By Arrest Stories -- interviews with climate heroes
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Arrest StoriesMay 23, 2023
Matriarch April Thomas -- Jail Sentence for Acting as a Legal Observer
April stopped to share some words when she was on her way to a meeting with Minister of Environment Nikki Sharma to ask her to intervene so that the women being sentenced in Kamloops did not have to ride, handcuffed, in a seatbelt-less police wagon over the Coquihalla in February. Nikki Sharma cried when she heard April's story, and promised to do what she could. April never heard from her again and four of the women WERE transported in police wagon from Kamloops to Maple Ridge. One sustained a shoulder injury and a concussion on the way. April was granted appeal and so was not transported to prison.
April is one of the most engaging, intelligent and brave women I have ever had the privilege of speaking with.
River on Mammoth Tusk Painting, Kids Who Want a Future, and a Poem
River talks about the first three On 2 Ottawa actions.
Donna Clark -- Arrested by C-IRG at Ada'itsx/Fairy Creek
Donna Clark, a teacher on unceded Squamish, Museum, Tsleil-Waututh land, talks about her June 14, 2021 Fairy Creek arrest at Waterfall Camp Ada’itsx/Fairy Creek unceded Pacheedaht-Nuuhchalnuth lands. Photo by Mike Grame.
Tits Out at the Junos
Ever narrowly escaped spending a month in prison for displaying climate messages on her body at the Junos.
Bald Guy In a Suit on Arrest, Jail, and Crown Prosecutor Ellen Leno
Interview with Ben Holt, on house arrest during the recording for multiple arrests for trying to save the last 2.7% of old-growth trees in so-called British Columbia.
Dr. Tim Takaro on Science, Jail, and More Racism in the BC Courts
Dr. Tim Takaro is a professor, physician and expert in health-related consequence of climate crisis. He sat in trees and delayed the Trans Mountain pipeline for 16 months.
Susan Bibbings -- Mother of Four Goes to Jail
Susan Bibbings is currently serving a 28-day jail sentence for acting as media at a ceremony 5 meters from the Trans Mountain Expansion worksite. Find out what is really going on inside this petro-state's courtrooms.
Leenie -- more torture in the Cordova St Jail.
Leenie spent more than 36 hours in the Cordova Street Jail, in unsanitary and torturous conditions.
Lyric Crow -- A deep dive into the BC "justice" system
An in-depth look at the labyrinth that is the BC justice system with the oh-so-intelligent and poetic Lyric Crow.
Squid -- 19 Hours in Hell for a First Arrest
Conversation with Squid, who spent 19 hours in the dirty, unsanitary, unusually cruel Cordova St jail for a nonviolent action that did not block anyone from going anywhere.
Recorded on unceded occupied territories of Museum, Tseil-Waututh and Squamish traditional territories.
Starling in Jail -- Yup. More Leg Shackles!
How many more ridiculously lovely young people is the BC Supreme Court going to put in jail for standing up for a liveable future?
Violet -- Civil Resistance in Australia
Australia's draconian protest laws and its horrifying remand system are a serious threat to democracy.
Professor Bill Goes to Jail
Interview with Bill, retired UBC French professor, who hit the streets to save humans from extinction.
Badger -- Writing the Manual for Blocking Highways
Interview with 29-year-old Badger of Save Old Growth. Learn about non-violence and how to block a highway. Just another brave young person putting his body and freedom on the line to save humanity.
Starling -- Mechanical Engineer to Full Time Activist.
Starling was a straight A student with a bright future as a mechanical engineer till he realized that he wouldn't HAVE a future if he didn't join the movement to engage in non-violent civil disobedience to get our government to take the first step to ensuring a livable future.
Zain in Jail -- Leg Shackles and Prison Mice
This is a follow-up to 21-year-old Zain's pre-jail interview, and is a stark look at the dark underbelly of so-called British Columbia's prison system.
Earle Peach in Jail -- Rotting Meat and Ravi Shankar
Earle was sentenced to two weeks in prison for protesting the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Listen to his incredibly intelligent analysis of the "criminal" justice system. It wasn't all bad -- sometimes you get a Ravi Shankar concert in jail!
Jo-- 36 Hours in Solitary
This week we interview 19-year-old climate activist Jo. The way the police and the court system have treated this brave and intelligent young individual is shocking and appalling.
Pre-Prison Interview with Zain Haq
In the first official Arrest Stories episode, we interview 21-year-old environmental activist Zain Haq, who is being sentenced in the next few days. These are Zain's thoughts on the climate crisis, the justice system and what needs to happen for humans to avoid mass starvation, violence and death. Oh, and going to jail!