RICO: A Modern Gangster Tale
“RICO: A Modern Gangster Tale” traces how the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law designed to take down the Mafia, became a tool for corporations and other interested parties to silence environmental activists.
When an Ecuadorian village took on Big Oil for poisoning the Amazon rainforest, they never expected to be branded criminal conspirators — or help create a new legal weapon against peaceful protest. Now, from Native American pipeline protestors to Boreal Forest defenders, citizens who dare speak out face costly lawsuits designed to silence them. “RICO: A Modern Gangster Tale” exposes the chilling effect that this deep-pocketed courtroom bullying has on the environmental movement, while highlighting the formation of a new coalition aimed at safeguarding the fundamental right to free speech and peaceable assembly with an eye on repair and reparations.
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