Archive | January, 2011

Two Industrial Tar Sands Links

25 Jan

The ITD (Idaho Transportation Department) will issue permits to Conoco-Phillips today, January 25th. They are expected to start the first load up wild and scenic route 12 on February 1st, destined for the Canada tar sands. Conoco-Phillips and ITD claim that only one load will be on route 12 at a time. And it will take 3 weeks before the first 2 loads can get to Billings and the trailers can come back to pick up the next 2 loads. click here for more.

TransCanada Corp. is moving forward with a plan to build a 1,700-mile pipeline to carry heavy, high-pollutant oil from the tar sands under the boreal forests of northern Alberta, across the American heartland, through scenic ranchlands in the piney woods of east Texas and on to refineries near Houston and Port Arthur. For many in Texas — who are holding meetings, passing out leaflets and hosting neighborhood talks with, of all people, the Sierra Club — the Keystone XL pipeline is a barrel too far. Right now, the issue is before the State Department. click here for more.

Rising Tide North Texas Appears

25 Jan

“Hey everyone! So excited to be making the first post on our shiny new website. It’s our first spring as an organization here in Denton, and we are hosting our first event of the semester, a screening of the film “Gasland”, on Tuesday, Feb. 1st. This event is taking place at 7:00pm in Wooten Hall, Room 322 – UNT Campus, on the corner of W Highland and Welch Streets, in Denton, TX.” click here for more

Week of Action to Protest Trial of Bidder 70

25 Jan

In December 2008, Tim DeChristopher disrupted an oil and gas auction to allay further climate change. By registering as a bidder, Tim drove up prices on many parcels and eventually won over a million dollars worth of oil leases before federal agents removed him from the room. He faces 10 years in prison. Tim’s trial will be held in downtown Salt Lake City on February 28th, and we are organizing many opportunities for those who wish to defend a livable future to do so on a variety of levels. The Countdown to Uprising Empowerment Summit begins on February 25th and will include interactive workshops, concerts, art, demonstrations, speakers, wild street theater, nonviolent direct action trainings, and more. If you have any more ideas for creative actions, workshops, speakers, street theater or stunts, contact us at climatetrial@peacefuluprising.org and we’ll be in touch.
For those who can’t make it to Salt Lake City, there will also be solidarity actions held across the country. Continue reading below to find out more, or go directly to our Climate Trial Solidarity Map to find an action near you. click here for more.

Mustangs Subject to Helicopter Stampede

24 Jan

Instead of taking up Mrs. Pickens on her offer to construct holding facilities for the horses on two ranches she has purchased within and adjacent to the Antelope Complex, the BLM HAS ALREADY BEGUN subjecting these mustangs — including heavily pregnant mares — to a helicopter stampede in the dead of winter, conducted in treacherous conditions and freezing temperatures, BY AN INEXPERIENCED CONTRACTOR. One needs only to recall last year’s Calico roundup, which caused scores of mares to spontaneously abort their late term foals, to predict what a terrible toll this roundup will take on the beautiful wild horses of Antelope. BLM actually plans to ship the Antelope horses thousands of miles away to holding facilities, when they could be housed instead on lands adjacent to their home range. Any concerns about future emergency water sources should be eased by the fact that there has been no livestock grazing on the public grazing allotments associated with Mrs. Pickens’ ranches since June 2010.
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and/or
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Attention: Gary W. Medlyn, Egan Field Manager
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Deep Green Resistence Conference Coming Next May

24 Jan

A Weekend Workshop with Derrick Jensen, Aric McBay and Lierre Keith

Friday, May 27- Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sedalia, CO (30 miles southwest of Denver)

We live in the most destructive culture to ever exist. In Derrick’s talks around the country he repeatedly asks his audiences, “Does anyone think this culture will voluntarily transform to a sustainable way of living?” No one ever says yes. If we really accept the seriousness of the situation, what would that mean for our strategy and tactics? This is the urgent question we will be exploring over the weekend.
click here for more…

No Compromise on the High Sease

24 Jan

Dispatch from Sea Shepherd: “This is Day 54 of Operation No Compromise and Day 25 since Sea Shepherd Conservation Society intercepted the Japanese whaling fleet. We are about halfway through the campaign, with approximately another 54 days to go until the Antarctic winter begins to evict the whalers from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and another season of slaughter will be over…hopefully it will be the last. Despite that this is going to be the most successful year yet for Sea Shepherd’s mission and whale kill quotas will be lower than ever before, the fact remains that this is a very difficult and complex campaign…” Read more here

Prisoner Support Request

23 Jan

Fran Thompson is a prisoner in Missouri who has been sentenced to life.

Before going to prison, Fran was a dedicated animal rights and environmental activist. After a man who was stalking her threatened to kill her and then broke into her house, Fran shot and killed him. Fran had taken on the prosecutor during her activism, and he used this as an opportunity to remove a threat to his power.

Fran has a very specific request. She is unable to get a certain type of typewriter ribbon at her prison. Please take a moment and call the prison. PLEASE DO NOT USE HER NAME. A script of what to say and the phone number are below:

SCRIPT:
Hello. I am calling to make a request about the commissary. Can you transfer me to someone that can answer my questions?

[transfer]

Hello. I am calling to make a request about the commissary. I would like to request that they start ordering the Brother 1030 ribbon and the
Brother 3010 correction tape for typewriters. These are required for the typewriters that the prison sold to inmates in the past and not
stocking them has made use of the typewriters incredibly difficult and cost prohibitive. Would it be possible for the prison to start stocking these again?

[if yes]

excellent. how soon do you think that could happen?… thank you. i’ll call back then to double check. [make sure they have the tape numbers]

[if no]

why not? [they will probably keep giving you reasons why this is not possible. keep pressing them… maybe ask them if you can send the tape to the prisoner yourself (they will most definitely say no to this, but it certainly makes their position look absurd, doesn’t it?). remind them that they decided to stop selling these supplies without input from the people who need them.]

REMEMBER:

Do NOT use any prisoner’s name in any of your communications with prison staff about this issue. If you are on the phone with a higher-up within the prison, feel free to say whatever you want, however you want. Please just be mindful that sometimes the folks answering the phones are inmates – and they certainly don’t deserve your wrath.

The numbers are:
WERDCC (the prison)
573-594-6686

George Lombardi (director of MO dept of corrections)
573-751-2389