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Don't Prosecute Amy Goodman for Journalism!

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Dear State's Attorney Erickson,

It has come to our attention that you intend to prosecute Amy Goodman for conducting acts of journalism. This is truly disappointing and irresponsible behavior. You should be aware that the world is watching and, unlike you, many of us actually value our constitutional rights. Here is a useful legal citation you might come across in preparing your unethical and un-American prosecution. It seems you are not familiar with it.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." U.S. Const. amend. I.

You should really give the whole document a read-through sometime. You might learn something.

With respect,
First Amendment Protectors and Friends of Amy Goodman

Background information:

Original Posting at Charles-Clarke.com

From Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone Article:

"A little over a month ago, private security guards working on behalf of the Dakota Access pipeline company clashed with Native Americans. They were protesting the bulldozing of land on a Standing Rock Sioux tribal burial site in southern North Dakota.

Guards sprayed protesters with pepper spray and unleashed attack dogs on the crowd – which included children – in a reprehensible example of corporate violence.

Filming the protests in North Dakota that day was a crew fromDemocracy Now! The show's award-winning anchorwoman Amy Goodman conducted interviews during the protests and covered the dog attacks as they unfolded.

The show's subsequent special report about the incident went viral, with more than 14 million people viewing it on Facebook.

Shortly thereafter, the Obama administration intervened, stopping pipeline construction on Army Corps land and asking the company to "voluntarily pause all construction activity" in the area.

This victory for the Standing Rock Sioux would likely not have been possible without the aggressive independent reporting of Democracy Now!, whose pictures created significant public pressure.

On September 8th, five days after the events, local authorities took the incredible step of filing criminal trespassing charges against Amy.

Prosecutor Ladd Erickson argued publicly that Amy was not acting as a journalist at the time of the protests."



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