Taklima, OR: Our first performance was an offering to a Siskiyou community that has fought for their forests for decades. It was with a great deal of trepidation that we stood before the crowd of 85, but our worries were for naught. The folk of the Illinois Valley were amazingly generous with their applause and their donations. We were still figuring our way before a crowd and the IV input has been invaluable.
Chico, CA: We had two days in Chico and used every minute. Our push was for letters to Senators Boxer and Feinstein and we didn't leave town until we had 100 handwritten, many from our stiltwalking and tabling at Saturday Market. We also spent an afternoon in a downtown park giving four trainings to dozens of people. It was in the park that we refueled with 40 gallons of biodiesel made by local activists from reclaimed veggie oil. Our Chico stop also included four radio interviews, network television interviews and a newspaper story.
Mills College, Oakland: By our third presentation, we were finally tightening up. We also got a 100% response from our request to the audience to write letters. But our great success at this women's college has been a commitment from five women to come to the Siskiyou this Summer to work to defend the forest. Oh yeah, and we identified an Allen's Hummingbird. Cool.
Continue to check out our website at http://o2collective.org for continuing stories of our roadshow!