Find the Flood 11 innocent based on the necessity defense
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More than 400,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan on September 21 to demand that the governments of the world take action on climate change. The next day thousands of people took part in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience called Flood Wall Street that disrupted a nerve center of global capital while pinpointing Wall Street as a root cause of the climate crisis.
With 140 world leaders en route to New York for a U.N. Climate Summit on the following day, protesters chanting “System Change Not Climate Change” occupied Broadway between Battery Park and Wall Street for much of the afternoon. Later that evening about 100 people (and one polar bear) were arrested for sitting in at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street and were charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.
Eleven of the defendants subsequently refused to accept a plea deal and are instead contesting their charges on the basis of the necessity defense. They assert that their actions are justified under the New York State law that governs the necessity defense. This is based on the fact that the injury they sought to prevent – runaway global warming and the destabilizing of the Earth’s climate system – is both 1.) An immanent and growing threat to the very future of our planet and of human civilization and 2.) Vastly greater than any harm that was done by their refusal to end their sit-in at Broadway and Wall Streets.
If you believe that prospect of runaway climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, that people and planet should come before corporate profits, and that ordinary people must rise up and challenge an unjust status quo, please sign this petition to urge the judge to make history by ruling in favor of the Flood 11 when they go to trial on March 2nd. In doing so she or he will set a precedent that seeking to stop climate change can be a legitimate exercise of the necessity defense.
This would be a tremendous victory for all our movements that are confronting climate change and its causes.
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