Stand Up For Non-Violencehttps://actionnetwork.org/petitions/not-in-our-town-violent-threats-are-unacceptable
We at WildEarth Guardians are alarmed to learn that our allies in Oregon are facing disturbing and unacceptable threats of violence for their work to protect public lands and rivers. Please join us in standing up for non-violence and peaceful means of disagreement.
Both George Sexton and Lesley Adams have worked for years to protect old-growth forests and clean water in the streams and rivers of our public lands by implementing decades-old federal environmental laws. George serves as the Conservation Director for a small non-profit organization called the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild) while Lesley works for the Waterkeeper Alliance. They live in southern Oregon with their newborn son and two dogs.
A select group of southern Oregon miners with an alarming history of advocating violence are distributing a “wanted” poster with a photo of George that includes his home address and targets his wife, Lesley. The flyer was also posted on a Facebook page. The post implied that someone was familiar with the couples’ home while other comments call for an “open season” and threaten physical harm.
You can help stand up to these bullies. Take the pledge to stand with George and Lesley against threats of violence. This petition will be sent to elected officials, mining associations and the media to show our solidarity with and support of those who are at risk because of their work protecting our public forests and clean water.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the pledge to stand with George and Lesley against threats of violence.https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/not-in-our-town-violent-threats-are-unacceptable
Free speech is a fundamental right of all Americans. Any individual is free to disagree with George or Lesley’s work advocating for clean water and forest protection. But the use of threats to intimidate this family crosses the line of what is acceptable in civil society and it should be rejected.
Instead of threatening this family, the mining community could reach out to their elected officials. There are several options for miners to engage in the democratic process and work to change regulations, including a group of miners and river conservationists assembled by Oregon's Governor. By signing this pledge you are telling these miners that the use of threats is counterproductive - you are now more engaged in this issue than you were previously.