of chicken crap
and thinks everyone should too,  and Grant thinks that
people in the city should just live with the toxic
waste lands left behind by now defunct and conviently
reorganized (to escape legal accountability)
corporations. Ken is a corporate farmer's lawyer, and
Grant specializes in ramming brownfield redevelopment
without cleanup. 

--- "Trigger, Grant R." <GTrigger@honigman.com> wrote:
> Frankly I am waiting to count the credible
> organizations that denounce ELF and ANYONE who has
> the audacity to endorse such tactics. Maybe we
> should be slicing the tires of any hunter who dares
> shoot an animal, maybe we should put spikes in the
> road to stop anyone who does not leave enough room
> to pass a bicycle, maybe we should put barbed wire
> at about 3 feet off the gropund on ORV and
> snowmobile trails - this whole discourse should
> disgust a normal human being.
> A ruleless society is a lawless disrespectful
> society and for those who desire and ecourage
> defying the law - they should move to a country that
> embraces a lawless society. 
> As to this issue - Michigan is a net importer of
> water - just check the facts  - also where do you
> think the water came from that was used to make and
> export Stroh's beer and Vernor's ginger ale? And
> Frankenmuth ale?   Where did the water come from
> used to can vegetables from the Thumb?  Where did
> the water come from in the radiater of your car? 
> Could Ice Mountain bottle water from Lake Huron and
> be less a fiend?
> First amendment is one thing encouraging actions
> designed to destroy and put terror in the heart are
> another
> Anne - I invite the Sierra Club denounce these
> actions - taking a position on an issue and
> endorsing these actions are two different things. 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Massasauga EF [mailto:massasaugaef@yahoo.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 12:45 AM
> To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> Subject: E-M:/ Massasauga Earth First! statement
> about the attempted ELF action at Ice Mountain
> Enviro-Mich message from Massasauga EF
> <massasaugaef@yahoo.com>
> Earth First! Applauds the Earth Liberation Front's
> Attempt to Damage Ice Mountain's Pumping Station
> Early last week, the media reported that there had
> been an attempt to destroy or damage the Ice
> Mountain
> pumping station in Mecosta County, MI. Later in the
> week, the ELF took credit for the attempt. They
> cited
> reasons of Ice Mountain's continued theft of water
> from Michigan. Massasauga Earth First! would like to
> commend the member(s) of the ELF who made this
> attempt. 
> Massasauga Earth First!'s position is that there is
> no
> acceptable option but to shut down the Ice Mountain
> plant.  Water is too sacred to allow greedy
> profiteers
> to turn it into a commodity.  If we lose this
> battle,
> then we have lost control of the most basic
> necessity
> of life. Massasauga Earth First! is dedicated to
> endorsing and promoting all public and non-violent 
> actions to shut down the plant and educate the
> public
> about the consequences of water privatization. Earth
> First! also realizes that corporations rarely if
> ever
> give up their ill-gotten profits easily. That is why
> we recognize the need for an underground resistance
> that will take action to destroy the profit motive
> for
> environmental devastation, actions that we cannot
> take
> as above- ground activists.  
> Brendan O'Rourke shed  crocodile tears in the media
> last week when he "emotionally" spoke of the workers
> "way of life" being jeopardized by the ELF's actions
> and intentions. Seeing how Ice Mountain has only
> been
> operating for a year and a half, and is the first
> large scale water bottling plant in Michigan, it is
> hard to see how anyone's job at the plant is a "way
> of
> life."  Furthermore, O'Rourke is not crying about
> the
> Ice Mountain employees who are losing their 'way of
> life' in Pennsylvania due to the corporation's
> overreaching exploitation that shut down their
> operations there. His attempt to make those opposed
> to
> the water bottling plant feel guilty for their
> beliefs
> is transparent and despicable. No one should feel
> that
> it is inappropriate to protect water for themselves,
> their communities, and for the Earth. Our right to
> water supercedes any corporations right to seize the
> water and hold it for ransom.
> We would also like to address the issue of calling
> the
> ELF "terrorists". The word "terrorist" is a
> politically charged word. It invokes all kinds of
> fears, stereotypes and horrible pictures in one's
> mind. Those in power often us it to discredit
> opposition movements. Predictably, Ice Mountain has
> used the word extensively when talking about the
> ELF.
> But the truth is that terrorism has a specific and
> accepted definition. Terrorists inflict intentional
> violence upon random people and other creatures,
> creating fear and general anxiety. The ELF is not a
> terrorist organization nor is it a violent
> organization. They have never hurt, killed or nearly
> missed hurting or killing anyone in any of their
> actions in this country from 1997 to the present.
> According to their published guidelines, they take
> all
> necessary precautions to avoid harming any life,
> human
> or non-human. Violence can only be done to living
> beings, not property. The correct term to describe
> their actions is "ecotage". Ecotage is an act
> against
> property to diminish the profit of a company or a
> practice that threatens the environment. It is a
> strategy used as a response to an extreme case of
> environmental exploitation. Every day that the Ice
> Mountain facility pumps 400 gallons per minute out
> of
> a negligibly rechargeable aquifer, irrevocable
> damage
> is done to the local ecosystem. Every day that Ice
> Mountain is allowed to operate, the damaging
> precedent
> is set that a corporation has more legal rights than
> the members of the community it preys on. Look at
> Ice
> Mountain and Nestle's record in other communities
> and
> judge for yourself who plays the role of
> "terrorist";
> who causes real damage to real people and the
> environment for profit.
> We call on all other environmental organizations to
> stop using the word "terrorist" when describing the
> ELF. Using the corporations' opportunistic semantics
> does nothing to further the cause of the environment
> and only serves to fragment our movement publicly.
> When industry's consultants and lawyers demand a
> condemnation of the "terrorist" actions against
> them,
> it is part of their plan to divide and weaken any
> movement that struggles against them and their
> policies. 
> Massasauga Earth First! encourages all environmental
> groups or individuals to, at the very least, neither
> condemn nor condone nonviolent actions that happen
> in
> defense of the Earth outside the sphere of their
> personal or group's stated boundaries. A
> multifaceted
> approach, using many strategies and tactics is bound
> to be more successful in our common cause than a
> movement divided. 
> Water for Life, Not for Profit!
> Disclaimer: Massasauga Earth First! had no prior
> knowledge of, nor did they participate in the action
> at the pump house. All information about the action
> was garnered from the news media and from the ELF
> communiqué, as released by the ELF press office. 
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