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LOCAL Announcement :: Animal Rights

Support Accused Animal Liberationist : Peter Young

A benefit for Peter Young will be held Thursday June 30th 7:30-10 pm @ the Resource Center For Non Violence, 507 Broadway, (near Ocean St.)

Peter is facing a potential 82 year prison sentence for alleged involvement in 5 mink liberation actions on fur "farms" in 3 different states in the midwest, that occured in the late 90's.

Peter has been a fugetive for 7 years and on the FBI's WANTED list. He is in great need of financial support for his upcomming trial, please see: to find out what you can do to help.

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LOCAL News :: Animal Rights : Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism

Hydroelectric plant proposed on the South Fork of the Pit River

Local land developer, Barry Swenson, is a controlling stakeholder in the organization that regularly drains this Modoc County river which is habitat to endangered and threatened species.

Modoc County, CA - Modoc CountyUnder Federal Energy Regulation Commission Application P-12053, Nicholas Josten of Idaho filed an application to construct a hydroelectric plant upon the South Fork of the Pit River, located in rural Modoc County. This project proposes to generate electrical power for a maximum of 2,200 households.

As partners, the South Fork Irrigation District of Likely, California and Barry Swenson of Alturas Ranches who is financing the studies and arranging for the financing of the million plus dollar project, propose to divert 100 cubic feet from a river that hardly runs 45 cubic per second during average years along a three mile stretch of scenic roadway that runs alongside Jess Valley Road. The river is home to the endangered red band trout and the project site is proposed to sit on a 31 acre piece of BLM property, situated between two private residences and in the midst if a small residential area.

Swenson, a multimillionaire Silicon Valley Builder and Land Developer, dba Green Valley Corporation, and a sixty percent stakeholder in the South Fork Irrigation District, owns much property in Santa Clara, Monterey, Marin, Alameda, Fresno, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Yuba, Sutter, Sonoma and Modoc Counties and builds major hotels and commercial buildings. He started acquiring property in Modoc County in 1997. Read More

Two fiery and heated scoping sessions were held Wednesday, June 15th in Likely, California, with FERC officials and representatives of the National Forest Service and BLM on a proposed small hydropower project on the South Fork of the Pit River in Modoc County. Swenson's representative threatened landowners and opponents, "You people will find yourselves living in a community that hates you if you continue this!" (meaning opposing the project)

[ What's the Price of This River? || Endangered River || Stop the West Valley Power Project || Photos: South Fork Pit River ]

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News :: Animal Rights : Government & Elections : Police State

FRSC: Interview with Michael Cardenas; Community Activist from San Diego

On June 23, Michael Cardenas spoke with Matt and Bradley live on Free Radio Santa Cruz. Michael is one of the more than 12 people in San Diego that have received grand jury subpoenas. (23:53 minutes / 10.9 MB)

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LOCAL News :: Animal Rights : Education & Youth : Environment & Food : Government & Elections : Poverty & Urban Development

Endangered River

Barry Swenson holds an almost sixty percent stakehold in the irrigation district which drained this river. The multi million dollar land developer is now proposing to build a hydroelectric plant at these same levels.

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News :: Animal Rights : Government & Elections : Police State

First Grand Jury Hearing in SF on June 22nd

fbiwitchhunt.jpgCall for Solidarity with Animal Advocates and Others Subpoenaed

Ten Bay Area residents, who include animal advocates, alternative media members, prisoner rights activists, and members of the greater Bay Area progressive community, have been subpoenaed to a Federal Grand Jury in San Francisco. The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd. Supporters of the Bay Area residents, as well as all those who seek to defend and keep free speech rights, have been invited to attend on a show of solidarity with those subpoenaed. The hearing will take place at 9am in the Federal Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. The date is subject to change, so people who plan to attend are encouraged to check for updates. Animal Liberation supporters believe that the grand jury is an effort to intimidate them. Read More

In addition, as of 6/20, at least eight activists in San Diego have received grand jury subpoenas, and the Activist San Diego house in City Heights was visited by three federal agents. Read More

Listen to Grand Jury Teach-in Audio | Fault Lines story

Read More on Indybay's Animal Liberation News Page


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