Blogging mom sued for $2 million

Louisette Lanteigne doesn't call herself an activist -- she thinks of herself as a mom with a voice that needed to be heard. After watching violation after violation occur at a development site in her neighborhood, and worrying about the safety of her children and the children in the neighborhood, she started a blog to document the abuses.

Her city council started listening and helping, but as soon as one mess was cleaned up, another one would appear. And now Activa, the developer, says that it has "no choice" but to sue the mother of three for libel.

Her local government commended her persistence and helpfulness in spotting the violations and documenting them, saying that having her blog was like having another set of eyes in that part of the community.

"They call me an environmental activist, but I see myself as more of a mom who's just trying to be heard," said the 36-year-old mother of three girls aged 21 months, nine and 12.

"My kids were at risk and nobody helped me, and I'm worried about other kids too, that's the bottom line," she said in a telephone interview, breaking into tears. "Nobody protected me and now I'm getting sued."

(Thanks to Slashdot for the link.)

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