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Mattole Treesit raids continue, violence escalates

Mattole Treesit raids continue, violence escalates
Treesitters in the Mattole were attacked again on Saturday morning as Lewis Logging employees (contractors hired by Maxxam to clearcut in the Mattole) scaled Douglas Fir trees and assaulted non-violent activist who were occupying them.
This update is for the NCEF! Action Alert List
In This Update, Sunday 5/27/01

-Mattole Treesit raids continue, more arrests
-"Acting In Concert" Rally For The Mattole
-Mattole Action Camp
-Needs + Contact Info

Mattole Treesit raids continue, violence escalates
Treesitters in the Mattole were attacked again on Saturday morning as Lewis Logging employees (contractors hired by Maxxam to clearcut in the Mattole) scaled Douglas Fir trees and assaulted non-violent activist who were occupying them. Apparently Lewis Logging, paid time and a half for working Saturday on a three day weekend, limbed the trees that activist were in, cut out all their gear and took four pairs of shoes off the feet of activist who bravely hung onto the tops of trees. Trees continued to crash around the occupied grove. One women had her platform cut out from under her and was left dangling with her arms clipped into a lockbox. She sustained extensive bruises and abrasions. Surprisingly there were no arrest as activists were able to wait out the attack.

Lewis Logging took it upon themselves to extract these tree-sitters, no Humboldt County Sheriffs were on the scene and the attack violates Maxxam/Pacific Lumber policy on dealing with protestors in woods. (This policy simply states that employees or contractors who encounter protestors in the woods are to not engage with these protestors but to standby and contact the Humboldt County Sheriff to affect an arrest). There is a good chance that some video was taken. Today the woods are quiet but Tuesday morning the siege will no doubt continue. Outraged? Call our Board of Supervisors and Maxxam/Pacific Lumber contacts listed below. Lewis Logging's phone # is also listed. ( see center feature on Mattole at www.indymedia.org )

Their have been 33 arrests in the Mattole since logging began on May 9th, 52 arrests since November. Four activist remain in Humboldt County jail including one woman who just started a 120 day sentence. Two other activist are scheduled to begin 30 day sentences within the next month. All are non violent forest defenders trying to save the largest unprotected coastal old-growth Douglas Fir forest left in the Pacific Northwest.

MATTOLE RALLY IN ONE WEEK!
Earth First! will hold a mass public legal rally for the Mattole to bring our community to the public side of Monument gate. The purpose of the rally will be to stand up against the SLAPP lawsuit filed against the Mattole Forest Defenders and to stand up for the endagered ancient forest of the Mattole.

ACTING IN CONCERT-- Rally for the Mattole
Sunday, June 3, 2001
12 Noon - 5 pm
Monument Road
Just 10 minutes out of Rio Dell (25 miles South of Eureka)
Bring Family and Friends
Musicians and speakers wanted to act in concert

NON-VIOLENCE CODE
*No verbal or physical violence *No weapons
*No illegal drugs *No alcohol *Observe fire code
*Bring lunch, snack food, and water
*You will be coming to a timber/ranching community
*Be respectful and aware of your surroundings
*Dress in layers and bring a jacket
*Volunteers needed
Directions: Scotia Exit off Highway 101
Turn toward Scotia then immediate right onto Scotia Bridge (Green)
First left after Bridge (in Rio Dell) is Monument Road (unmarked until you drive a block or two)
Bear left follow Monument Road 4 1/2 - 5 miles (paved)
Park on side of the road -- monitors will guide you.
Call 707/825-6598 for info
Numbers to call in solidarity 28.May.2001 13:26

firestar ncef!@humboldt1.com

John Campbell, Pacific Lumber Co., 707-764-2222,
FAX - 707-764-4269
Charles Hurwitz, Maxxam Corp, 713-975-7600,
FAX- 713-952-4795
*Lewis Logging, 707-725-5080*

Ask them to hold off logging in the Mattole for one year so the community can assess and raise the funds to purchase the entire 14,000 acre holding. Also demand that they treat nonviolent activist as humans beings and not endanger their lives with falling trees.

Humboldt County Supervisor, Stan Dixon (707)-476-2391
Humboldt County Supervisor, Roger Rodoni (707)-476-2392
Humboldt County Supervisor, John Wooley (707)-476-2393
Humboldt County Supervisor, Bonnie Neely (707)-476-2394
Humboldt County Supervisor, Paul Kirk (707)-476-2395


Please call each of these Humboldt County Supervisor's them how much of our taxpayer dollars they intend to spend protecting Maxxam's logging of ancient forest in the Mattole. Remind them that the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department is not Maxxam's private security force and the protection of the Mattole is supported by a majority of the citizens they represent. Ask them to endorse a plan to have neutral observers out in the Mattole to bore witness to any arrests and to minimize potential violence.

alternative ways 30.May.2001 12:37

rochelle

can you not bring on a court action to stop them rather than spending valuable time & ENERGY locked away in the jails & court systems.

Isn't there a larger (i.e. more connected & wealthy) watchdog group down there. Or else contact the appropriate environmental political body to step in & put a moritorium on the logging until there has been a thorough investigation.

the Sierra group up here is pretty savvy about the background and what has happened with our forests - you could contact them.

you could also ask a media person to come & hang with you guys in the trees with the understanding of broadcasting the issue and anything that might happen while they are there.

Leave loggers alone 30.May.2001 12:47

Judy

Leave those loggers alone. We have more than enough forests. They are actually growing more trees than they are logging - so leave them alone. I think this is abuse against the working class - again. Go invent a new product or new drug to cure cancer and leave the workers alone. Can't you think of another mousetrap to invent or something useful and good for mankind. And, by the way, bring the FBI, CIA, DEA, FEMA, BTF, etc. etc. etc. and most politicians along - and you guys all get together and read some science books and talk to some scientists and invent a new product and make society even better than it already it - we are living in the best of time and because of our scientists and technology.

blah 30.May.2001 12:51

Jen

I am not even going to dignify Judy's post with a response. I will let someone else answer it, I don't have the time to write a lot.

I was just wondering if there is a way we can make donations to the tree sitters....do they need anything....food, clothing, $$$ for legal defense? Could someone post something about how and where to send stuff like that?

In Response to Judy's sceince ethics 30.May.2001 14:42

it's not logger v. enviro's

August 22, 2000 - GOVERNOR INTERVENES FOR
PACIFIC LUMBER

Staff Taken to the Woodshed for Delaying Headwaters
Logging

Sacramento...A top staff member for Governor Gray
Davis instructed state forestry and wildlife staff to "bend over
backwards" to approve logging plans by the Pacific Lumber Company,
according to information obtained by California Public Employees for
Environmental Responsibility (California PEER), an employee advocacy
group.

Lobbyists for Pacific Lumber dominated a stormy meeting described by
one participant as "a public whipping" of the California Department of
Fish & Game (DFG) and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
(CDF). The Washington D.C. lobbyist for Pacific Lumber, Tommy Boggs,
along with representatives from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and
the National Marine Fisheries Service, attended the meeting. Susan
Kennedy, Governor Davis' Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff,
summoned managers from DFG and CDF to attend the January 18,
2000 meeting at the State Resources Building.

Kennedy's order to the agency managers to "back off" followed a
presentation by Jared Carter, Executive Vice president and Counsel for
Pacific Lumber, who had a list of complaints about CDF and the
Department of Fish and Game. The company contends that the state
is taking too long to approve Pacific Lumber's logging plans. The plans
are those governed by the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that was
part of the Headwaters Forest acquisition deal. State biologists say
the delays are due to inaccurate information in the plans, such as
failing to identify the presence of federally listed wildlife species, and
Pacific Lumber's insistence on interpreting provisions of the HCP in
ways that undermine the conservation plan. Wildlife managers who
attended the meeting characterized it as "one-sided."

One participant said: "The company came to the Administration and
complained, so the Governor's Office beat up on us a bit. Pacific
Lumber left the meeting feeling pumped up. Susan was pandering to
the company, who went away all puffed up. That's not the way to
encourage the people already killing themselves working long hours.
Morale is not a concern to the Governor's Office. We could have
accomplished the same objectives without being beaten over the
shoulders about it."

"Allowing his staff to take a belt to state wildlife managers while
industry looks on sends a clear message about this Governor's
priorities," commented California PEER Coordinator Karen Schambach.
"Governor Davis is willing to sacrifice the state's fish and wildlife
resources in order to appease the timber industry."

 http://161.58.19.109/press/124.html


mediocre brainwashed judy 30.May.2001 14:52

jah

Judy Judy Judy, Spare us your ignorant way of thinking, First of all an Old growth forest system has many trees of different ages and plenty of biodiversity. These monoculture tree farms you mention are sterile and dead like your food you put in your microwave. I have compassion for you. I realize you have never been hiking in a true wilderness, I guess you haven't witness the disgusting rape of a pristene forest where the earth bleeds and chokes the streams from the clearcuts. See the light your living with blinders on!

Judy...judy judy judy 30.May.2001 15:01

maxomenos maxomai@SPAM=DEATH.aracnet.com

I see your point, but you're missing the bigger picture. A cleaner and healthier environment is, in and of itself, a positive technological advance. The problem is that our current system forces corporations to be short-sighted (either that or face a shareholder lawsuit), which in turn motivates them to pay an awful lot of money to politicians to be short-sighted. The tree-sitters provide a useful social service in preventing these trees from being cut down, just like a scientist provides a useful social service in discovering some new bit of chemestry or physics.

Biodiversity it in and of itself a valuable and irreplaceable resource, and hence worth preserving from myopic social forces.

You're insane 30.May.2001 15:40

Duke

How fucking criminally blind can all of you liberals be? I thought some of the anarchists on the infoshop site were bad, but you all are fucking disgusting. All this talk about how wonderful science and technology is, about how fantastic the world is these days! You're all like the fucking green party cowards who know that "something" must be wrong, but you're not sure what it could possibly be. Despite the fact that science is almost always used for the purpose of benefitting the military and the state (or curing diseases industry created in the first place), it goes hand and hand with the instrumentalist worldview which is destroying wildlife. Science interrogates nature, technological society is destroying what is wild and creating a totally artificial, technicized environment. Any semblance of symbiotic community is crushed by its sheer enormity, it regimentation, its pervasive and hierarchical division of labor. An advanced industrial economy may be beneficial to a small elite in the first world, but for the indigenous peoples who are being assimilated into this mess, for the countless people confined to miserable jobs, for the countless individuals subjected to the poisons our Brave New World produces, for the women in Vieques who are giving birth to deformed children because of a poisoned water supply, industrialism is a nightmare.

And by the way, Judy, loggers may be planting plenty of little saplings in tree farms, but what they are taking away from us is the Old Growth trees, trees that are not domesticated. The lumber companies have no excuse doing what they are doing, they should give it up and employ the loggers in another field of work.

You're insane 30.May.2001 15:41

Duke

How fucking criminally blind can all of you liberals be? I thought some of the anarchists on the infoshop site were bad, but you all are fucking disgusting. All this talk about how wonderful science and technology is, about how fantastic the world is these days! You're all like the fucking green party cowards who know that "something" must be wrong, but you're not sure what it could possibly be. Despite the fact that science is almost always used for the purpose of benefitting the military and the state (or curing diseases industry created in the first place), it goes hand and hand with the instrumentalist worldview which is destroying wildlife. Science interrogates nature, technological society is destroying what is wild and creating a totally artificial, technicized environment. Any semblance of symbiotic community is crushed by its sheer enormity, it regimentation, its pervasive and hierarchical division of labor. An advanced industrial economy may be beneficial to a small elite in the first world, but for the indigenous peoples who are being assimilated into this mess, for the countless people confined to miserable jobs, for the countless individuals subjected to the poisons our Brave New World produces, for the women in Vieques who are giving birth to deformed children because of a poisoned water supply, industrialism is a nightmare.

And by the way, Judy, loggers may be planting plenty of little saplings in tree farms, but what they are taking away from us is the Old Growth trees, trees that are not domesticated. The lumber companies have no excuse doing what they are doing, they should give it up and employ the loggers in another field of work.

Needs list/contact info for Mattole Defenders 30.May.2001 16:14

kirk james murphy, md kmurphy@ucla.edu (forwarder)

Thanks to Jen for her constuctive query about how to help the good folks involved in protecting the Mattole from Hurwitz's greed and from the violent criminals working with Hurwitz/Maxxam in Humboldt county.

Here is the needs list posted by the Mattole defenders in the May 27th email excepted in the first post in this thread. Hope you all can help in any way possible - the MFD will put your assistance to good use!

[For those in the PDX area who can do so, the defense of Eagle Creek could also use your help this afternoon - please see the posts on the imc newswire for the latest info - your physical presence at the blockade - and/or your immediate donations - can help make the difference as to whether Eagle Creek stands or falls when logging is allowed starting this Friday, June 1st! Protect and resist!]
- kjm



Essential Mattole Forest Defender Needs
> Walky Talky's
> UHF/VHF radios
> Video Camera's
> Ground coffee (organic is preferred)
> Hydrogen Peroxide
> Chocolate (vegan if possible)
> Dried soup mixes
> Hummus & Falafel mix
> Organic oats & Rice
> Trail mix
> Tofu
> Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
> Dried fruit/raw nuts
> Fleece tops and bottoms
> Nokia 5100/6100 Cell phone batteries
> Bivy Sacs
> Sleeping Bags
> Waterproof Tarps (preferrably camo)
> Static Line
> Still Camera's
> Waterproof Hiking Boots
> Wool Socks
> Raingear (gortex or rubberized)
> Gift Certificate to Ace Hardware, Arcata Coop, Costco or Picky, Picky, Picky
> Monetary donation can be made out to "North Coast Earth First!" and mailed to
POB 28, Arcata, CA 95518.

People Needs:
Please come to the Mattole for a few days and help defend the 3,000 acres of incredible old growth Doug Fir forest. We prefer those with nonviolent direct action experience. Come prepared for wet and cold conditions. The hike to the Free State is over 12+ miles.

For more information:
Direct Action: *Mattole Forest Defenders
POB 28, Arcata, CA 95518
*North Coast Earth First!, 707-825-6598, 822-3771(fax)
 ncef@humboldt1.com

 http://www.mattoledefense.org/
Images at  http://www.earthfilms.org/
Article at  http://www.indybay.org/

http://www.mattoledefense.org/
707/825-6598
Mattole Forest Defenders, POB 28, Arcata, CA 95518

Thank you Indymedia for the story 30.May.2001 16:41

Matt X

I just wanted to add a comment to thank the thoughtful individual who first posted the story, and also say thank you for the follow-up with numbers to call.

I encourage everyong to call the numbers and speak strongly and intelligently to these people.

This is a great way to raise the social cost for the people and groups perpetrating the acts we are opposed to.

In solidarity,
Matt X

Forest Facts 30.May.2001 17:18

wwicko

The following excerpted from "A Moment of Truth: Part Two Correcting More Errors in Gregg Easterbrook's A Moment on the Earth" edited by Leonie Haimson

To be sure, forest cover has increased dramatically since 1920, although this date was not picked at random: It was the historical low in total forested area. [23] The author's statement is akin to saying, "I am much healthier now than when I had pneumonia five years ago." Moreover, a graph of total forested area in the United States would not "show a soaring column," as he writes, "with the total continuing to expand annually." Instead, since 1970 there appears to have been a decline in total forested area, with a total drop in forest cover of 17 million acres between 1970 and 1987. [24] Projections made by the Department of Agriculture in 1989 predict this trend to continue, leading to a loss of forest area in the United States of about 5% over the next 50 years. [25]

Total forest acreage lumps together intensively managed plantations, naturally regenerated second-growth forest, and native old-growth--although the environmental values these different forest types offer vary dramatically. For this reason, the loss of native forests is more than "cute wording," because it encompasses the precipitous decline of many native forest types, in addition to the well-known example of the Northwest old-growth forests, of which only about 13% remains.

Whether or not old-growth forests will grow back as before after being clear-cut is still an unresolved question. In any event, it takes at least 200 years for a forest to acquire old-growth characteristics, [18] and common timber management practices don't allow nearly enough time. According to a pamphlet put out by Weyerhauser, harvesting rotations occur every 35 to 50 years. [19]

...throughout much of the country, whatever wooded acreage remains, development and agriculture have fragmented the forest into parcels too small to support many species, especially the many species of migratory birds that require large unbroken areas of interior forest habitat.

An old growth forest is not primarily a matter of tall trees: It entails a forest with plentiful snags and downed logs, a high accumulation of biomass, canopy gaps formed by treefall, and, in many cases, great tree species diversity, as shade-tolerant species join the original shade-intolerant dominants in the overstory. [21] Increasing the growth rate of trees, while certainly good for timber production, is largely irrelevant for the creation of the complex community and ecosystem structure that characterizes old-growth forests and their associated species.

********
The preceding were excerpted from an excellent, well referenced, report titled "A Moment of Truth: Part Two Correcting More Errors in Gregg Easterbrook's A Moment on the Earth" edited by Leonie Haimson. These specific excerpts are from Section 5 of the article titled "Forests". This report contains a wealth of scientific evidence and historical facts that dispel numerous erroneous claims of environmentally destructive corporations.

 http://www.environmentaldefense.org/pubs/Reports/easterbr2/f_section5.html

Schoolz out 30.May.2001 21:41

grito

schools out people if every kid that just got out of a class where they learned something about life would go to Mattole for a week, they wouldnt be able to get to the treesitters. Call for a national student convergence on the Mattole. Solidarity!


thank you 31.May.2001 01:38

cary carybirdsall@yahoo.com

thanks to you, tree huggers, for your extreme sacrifice, and for facing the anger of those who feel painted into such a shameful corner that they must destroy 10,000 years of beauty to feed their families.

thanks for fighting the good fight!

some folk just can't see that virgin forests are a non-renewable resouce. (can't see the forest for the lumber?) it's a heartbreaker.

Man that's tough 31.May.2001 04:31

Drew

Man that's totally brutal. I think it's great that these guys are out their risking life and limb for a good
cause. I hope someday people won't have to risk their lives for trees. To make this possible, I suggest
pushing conservation in any and everyway possible. There is plenty of wood going to stupid uses
out there. And my advice to anyone who wants to treesit in the future: you are using extreme tactics
to achieve your objective, expect and prepare for your adversaries to do the same.

Remember Judi Bari 31.May.2001 16:02

Fred Thompson

Hi:

Back in the day it was Judi Bari that stressed very much the need to build with the workers when doing actions to save our environment, otherwise the bosses win when they pit environmentalists against workers.

The focus of the article tries to demonize employees the same as we would the cops; and granted, their behavior is reprehensible. However, what sorts of things can be done to prevent this dynamic from happening in the future?

When EF!, in conjuction with the USWA and the IWW idled a port in Tacoma a few years back, the workers honored that picket; the work had been done to make the right connections. This is the sort of thing we need to repeat, not the mistakes that make it appear that the high and mighty left can tell "redneck" loggers what to do. I sympathize, because I am a committed radical, who grew up in depressed post-logging boom towns, and beleive me, most of the folks I knew were more anti government/corporation than most leftists I know now.

Save the forests, by all means necessary, but lets do it effectively, as we need to reach people by going to where they are politcally, not expect them to come to us because "we" have taken a moral high ground, no matter how correct (we think) it may be.

The first place to start would be to talk to the union activists who work there, and find out what their beefs are, and make those connections. The more we deal with loggers as potential allies, rather than "rapers of the earth", the more sucessful we can be. Past history proves this.

In Solidairty,

Fred Thompson

regards to alternative ways 31.May.2001 17:53

hello

It is not as easy as you think to get outside support. These areas, which the anti-logging,non-violent activities are taking place are very remote, and the logging "big buisness people" have been playing by there own rules for a very long time. There are always people such as: Bonnie Rait, who come up and do benefit concerts for the cause. Furthermore, a few years ago there was Julia Butterfly, a young woman, who sat in a tree for over a year protesting the logging of old growth. After she came down, Pacific Lumber or Maxxam went to cut it down. Around the same time, a few young college students went out into the woods to protest the loggers, and the logggers continued to log, knowing there were people out there. Consequently, a young man was killed. Also, a few years ago, a few young students rallied in a public office,handcuffed themselves around a tree stump, and were assaulted by the police, who swipped their eyes with q-tips soaked in tear gas. Geraldo Rivera did a piece on it, but it seems to be a constant battle to get outside consistent help. It is a daily battle stopping these people from cutting down the last of our Ancient Forest, which should be declared a National Monument. It's not that easy stopping these people from making another million dollars, they have much more money and political clout than the people protesting. I stress, we do not live in a third world country, I wish our goverment, and big buisness would stop treating the "normal people", who care about our world on a deeper, less superficial way than these people do, would stop acting like we live in a third world country. Trees are big buisness, but there are many alternatives to cutting down the last of our virgin forest. I repeat all these anti-logging demonstrations are non-violent, and this is not an isolated incident at the Mattole; its an ongoing everyday battle. Hopefully, one day other people, who have the same concerns in there areas will stand up like these people do, and try to save a piece from our past in order to have a more fruitfull future. These trees are beautiful--go visit. The trees in this area are a piece of our past, which were here before the white man ever came to this Country. Unfortunatly, a lot of our natural beauty has been stripped. Lets not let these money machines take everything from the people. Do some research and find out about the cause--its hard to explain in a short paragraph all that is trying to be done to stop them, but like I said before, its a constant battle going down all sorts political roads.

RE: tree sitting analogy to scientists 31.May.2001 18:10

tree

Most of these non_violent protesters are Scientists, most of them have degrees from Humboldt State University. The others have equivalent degrees--they are local--they grew up swimming in these areas, and drinking clean water, which is being contaminated by clear cutting and selective logging in general, these people are not on city water, and most are not on city power. They are original out-back people, that learn what people get degrees in just living on the land.

world gone insane 31.May.2001 19:28

nate elspbi@yahoo.com

Human beings have evolved into parasites, sucking the life blood out of the world we live in. Won't be long before mother nature spits us out and starts over . Then where will corporate profits be ?

hypocrites 01.Jun.2001 00:56

phoebe phoebe@brassrat.net

From Pacific Lumber's site ( http://www.pacificlumber.com):
"Because we can look back on so much history, it is easy for us to see how today's actions will affect our future. We take our stewardship of company lands seriously and we will continue to harvest and replant as we always have".

PL can judge the effects of their actions, can they? Apparently they want deforestation as a part of the future. And yes, they do take their stewardship very seriously... seriously enough to kill people when they interfere with their profit-making logging.
(note the picture on this site from the 1800's of seven or eight men standing on a tree stump. Not much chance of finding trees like that to log now. And they are proud of this!)

Those who look beyond themselves will always eventually win. Keep it up.

Keep it up! 01.Jun.2001 12:37

Hobbes

I've heard some conflicting reports from the old-growth
forests since Julia came down. So I decided to go out
there myself. I just came back from a short week of
camping in the Redwoods and half of that time was spent
with close to 80 wonderful committed forests defenders.
This diverse group of "radicals" are wonderful people
who are sacrificing so much to do what needs to be done.
I have sent them supplies before and there are many others
who are helping at many levels. These people are lucky if
they own a frisbee and a rusty truck. They have no vested
interest in their side of the struggle. I wish I could
even more from the east coast. Keep it UP, defenders!
You know it's worth it and now so do I!

It's time America woke up from its corporate induced
stuper. The only way we are going to change the world is
to come together and change ourselves.

(before every thought, word, and action ask yourself,
"is this a loving way to do this?")
peace
Keep it up!
Keep it up!

Loggers and Environmentalists 01.Jun.2001 15:29

Steve x344543 intexile@iww.org

Also see  http://bari.iww.org/iu120/

Get the real story. "Judy" is way off base.

-Steve


silly 01.Jun.2001 18:13

corkscrew

*No verbal or physical violence *No weapons

yes. make sure you are totally unable to defend yourself and beat the bastards back. they can do what they will with you. god forbid you should do anything but turn the other cheek and get thrown out of a damn tree. after all, assault is a crime right? indeed. ripping off shoes is assault. hit back harder.

*You will be coming to a timber/ranching community

and that is justification? we should make sure and accommodate the interests of a community that CHOOSES...politically...legally...and greedily to DESTROY. to bite the hand that feeds them.

*Be respectful and aware of your surroundings

for what? to set an example for them? to convince them with a smile and a flower that they should respect theirs?

doesnt sound like my kind of party...when you spend your life cleaning up after them, on a daily basis, for pay or for self-satisfaction, the last thing you want to give them is fodder. if im going to jail, it had better be worth it.

re: the last post 03.Jun.2001 20:26

not corkscrew

I posted this on a different thread (about Eagle Creek) in response to a similar violence-minded schmuck. Think it fits here, too. "Hit back harder" sounds great, huh? Wrong -- not if you want to actually be successful in this fight, as opposed to just fucking around in the woods for a few months until you get bored.

:)

------
Boy, you know, the quickest way to get public opinion against you in activism in this country is to be militantly violent. A few punctured tires or 'threatened' Freddies up there, and you'll have the entire mainstream media crying about how the situation has been taken over by violent extremists and calling for the gov't to reign things in -- which the they'll be more than happy to do and the 99.9% of American society who are scared to death of black masks and flying rocks will be happy to support them. That law of 'every action causes an equal and opposite reaction' doesn't just apply to physics. Ready your history books, kid.

If we want to be effective, we need to gague strengths and weaknesses. Guess what? VIOLENCE and BRUTE FORCE are *their* strengths, not ours. If you choose that route with the US gov't you will lose, every time.

But what are their weaknesses? They're doing something that's hurting EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the Portland metro area (watershed, recreation, etc.), they already have a number of LOCAL GOVT'S AND POLITICANS AGAINST THEM, and, most importantly, they are COMPLETELY IN THE WRONG.

The people ultimately have the power -- we just need to get them to realize it and use it. Unfortunately, when we play in the Freddies' hands with violent tactics, they use the people against us, and win. 5 kids running around the forest tearing up culverts won't save Eagle. 50 angry citizens locking down in front of the gates, 500 angry citizens occupying the Forest Service building and 5,000 angry citizens calling their Representatives WILL.

Hey, a tip to everyone: Angry, violent men are who got us into this (global) mess in the first place. As far as I'm concerned, when I hear talk like that, the person's either naive or an infiltrator.

Lockdowns are ineffective in a treesit 04.Jun.2001 11:20

ecoterrorist

What is needed in all of the treesits is a much more defensive stance instead of taking a submissive stance. Lockboxes are not one bit effective in a treesit, it only endangers the sitter and puts that person in a really screwed up position. I have been a treesitter/ forest defender for about four years now and I will never let a climber up into our trees. Period. He will never make it.
when that climber is coming up the tree your life is in danger, and that gives you the right to defend yourself and the tree. That climber will not come up unless you allow him to come up. Tools like girth stoppers, crown of thorns, or hanging a gallon water jug on the climbers girth chains are safe effective ways of saying that you are not coming down and neither is this tree.
I'm tired of watching my friends and family get tortured for the sake of media. Sure lockdowns are symbolic, but doesn't a stump say the same thing? I'd rather see successfully defended beautiful ancient trees than cops pepper spraying kids, and chainsaws ripping apart nature.

looking for son 08.Jun.2001 17:54

sue breindel2@home.com

Am looking for my son, aged 21, name is Jeff, brown hair, brown eyes, about 5feet 5inches. Usually wears a red bandanna. Had attened Rutgers U. in NJ prior to leaving the area without saying bye. Sources say that he is on west coast interested in tree-sitting. If you see him or hear of him please tell him to contact home. thanks.