PRESS RELEASE FROM GREEN DELAWARE
Green Delaware returns to Legislative Hall:
On January 16, 2001, Green Delaware lobbyist Alan Muller was arrested
at the Inauguration of Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner and banned from
Legislative Hall. Muller was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly
conduct–in what many observers regarded as a blatantly trumped-up case.
The State’s case collapsed during a jury trial on Feb. 27th and 28th before
During most of the 43 days Muller was banned from the seat of Delaware’s
government, the General Assembly was in recess for hearings and meetings
of the Joint Finance Committee. These hearings provide an important
opportunity for the public to address some of the most influential legislators.
During this period only Rep. Richard Cathcart spoke up publicly against
the repression of Muller (Cathcart also testified for Muller during the
trial) ; most other legislators, and Gov. Minner, tacitly endorsed it by
their silence. Other lobbyists, most of whom represent industry,
were silent. The Green Party of Delaware, the College Greens, the
American Civil Liberties Union, and Common Cause of Delaware expressed
concern, as did many organizations and individuals from around the country,
especially from New Jersey. Most of Delaware’s mainstream pseudo-advocacy
organizations (such as the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Urban League,
and Delaware Nature Society) didn’t “get it.” Their attitude was probably
well summarized by Sally Milbury-Steen of the Peace Action affiliate Pacem
Muller announced: “This extraordinary harassment won’t stop us. Green Delaware will continue with it’s efforts to secure legislation ending raw sewage dumping in Delaware. We will be working for meaningful steps to reduce cancer-causing pollution of Delaware’s air and water.”
“This episode should be a ‘wake-up call’ to the Capitol Police, the General Assembly, Governor Minner, and Delaware organizations. Hopefully we have all have learned something about the meaning of democracy and freedom of speech.”
“The effect on Green Delaware’s relationship with the General Assembly remains to be seen.”
Today, Wednesday, March 14th, Muller, if allowed by Chair Pam Maier, will testify at a 2:45 meeting of the House Health and Human Development Committee on SJR 2, ESTABLISHING THE DELAWARE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON CANCER INCIDENCE AND MORTALITY. Muller said “previous cancer “task forces” have been ineffective because they have been dominated by the people causing the problem: the ‘cancer industry’ and the polluters. SJR 2 needs some changes to ensure this will not again be the case.”
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