FBI Witch Hunt - In Memory of William Rodgers
Sarah, a friend of Bill, talks about the circumstances that led to the arrest and eventual death of Bill Rodgers, a long-time activist accused of arson. Bill was found dead in his cell of an apparent suicide, but there are many unanswered questions surrounding his death. Bill was one of 6 activists arrested on December 7, which saw the beginning of an FBI witch hunt that has continued since. A classic case of effective activists being demonized by the media, facing trumped up charges and inhumane sentences.
A suicide letter apparently written by Bill has been posted on a memorial site, which is listed below:
To my friends and supporters to help them make sense of all these events that have happened so quickly:
Certain human cultures have been waging war against the Earth for millennia. I chose to fight on the side of bears, mountain lions, skunks, bats, saguaros, cliff rose and all things wild. I am just the most recent casualty in that war. But tonight I have made a jail break -- I am returning home, to the Earth, to the place of my origins.
Bill, 12/21/05 (the winter solstice)
Please check out the North American Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network for ways to support the other arrestees left in Bill's wake.
Download 21:38  Recorded December 28, 2005