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Thank you all for your support. As noted in the last post, we are not the first group to shut down a fracking site nor to get arrested, though our charges for not being on tribal land may have more consequences unfortunately. [We’ll update the video to reflect this ASAP]
I was shocked when the bail of Sean O’toole, a 61 year old decorated Vietnam vet and retiree who lives 10 minutes from the site was $2,500, and Ohio students were set at $7,500 of which we had to pay 10% on the spot or go back to jail. Clearly the prosecutor is seeking to abuse the legal system to chill our right to exercise speech as citizens by making the costs of speech a luxury only for the wealthy. I feel privileged to have support on the outside and a lawyer to help me, but my bail of $3,000 is almost 60% of my income for the previous year.
All that said, I feel that we have a duty to preserve the future of our land and water and am glad that I played a part in stopping this out of control, repulsive industry. We will hopefully soon see this as fight for environmental rights to clean air and water. And until the laws reflect these basic rights many will engage in peaceful civil disobedience until we win!