Today Roger Waters announced he is to be part of a discussion with Human Rights attorney Steven Donzinger taking place this upcoming Tuesday, September 12th at 7PM at Adler Hall in New York City. Tickets are complimentary with suggested donation and you can get them here: GET TICKETS HERE
Join us in conversation with noted human rights attorney Steven Donziger about being targeted with the nation’s first corporate prosecution after helping Amazon communities win a historic $10 billion pollution case against Chevron. Steven is a leading thinker operating at the intersection of climate, law, and corporate power, and is the first US attorney to be jailed by a corporation in retaliation for his human rights work.
Steven will be joined by actor, writer, director, and activist Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos and White Lotus), Pink Floyd rock legend and humanitarian Roger Waters, climate justice advocate and one of Time Magazine’s 2023 Women of the Year Ayisha Siddiqa, and the legendary civil rights attorney Marty Garbus. Marty has represented Steven for years as Chevron attacked him with 60 law firms, and he formerly represented Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel, among others.
After helping Amazon communities win a historic $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron, the company retaliated and prosecuted him for contempt of court in New York after he refused to turn his computer and confidential case file over to his adversary counsel. The federal prosecutor rejected the charges, which were filed by a pro-corporate judge with financial ties to the company.
The judge appointed a Chevron law firm to prosecute Steven in the name of the US government.
The private Chevron prosecutor immediately ordered Steven locked up at home with a 24/7 monitoring device on his ankle, while his trial was delayed for over two years. He ended up spending 993 days in detention and in prison for a misdemeanor offense with a maximum sentence of 180 days; the judge denied him a jury.
He is still the only person ever in the US locked up in retaliation for his human rights work. Chevron used 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers to attack Steven. He now enjoys the support of 68 Nobel Laureates and more than 150 bar associations and civil society groups around the world and is considered a leading global spokesperson on the issues of human rights, climate justice, Indigenous rights, and the law.