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Exxon CEO Free, Environmental Activist Charged with “Terrorism”


The Des Moines Register recently published the piece: “Jessica Reznicek is no terrorist. But the longtime activist is going to serve time as one.

Reznicek is scheduled to start her prison sentence on Wednesday.

Common Dreams reported recently in “As Big Oil Execs Roam Free, Climate Activist Gets 8 Years in Prison,” that “Environmentalists in recent days expressed outrage over the eight-year prison sentence handed to Jessica Reznicek — a nonviolent water protector who pleaded guilty to damaging equipment at the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa — while calling the fossil fuel companies who knowingly caused the climate emergency the real criminals who should be held to account.

“United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger last week sentenced Jessica Reznicek to eight years behind bars, $3,198,512.70 in restitution, and three years’ post-prison supervised release after the 39-year-old activist pleaded guilty to a single count of damaging an energy facility. In September 2019 Reznicek and 31-year-old Ruby Montoya were each indicted on nine federal charges including damaging an energy facility, use of fire in the commission of a felony, and malicious use of fire. Each of the women faced up to 110 years in prison. Montoya has yet to be sentenced.”

“How many years do you think ANY fossil fuel CEO will serve for knowingly destroying our planet’s climate?” tweeted 350 Tacoma in response to Reznicek’s sentencing.

    Cohen is part of the coalition, which just released a petition signed by dozens of groups, including Extinction Rebellion New Orleans, Des Moines Catholic Worker, Sunflower Alliance and Veterans For Peace.

    The petition criticizes the “dangerous legal precedent” of applying “domestic terrorism enhancement” to Reznicek case. “The terrorism enhancement doubled Jessica’s sentence and unless changed could have frightening consequences for anyone seeking to protect the environment from corporate destruction.”