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The Earth First! Round River Rendezvous (RRR) is the annual week-long wilderness gathering of hundreds of folks from around the world dedicated to taking action to protect the Earth. The gathering is named for Aldo Leopold?s Round River; metaphor expressing the ecological interdependence of living systems. The RRR is coordinated by a local volunteer committee and includes workshops, campaign discussions, campfire music and a rally with performers and speakers. Perhaps the most important part of the RRR is the informal networking that goes on. At the end of each RRR, attendees can choose to participate in fun-filled actions supporting local issues.
Right now, the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous Roadshow is trucking up and down spreading the love of defending wilderness. 2005 marks 100 years of the US Forest Service mismanaging our public lands, but it also marks 25 years of Earth First!(EF!) resisting their destruction. To celebrate this Anniversary of Resistance, we'll be showing and EF! History slideshow that will bring you from the first action, through the yesteryears and up to present day. This year is also the 100th years Anniversary of the Industrial Worker's of the World(IWW), who have been at the forefront of the radical labor movement. Their history and how their movement affected the environment will also be covered throughout the roadshow.
Sen. Wyden was one of two, that's right two senators with enough courage to vote against confirming John Negroponte. The other was Sen. Harkin from Iowa.
William Meyer was nominated and rejected by the Senate Committethe renominated and allowed through Commitee based in an agreement with Bush to not appoint Judges during Recess (evenings, weekend, 15 minute breaks!!) Now it is up to the full Senate to reject Myers. With him on our West Coast 9th Circuit Court our hope for Environmental safeguards and improvements takes a nose dive.HELP STOP THE APPROVAL OF MYERS FOR 9th Circuit COurt Judge
Do you want it? Do you need it? Who profits? Who pays?
Halliburton has a sign posted at Prudoe Bay advertising their presence. Get the real story from an oilman about ANWR and the loss it entails if the energy bill continues to go forward.
Blog forums, you know those quirky little places where you get an idea of what makes a specific group of people "tic"? Visiting the one representing the anti-LNG faction of Warrenton, Oregon, residents makes you think maybe the government might have a good idea where to place these storage tanks.
Michael Cavlan RN, a long time Indy Media Journalist and activist is running for the US Senate in Minnesota in 2006.
This Week the Ashland, Oregon city council proclaimed Independent Media week in Ashland. What's there...Rogue IMC, Low-powered FM community radio, SOU media center...etc
"An Informed citizenry is cornerstone of democracy"
A comparison of the two Cascadias.
Bulleting from OnnwardOregon concerning fixing problems with Measure 37
i saw the announcement posted to this site and am wondering how it went.
The Earth First! Round River Rendevous Roadshow is
trucking up and down Cascadia this April and spreading the
love of defending wilderness. Come learn what we're up to this year.
activists are doing all they can to head off old growth logging.
Just a re-up of the Calendar Event posting; come learn with us about these alternatives.
A creative cow story in defense of the defenseless.
A brazen direct action against the corporate interests trying to steal Oregon's national forests. (again.)
Your states governments responsibilty is to uphold the constitution of the Unidted States. You should send this letter to your reps and demand they take action.
Progressive governor hopeful Pete Sorenson to speak at Biscuit Day of action tues. april 19th in Eugene.
It appears that the mouth of the Columiba River is being groomed to be the epicenter of the LNG economy for the US West Coast. This RADICAL plan to transfer control of the Columbia River to petrochemcial corporations and the federal government; specifically , DHS and FERC, will have far-reaching consequences for all who depend on the River.
Eugene-Springfield civil resisters set up "drive through slide show" of graphic images of the war at dropoff post office location for thousands of tax filers on Tax Day.
Keep those letters and phone calls coming. Gov. Ted Kulongoski (Oregon) is receiving hundreds of letters and phone calls from people educating him about the rape of the Siskiyous. And don't forget the April 19 day of Education about the Siskiyou. It's also a day to call the Governor.
The Earth First! Round River Rondevous Roadshow is
trucking up and down Cascadia this April and spreading the
love of defending wilderness. 2005 marks 100 years of the
US Forest Service mismanaging our public lands, but it also
marks 25 years of Earth First!(EF!) resisting their
destruction. To celebrate this Anniversary of Resistance,
we'll be showing and EF! History slideshow that will bring
you from the first action, through the yesteryears and up
to present day. This year is also the 100th years
Anniversary of the Industrial Worker's of the World(IWW),
who have been at the forefront of the radical labor
movement. Their history and how their movement affected the
environment will also be covered throughout the roadshow.
In the last election a Green candidate made a deal with Hooley and then dropped out. The Greens will not challenge a Democrat if they think it could cost the Democrat the election. They will only run candidates against Democrats who have safe seats, like Ron Wyden.
The only way the left can have any electoral impact is to run against Democrats in close elections and try to make them lose.
Fri. April 15, Portland, Ore.
The local chapter of the War Resisters League and friends held signs to passing drivers, walkers and bicyclists on the Burnside Bridge Friday morning.
Hopefully Ted Kulongoski can pull off his efforts.
This is why I HATE "Representational Democracy"!
So this is what this story is about: The Governor of Oregon asks the Forest service to hold off on selling off and logging the wilderness in and around the Biscuit. However, he may have no power to do so until after May or June. Well, at least he made an effort to say something about the rape of the earth in Oregon. Still need your voices on April 19th.. a call in to the Gov. all day! see the end of the article for more on this.
As has been reported in the local media and pdx indy media a Mr Giusto has pushed the idea that potental terrorists are using the fareless zone of Stumptown.
The Klamath National Forest recently began logging the Jack timber sale, an old growth timber sale that has been held for years due to the watershed and species safeguards in the Northwest Forest Plan. Now that the Bush Admistration has gutted these laws, thousands of acres of old growth pine and cedars are being cut. The Forest Service is lying and saying they are cutting small trees from the Salmon and Scott Rivers.
Joint Committee on Ways and Means Public Hearing Scheduled in Medford
Yesterday Hooley voted for another multi-billion dollar break for the super-rich at the expense of working families. Today, she voted for the bankruptcy "reform" act -- which is known for what will be a SERIOUS NEGATIVE result for WOMEN!
According to the National Organization for Women:
"The federal bankruptcy bill is a gift to the U.S credit card industry at the expense of women and their families. Unless we defeat this bill, Congress will simply become the policy arm of Visa and Mastercard - who will soon want their logos on the Capitol Dome for all the money they have spent on Congress."
(NOW Action Vice President Olga Vives)
On her vote yesterday, see,
(Hooley represents Oregon's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.)
Rally in Eugene tuesday April 19th to call attention to logging in old-growth reserves-a call for an end to logging within the Biscuit Burn.
Campus Workers Informational Picket In Ashland
Those people wearing purple during the noon hour Wednesday on Siskiyou Boulivard in front of Southern Oregon University's Churchill Hall were university workers, members of SEIU, the Service Employees International Union. It was a cold brisk day and the 30 or 35 folks who skipped lunch to assemble were not there for their health.
They were out there for their healthcare!
Proposed LNG site smack dab on Historical Indian Site Could it be designated Historical or reclaimed by Clatsop/Chinook Tribes? Does anyone know?
42 Democrats -- none from the House Progressive Caucus -- voted with the Republican majority to remove the last vestige of the estate/inheritance tax from U.S. law. SHAME ON THEM ! ! But ONE of those 42 IS FROM OREGON -- guess who? HOOLEY !
For more on the background -- "How about taxing the RECIPIENTS of estates?"
The Oregon Supreme Court announced today that it will issue a ruling tomorrow
A repost of an action alert I got from Basic Rights Oregon...
Protest Caterpillar today (Wed) at 2pm at NC Machinery, 17025 W Valley Hwy, Tukwila WA (I-5 exit 154, then WA 181 exit 1)
A report sponsored by the UN and the World Bank tells us that the Earth is near the breaking point. The cause? Overpopulation and overconsumption. So how do our intrepid leaders in Oregon respond? With business as usual, of course, planning right ahead to increase Oregon's population and consumption! So much for serving on the advent of sustainability. Rise up Cascadians, and say no to more growth as usual.
Will environmentalists challenge the establishment of an Indian Casino on the Columbia
The weekend of March 25th, 26th, and 27th the Northwest Anarchist Federation (NAF) held its third conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. All three cities that NAF has local in, Portland, Seattle, and Victoria, were represented. Since our last conference NAF has been engaged in the class struggle through out the Northwest
After 15 years of litigation, residents around the Hanford nuclear site -- "downwinders" -- will finally have their day in federal court on April 25 in Spokane. The plaintiffs have associated a large spectrum of debilitating ailments, including thyroid disease, cancers, miscarriages and other reproductive disorders with massive releases of radioactivity from Hanford. The government had vigorously denied such releases until forced into admission in 1986, under the Freedom of Information Act.
In January, the company launched a media campaign.
Michael Funke, one of the founders of Our Community First, said he suspects the Acres for America program is part of that campaign.
Why do we Cascadians remain in this economic tragedy? We pay more in federal taxes and get back less. We have more national gaurd causalties than most parts of this corporatist system. Our lands and forests (our Mother) are seen as the profits of others. Our resources and commons are bottled, plastic wrapped, packaged, exported-to-be-imported and remarketed to be sold to us as something "owned" by filthy rich elite often from outside of Cascadia. We fear that our rights as states will be usurped by people who do not value our way of life or worldview such as the Oregon's Death with Dignity law or the repeated attempts to legalize pot. We watch as Fascists in the Whitehouse plan and plot the division of Cascadia by planting the seeds for gerrymandering western and eastern Washington or purposing the gerrymandering California or adding more restrictions along the US-Canadian border that divides Cascadia internationally.
WASHINGTON - Over the next five years the Department of Energy wants to cut the annual cleanup budget at the Hanford nuclear reservation in half, from about $2 billion a year to $1 billion, a coalition of DOE watchdog groups said Monday.
If you have ever practiced the rare and endangered art of math (subtractiuon will do) it is not hard to prove that at least in the medium run (10 - 30) years, that population is a much less severe problem than the growth of GNP. The analogy that I used to use was: Which can the Earth support more easily: 1. 5 billion Buddhist monks who own nothing, eat little and destroy little - or 1 billion US citizens?
April 11, 2005
PCUN Legislative Update: House Transportation Committee may consider driving-only card for undocumented immigrants.
"I am innocent of the charges the US government is trying to pin on me. Just as many activists have experienced, I am being targeted by the US government and the FBI, not because I am guilty, but because I have chosen to challenge the status quo."
The Monthly Bark Field Trip for April was to the Pollalie-Cooper Timber Sale, located about 15 miles south of Hood River. This sale consists of three sales, Tartan, Clan and Kilt, which have been challenged by Bark, as lead plaintiff, in court.
This, from the Boston Globe, describes the plan for militarizing the US Coast Guard, and using helicopter gunships, lots of snipers everywhere, and blimps and other big, expensive, ridiculous pieces of weaponry to turn the areas around certain key facilities into armed camps. And the facilities discussed in the article are LNG terminals, like the FOUR the transnational petrochemical corporations, with the willing assist of the US government(with our tax dollars), propose for the mouth of the Columbia River. Help us to stop LNG economy on the Columbia River--NO LNG.
Hanford's proposed fiscal year 2006 budget appears to abandon Department of Energy plans for accelerated cleanup on some key projects, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. That's just one of the criticisms being leveled at a proposed budget for cleaning up the nuclear reservation that would drop spending from about $2 billion to about $1.8 billion next year.
April 8 and 9th
You are invited to CRISIS ON THE COLUMBIA, an Earth Day Forum on the Future of the Columbia River
Quaker Trauma reconciliation works in Rwanda,and Burundi. HIV/AIDS remains unsolved.
how many of you hotblooded activist types have experienced this same phenom. ?
For years, volunteers kept Cougar Hot Springs safe and clean. Now the privatizing scammers are taking over YOUR hot springs. The fees: $5 per car PLUS $5 per person. Even the national parks don't charge that much. And all going to Hoodoo, a company that has already taken over public campgrounds
We need an organized effort to stop this insanity! What would be most effective, a boycott or organized protests of non paying users? (If we can get past the fee-collecting guards, that is.)
Letter writing to Oregon's State Legislators, US. Representatives, US
Senators and to Oregon's newspapers would definitely seem to be in order at
Scott Silver at Wild Wilderness has more info:
I'm happy to report very positive developments in the twelve-year fight to protect Rough & Ready Creek from the infamous NICORE Mine. We've just learned that the BLM has filed a formal contest/challenge to all 161 mining claims (4,360 plus acres) held by Walter B. Freeman in the Rough & Ready Creek Watershed, arguing that none of the claims are valid under the law.
In 1992 Mr. Freeman filed an application to purchase the Rough & Ready Creek claims for $2.50 per acre - using a provision of 1872 Mining Law. The same year he filed a plan to develop a nickel-laterite mine and process ore on Rough & Ready Creek. The final proposal involved not only mining and processing but giant ore trucks driving through Rough & Ready Creek or its tributaries at 17 different locations.
Undisturbed, Rough & Ready Creek's waters approach the clarity of distilled water. With the West Fork Illinois, it has the highest concentration of rare plants in Oregon. The mining claims in question include the Rough & Ready Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern, the Rough & Ready Creek Botanical Area, the Inventoried South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area and many miles of stream eligible to be added to the National Wild & Scenic River System.
SEED SWAP - GE-FREE POTLUCK - VIDEO SHOWING
Come to Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering's annual spring Seed + Plant Swap.
This is a good account of where we're at with cleaning up the 54 million gallons of Hanford tank waste, most of it liquid, some solid. An issue has been how much of the waste can reasonably be removed from the tanks. Hanford environmentalists want as much removed as possible. We would also like to see the tanks dug up and removed. -- L.P.
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