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“UNC Dildo-Boy” accosts homophobic preacher, releases anti-technology declaration

1 Mar

Protestor heckles Pit Preacher

 

 

By Danny Nett
Protester's self publicized picture on Facebook account.

Protester’s self publicized picture on Facebook account.

 

An unidentified man who went head-to-head with the controversial Pit Preacher Gary Birdsong faced a warning from the Department of Public Safety’s penal system Tuesday.

 

The shirtless individual – whose student status could not be confirmed — had a homosexual slur painted on his chest and a dildo sticking out of his pants. He approached Birdsong and simulated masturbation while waving the sex toy at the preacher.

 

When someone reported the incident to the Student Union, the demonstrator was taken into the Union. Student employees stood with him until DPS arrived to trespass him from campus.

 

“I think normally we would say, ‘Okay, you’re both going to exercise your right to free speech,’ until such time that somebody seems to think something is out of control,” said Joe Singer, senior associate director of events management at the Student Union.

 

“Our office is supposed to be content-neutral. Our role is to provide the space to speak.”

 

Posting on Facebook under the name “Unc DildoBoy,” the demonstrator stated his actions were not made as an attack on Birdsong or anti-gay sentiments, but on a technologically driven, post-industrial civilization. The individual did not give a real name to be interviewed.

 

While he refused to speak on the record, he posted a letter explaining his actions on the Facebook page.

 

“Because of the total penetration of mass media, humans on YouTube or Facebook, or people who are TV stars or politicians are put in a situation we humans are simply incapable of dealing with,” he wrote.

 

DPS spokesman Randy Young said if a person on campus is engaged in a situation or activity that could be considered provocative, results in harm to anyone or interferes with operations of the University or another person’s free speech, DPS may get involved. It is then at the discretion of the responding officers whether the disruptive individual is removed from a specific area like the Pit or from campus entirely, he said.

 

Cathy Packer, a professor who specializes in media law, said legally the Pit falls under what is considered a dedicated or limited forum. That means UNC, as a public university, can limit the forum for certain topics or speakers as long as it does not favor one viewpoint over another.

 

Packer said although she wholeheartedly disagrees with what the demonstrator did, she supports his First Amendment rights. She said his actions would not fall under a judicial definition of obscenity, but that it is irrelevant if he was removed for trespassing.

 

“My view about all of that is that the reason people come to Carolina is to see and hear things they didn’t hear at home,” Packer said.

 

“You go to Carolina and see some of what the rest of the world looks like and all the opinions other people have that your parents didn’t have.”

 

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Explanations of the Actions of Dildo Boy

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Subpoena caps bad week for fossil fuel

1 Mar

by at Al Jazeera America February 13, 2014 

US attorney’s office seeks documents related to Feb. 2 spill of coal ash into a river in North Carolina
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The Dan River as it appeared after the coal ash spill Feb. 5, three days after the accident.
Gerry Broome/AP

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the massive coal ash spill into North Carolina’s Dan River, targeting both the energy company responsible for the ash pond that leaked and the state’s environmental regulator. Continue reading

2013 Fracktivist Conference in Tennessee

25 Jul

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Fracktivist Conference Website

Registration

Schedule

About Fracking in Tennessee:

PLEASE TAKE ACTION Continue reading

Update On The Enbridge Blockade in Michigan

24 Jul

Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands Needs Your Support!  11 arrests, four people face felony charges.

Donate to their legal support here

from MI-CATS

Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands activists directly halted business on July 22nd at the Stockbridge Enbridge construction site. Show your solidarity by donating to our bail fund, or taking direct action against Enbridge on your own, with your friends!

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Here are some thoughts written by a couple of folks who participated in the action:

My name is Virginia. I am 63 years old and I am tired. Tired of decades of fighting greedy corporations raping & pillaging the beautiful planet I knew as a young woman for oil & money.

Each day people are getting sicker. Entire species are going extinct and I wonder; will my granddaughter’s generation become extinct as well? Continue reading

Earth First!…even before Snowden

17 Jul

by Ishan Raval / TechnicianOnline

The Edward Snowden affair has become the event of our moment in history. I do not remember living through a single political saga that was so much of a spectacle — in terms of diplomatic sparring and the comedy of errors from governments, publics and media in the “Where is he?” wild goose chase — that it could well have come out of a Hollywood movie. I’ve seen people from normally politically apathetic youth in India to ordinary people in Austria talking about Snowden, and I, too, have contributed to this hullabaloo.

Some have pointed out that with the focus on Snowden, his asylum-seeking from the shadows, the U.S.’s search and the waltz of the international community around all of this, nothing substantial will happen in regard to the actual information he brought us about the National Security Agency and the PRISM surveillance program. That is a valid concern.

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UPDATE : All 10 Momentive Protesters are Out

10 Jul

Piedmont Earth First!

All 10 of the people jailed in Morganton, NC for protesting at Momentive Specialty Chemicals are out on bail. Arrestees include individuals from a wide range of groups who are resisting hydraulic fracturing in their regions including Marcellus Earth First! from Pennsylvania and New York, Radical Action For Mountain People’s Surivival from West Virginia, Croatan Earth First! in North Carolina, and Everglades Earth First!  in Florida.  The online site Frackindustry.org is now up and running for people to take solidarity actions!  It’s time to disrupt the chain of supply…

Link to the Flickr protest pictures: Mass Anti-Fracking Action

WSOTV Coverage

For a full press release of the action on Earth First! Newswire

Bizjournals Article & Slideshow

senPolice in Western North Carolina instigated altercations and raised tensions at site by calling in all of their forces, a prison transport bus, and state police.  State police left site and said they…

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Taking a Monkey Wrench to Climate Change

7 Jun

Renegade naturalist Doug Peacock on saving ourselves from a bleak future

by Elizabeth Miller / Boulder Weekly

While the grizzlies near his Montana home hibernate, Doug Peacock retreats to southern Arizona to a town near the Mexican border where he can wander 100 miles before hitting another town. The self-described desert rat honed his wilderness affinities under legendary conservationist Edward Abbey, author of Desert Solitaire, and was the inspiration for George Hayduke, the eco-saboteur central to the The Monkey Wrench Gang. For anyone who’s ever wanted to take a chainsaw to a billboard or watch a dam implode so a river can run free again, Peacock and Abbey have long been totems.

Abbey was always a proponent of saving wilderness areas — half a century ago, he was saying we didn’t have enough wilderness lands in the U.S., and now we have even fewer. Continue reading

2013 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous in North Carolina July 1-8th

7 Jun

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The Round River Rendezvous is the annual gathering of the Earth First! Movement.  Each Summer, this week-long camp-out attracts several hundred Earth First!ers from around the world. The gathering is coordinated by a volunteer committee and includes workshops, campaign discussions, campfire music and a rally with performers and speakers. Perhaps the most important part of the Round River Rendezvous is the informal networking that goes on.  These gatherings are particularly important for developing a cohesive activist network and planning actions on a local level.

We are thrilled to announce that Croatan Earth First! will be hosting next summer’s rendezvous in central North Carolina.  The exact location to be announced close to the week of the event. The spot we are choosing should have swimming holes and beautiful woods to hike in.  As for new content, we’ll be offering more earth skills, plant/mushroom identification, and ecospirituality workshops to the this year’s gathering as well as medic trainings. We’re looking for folks to host workshops, and to submit ideas for workshops/panels they’d like to see.

If you have access to money please consider donating to our wepay.  If you need to contact us regarding the rendezvous, email cef@riseup.net or croatanearthfirst@gmail.com

Please see this site for more information including tentative schedule, anti-oppression statement and guidelines: 

Help us promote in your town, downloadable posters here

Planned Trainings & Workhops Include:

Earth Skills track planned every day which may include wild & edible plants and medicines, foraging, firemaking, permaculture & gardening, homesteading, mushroom cultivation and foraging, tree identification.

Street Medic Training (please rsvp to cef@riseup.net) 20 hrs

Tree Climbing all day every day, building tree structures, & monopods

Ecospirituality Workshops & The Work That Reconnects, Creating Resilient Communities Despite Trauma

Panels on Biocentrism, Animal Rights & EF!, Nuclear Issues in the Southeast, Uniting Anti-Extraction Movements

Updates from Tar Sands Blockade and Buffalo Field Campaign

Earth First! Mechanics Guild teaches you how to fix your car and how to use cars in other ways as well as dismantling them in case of the Zombie Apocalypse

Music, dancing, poetry and performances encouraged and planned

Security Culture Workshops & Internet Security Discussions

Direct Action & Blockades Trainings (of course!)

Media Laiason & Police Laiason Trainings

Anti-Oppression Trainings and how to integrate it into your work locally

Discussions on decolonizing our movements

Radical Mental Health

What is Earth First!? for  welcomed newcomers

Mixed Martial Arts Self Defense

Mock Arrests and Extraction Exercises

Debunking The Technofix

Supporting Ecoprisoners

Fun, friends, and winning …hope to see you there!

Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal

30 May

Feeling anxious about life in a broken economy on a strained planet? Turn despair into action.

In December 2008, Tim DeChristopher attended a protest at a federal auction of drilling rights to Utah wilderness lands. He found a better way to disrupt the auction when he picked up a paddle and began bidding on the leases as “Bidder 70.” He won $1.8 million worth of parcels and inflated the price of many others. When it was discovered that he had no money to back his bids, the auction had to be shut down.

Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in prison for his actions, but his boldness stopped the sale of 22,000 acres of scenic wilderness and highlighted government misconduct. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar scrapped a rescheduled auction because the Bureau of Land Management had skimped on its environmental analysis and inadequately consulted with the National Park Service. In January 2013, a federal court denied an energy industry appeal to reinstate the leases. DeChristopher was released from prison in April. Photos by David Newkirk

Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That’s hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial—pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss—there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish—and then get apocalyptic.

We are staring down multiple cascading ecological crises, struggling with political and economic institutions that are unable even to acknowledge, let alone cope with, the threats to the human family and the larger living world. We are intensifying an assault on the ecosystems in which we live, undermining the ability of that living world to sustain a large-scale human presence into the future. When all the world darkens, looking on the bright side is not a virtue but a sign of irrationality. Continue reading

New Rules to Address Fracking on Indian Lands

29 May

Piedmont Earth First!

 

By Alysa Landry
Special to the Times

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013

 

H Hydraulic fracturing on Indian land may become more difficult under new rules proposed by the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management.

The Interior Department on May 16 issued new draft rules for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands.

Fracturing, or “fracking,” is the process of drilling and injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground at high pressure to crack shale formations and unlock oil and gas.

The process is controversial because fracking releases methane gas and other toxic chemicals, which can contaminate nearby groundwater. This can be especially dangerous on the 56 million acres of Indian land in the country. On the more isolated reservations like the Navajo Nation, people and livestock depend on well water for drinking, cooking and washing.

Approximately 500,000…

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