July 16, 2018  
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Your fundamental rights are under attack
Your fundamental rights are under attack
You know that the climate and our environment are under assault. But that’s not all. Your rights, our movement and Greenpeace itself are facing unprecedented attacks from polluting corporations. Together, we need to fight back...in a big way.

First, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is getting ready for its summer 2018 tour. We’ll start in Seattle and head down the West Coast of the United States. We’re proud to welcome the public and press aboard, and work from the ship to build the movement to protect our climate and oceans.

Second, we’re launching a new, month-long campaign today. Help us hit our goal of $500,000 between now and July 14 — money that is desperately needed as we continue our work across all our programs and defend ourselves against SLAPP lawsuits.

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What’s a SLAPP lawsuit?

SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” The purpose? Censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with legal claims and costs until they’re forced to abandon their criticism or opposition.

Energy Transfer Partners is suing Greenpeace for at least USD $900million. That sum would force us to close our doors.

This is a response to the powerful alliance of Indigenous communities and climate activists who stood in opposition to the company’s Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock. It makes the outrageous and racist claims that big environmental organizations like Greenpeace orchestrated the Indigenous-led movement.

The corporation’s hope is that the prospect of having to pay this – or at least of spending a lot of time and legal costs fighting the lawsuit – will intimidate Greenpeace and others into silence.

But right now, we cannot be silent. You know that the environmental crisis means we have to be louder than ever.

That’s why I’m asking you to make a gift to Greenpeace today. There is so much we need to do — halt pipeline construction, protect the oceans from oil spills and single-use plastics, reverse the ravaging effects of climate change, and more — we can’t allow ourselves to be waylaid by these destructive lawsuits.

Please make that special donation now. The oceans can’t wait.

Gratefully,

Molly Dorozenski
Democracy Project Leader, Greenpeace USA

Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018 (Archive on Tuesday, July 17, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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