Bobby Julien Gets His Day in Court

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Anyone who has been following Everglades Earth First! or taken part in any of our action camps and many of our protests over the past few years knows that we have been working tirelessly to help save the Briger Forest from decimation. You hopefully also know that the biggest culprit in this decimation is Kolter Homes, which is run by our good friend Bobby Julien, who has been the target of much of our (and the gopher tortoise’s) ire. Bobby Julien is a blood sucking capitalist and has been systematically destroying the Briger Forest—killing endangered and threatened species, trees, plant life, and anything else that gets in his way—for the sake of fattening his already bloated bank account. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that Julien and his unscrupulous company also do shoddy work once they’re done destroying whatever wildlife they can get their disgusting machines on.

Jury selection began today (September 27th) in a case that pits Kolter Signature Homes against the dozens of people living in San Matera in Palm Beach Gardens. In fact, so many people are suing Julien and Kolter that a specially modified courtroom in Delray Beach was needed to fit everyone. Bobby has been through nearly 30 lawyers in his attempts to hide from responsiblity, but none of them have been able to offer much help. Lord only knows what happens to these lawyers once Julien is finished with them.

Julien preyed on the unsuspecting plantiffs who purchased condos in Palm Beach Gardens. The condos began falling apart almost immediately and Julien instructed his employees to do nothing. Now, years later, much of the massive structural damage remains unfixed, resulting in leaking windows and sliding glass doors every time in rains, which happens quite a bit in South Florida. Condo owners have already spent over two million dollars on repairs and want that money back. If fact, they’re suing Kolter for $36 million!

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Julien tried to pass the blame along and distract his victims by suing a number of subcontractors that his company hired to do work. However, judges have ruled that Kolter cannot shirk responsibility quite so easily. Julien also tried to create a Delaware based corporation to take some of the heat off of him, but this slick move was as unable to cover up the corruption like his big house and fancy cars fail to hide the giant hole in his soul.

Although EEF! is having some trouble figuring out exactly where in Delray Beach the court proceedings are being held, surely Bobby would love to have visitors at his home before or after heading in to work for the day. Everyone knows that getting the light shined on your sociopathic ways can be draining, and we’re sure Bobby will welcome supporters showing up at 1601 N Ocean Blvd, in beautiful Delray Beach. If you’re not sure when he’ll be leaving, or you’d like to offer to car pool, or have a reccomendation for heavy duty soap to get the blood off of his hands, call him up at 561-330-0804.

We also encourage anyone who is living at any other Kolter built properties—especially Alton in Jupiter—to not be afraid to let ol’ Bobby know of any and all dissatisfaction with your current living situations.

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EEF! Pays a Visit to Local Mercenary Office

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Six members of Everglades Earth First! trekked twenty miles north this morning, passing the decimated Briger Forest on the way, to join a group of about 20 others to protest security group G4S’s role in providing protection for the perpetrators of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The weary eyed but determined activists arrived at 1395 University Blvd in Jupiter at 7:30 am, just in time to catch the mercenaries on their way to work. We were told by one of the twelve police officers on the scene that the parking lot and parking garage were private property and we weren’t welcome there. After confronting a half a dozen G4S employees—receiving only dead stares in return—we acquiesced and moved to the sidewalk about 100 feet from their front door.

The corporation felt the pressure enough to send out their communications director, Monica Garcia. Garcia swore G4S had nothing to do with the DAPL, then backtracked to say that they had nothing to do with the events of September 3, before finally admitting that the goons they were paying were in fact in North Dakota on a two week contract, but promised that they only protected parking lots and were unarmed. Garcia did however tell the crowd that she was personally against pipelines and that she couldn’t see her company getting involved with security of the upcoming Sabol Pipeline here in Florida or heading back to North Dakota.

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Stragglers were still arriving to work as late as nine o’clock and were visibly shaken by the loud chants of “People, not pipelines” and “We will never compromise,” and the raucous yelling of individual protest-goers. Some of them even made their way back outside, trying to hide in the shadows, no doubt wondering how they became such horrible people.

G4S is an international “security” firm that terrorizes innocent people for profit in over 100 countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to ensuring that the land destroyers in North Dakota remain safe, they also help uphold the genocide in Palestine and make sure that juveniles at 32 facilities remain trapped behind bars.

As usual, G4S employees will continue to be hounded by members of EEF! and other local activists until they quit their jobs and do something worthwhile with their lives. Sign-holding protests are only the beginning and G4S need only look at past campaigns to see how far we are willing to go when the Earth is under attack. Stay tuned to this blog and our Facebook page for updates on further events.

G4S can be reached at (800)275-8305

For more information on G4S, check out this article from DeSmog Blog

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Weekend of Prisoner Solidarity in “FL” Video Sept 9th-11th 2016

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September 9th Prison Strike Solidarity Demo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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On Friday, September 9, protesters with Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, South Florida Food Not Bombs, Everglades Earth First!, and more, gathered for a two-hour noise demonstration at the Broward County Main Jail in downtown Ft. Lauderdale to show solidarity with the prison strikes taking place across the country. Armed with buckets, whistles, drums, and megaphones, the 30-or-so protesters filled the streets with music, sang songs of solidarity and struggle, and spoke out against incarceration and the police state. Inmates inside gathered at the windows and waved, held up fists, and banged against the glass to the beat of the music. (Click image above for video!)

 

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Reportback: June 11 Noise Demo for Prisoner Solidarity, Ft. Lauderdale

 

June 11 is the International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Eco-Prisoners. To show our solidarity with eco-prisoners and prisoners everywhere, the Earth First! Journal and Everglades Earth First! invited folks out to a noise demonstration in front of Broward County Jail in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Banging drums and buckets in ad-hoc polyrhythms, bellowing through a trombone, squeezing feedback from a megaphone, furiously tooting airhorns, and singing “Fire, fire to the priiiisons!” about fifteen anti-state environmentalists spent two hours making noise for inmates through the gates and windows that keep them inside. Prisoners banged along with us as we chanted “Free them all!” and howled in solidarity with Marius Mason, Justin Solondz, Abdul Haqq, Joseph Buddenberg, Brian Vaillancourt, Fran Thompson, and everyone else held inside a prison, jail, detention center, or cage.

 

Throughout the demo, police cars arrived to drop newly-arrested captives of the state behind the jail’s gates, and each time the crowd of protesters met the cops with shouts of “Shame!” and “Blood on your hands!” Arrestees in handcuffs shouted and cheered at their welcome party before being dragged inside.

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A big thanks to folks from South Florida Food Not Bombs and South Florida Smash HLS, and everyone else who joined us in the streets! And thanks to everyone who acted in solidarity with prisoners this June 11, from those in DC fighting toxic prisons to those in Bloomington attacking a probation office, and everyone in between.

 

Until the end of the prison society, and the liberation of the wild,
—Some Swamp Anarchists

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Yes, We’re Still Protesting Kolter!

After a bit of a break, on June 2 enthused Everglades Earth First! rebels returned to Kolter’s West Palm Beach offices to remind the development firm of the atrocities it and its subsidiaries are committing in the Briger Forest.

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Kolter is currently clearing the eastern side of the Briger Forest, much of which they have already chewed up and spit out in the form of Alton Homes, a gopher tortoise burial ground and a scab on the already pockmarked face of South Florida—a scab that needs the deep picking of a sharp fingernail. Now, as a recent South Florida Water Management District permit reminds us, Kolter is anxious to bulldoze the western side of the forest as well, and the company plans to replace the rare biodiversity with far-less-rare creatures: cookie-cutter houses and artificial lakes.

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Outraged by the current and planned destruction, a ragtag crew of dedicated direct-actionistas brought the noise to Kolter’s offices with shouts, howls, and the banging of kitchenware. For over an hour the downtown avenues echoed with chants of blood and shame, causing some Kolter employees to close window blinds and temporarily abandon computer monitors. Police cars sat and watched, releasing your burnt tax dollars from their idling exhaust pipes.

We know that shouting outside of Kolter’s offices is not likely to stop them from killing endangered species for money. But we stand face-to-face with Kolter because resistance is a necessity. The plants, animals, and mycelium currently living autonomously inside of what remains of the Briger Forest are screaming for justice, and the least we can do is amplify their voices towards Kolter’s deaf and miserable ears. What we really need is a mass movement of people saying: NO MORE DEVELOPMENT! NO MORE DEFORESTATION! NO MORE ECOCIDE! YES TO CONSERVATION! YES TO BIODIVERSITY! YES TO LIFE!

You don’t have to be a kitchen pot-banging wingnut to help defend the forest. Please, reach out to us if you’re interested in protecting this vital stretch of Earth from utter devastation.

evergladesearthfirst [at] riseup [dot] net

More pictures from the protest:

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EEF! Returns to BlackRock

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On Friday, April 29, South Florida activists held a demonstration outside of BlackRock’s Palm Beach offices at 251 Royal Palm Way. Employees of adjoining buildings crowded the corporate courtyard to gawk at the rambunctious swarm of animal allies as they let BlackRock know why they had returned: “BlackRock, we are outside of your offices today because you continue to profit off the confinement, torture, and death of animals in laboratories,” one of the protesters shouted into a megaphone. “Until you cut your contract with Skanska USA, activists will be at your offices, at your homes!”

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Police in short shorts and ’90s shades arrived swiftly, popped the kickstands of their bicycles, and began to try and shut the party down. Noise ordinance violations were distributed to protesters, totaling $250.00 in fines owed to the city. The megaphone and trombone were asked to leave. Neither the fines nor the lack of noise amplification stopped the protesters from getting their message across. Throughout BlackRock’s entryway rang the cries of the eco-anarchists and animal lovers: “What do we want?! ANIMAL LIBERATION! When do we want it?! NOW!!.”

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BlackRock owns $125 million of shares in Skanska USA, the company currently building an underground animal testing facility at the University of Washington. If completed, the lab would expand the university’s primate research, adding to the thousands of animals already tortured in needless experiments at UW. Go to nonewanimallab.com to find out more.

 

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