Archive | December, 2010

International Solidarity with Mapuche Media

24 Dec

Several Mapuche communities in the Lleu Lleu lake region are coming together to build a radio station as a source of counterinformation that comes from a Mapuche cultural worldview. The Mapuche have been struggling for over 500 years against invasion and colonization. They were not conquered until 1880-1883, when the Chilean state invaded Walmapu in violation of hundreds of years of treaties. Since the 1990s, the Mapuche struggle has intensified with land reclamation actions recovering thousands of acres of land from the logging companies or wealthy landlords who have usurped them.
The Lleu Lleu is one of the cleanest lakes in South America, precisely because it is surrounded by Mapuche communities. An anonymous group of investors is currently looking to start mining in the Lleu Lleu region, endangering the health of all the land that has been won back. Because land transportation is so slow in the region, a radio station would be an especially effective means for coordinating resistance, spreading information, and revitalizing the Mapuche culture. Mapuche resistance has already blocked the construction of a tourist hotel on the banks of the Lleu Lleu, and postponed the initiation of the mining project. Now an unknown consortium of capitalists is again trying to advance the mining project, and the Mapuche in struggle are asking for international solidarity. Click here for more. Click here to donate to the Mapuche.

Tis the Season…

23 Dec

Tis the season to plan an event for the Day of Direct Action Against Extraction!
For a stable climate, clean air and water, we must stop the extraction of fossil fuels and other “resources.” From the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf Coast, people are fighting back against the extractiveindustries that have declared war on our planet. Rising Tide is calling for a day of direct action against extraction on the 1 year anniversary of the BP oil spill.
On April 20th take it to the point of production. Shut down a well site, occupy a mine, take over an office, blockade a bank. Nobody’s community should be a sacrifice zone.
click here for more…

Mozilla Gets ALF Snitch to Design Firefox Browser “Security” plus more

22 Dec

The mink farm raider turned FBI informant, Justin Samuel, has appeared on a video promoting the latest update of the Firefox browser. According to Peter Young, who was implicated by Samuel’s testimony, “In August I wrote about the curious micro-trend of Animal Liberation Front informants going into the computer security field. Darren Thurston, who implicated several people in Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front arsons, is now a computer security consultant. Justin Samuel, on his UC-Berkeley graduate student profile, posts several articles he authored on computer security before surfacing on the Mozilla Firefox 4 team.” Samuel’s work with Firefox throws into question activist security and the credibility of Mozilla, the group that first innovated Firefox browser.

In other news, the animal rights group, Voice of the Voiceless, has obtained a recent copy of the reactionary newsletter, “Extremist Watch,” brought to you by the private investigation firm, Information Network Associates, which profiles animal rights activists and groups. Click here for more info.

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.