Target: Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty
Goal: Drop ‘terrorist hoax’ charges filed against activists Stefan Warner and Moriah Stephenson
Recently, activists with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance – a group fighting against Canada’s devastating oil projects – rolled out banners covered in glitter at the Oklahoma City headquarters of big oil giant Devon Energy. Two activists, Stefan Warner and Moriah Stephenson, were later charged with staging a “terrorist hoax.” If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison.
The two activists hung the banners in question from a second story atrium. One banner displayed a mockingjay similar to the one from Hunger Games, with the phrase “The odds are never in your favor.” According to police, the glitter used to decorate the banners is evidence of a faked biochemical terrorist attack.
As climate change increasingly impacts communities across the world, and as more is learned about the toxic nature of chemicals used in tar sands oil extraction, resistance becomes more and more important. Not surprisingly, corporations heavily invested in fossil fuels have sought to further criminalize protest, urging law enforcement to treat protesters like potential terrorists–which is absurd. Demand that the Oklahoma City Police to drop these outrageous “terrorist hoax” charges without delay.
Dear Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty,
After police in Oklahoma City recently responded to a tar sands protest at the Devon Energy headquarters, few were surprised to see activists charged with trespassing. But the decision to charge two activists, Stefan Warner and Moriah Stephenson, with staging a “terrorist hoax” comes as quite a shock.
Are we really to believe that officers thought the glitter on their banners was evidence of a potential terrorist attack? Or that it’s intention was to appear to be a biochemical agent? What seems far more likely is that police in your jurisdiction have caved to the demands of fossil fuel executives, desperate to portray activists as terrorists in order to frighten other protesters into silence.
Faith and trust in law enforcement has fallen considerably in recent years, and incidents like this only make matters worse. Not only does charging peaceful protesters as terrorists distract from actual terrorism, but it weakens the already-strained relationship between police and the public. I urge you to drop the terrorism charges filed against Stefan Warner and Moriah Stephenson immediately, and to end your cooperation with corporate giants intent on crushing dissent.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance