In The Handmaid’s Tale, a form of a criminal justice system does exist, dubious as it is. For instance, after Serena was shot in Season 2, Episode 6, “First Blood,” Fred and a group of commanders took the accused out to the woods and shot him. Justice, really, is just a word – and largely dependent on one’s point of view.
In real life, standing up for Mother Earth and indigenous people is dangerous business – and essentially against corporate law – apparently. Sometimes, it gets you killed.
The case of Steven Donziger illustrates yet another approach to suppressing dissent – “corporate prosecution” or the use of private resources to punish the enemies of major corporations. Listen to Michael Moore’s interview of attorney Donziger, and see how you might help. This lawyer who successfully defended Mother Earth, needs our support.
Michael Moore asks us to speak out by, among other things, calling the U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, on 202-514-2000 or writing the DOJ. — LMO
“Steven Donziger has spent the last 800 days under house arrest with a government tracking device around his ankle. His crime? Well, Donziger is the lawyer who successfully sued the oil giant Chevron on behalf of the people of Ecuador for deliberately discharging 16 billion gallons of toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon between 1964 and 1992. Donziger and his colleagues succeeded and won a $9.5 billion judgment on behalf of the indigenous and poor communities of Ecuador in 2011. Chevron has yet to pay a dime on this judgement and instead, have brought this case to the friendly confines of the United States and turned Donziger, the person who successfully prosecuted them, into the one doing time. Mike is joined by Steven Donziger, live from his house arrest, to explain the Kafka-esque/Twilight Zone case in which Donziger is serving as the punching bag of corporate America, with the American people footing the bill. They discuss this bizarre and unprecedented case, his condition, and what we all must do to fight back.” — Rumble with Michael Moore