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Breaking News: Cops Move in on Willits Treesit; Cutting and Construction to Follow

21 Mar
If you are anywhere near Mendocino County, get out there and help!Warbler_treesit_9045_1000p_WEB
Willits, CA-Opponents of the Caltrans Willlits Bypass through endangered wetlands are converging on the site to protect a tree-sitter as dozens of California Highway Patrol vehicles arrived at the Bypass protest area in Willits in Mendocino County at 7 a.m. this morning. CHP officers began cordoning off the access roads to the area, keeping a gathering number of protesters and witnesses away from the tree-sit and Caltrans’ proposed construction area. The 24-year old local farmer in the tree who calls herself “the Warbler” has been aloft next to Highway 101 since January 28.
Four arrests have been made of Willits residents, and the situation is still actively unfolding. Another Bypass protester has been standing in front of the brush crushing machine that is in the jurisdictional wetlands and has repeatedly blocked it after having been removed several times without arrest. Caltrans’ permit process is not complete with regard to the Migratory Bird Act, in effect until September 15 for the nesting season.
Updates will be released as the situation unfolds.

Monsanto University

7 Mar

UCDavisMonsanto Is UC a University, or a Biotech Company?

by Darwin Bond-Graham / Counterpunch

Last month the University of California intervened in a high stakes U.S. Supreme Court case on the side of the agribusiness giant Monsanto Company by filing an amicus brief stating that the university would be materially harmed if Monsanto doesn’t prevail. On the receiving end of UC’s legal argument is Vernon Bowman, a 75 year-old grain farmer from southern Indiana who has been battling Monsanto in court for several years now. It was already a David v. Goliath kind of fight, pitting an elderly guy in overalls against a global corporation with a bottomless pocket for legal expenses; the entry of UC into the court’s deliberations makes that two Goliaths. Continue reading

Snowbowl Protests Affect Flagstaff Shops, Keep It Up

10 Feb

FLAGSTAFF –(AP) Continuing opposition to the use of reclaimed wastewater by a ski area near Flagstaff to make snow is rubbing off on some local businesses.three flagstaff

Protesters have held signs and passed out leaflets outside businesses that held events for Arizona Snowbowl this week to celebrate the ski area’s 75 years of existence, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

“There’s a large portion of the community that feels alienated because of Snowbowl’s actions,” said protester Grayson Lookner.

Altitudes Bar and Grill owner Lynda Fleischer said it was unfair to target her business when its celebratory event was for the ski area, not for the snowmaking.

“It affected my staff. It was very negative to their evening,” she said of the protest outside her business.

Seeking to boost business when Mother Nature didn’t provide enough snow for skiing, Snowbowl in December began using treated wastewater from Flagstaff to make snow.

The effort was years in the making.

From the start, American Indian tribes that consider the mountain area sacred were against the plan. Continue reading

‘Idle No More’ Cree Youth In 900 Mile Frozen Solidarity Trek to Ottawa

25 Jan

by David P. Ball / Indian Country Today

 Cree youth journey 900 miles by snowshoe from Hudson Bay to Ottawa in support of Idle No More. [Photo from Facebook]

Cree youth journey 900 miles by snowshoe from Hudson Bay to Ottawa in support of Idle No More. [Photo from Facebook]

Through stinging temperatures far below freezing—plummeting down to -53F with windchill—six young men and a guide are snowshoeing on a historic two-month, more than 900-mile journey south to Ottawa as part of the Idle No More movement.

Embarking with a prayer ceremony and the blessing of their chief, the youth, aged 16 to 21, and their 42-year old guide embarked on what they’re calling the Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu (Quest For Unity).

The youth are from Whapmagoostui First Nation, a fly-in-only community in far northern Quebec, on Hudson Bay. Without any roads to their almost entirely Cree-speaking community, the seven trekkers are nearing the only road south, in the Cree community of Chisasibi roughly 150 miles away.

Their journey is in support of the Idle No More movement, “to show the strength of Cree culture,” and in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who has ended her 44-day liquids-only fast as of January 24.

“The journey is a quest,” the band’s Chief Stanley George told CKLB Radio. “They want to send a message to everyone. The Cree nations of Quebec, like other nations, are keepers of our language; we use it every day, at work, school, wherever we are. We still hunt and practice the traditional way of life every chance we have. Our community supports Theresa Spence in her hunger strike, and the Idle No More movement.” Continue reading

Idle No More Hits Arizona as Part of Snowbowl Protest

11 Jan

by Anne Minard / Indian Country

The international Idle No More movement hit Arizona this week, in a freshly charged protest at Flagstaff City Hall over snowmaking with treated effluent at Arizona Snowbowl, a ski resort on the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

Flagstaff residents are accustomed to seeing Snowbowl protesters on the City Hall lawn – the most recent demonstration was just before Christmas, to coincide with Snowbowl’s opening day. But this week’s gathering on January 8 carried a bit more energy. For starters, the activists didn’t just hold signs; they opened the day in a circle of prayer and song. And the event drew a fuller-than-usual crowd. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Panagioti, Stay Wild, Stay Weird

28 Dec

This Photoshopped image of Panagioti, which first appeared in this Lake Worth Wingnut article is, despite being doctored, a pretty decent metaphor for the inner fire of this biocentric patriot. You can imagine that he used the sword in his hand to do battle against the imperialist flag behind him. You could also imagine that his pants became tattered in a heated orgy with a badger and a mountain lion.

by Russ McSpadden

If industrial civilization were to collapse any time soon–and its looking like it could happen any day now–it’d be in no small part due to the rather outrageous and tireless misadventures of a little known biocentric biped called Panagioti. 

Though he has no formal education past 10th grade — “diploma-free and proud” as he’d say — you’d be hard pressed to find a smarter and more politically influential animal amongst the more radical environmental milieu, especially in the South. He’s also a real sweetheart, a soon-to-be-father, my best friend and all around nice guy and superhero.

And over the years I’ve had the honor of  witnessing,  participating, and hearing stories of some of the nobler, crazier, illegaler, stupider, and just plane unbelievable acts of resistance and folly he’s helped organize. And, since its his birthday today, I thought I might embarrass him a little and honor him in some small way by sharing a smattering of those stories. I invite others (and especially family) to add their own accounts in the comments section, should they be inclined. Continue reading

Accused Environmental Warrior Rebecca Rubin Surrenders at US-Canada Border

5 Dec

By Noelle Crombie / The Oregonian url

A 39-year-old woman accused of eco-sabotage in three Western states turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the Canadian border on Thursday morning.

Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash. She is accused of multiple counts of arson as part of a conspiracy with 12 other people from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states.

The charges against Rubin include a Nov. 30, 1997, arson at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney county near Burns and the Dec. 22, 1998, attempted arson at the offices of the U.S. Forest Industries, Inc., in Medford. She’s also accused of involvement in the Oct. 19, 1998, arson attack that destroyed the Two Elk Lodge and other buildings at the Vail ski resort in Eagle County, Colorado.

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