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ACTION ALERT: Stop PA Governor from signing "ecoterrorism" bill

By Barbara Ciuffetellli, Board Secretary, CARE  Posted by none (about the submitter)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
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Dear CARE Members,

Normally, I wouldn't send out an email to CARE members asking for help
unless I deemed it absolutely necessary. In today's world we are
bombarded with enough email and information, its enough to make our heads
spin. However, this is an urgent matter. I am soliciting you, CARE
members, to make a quick and painless phone call to PA's Governor Rendell.
Please communicate with the receptionist who answers the phone that you
are calling to ask the Governor "to NOT sign HB 213". The receptionist
will ask your Name and County you reside in. That's it. It is that
simple.

Governor Ed Rendell's phone number is: (717) 787-2500

Now, a little information on HB213:

On April 15th, Governor Rendell is due to sign HB213, a bill passed by
both the PA House and Senate. The bill terms anyone who performs
non-violent civil disobedience against people or firms engaged in resource
extraction, agricultural research, or animal experimentation, as an
"ecoterrorist."

The penalty suffered is significantly more severe than for the same
protests in other issues; for example, blockading an abortion clinic is
fine, but blockading a corporate building that experiments on animals is
"terroristic." Punishment includes up to 40 years in prison, and/or up to
$100,000 in fines (not including restitution). This bill is just one of a
series of crackdowns on resistance against the abuse of corporations and
firms, and a special-interest legislation that threatens our ability to
free speech, assembly, and mobilization against actions seen as unjust.


Please call the governor's office at (717) 787-2500 TODAY. We have only
TEN DAYS to stop this bill from becoming law!!

For more info contact Philadelphia ABC: philly_abc@riseup.net
(215)-727-0882

Bill's History:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/li/bi/bh/2005/0/hb0213.htm
www.pasenategop.com/newsbrief/NB032406.pdf

House Journal: March 16th 2005 (See pgs. 381-390 for remarks)
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/li/hj/2005/0/20050316.pdf

Opposition:
http://www.aclupa.org/legislation/currentsession/ecoterrorismbillhb213testi.ht
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http://www.aclupa.org/pressroom/ecoterrorismbillanothercra.htm
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/state_paterror.htm

Other State Eco-Terrorism Bills:
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/state_ohterror.htm
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/state_nyterror2.htm
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/comments-lipta.pdf

If you do not wish to receive electronic communication from CARE, please
reply to this email with the word "remove" in the subject line.

Sincerely,
Barbara Ciuffetelli
Board Secretary, CARE

 

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