Moira Meltzer-Cohen has provided legal services for persons arrested in the course of justice struggles, including Indigenous communities and social movement groups.
I mean, it doesn’t just contribute to greenhouse gases, right? I think that might be sort of the thing that everyone is most aware of. But the pollution, the environmental degradation, the mutagenic potential of all of the radioactive dust that is created by different kinds of mining, these are all consequences of colonial modes of resource extraction that probably would not be happening if anyone bothered to actually follow the aspirational international law norms that are being set forth in, like for example, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That is not really something that has been provided for in America. There are these consultation requirements that are A, very minimal, and B, often ignored.
Moira Meltzer Cohen is an educator, attorney, and abolitionist serving overlapping communities of activists, LGBTQ+, and prisoners. Moira provides criminal defense, particularly for those arrested in the course of justice struggles; representation of witnesses before federal grand juries; and advocacy for those seeking gender affirming and other necessary (but often withheld) health care while in prison.