Leslie James Pickering on the ELF, the Green Scare and “Burning Books”

From the 1980s through the 2000s, there was a period of growth in militant environmental and animal rights movements. This movement had a radical anti-capitalist politic that went after corporations waging war on the earth, people and animals. It’s escalating tactics included property destruction and arson. In response, industry, government and the FBI worked to crack down on these radical movements.

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This movement needed voices. Leslie James Pickering (@lesliejamespick) was one of a few that worked with the Earth Liberation Front Press (ELF) Office to communicate the message of the anonymous actors engaged in these strategies and tactics to the larger world.

The George Floyd Uprisings Are Still Happening… For Those Doing Time.

In May 2020, we saw millions hit the streets over the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It’s been argued to be the largest protests in history. The government moved in immediately to repress those taking the streets against the police and racial violence.

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We saw intense protest, resistance, violent repression by police and other forces and media attention in Minneapolis, Louisville, Portland and Kenosha WI. But also in places less known like Grand Rapids Michigan and Champaign IL. More than 350 people were arrested on federal charges while city and state level arrests topped 14,000 between May-Nov 2020.

Policing the Line 3 Pipeline feat. Alleen Brown w/ the Intercept

Last year, Indigenous women led movements waged a fierce campaign to stop  Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Police escalated in a multitude of ways (felony charges, high bails, rubber bullets, tear gas, etc) against water protecting pipeline opponents.

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Thanks to the bold reporting of outlets such as The Intercept and Unicorn Riot, we’re still finding out the strategies that the Canadian oil giant and the Minnesota police state colluded on to neutralize water  protectors.