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The End of Santa Cruz Earth First!?

As of Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, at 7 pm. Santa Cruz Earth First! will be gone - Unless you do something about it!

If any of you want to see Santa Cruz Earth First! continue, then you have to let the group know it.

You MUST come to the meeting on Wednesday, 23 June at 7 pm at 224 Walnut Ave (The HUB) Suite E (Upstairs over the Bike Church) or You MUST send a donation to Santa Cruz Earth First!, POB 344, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 that arrives before the meeting on June 23rd.

Don't send a reply email saying how much you want SCEF! to continue - SHOW UP OR SEND A DONATION!

If you want SCEF! to continue and are willing to participate, support it and be active, and show it, then SCEF! will live on.

A Quick Look Back: Santa Cruz Earth First! Fights for Jailed Comrade "Victim" I SC County Jail is Redecorated I Treesitters Needed NOW I EF! Tree-Sit in Ramsey Gulch! I Ramsey II Sitters Threatened at Gun Point I Treesitter Dies Defending Ramsey Gulch Ecosystem I EF! Organizers' Conference I SCEF! Climb Training I Earth First! Radio News (archives)
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The End of Santa Cruz EF!?

To everyone,

Uncle Dennis here with some sad news for you all.

As of Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, at 7 pm. Santa Cruz Earth First! will be gone - Unless you do something about it!

Here's the story...

For the last 6 months, the number of activists who have come to a meeting of Santa Cruz EF! can be counted on one hand. We had to move our office because we couldn't afford the rent anymore. No one has volunteered to table at the Farmer's market. I attended Earth Day on the UCSC campus and at San Lorenzo park and only one other person showed up to help, but didn't stay very long. We also made zero money those two days because every cent that was donated went to PAY for the booth space in San Lorenzo Park. The last two issues of the EF! Journal have been lost somewhere and I can't seem to locate the bundles. This means no EF! Journals for Bookshop Santa Cruz or the Sacred Grove. (or the money we normally get from those sales.)

There are some bright notes. We have an office (very small) for very reasonable rent thanks to a long time activist who squeezed us into a space he had available. We have gotten some donations that could keep us going for a few more months. We have a place to meet. We have a post office box. We have a voicemail service. We have a webpage (2 years out of date).We have a bank account with some money in it, but not much. We have a dedicated activist who has been there with SCEF! for the last 22 years and is willing to do it 25 more years, if we can, but he can't do it alone and he can't fund it all by himself.

So here's the deal...

If any of you want to see Santa Cruz Earth First! continue, then you have to let the group know it.

You MUST come to the meeting on Wednesday, 23 June at 7 pm at 224 Walnut Ave (The HUB) Suite E (Upstairs over the Bike Church) or You MUST send a donation to Santa Cruz Earth First!, POB 344, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 that arrives before the meeting on June 23rd.

Don't send a reply email saying how much you want SCEF! to continue - SHOW UP OR SEND A DONATION!

If you want SCEF! to continue and are willing to participate, support it and be active, and show it, then SCEF! will live on.

If not, then here is what I will do.

I will stop having meetings.

I will stop the voicemail.

I will close the post office box.

I will give up the office space and put the files into storage.

I will shut down the webpage and the email.

I will return the donations recently made.

I will close the bank account and send the money to the Direct Action Fund.

I will sift through all the rest and donate the useful stuff to active campaigns aound the country who need it.

I will erase the email list.

I will tell the EF! Journal collective to take Santa Cruz Earth First! off the Contact List and stop sending Journals.

I will think back on all the wonderful and powerful activists who were part of this group and miss them a lot.

I will keep working for Mother Earth and all her species in every way that I can.

In Love and Solidarity,
Uncle Dennis

homepage: homepage: http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/9579
address: address: Santa Cruz Earth First!, POB 344, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

About Santa Cruz Earth First! 17.Jun.2004 13:42

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Earth First! is a non-hierarchical network of autonomous groups and individuals committed to biocentrism, direct action, and a no-compromise stance.

The Santa Cruz chapter of Earth First! consists of various folks who want to protect local biodiversity and ecosystems. We are a mix of students, teachers, parents, bike activists, organic farmers, contractors, artists, and computer programmers. Some of us are 'young' and others 'old', and often we differ on tactics, strategy and even philosophy. Some of us call themselves Earth First!ers, some don't. But we are all bound together by our love and respect for the Earth that we all share, and by a commitment to eradicate all forms of oppression and exploitation of any living being.

From the coastline of the Monterey Bay to the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the committed activists of Earth First! Santa Cruz are engaged in a no-compromise effort to defend our bioregion.

Ask around to learn more about our direct action campaigns -- past, present & future. What's up with the tree-sitters out in Ramsey Gulch, and the Sherpas of Salsipuedes who keep them supplied with the relevant necessities? And how can you help them? Send stuff, send money, send a friend. Or turn off the computer and get out there.

Together, we can stop Redwood Empire, Inc. and its timber-baron CEO Roger Burch from further ravaging the watershed of Watsonville and gain permanent protection for these beautiful trees and the precariously steep hillsides that they safeguard. What's more, we can stop business-as-usual for the logging industry in Santa Cruz and ultimately, end corporate rule, through global non-violent solidarity with like-minded activists everywhere.


History of Santa Cruz Earth First! 17.Jun.2004 13:45

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* 1600 ?s California invaded by European explorers. They find numerous natives living in the area around Monterey Bay. Wildlife, including salmon and grizzly bears is abundant. Native peoples manage the landscape with fire to encourage deer and other prey species. Shell trade with inland tribes is extensive. Monterey and Branciforte (later called Santa Cruz) founded. Mission system ravages native population due to relocation and disease.

* 183? First commercial milling of timber for shakes started in Aptos.

* 185? First dimension mill built in Santa Cruz County. Deforestation begins with much of the timber going to fire lime kilns in several locations around the county. The rest is exported to build San Jose and San Francisco. Oxen, and later railroads used to extract timber from inland valleys.

* 1906 Earthquake shakes down parts of San Francisco while San Jose burns. Logging accelerates to rebuild the cities and results in near total clearcut of the redwoods south of San Francisco. Only remote, steep canyons spared.

* 19?? Big Basin State Park founded as first California preserve of some ancient forest.

* 1946 Bud and Lud McCrary introduce mechanized logging into Monterey Bay area using surplus tank parts.

* 1979 Dave Foreman, Howie Wolke, Mike Roselle, ? form Earth First! On a desert mountaineering trip to Mexico. Big Creek Lumber starts logging in upper Butano Creek on property owned by Pacific Lumber.

* 1980 Earth First! Journal started and first Round River Rendezvous held in Wyoming (by invitation only!)

* 1982 UCSC Earth First! starts holding meetings during beer hour at College 8 on patio of Kerr Hall.

* 1983 Organizing meetings and potlucks begin around town.

* 1984 Demonstrations against plastic packaging staged at McDonalds on Mission Street.

* 1985 Santa Cruz EF! hosts the first California Rendezvous in Big Basin State Park.. 40 people show up for 2 days of meetings and workshops.

* 1986 UCSC EF! started again. Demonstrations staged at Bank of America. Santa Cruz EF! hosts second California Rendezvous in Big Basin. 300 people show up including Dave Foreman and Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Society who agree to work together. Dave Foreman and David Brower speak at UCSC. Big Creek Lumber finishes initial Butano cutting. Pacific Lumber is taken over in a hostile purchase by MAXXAM corporation using junk bonds.

* 1987 Demonstrations against cougar hunting at CA Dept. of Fish and Game offices locally and in Sacramento. Rainforest Action Network demonstrations against Burger King. Hunt Saboteurs go to Mojave to protect Big Horn Sheep.

* 1988 1989 Demonstration held at CDF office in Felton. Rufus hangs banner on CDF radio tower. Castagnolas restaurant picketed for selling exotic meat dinners. The Greenpeace ship ?Vega? visits. Hunt Saboteurs go to N. California to protect Tule Elk and back to Mojave to protect Big Horn Sheep. Arizona 5 busted in FBI sting operation using undercover agent-provocateur. Peg Millet evades capture for 2 days. Dave Foreman arrested at home in bed. Oct. 19 - Earthquake rocks Santa Cruz. Epicenter within a mile of first sawmill site.

* 1990 Earth Night Action topples power tower in Aptos ? blacks out Santa Cruz for 2 days. No one is ever charged for this action. Redwood Summer planned in N. Calif. May 24 - Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney survive car bombing in Oakland while on their way to Santa Cruz for a rally. FBI agents on the scene in minutes and start smear campaign. FBI agents start questioning Santa Cruz EF! activists within an hour of the bombing. Hunt Saboteurs go to N. California to protect Tule Elk

* 1991 Big Creek Lumber buys Butano unit from MAXXAM for $8 million. Logging of remnant old-growth begins. Trial of AZ 5 begins. Local activist Gary Reynolds dies. December 16 - UCSC/Big Creek starts logging at Elfland over holiday break. 42 people arrested in day-long demonstration and woods actions. Attorney Debbie Malkin arrested for visiting the site as part of legal action on an injunction. Logging finished before court can rule. Native shell site trampled and sacred sites destroyed. Construction of Colleges 9 & 10 begins.

* 1992 Darryl Cherney plays concert at UCSC for Headwaters campaign. Week long treesit begins in Butano. ?Three Sisters?, treesitter, was eventually lowered to the ground by Big Creek employees while San Mateo County SWAT team pointed guns at her. Todd Shuman, who was doing a resupply run, also arrested.

* 1993 1994 Darryl Cherney and Casey Neill perform in Santa Cruz. Planning for California Round River Rendezvous begins.

* 1995 Walnut tree action fails to save old tree behind former Bookshop site. City sells wood at a profit. and March to demonstration and lockdown at Big Creek Lumber mill in Davenport. SCEF! Does Transportation Coordination for RRR on the Mad River, CA. Proposes Marbled Murellet Habitat 100 times larger than USFWS Rod Coronado, Hunt Saboteur activist, captured after responding to injured eagle ruse that gets him off the reservation in AZ where he was hiding, is sentenced to prison. His infiltration of the fur industry leaves farmers fuming over revealing videos shot during killing and skinning, and ALF farm raid increases. Chris Maser, Andy Stohl, AFSEEE founder, and Ed Grumbine speak at Forest Conference. THP hearing and demonstrations against Grizzly Flat logging in Watsonville watershed.

* 1996 Redwood Empire begins logging at Gamecock Canyon. Kathy Dean, Nick Gombos and others blockade Summit Road until injunction issued. Daily harassment, threats, and gunfire stretch over next three years of logging. Hayward brothers logging company amasses violations that prompt CDF letter of reprimand. Monkeywrenching finally bankrupts Hayward, but not before Gamecock Canyon is trashed. Logging starts at Grizzley Flats after Headwaters heats up in fall and activists move north. Base camp abandoned and only token resistance to logging occurs.

* 1997 1998 Attendance at SCEF! meetings starts to decline. Survey goes out to try and determine where folks want to go with a local group. Attendance drops to 1 by year-end.

* 1999 Headwaters deal announced. Activists return to Santa Cruz

* 2000 18 June, Ramsey Gulch Treesit started with help from Canopy Action Network. Redwwod Empire files a lawsuit, then withdraws it, to bar treesitters from property.

* 2001 Ramsey Gulch Treesit continues with youngest treesitter (7 weeks old) ever.