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Environmental and social justice activist and political prisoner William C. Rodgers died on December 21, 2005. A casualty of the "green scare," he committed suicide in jail, citing the following reason:
"To my friends and supporters to help them make sense of all these events that have happened so quickly: Certain human cultures have been waging war against the Earth for millennia. I chose to fight on the side of bears, mountain lions, skunks, bats, saguaros, cliff rose and all things wild. I am just the most recent casualty in that war. But tonight I have made a jail break—I am returning home, to the Earth, to the place of my origins. Bill, 12/21/05 (the winter solstice.)"
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