A story with so many cartoon villains we don’t know where to start! Steven Donziger is an environmental lawyer best known as the lead attorney on a landmark case for the people of the Ecuadorian Amazon versus Texaco (now Chevron) after they dumped an admitted 16 billion gallons of oil waste on Indigenous land. Chevron has yet to pay the 18 billion dollar (later decreased to 9.5 billion) settlement, and have also brought Donziger through the seven circles of corporate law hell in the last decade. This week we tell you the wild, winding story AND take a trip to the #FreeDonziger rally before the first day of Donziger’s trial.
This week, Elise tells us the (abbreviated) story of Steven Donziger’s heroic past as an environmental justice lawyer and how it has led to his current criminal contempt lawsuit, then Olivia takes us to the courthouse on the first day of the trial.
Story: Steven Donziger and Chevron (Elise)
Timeline from the Free Donziger site
‘I’ve Been Targeted With Probably the Most Vicious Corporate Counterattack in American History’, Esquire, March 2021
Steven Donziger: The man who stood up to an oil giant, and paid the price, Greenpeace, Feb 2020
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What we’re watching:
Invincible and Undone on Amazon Prime (until we get everyone we know to stop their Prime accounts… we’ll be taking advantage.)
Tuca & Bertie, Bojack Horseman, and old seasons of Survivor on Netflix
The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu
Tran To Nga’s case was unfortunately dismissed by French courts. Hear more about her story in Episode 22 – Agent Orange and the Delano Grape Strike.
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