Derrick Jensen in Portland and Vancouver this Sunday and Monday
Derrick Jenson will be speaking in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA on October 6th and 7th respectively. I would highly encourage people to attend and see this amazing speaker and writer.
Sunday Oct 6, 6pm - Portland, OR - Laughing Horse Books 3652 SE Division
Monday Oct 7, 7-9pm - Vancouver, WA - Washington State University Vancouver auditorium
Derrick Jenson will be speaking in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA on October 6th and 7th respectively. I would highly encourage people to attend and see this amazing speaker and writer. Below are the details followed by a quote.
Sunday, October 6, 6 pm, Portland, OR. I'll do a benefit for the Speaking Truth to Power Defense Fund. "Would You Trade Your Words For Freedom".
Contact: Kyr Westwind 503.235.2578 firstname.lastname@example.org Laughing Horse Books 3652 SE Division
Transport: Take bus #4, bike, or carpool: from SE 39th turn West onto Division Street, Laughing Horse in at the intersection of SE 36th & Division on the South side of the street.
"a fundraiser for the Spreaking Truth to Power Defense Fund, a grassroots efforts to protect our community and the Constitution. Join us for an evening of music and words in defense of civil rights. Derrick Jensen, author of 'A Language Older Than Words' will speak, local musicians will perform and Radical Notion Baking Co. will provide organic vegan treats in this community effort to defend four Oregonians targeted by the JTTF, and the 1st and 4th amendment rights of us all. Admission is sliding scale, $5 ~$15, be generous and remember you may well be contributing to your own defense fund: any one of us could be next."
The four Oregonians she mentions are environmentalists who have been targeted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. They are alleged to have torched logging trucks, and are facing up to 80 years in prison.
Monday, October 7, 7-9 pm, Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area. I'll be at the Washington State University Vancouver auditorium. Contact: Brian Tissot
From "The Culture of Make Believe" pp. 570-571:
...the key word in the mass murder of the trees and the mass murder of the humans is "mass". In both cases the killing is made inevitable by a utilitarian worldview that blinds us to relationship and makes it impossible to perceive the other as an individual, whether the other is a Jew, Indian, woman, or tree. In both cases - the Holocaust and industrial forestry - the killing was or is demanded not for any personal, that is, human, reason, but rather by abstract ideologies, and the valuing of those ideologies over life. In both cases the killing has been made feasible, rational, necessary by a bigotry that holds us separate from and superior to these others, whomever these others may be, and thus entitled to take the others' lives for no good personal animal reasons. You could argue that at least by killing trees - whom we certainly consider to have less rights to live on this land than we - we're able to harvest wood that can be converted to cash, and also turn unproductive - from an economic perspective - native growth into productive tree farms. I would respond that by killing those they deemed subhumans, Germans were able to harvest gold, glasses, shoes, soap, and hair that could be converted to cash and were able to gain "lebensraum" that Germans would put to good use. The biggest, and, really, the only fundamental. difference between the nightmares is that, insofar as the killing the planet, we're still on the inside. We still consider ourselves the master race, or species.
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