Archive | January, 2011

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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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

French Group Claims Responsibility for Major Arson

22 Jan

A French Animal Liberation group has claimed responsibility for an arson that burned out two floors of a vivisection corporation’s administrative building. The communique they released reads:
“One night, our team of 6, 2 lookouts, 4 actors, placed 2 incendiary devices (gas canisters) in the administration building at BIOMATECH (vivisectors). 5 stakeouts were necessary for this action in honor of Costa, Billy and Silvia. BIOMATECH, based in France, kill thousands of dogs, rabbits, sheep, pigs, ponies… We will not let them commit their crimes or allow the proposed expansion of this torture center. ARM”
for more, click here.

Law Suit Filed Against Pesticides

20 Jan

The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America today filed the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect imperiled species from pesticides, suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to consult with federal wildlife agencies regarding the impacts of hundreds of pesticides known to be harmful to more than 200 endangered and threatened species. Click here for more.

Conservative “Call to Arms” Changed to “Rally”

20 Jan

Acting WV Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who once shot his rifle into the air saying he would “take aim” at Obama, had initially advocated a “call to arms” in favor of “Friends of Coal” and against EPA regulation of mountaintop removal. As of this morning, he has toned the rhetoric down, calling instead for a “rally” of anti-environmentalists. Click here for more.

John Ross Dies at Age 72

19 Jan

Author of numerous acclaimed books about the history of political resistance, John Ross, died in Mexico. His recent work, Zapatistas! follows the ecological and economic struggles of indigenous peoples of Southern Mexico with humor and a verve for revolution. His work will live on after him, as struggles learn from the history and the way that he documented, and evolve to fit the current. Find obituaries in La Jornada here and Counterpunch here.

Natural Gas Explosion, Protests in Pennsylvania

19 Jan

On the eve of a massive gas explosion in northern Philadelphia, about 200 individuals affiliated with Gas Truth of Pennsylvania and the Luzerne County-based Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, including a sizeable contingent from Northeast Pennsylvania, chanted slogans and blew whistles throughout the inaugural ceremony of gas boosting Governor Tom Corbett. Read more here.

Greenpeace Activists Scale Bridge in Israel

18 Jan


Greenpeace went to great heights yesterday to express opposition to plans for a new coal-burning power plant in Israel. Five Greenpeace activists scaled the cables of the Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem and hung a huge banner (44 square meters) imploring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Stop the coal plant. Click here for more.