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@StevenDonziger ‘Release’ Block Party

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Chevron partially relinquishes its shackles around a human rights lawyer who dared to take on a case against them and won…
In two courts in two countries with 9 billion in damages.

How is it that the NY district attorneys can turn the case down, but Chevron can buy their own lawyers and judges in New York City then prosecute and sentence him?? For a misdemeanor? Keeping him on house arrest for almost 3 years?

It’s never happened in US history, but a precedent has now been set. The purchase of the judicial system in New York and the media blackout from news institutions (like the @NYTimes), shines a glaring light on the true control corporations have against whistleblowers and activists.

Reminder: He is just a lawyer on the case - it was collectively brought by the indigenous Amazon peoples. So how did he get ‘prosecuted’? With #RonKuby + #MartinGarbus as defense attorneys?

Finally, the ankle bracelet is off and #StevenDonziger is ‘allowed’ out of his apartment but are you truly free if your assets are frozen with your passport and law license still revoked?

#thisistherevolution #ifwedontgetit #shutitdown #powertothepeople #makechevronpay

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@EricAdamsforNYC Election Night 11.2.21 ‘I AM YOU’

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The over arching theme of this election night victory speech. It was a grand acknowledgment and celebration of the tapestry of diversity in our great city.
This lifelong civil servant spent the bulk of the time shining a light on the forgotten, the ignored and the disinvested who are often those that make the city run. He referenced much of his own personal story of how the city fails many of its dreamers. Eric is daring us to aspire to those dreams once again.

Top 5 most memorable quotes:

* ‘The goal of government is not to preach but to provide’
* ‘If you don’t educate you will incarcerate’
* ‘I did not come to be served I came to serve’
* ‘Sometimes we are going to try and fail but we are not going to fail at trying’
* ‘Where are you are is not who you are
* ‘We are made up of the best stuff on earth we are New Yorkers’

Some bold people centered promises:
* Unity and support for and amongst all civil servants
* Doulas and nutrition counseling for expecting moms
* Quality universal childcare
* Blue collar green jobs
* Paid internships for youth with the largest corporations
* A pipeline from disinvested neighborhoods to corporate career opportunities
* A grace period for gang members to cross over and receive services and education to transition into sustainable careers

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Chevron / Donziger

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Here’s a true horror story that is also a cautionary tale...
The insidious plan of a multinational big oil corporation
(@chevron) knowingly committing ecoside against the Ecuadorian rainforest and its people and getting away with it so far. Read on - theres a gross twist. Ready for civics reality in our own backyard of NYC?

@chevron knowingly left an environmental disaster decimating a region of Ecuador and its people for a couple of dollars a barrel.
@StevenDonziger, a lifelong human rights lawyer, went to the Amazon and fought for the people for over a decade. They won a $9 billion judgment in Ecuador AND Canada. Back in the US @Chevron tried to press charges on Steven, but no DAs would take it. They found a former corporate tobacco lawyer turned judge in New York and began private retaliation with the ‘Kill Step’ strategy. This involves accusing opposing counsel of “fraud” and other misconduct to try to intimidate them into withdrawing.
In this case, @GibsonDunnandCrutcher, with 2,000 lawyers from at least 60 firms at a cost of at least $2 billion began their assault. They relentlessly deplete their opponents of resources. If actual evidence of fraud does not exist, they hire investigators to bribe foreign witnesses to concoct false stories of “fraud”. Even when the Chevron-paid witness admitted under oath that he repeatedly lied for a pay out from Chevron, his testimony was not removed. Based on that documented false testimony Stephen Donziger is now spending six months in jail after over 800 days of house arrest all for a MISDEMEANOR.

#freedonziger #makechevronpay #stopchevron #makepolluterspay #cop26Glasgow