After an action that involved dropping a glitter-fabulous banner from the second story rotunda of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, Moriah Stephenson and Stefan Warner were arrested on charges of Terrorism Hoax, Trespassing and Disorderly Conduct.
At first glance, glitter falling from a banner with a Mocking Jay from Hunger Games that reads “The Odds Are Never in Our Favor” is a totally innocent act.
Not in the world of Oklahoma City Police, who apparently skipped the “satire” section of their class on terrorist plot devices. They say the activists with Cross Timbers Earth First! and Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance took it too far when a black substance (also known as glitter) descended from the second floor balcony.
Terrorism Hoax is a state felony that carries a 10 year sentence. The charge stems from the Anti-Hoax Terrorism Act of 2001, which was originally intended to quell “white powder events,” or anthrax hoaxes that occurred in the 1990s. Although the act never passed the Senate, it was incorporated into the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which included the Stop Terrorist and Military Hoaxes Act of 2004.
Activists have used the Hunger Games symbols as a way of expressing the sense of political repression that is perpetrated by police who used trumped up charges like “terrorist hoax” as a chilling mechanism against dissent.
Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance is seeking donations, $3,500 is needed to bail those who have been arrested out of jail.