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Fire and Forests Road Show Report Back

I was at the Oxygen Collectives (from Ashland) Fire and Forests Road Show tonight at PSU. It was so fucking amazing! I dont want to give too much away, because they are going to be at Reed tomorrow night...

But, when I got upstaris I was greeted by some stiltwalkers giving me some literature, a long table with a ton of information and wonderful people (indluding good friend sthat I hadnt seen in awhile :)
Then, all of a sudden, the room went dark and a folk singer who wasnt supposed to be on the bill, got up and played a song about the Biscuit Fire. He said his name was Ryan. It was a really moving song and I enjoyed it. He had to have someone hold the lyrics for him, made me think that this stuff is so important and so many wonderful people are just busting their asses however they can to get this stuff out there!

Then the Fire and Forests show started. Pam (i think) opened us up with a spirtual poem/prayer that was wonderful, and then we got som e more acoustic guitar music. Then there was this wonderful sldie show that was eloquently spoken over described the slides and what is going on/has been going on in and around the Siskiyou. I was almost brought to tears by this slideshow.

I dont remember the order, but there was another spoken word artist, an animated speaker with slides that walked us through the truths of what is goiing on in the forest and why the fire that swept through the siskiyous wasnt detrimental at all, but really it was necessary for the life and prosperity of the land!

Then there was a show and tell piece with artifacts that were collected from around the siskiyous and it was really neat to see these things up close and personal. Then a quick moving piece where a few people rushed up with a...

Well, I said I wasnt going to get too far into it :) What happens next is pretty cool, especially because it was at the college! And then there was more speaking and congregating, some letter writing and good conversation with new people!

Also, i shouldnt forget, there was a special appearance by a certain shrub including a question and answer series. Anyway, they are going to be at Reed tomorrow. I dont know all the details, or if they will be doiing the same show, but I will prrobably go again just in case!
shameless self-promotion 15.Apr.2004 14:38

Ryan ryanharvey@riseup.net

hey.

I'm the Ryan who played the song. Im also playing Saturday at 8pm at Laughing Horse Books (37th and Division SE). It's a benefit for the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund and to raise $ and gear for folks defending the Biscuit and other lands this summer! Also performing will be an amaizng poet named Contajous!

Thanks to the 02 Collective for kicking Timer-boss ass!

In solidarity,
Ryan