Target: Jack Dalrymple, Governor of North Dakota
Goal: Drop charges against journalist Deia Schlosberg, who is facing up to 45 years in prison for doing her job.
Documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit theft of property and services at a pipeline protest, simply for being in attendance and recording the actions of North Dakota activists. She continues to be held in jail without bail and could face up to 45 years in prison.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a hugely controversial project that would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. It has been met with continually growing protests that began with Native American tribes who oppose it on the grounds that it would pass through sacred lands and burial sites, and that it passes under the Missouri River where a spill would be environmentally, culturally, and economically catastrophic. While the pipeline company has paused work in certain areas as a result of the protests—which required a militarized police response—it is unclear how long that shutdown will last.
Schlosberg is the producer of the 2016 documentary “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” She attended the protest in order to document the event—something well within the First Amendment rights of a journalist and which journalists do very often. Yet she is now facing 3 Class A and C felony charges, which combined could land her in prison for up to 45 years, for no reason other than that she was documenting reality. Sign below to free this innocent women and defend our fundamental rights of free press and free speech.
Dear Governor Dalrymple,
It has come to my attention that documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg is being held in prison without bail and facing felony charges, simply for exercising her Constitutional right of free speech and covering protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. Schlosberg has committed no crime by attending this protest as a journalist to cover this important issue, and her arrest is a miscarriage of justice that must be remedied.
Schlosberg was following the actions of North Dakota activists protesting the pipeline for her 2016 film “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” She was doing what all journalists do and exercising her First Amendment rights, and is now facing up to 45 years in prison and 3 Class A and C felony charges of conspiracy. Free press is a fundamental right in this country and documenting important issues like this one is not a criminal act, but the responsibility of a journalist doing her job. Schlosberg’s arrest is an unjust and ominous violation of our nation’s right to free speech. I urge you to release Deia Schlosberg and clear her of the charges against her.
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