Archive | December, 2010

EF! Winter Solstice Newsletter Released!

21 Dec

Here is the link to open up the latest issue of Earth First! News.

Enviros Sue US for Wolves Protection

21 Dec

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Interior Department for failing to develop a recovery plan for wolves in the lower 48 states. Such a plan is required by the Endangered Species Act, and according to today’s notice should have been developed 30 years ago or more. In July the Center submitted a scientific petition to Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service asking that a national recovery plan be developed, but never received a response.

UK Crackdown Against Climate Protestors

21 Dec

More than 100 people were arrested on April 13 last year when police raided the Iona School in Sneinton, Nottingham. They had planned to trespass at the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire, the UK’s second largest power station, and shut it down for a week. 20 activists of this group were convicted of conspiracy to commit Aggravated Trespass. click here for more. We’ll have to wait until sentencing to see the extent to which the British state will go to criminalize peaceful dissent, but the application of conspiracy charges in this case reflects the growing tension between activists and governments in the “Developed World.” Marie Mason and Eric McDavid are among the many activists who have been given extreme sentences on the basis of conspiracy charges in the US.

Counterprotesters say “Earth First! is Mean not Green”

20 Dec

Several protesters stood in the rain outside of the open house at the Earth First! Journal's new office last night to make the harsh claims that "Earth First! = Anarchism" and is "Mean not Green". The protesters are mostly involved in the local Lake Worth, Florida, Chamber of Commerce, the Businesses Aligned for Change Political Action Committee (BAC PAC) and other organizations involved in development and real estate interests. Representing the "Sahara Club" and the "Fur Commission", Cathy Casella, John and Carol Pickett, Mary Lindsey, Mark Parilla and Karri Casper held "anti-welcome" signs and other placards insisting that "EF! Pollutes the Environmental Movement," but they didn't really chant, sort of just stood there quietly, and seemed bemused when offered subscriptions at cut rate prices. Inside things went well; over the course of the evening, fifty to seventy people showed up to participate in a raffle, the unveiling of a special banner from the Beehive Collective as well as live music, hot food and great company.

400 protest seam gas mining in Australia

20 Dec

Carrying signs such as “Coal seam gas stinks”, “Gas mining under Sydney Park – no fracking way!”, and “Gutless government giving in to gas”, over 400 local residents and supporters rallied on December 19 at Sydney Park to protest the NSW government’s secretive approval for exploratory drilling for coal seam gas (CSG) mining in the inner-western suburb of St here for more.

Victory Against King Coal plus more

19 Dec

From “The Independent System Operator (ISO) in New England now has 60 days to put together a plan to get this (unpopular coal) plant off-line sooner rather than later. Just remember, this plant contributes to nearly 20 premature deaths, 36 heart attacks, and 316 asthma attacks every year. This is especially horrible given that it does not power the homes of Salem, Massachusettes. It’s time to shut this plant down.”

Things are not going as well for the residents of Jackson, Tennessee, who are protesting a new landfill in a majority black neighborhood. The landfill will cause health and nuisance concerns, and is a clear sign of the environmental racism of a wasteful and ignorant ruling class. Click here for more.

Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers have been given over $300 million to dredge the Delaware River in spite of local government, which opposes the project. Opponents of the project pointed out that the project has been questioned three times by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, called economically wasteful and environmentally dangerous in numerous studies and has been legally by two states and five advocacy groups. Click here for more.

Marie Mason Appeal Denied

17 Dec

Green Scare prisoner Marie Mason’s appeal for a re-sentencing has been denied by a federal appeals court. Coming immediately after fellow Green Scare prisoner Eric McDavid’s appeals have been exhausted, it is just another sign that the Obama administration will be not be changing Bush-era policies regarding the witch hunts against environmental and animal rights activists. Mason’s family will be deciding on the next course of action. In the meantime, we ask all supporters to drop her a line in prison to boost her spirits.

Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

click here for more.

Police Ordered to Pay Climate Protesters

16 Dec

Danish police have been ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds compensation to hundreds of climate protesters, after a court ruling today. The unprecedented ruling coincides with the release of an audio recording from the policing of a protest outside the UN climate talks in Copenhagen last December, which allegedly shows Danish police ordering officers to beat activists and journalists. click here for more.

Prison Stike Continues, Revolutionary Solidarity Needed

16 Dec

At least four prisons in Georgia remain in lockdown five days after prisoners went on strike in protest of poor living and working conditions. Using cell phones purchased from guards, the prisoners coordinated the nonviolent protests to stage the largest prison strike in U.S. history. For more, click here.
We are all prisoners of industrial civilization. Check out the following quote from the Earth First! Journal’s prisoner support page:
“While the focus of this page is on eco-prisoners, caged animal liberationists and prisoners of indigenous land struggles, we also include other prisoners who are incarcerated for their beliefs and actions related which reflect a broader vision towards liberation from this current system. We feel that cross-movement solidarity is of particular importance in prison-related efforts, where isolation is our common enemy’s strategy.” read more here.

Permit Approved for Coal Facility “Bigger than Seattle”

16 Dec

A broad coalition of conservation and clean energy groups, including Earthjustice, the Washington Environmental Council and The Sierra Club are trying to stop a permit to build a 416-acre coal export terminal on the Columbia River at Longview, WA. If allowed to move forward the permit will enable an Australian company, Ambre Energy, to unload coal sourced from Wyoming and Montana from railcars in Longview and load it onto ships bound for China. Coalition member Washington Environmental Council adds, “The coal shipped through this one facility would create more emissions than the entire city of Seattle and more than any single facility in the state. Is this the kind of future we want for our region? We need to decide – other coal companies are already lining up with their own proposals.”