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TAKE ACTION NOW! FREE THE ARCTIC 30! TRAPPED IN A RUSSIAN JAIL


Environment  (tags: Arctic 30, activism, activists, human rights, environment, Greenpeace, ecosystems, liberty )

Cal
- 188 days ago - avaaz.org
The 30 women and men aboard the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise were brave enough to confront the oil industry in one of the last untouched places on earth. Now they are being silenced and intimidated on trumped up charges of piracy.



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AniMae Chi (361)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:44 pm
Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (265)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:46 pm
Signed
 

Birgitta S. (216)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:58 pm
DONE.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:53 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Pat B. (351)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:04 pm
Thanks, Cal. Signed.
 

SJ J. (113)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:35 pm
Thanks Cal
 

Christeen Anderson (425)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:46 pm
N&S
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:53 pm
Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30!
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:25 pm
Signed, thanks
 

Constance F. (434)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:50 pm
yes, thank you for posting ~ s + s
 

Erin R. (165)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 8:49 pm
n & s
 

Susanne R. (248)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:20 pm
Signed and noted! Thanks, Cal!
 

Ljiljana Milic (108)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:27 pm
> 326,556 have signed. Let's get to 500,000
> Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30!
Signed & Thank you Cal
 

Natasha Salgado (459)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:39 am
Signed-thx Cal
 

Inge Bjorkman (100)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:50 am
Come on Putin, let them go.

Love
 

Victoria Pohrebna (260)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:43 am
Signed.
 

Veronique L. (213)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:45 am
Signed and noted, will put my picture and send message later!
 

Franshisca Dearmas (97)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:55 am
Noted and signed .TY Cal
 

Nils Anders Lunde (481)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:30 am
N&S
 

John S. (294)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:48 am
The trumped up charge is drugs (medical morphine on board to treat injuries). The piracy was fairly evident, as well as ramming a boat (that is illegal but has surprisingly not been charged). I have a feeling this has something to do with The Netherlands, so once concessions are made there this will be dropped.
 

Frances Darcy (190)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:52 am
done
 

Nimue P. (195)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:02 am
S&N
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:23 am
I AM THE ARCTIC #63760! - "I'm standing in solidarity with 30 crew members from a Greenpeace ship who have been jailed in Russia after being arrested at gunpoint for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. Join me to call for their immediate release: http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?ahzJJab"
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:27 am
480,723 have signed. Let's get to 500,000!
 

Lyn Romaine (100)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:15 am
Signed and Noted.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:33 am
S&N
 

Fi T. (16)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:34 am
Safeguard our home
 

Carol J. (15)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:34 am
Noted & signed.
 

Joy Wong (70)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:44 am
Noted and signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:52 am
Done. Thanks for sharing.
 

Tom Tree (247)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:24 am
Oh, HELL YES!
Signed, Noted & Shared .... ! !
This is REALLY SCARY STUFF !
 

Debbie S. (32)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:25 am
Signed and noted, I hope they get home soon. This is an outrage. There needs to be more media attention to this as some people do not have a clue.
 

Zee Kallah (40)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:32 am
signed

Why doesn't the UN do something?
 

Bob P. (418)
Friday October 18, 2013, 7:14 am
signed thanks Cal
 

Tina P. (30)
Friday October 18, 2013, 7:25 am
S&N
 

Dave C. (205)
Friday October 18, 2013, 7:31 am
done
 

Mike H. (213)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:04 am
Gladly signed and noted. Thank you
 

Ingrid A. (532)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:14 am
Done
 

John van Nijnatten (4)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:16 am
Signed & noted
 

pam w. (187)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:50 am
Done!
 

Jeaneen Andretta (63)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:11 am
S+N these 30 people are heroes and deserve to be free and continue working to save the Earth.
 

. (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:29 am
#605.959 gladly signed and noted - thank you so much Cal
 

Helen A. (108)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:03 am
signed, thanks
 

Lisa AWAY Neste (696)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:05 am
Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30! Thanks Cal.
 

Irene S. (56)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:25 am
If it would only help, I´d sign up fifty times a day!
 

Valerie H. (136)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:14 am
Thank you - signed
 

Debbie W. (108)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:07 pm
Noted/Signed and added my image and message of support.
 

Carol D. (98)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:18 pm
they will keep them there as long as possible in the hope that no one will attempt to go there again and they can get on with ruining the arctic because as things stand now who is going to want to go there and protest again
They are clever!
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (171)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:26 pm
podpisane
 

Apolonia Pl (403)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:48 pm
There's also Care2 petition about Greenpeace activists:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/733/081/792/free-the-greenpeace-activists
Only 565 signatures so far...
 

kate k g (448)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:35 pm
Noted and signed :-)
 

Carol Dreeszen (368)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:58 pm
I had read someplace, can't remember now where it was, but they found drugs on the boat and this is supposedly the reason why they are holding them!? Just a thought!
 

. (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:51 pm
Signed and Noted.
 

John De Avalon (35)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:00 pm
Gladly signed!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:21 pm
Thanks for taking action!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:10 pm
Signed , thanks !
 

Vicky P. (462)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:42 pm
noted, signed
 

John B. (215)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:15 pm
Thanks Cal for the link. Signed and noted.
"Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30!"
 

Esther Z. (101)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:29 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cal.
 

John Wesen (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:12 pm
Another stunt by GP. What did they expect? A party? O_o
They are all about fame, trust me.
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:37 pm
Noted, signed & shared. Don't forget to call if you're able:
UK Foreign Ministry

+44 20 7008 1500 (press 2 to get an operator)
9:00am--5:00pm GMT

Indian Foreign Minister
+91 11 2338 3371 or +91 11 2338 3373
9:00am--5:00pm IST (0430--1230 GMT)
 

NO MORE FWD to Ana Marija R (220)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:50 pm
Done.
Thank you, Cal.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:39 pm
What a distressing thought for you to have, Carol Dreeszen, without bothering to dig a little deeper to find out what the basis for the accusation is !

You'd rather find a justification for the Russian government' outrageous detention of GreenPeace activists -a Russian state which is well known for being excessively authoritarian, if not to say totalitarian, anti-democracy, anti-human rights, anti-free press, etc etc, a quasi-Putin dictatorship- than condemn Gazprom's slow, unrelenting destruction of the Arctic, the continued detention of the activists & the denial of bail?

"The Arctic 30 are people who care enough about the world we live in to take a stand and protect it. The Arctic is a stunning place, home to unique species including polar bears and Arctic foxes. Drilling for oil there is an appalling act that threatens this extraordinary environment, and the world’s climate." I couldn't have said it better than Greenpeace themselves!

I submit that IF any illegal drugs were found, they were most certainly planted by the Russians!

However, Greenpeace released an explanation for the so-called 'narcotics' found on the boat in order to counter the the risk of additional charges being brought against the activists. This is from an October 9th VOA News article:

"A spokesman with Moscow's Investigative Committee said Wednesday that authorities found narcotics and "dual-use equipment'' on the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise.
In a statement, Greenpeace International said that it assumes Russian authorities are referring to the MEDICAL SUPPLIES its ships are required to carry under maritime law, adding that any claim of illegal drugs is "a fabrication." "

From GreenPeace: Send a letter to the Russian Embassy to free the Arctic 30 and end Arctic drilling - "HOW SIGNING THIS LETTER WILL HELP: We need your voice to help keep the letters coming into Russian embassy inboxes. It's part of their job to keep the Kremlin informed about what's happening in their host countries.

The more embassies reporting back about this global surge of outrage every day, the more likely the Arctic 30 will be treated fairly and quickly released. Every letter is counted and each letter counts.

The CHARGE OF PIRACY, which carries a maximum 15-YEAR JAIL SENTENCE, is extreme and disproportionate. Yet these are the charges being made against all 30. They made their stand in the interests of us all. Now we must come together and stand with them."

PLEASE! "Take action, send a message to the Russian embassy now."

From the Guardian, 16 Oct - "Greenpeace Arctic 30 families appeal to Russia to expedite their release" - "British protesters' families meet Foreign Office officials and say they hope for solution before protesters reach Russian courts"
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:45 pm
From The Guardian, Friday 18 October 2013: "This is an edited extract of a letter sent home last week by Alexandra Harris, one of the six Britons held on piracy charges in Russia following a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Sunday 13th October,

Dear Mum, Dad and Georgie,

It's very cold now. It snowed last night. The blizzard blew my very poorly insulated window open and I had to sleep wearing my hat. I'm nervous about spending winter here. I have a radiator in my cell but it's the Arctic breeze that makes the place very cold. I heard that from December Murmansk is dark for six weeks. God, I hope I'm out by then.

Not much happens on the weekends in prison. It's definitely the worst two days of the week. At least during the week I see my lawyer and hear of news. On Thursday I finally saw a few of the letters people have sent me. It was so nice I cried. There was one from you in there. Georgie's made me laugh as she signed off with, "Chin up". Ha ha! I am in prison but I will try to keep my chin up.

Sundays also mean it's revolting meatball night! Yuk! The girls laughed that I knew the food schedule already. But we got a shower today so that's good. The shower is like a waterfall. It's nice.

I should be going to court next week for my appeal, which is pointless because they have already been rejected. But anything to get out of my cell for the day! And if I'm lucky, I may see some of the others.

I'm worried about what's going to happen. I have moments of feeling panicky, but then I try to tell myself that there's nothing I can do from in here and what will be will be so it's pointless worrying. But it's hard. Surely my future isn't rotting in prison in Murmansk?! Well, I really hope it isn't.

Being in prison is like slowly dying. You literally wish your life away and mark off the days. It's such a waste of two months and I really hope it's no longer. Saying that, I am getting used to it. I'm doing a bit of yoga. I find it hard to meditate, though – too many worries on my mind as I'm sure you can understand. The music channel helps a lot. "I Will Survive" is played every night so Camila [Speziale, an Argentinian activist also in detention] and I tap on the wall in beat with the song. Speaking to the girls every day really helps too. We still manage to have a giggle, which is quite good under the circumstances. We all received this metal device to heat water – for days I thought it was curling tongs. When I complained to the girls that the support team could have sent me something more practical than curling tongs, they laughed so much.

The bed is not getting any easier. I'm looking forward to a massage when I get out.

I'm a different person now; stronger. I cry less, which is a good thing. And I'm so appreciative of life. I will not take anything for granted now.

I hope you're all OK. I also hope the news isn't slowly dying. Trying very, very hard not to lose hope.

I love you, Alex xxxx "


There is also a photo of Alexandra Harris's sister, Georgie, outside the Russian embassy in London, holding a placard calling for her sister's release.
 

LMj Sunshine (112)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:50 pm
TY!!!
 

Judy C. (106)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:53 am
Signed. Thanks Cal.
 

Arild Warud (152)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:02 am
Signed,TY Cal.
 

Kira Leeon (13)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:07 am
Signed
 

John S. (294)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 4:51 am
LucyBack ButDisabled is right about the drugs, but I have no clue why you would take pictures. You fans love it, but it's kind of a smoking gun. The fact of the matter is they tried to take over the station, and tried to ram people with their boat (tactics they have used in the past). It doesn't matter if what they are doing is right, how you go about it counts, and this is well pass passive resistance. They wanted the publicity, I am glad they are getting it.
 

Jovana S. (21)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 6:57 am
Signed and noted.
 

Dimitris Dallis (62)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:47 am
Done.
 

Ed V. (132)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:51 am
Signed & Noted, Thanks
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:12 pm
Message sent. Noted. Thank you, Cal.
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:43 pm
S+N
 

Carol Bischoff (143)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:15 am
noted and signed. Thanks Cal
 
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