Third Coast Redwood Summer Continues |
UPCOMING ACTIONS: Protest at MAXXAM Headquarters this Monday, August 4 | Help make posters and watch films the night before the protest. | Plan your own protest... Here's how! | MAXXAM exposed
LATEST: MAXXAM/Pacific Lumber takes another hit in court! | MAXXAM orders towing of cars of menacing meditating activists. | Read SACRED's statement on Trust's departure from the Memorial park symbolic treesit. Some activists were visited by police looking for Trust. Make sure to check out these handy suggestions for how to deal with police.
BACKGROUND: Drawing attention to Houston-based MAXXAM's role in the logging of trees in Northwest California, two forest defenders climbed trees in Memorial park and set up treesits (hear an interview from the treesit).
They were also protesting increasing violence against their fellow activists in California who are trying to stop irresponsible, and illegal logging by Pacific Lumber - owned by MAXXAM. The banner between their sits reads, "Stop Max-Scam from clearcutting our ancient forests - Jail Hurwitz, $50,000 reward," in reference to the Charles Hurwitz, MAXXAM's CEO and majority shareholder.
Through the efforts of groups like SACRED (Southern Alliance of Coastal Redwood Earth Defenders), Houston area activists have become closer allies with activists working in California. Read a report from Saturday's teach-in, hosted by SACRED. Listen to Gypsy's cousin and Rod Coronado's presentations.
Coronado's call for no compromise in defense of mother earth was followed up on by Dirty South Earth First! with home demos. Activists traveled to the homes of MAXXAM exec's Diane Dudley and Charles Hurwitz demanding a stop to destruction of old growth forest and increasing violence against non-violent tree-sitters in Humboldt California. Activists from the Dirty South Earth First continued the campaign against MAXXAM and visited Paul Schwartz, president of the multinational corporation, at his home. Then they went to MAXXAM headquarters in Houston's Galleria area to deliver their message to the the directors and the people in the office building.
Every Monday, you can participate in a weekly meditation outside of MAXXAM's headquarters as SACRED/Coalition for a Better Way launch the Green Ribbon Campaign.
Listen to a Houston Indymedia radio show that reported on what's turning out to be a redwood summer on the third coast! | Hear David Rovics perform at Supper Happy Funland during a benefit to David "Gypsy" Chain.