Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chevron attacks Pulitzer Cartoonist over web-video criticizing Chevron
"Bullying the Free Press: Pulitzer Cartoonist Sued by Chevron"
message from the "Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA)" [richmondprogressivealliance.net]:
Donny Rico & Chevron make it a crime to defend the environment. Chevron didn't like this so they sent Donny Rico after the cartoonist...
Using the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) laws against mob activity, Chevron is actually suing Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist Mark Fiore for "loss of goodwill and reputational damage. " Fiore, former staff cartoonist for the SJ Mercury, satirized Chevron's use of the RICO laws to attack the victims of the massive Ecuador pollution.
* Click on the video to see what Chevron is suing over [youtube.com/watch?v=Be9XncS8tiA].
* See details on Mark Fiorie's site [markfiore.com/mark-fiore-blog/cartoons/cartoon-injures-chevron-update.html].
* See Salon article [salon.com/2014/02/05/chevrons_now_going_after_political_cartoonists]
* Check out the website [Amazonwatch.org] that first displayed the video.
* Sign the Petition
"Donny Rico & Chevron make it a crime to defend the environment", posted 2014-01-20 by "Amazon Watch" [youtube.com/user/AmazonWatch] to [youtube.com/watch?v=Be9XncS8tiA]:
Amazon Watch teams up with Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Fiore once again!
To draw attention to Chevron's threat to open society and freedom of speech Amazon Watch presents "Donny Rico". The satirical look at Chevron's actions highlights the serious threat to all environmental and human rights activism if the tactics Chevron has employed are replicated by other corporate actors. A grassroots campaign has already been launched by the Sierra Club and Amazon Watch asking members of the US Senate to investigate and put a stop to Chevron's vilification of the environmental and human rights community.
Chevron's tactics to avoid responsibility for its admitted acts of environmental destruction in the Ecuadorian Amazon have been unprecedented. Despite losing a 20 year legal battle and receiving a $9.5 billion judgment against it, Chevron says it will never pay. Not satisfied with role as corporate criminal on the run, Chevron launched an extraordinary racketeering and extortion lawsuit against the Ecuadorian and U.S. attorneys, and various consultants alleging they were all lying about Chevron's pollution and that the entire case was "sham litigation."
Chevron's actions set a dangerous precedent and represent a growing and serious threat to the ability of civil society to hold corporations accountable for their misdeeds around the world. Now a wide cross-section of U.S.-based environmental and corporate governance groups have condemned Chevron's most recent retaliatory attacks to intimidate the Ecuadorian indigenous peoples and farmers who have been harmed by the oil giant's massive contamination of their ancestral lands.
"CARTOON "INJURES" CHEVRON: UPDATE"
2014-02-04 from [https://markfiore.com/mark-fiore-blog/cartoons/cartoon-injures-chevron-update.html]:
Okay, so here it is in a brief filed in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Chevron adds "web videos" and "cartoons" to the list of ways they have been injured by the evil conspiracy of people extorting them to clean up the jungle, re: take their money. You can read the full brief here [https://markfiore.com/files/2014_01_30_1863_CVX_Memo_of_Law_IOT_Defts_MTD_DKTS__1861_1862.pdf].
In short, the brief is an attempt to show that Chevron has in fact been injured and does have standing. Judging by the way the brief is written, I think Mr. Mastro may be a little busier with Chris Christie than he'd like. A few of the slightly-clearer excerpted tidbits include:
[begin excerpt] I. Chevron Has Suffered, and Will Continue to Suffer, Ongoing Injuries -
. . . Chevron continues to be threatened with a variety of “real, immediate, and direct” injuries.
. . . they have already unleashed a barrage of near-daily press releases, letters to government officials and shareholders, web videos, and cartoons in an effort to extort a payoff from Chevron. [end excerpt]
If you'd like to find out more about the people who are trying to "extort" money from Chevron, you could start by looking here. I'll update more as I find out additional information, but in the meantime, spread the word and count your free speech blessings!
* Oh, and in case you missed it, here again is the cartoon that injured Chevron [youtube.com/watch?v=Be9XncS8tiA].