from email-land. art is not terrorism. this would be a good protest to go to. Recall that Steve Kurtz was the installation artist charged with bioterror for posessing some lab equipment he was going to use in an art project about genetically modifying food.
Here is the call for the solidarity protest on June 15 here on the West Coast (SF). Please circulate to people on the West Coast. This protest will happen in solidarity with protests in Buffalo, NY, London, Paris, and Amsterdam.
PROTEST TO DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE END TO THE INVESTIGATION OF STEVE KURTZ AND THE CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE
WHEN: 9 AM, June 15, 2004
San Francisco Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Avenue, between Larkin and Polk
San Francisco, CA
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS CALL AS WIDELY AS YOU CAN.
Check http://caedefensefund.org/demonstration.html for updates.
For background, please visit http://caedefensefund.org/overview.html and http://caedefensefund.org/press.html. For PDFs of signs that you can print out, please visit http://caedefensefund.org/demonstration.html#signs For information on June 15 protests in Amsterdam, San Francisco, London and Paris, please visit http://caedefensefund.org/demonstration.html#world
SUPPORT FREE SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF KNOWLEDGE
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of internationally recognized artists who work in public, educational, academic and art contexts. For the past few years, their principal aim has been to help the general public to understand biotechnology. By making scientific research accessible to laypeople through participatory performance experiences, CAE aims to demystify what is safe and clarify what is dangerous about today's biotech industry.
For the rest of the information about stuff and why the CAE deserves your support, go see http://caedefensefund.org/demonstration.html. Ok, and so the protest is early on a school morning, but hey, it's a good cause. And I know many of you reading this don't have a job that you need to be at at 9:00. I'll go protest if you go protest. If these guys get convicted for violating the patriot act for making art explaining what's hazardous about biotech, well, we're doomed.