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Benefit for Scott Demuth and Carrie Feldman on February 13th at Arise Books

February 7, 2010

Come support our friends Scott and Carrie with a double feature movie/food night at Arise, sponsored by Unsettling Minnesota! We’re showing two documentaries with a lot to say about resistance and anti-colonial struggle, Forgotten Birds of Paradise and the Tar Sands documentary Downstream.

6:30pm Saturday February 13th at Arise Bookstore, located at 2441 Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Recommended donation $5-$10

Forgotten Bird of Paradise (2009, 26 Min):

Filmed undercover and without the knowledge or authority of the Indonesian authorities, Forgotten Bird of Paradise provides a rare insight into the forgotten struggle for independence and resistance to occupation that has gripped West Papua for over 45 years. It includes never before seen footage of rebel fighters at their stronghold deep in the Papuan jungle as well as interviews with human rights victims of the Indonesian regime.

Tar Sands Documentary: Downstream (2009, 33 Min):
An academy award nominated film looking at the effects of the Tar Sands project on the Aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan is located downstream from one of the most polluting oil operations in the world – the tar sands. Downstream follows Dr. John O’Connor as he fights for the lives of residents who are dying from rare forms of cancer.

*After the movies there will be a brief discussion connecting the movies to local struggles against ongoing colonization, as well as a LEGAL UPDATE on Scott and Carrie’s cases.

~*Some Background on Scott & Carrie’s cases*~

Scott DeMuth, a Dakota organizer and facilitator for the EXCO class which Unsettling Minnesota formed from, is currently facing bogus conspiracy charges under the AETA, Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is a 2006 piece of legislation that makes interference with and protest of animal enterprises, including First Amendment-protected activities, *terrorism*.

Scott DeMuth and Carrie Feldman are two Minneapolis activists who were subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in Davenport, Iowa, in November. Both refused to testify in the grand jury, which was opened to investigate a high-profile Animal Liberation Front action that occurred at the University of Iowa in 2004. Both were given immunity, and thus, jailed for their principled refusal to testify. Two days after being jailed in contempt of court, Scott received charges of conspiracy. It is very clear that the government has very little evidence with which to prosecute Scott, manipulating the contents of items seized from his home during a house raid prior to RNC in 2008.

The prosecution has changed their tune a few times, first arguing that he was involved in the incident, then implying that they believe he has knowledge of those involved. Scott, a graduate sociology student at the University of Minnesota, had all his research into animal rights movements seized during the 2008 house raid, and has stated that as sociologist, his credibility hinges on his commitment to protect the privacy of his subjects. The 5 year statute of limitations on investigating this action was to end the day after he was charged– which would have meant the incident could no longer be investigated. It appears that the government has charged Scott in order to keep the case open so they can continue look for people to charge.

His trial is currently scheduled for March 1st. Carrie’s motion for release and subsequent appeal were both denied. The prosecution was allowed to file secret evidence that not even her lawyer could see. Carrie remains jailed to this day.*

For further information see: http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/

If you are unable to attend but wish to donate, you can do so by clicking the donate button on the website. Please specify “Scott and Carrie” in the Paypal notes box.

In Solidarity,
Unsettling Minnesota

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