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Uprooted: What Fuels Such an Absolute Commitment to a Cause?

12 May

by Sarah Pike, Cross Posted from Aeon Magazine

Julia Butterfly Hill spent 738 days living in a 55m California Redwood tree in a successful attempt to prevent the clearing of surrounding forest. Photo by Eric Slomanson

Julia Butterfly Hill spent 738 days living in a 55m California Redwood tree. Photo by Eric Slomanson

One day last summer, a young woman looked down on a small crowd of vocal supporters and police officers from her hammock or ‘sky pod’, 60ft above an old logging road in Moshannon State Forest in Pennsylvania. The pod was tied to trees and anchored to a blockade across the road, so that anyone trying to move the blockade would release her in a dangerous, perhaps fatal, fall to the forest floor. Another activist on the ground had locked his neck to one of the lines anchoring her pod.

It was a familiar sight from protests against the logging of old-growth forests, but here the target was different. Workers who arrived for their shift that Sunday morning could not get past the blockades to attend to a 70ft hydraulic fracturing drill rig used to extract natural gas from the rock formations beneath the forest floor. ‘You’re adults, but you’re acting like children,’ shouted one of the officers. They had been called to the scene by EQT, the natural gas company that had leased mineral rights to the gas-rich Marcellus Shale that lies beneath a large portion of several northeastern states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. ‘We are peaceful protesters,’ responded one of the activists. Other officers stood by with assault rifles, waiting to see what would happen.

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OMG, Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriend Totally Arrested for Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

14 Feb

by Guchi BabyTaylor+Swift

Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend was arrested on Wednesday, lol.

Conor Kennedy, who dated the ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ singer last summer – was reportedly hauled away in handcuffs and taken into police custody, along with his father Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Daryl Hannah for protesting with the environmental group Sierra Club outside the White House in Washington D.C. against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Like, who even knew that the Sierra Club had the cajones for something like this.

According to a press release from the Sierra Club, seen by gossip website RadarOnline.com: “After being taken away from the White House in handcuffs, both Kennedys were driven to a Park Police station and released after paying a fine.” And according to radical environmental fashion gossip magazine Chic Eco-Terrorista, “It looks like crusty death metal t-shirts and bandanas are out this direct action season and khakis are in!” Continue reading

A Field Guide to False Solutions to Climate Change by CrimethInc from the Earth First! Journal

14 Apr

There are lots of pills to cure climate change. Which one are you swallowing?

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New Earth First! Journal Now Available! Volume II of the 30th Anniversary Editions

7 Apr

Click to See Larger Image (Volume II Cover Photo by Clyde Butcher)

Volume II of the 30th Anniversary edition of the Earth First! Journal is now available. Its all the rootin tootin, monkey-wrenching, biocentric eco-anarchy & fun fit to publish slammed into a 96 page perfect bound book. Get a sub for 30 bucks a year .

Contributors for this issues include Jeffrey St. Clair, Elizabeth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle, Lierre Keith, the CrimethInc Collective, Starhawk, Franklin Rosemont, some Russian insurrectionist revolutionaries, front-lines activists from the Wayuu and Grassy Narrows first nations, and a slew of EF! campaigns, tree-sitters, road-blockers, and saboteurs.

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The Earth First! Journal Collective