Kafka in America. It Can’t Happen Here? (w/ Steven Donziger)
Episode 215: Rumble w/ Michael Moore
Steven Donziger has spent the last 800 days under house arrest with a government tracking device around his ankle.
Well, Donziger is the lawyer who successfully sued the oil giant Chevron on behalf of the people of Ecuador for deliberately discharging 16 billion gallons of toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon between 1964 and 1992. Donziger and his colleagues succeeded and won a $9.5 billion judgment on behalf of the indigenous and poor communities of Ecuador in 2011. Chevron has yet to pay a dime on this judgement and instead, have brought this case to the friendly confines of the United States and turned Donziger, the person who successfully prosecuted them, into the one doing time.
On today’s episode of Rumble with Michael Moore, Steven Donziger joined me from his house arrest to explain his Kafka-esque/Twilight Zone case, how he’s been physically and mentally holding up, and what we all must do to fight back.
Read more about his case here:
Announcement on U.N. Human Rights body ruling that the U.S. government must release Donziger from “arbitrary” detention and compensate him for legal violations.
Slate’s piece on the horrific facts of this case.
Donate to Donziger’s legal fund and sign the petition for his release here:
Call Attorney General Merrick Garland’s office to demand the federal government take over this case:
Or email AG Garland here:
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