We are living in times of extreme crises. We all know that. We also know that our dependence on fossil fuels and the power of Big Oil have contributed extensively to these crises. I have spent much of my professional life helping Indigenous peoples and local communities in Ecuador win a historic $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for the deliberate dumping of cancer-causing oil waste into the Amazon. As part of a vicious retaliation campaign, Chevron has attacked me for 10 years using hundreds of lawyers with the goal of blocking my advocacy, bankrupting my family, and frightening off activists and environmental allies. Chevron recently orchestrated my criminal contempt prosecution after I appealed an unprecedented and apparently illegal order from a federal judge that I turn over my computer and phone for review by Chevron lawyers. After the regular federal prosecutor in Manhattan (the SDNY) rejected the charges, the charging judge appointed a corporate law firm with deep ties to the oil and gas industry to prosecute me. This private law firm, Seward & Kissel, had me put under indefinite house arrest for the last 13 months and only recently admitted that Chevron was a client. I am the only person in pre-trial detention in the entire country on a misdemeanor charge. I have now been detained without trial for more than 4x the longest sentence ever imposed on a lawyer convicted of the same charge. The judge has denied me a jury, let a for-profit Chevron law firm prosecute me, and now has removed my two lead lawyers from the case on the eve of a trial scheduled for Nov. 3. The outcome of this case is critical not just for me and my family but also for the larger global struggle for environmental justice and indigenous rights. To meet this challenge, I need financial support urgently.
Funds raised are not tax-deductible. They will be held in trust and administered by the Friedman Rubin law firm in Seattle, Washington. Richard Friedman, the principal, has represented me pro bono in many aspects of the litigation. Funds will pay legal costs, basic living expenses and to raise awareness. Legal expenses alone are expected to surpass $1 million. Donations of all sizes are deeply appreciated.
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“Steven is a true hero of the environmental movement.”
“What Chevron and its law firms are doing to Steven is the most grotesque thing I have observed in the American legal system in 40 years of practice. Attacking the other side’s lawyers is what defendants do if they have no defense on the merits. Chevron has made no secret of the fact that its only hope is, in their words, to ‘demonize Donziger.’ I have never met anyone more courageous or resilient than Steven Donziger.”
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