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

Enviro-Mich message from "David E. Allen" <dallen@nmu.edu>

Once again Grant borders on prevarication (perhaps he actually did not read 
Anne Woiwode's email).

But as a reminder, Anne stated the Sierra Club's position on vandalism 
quite clearly, including the Sierra Club policy statement.  Grant is wrong 
- wrong - wrong.  Do I dare say, as usual.

Dave Allen

At 08:11 AM 9/30/03 -0400, Trigger, Grant R. wrote:
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>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
>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
>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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