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"Forest Nation" Rally and Concert Tonight

Forest Nation!

A free and festive rally for our forests. All ages ... kids welcome!

* TONIGHT: Friday, September 24, 4-10 PM
* Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown Portland, Yamhill & 6th
* Inspiring Speakers * Good Food * Great Live Music.
Forest Nation Graphic
Forest Nation Graphic
A Rally & Concert for Ancient Forest Protection!

People of the Northwest: Stand up for Your Forests!

Friday, September 24, 4-10 pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown Portland, Yamhill & 6th

Do you love wild forests, wild rivers, and big trees? Apparently, the
Bush Administration doesn't. They've been busy rolling back
protections for our region's greatest assets: ancient forests,
roadless areas, wild salmon, and clean water. It's time to stand up
and speak out for the places we love! Let's make history!

All ages ... kids welcome! Fun activities!


Inspiring Speakers * Good Food * Great Live Music

Including:

*The Motet
*The Everyone Orchestra, Conducted by Tye North
*Taarka
*Joanne Rand and the Rhythm of the Open Heart
*Special Guest Emcee: Dana "Cows with Guns" Lyons

Speakers include:

Mary Taylor, Bark

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Jay Ward, Oregon Natural Resources Council
Ivan Maluski, Oregon Sierra Club
Demis Foster, Ancient Forest Roadshow
Ginger Cassady, Greenpeace
James Johnston, Cascadia Wildlands Project

For more information contact: (360) 714-0572 /
<mailto: info@nwoldgrowth.org> info@nwoldgrowth.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.bark-out.org
phone: phone: 503-331-0374


Half of Life is just Showing Up 24.Sep.2004 12:01

Half-Life

Published in the Ojai/Ventura Voice, September 10, 2004 PROTESTS MORE HELP IN PASSING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS THAN WORKING ON "INSIDE"

Taking to the streets to demonstrate and protest is more effective than working inside the system to influence the passage of pro-environmental legislation in the United States, according to a new study analyzing the impact of the environmental movement. The study also found that a' pro-environmental bill has a much better-chance of being approved by Congress when Democrats are the majority party, but contrary to public perception, a bill's odds of passage actually decrease slightly under a Democratic president.

The findings come from an analysis of 406 pro-environmental bills passed by Congress between 1960 and 1994 conducted by Jon Agnone, a University of Washington sociology doctoral student. He will discuss his research today (Aug. 17) at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association at the Hilton San Francisco Hotel.

His research also found that:

. Public opinion alone has little impact on the passage of pro-environmental legislation. Politicians are only responsive to public opinion on the environment when protests direct their attention toward such concerns.

. The overwhelming majority of environmental laws are passed during congressional election years.

. Nearly 80 percent of pro-environmental legislation is introduced in Congress by Democrats.

Agnone's research looked at how social movements and public opinion interact to affect public policy. He examined the impacts of working inside and outside the institutions of government. Working inside the system, which is how business is generally conducted in Washington, DC, includes lobbying, petitions, voter-registration campaigns and court cases. Working outside the system includes protests and marches, sit-ins and boycotts.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, working from the inside has not had much of an impact and, in general, public opinion doesn't matter," he said. "Most people say they are for the environment and lawmakers say, 'Yeah, yeah,' but they don't do anything unless people start protesting. Protests amplify public opinion by directing politicians' attention to the public's interest."

Agnone found that Congress seems to be more amenable to passing, environmental legislation during election years. This is because voters typically pay more attention to what their representatives are doing and politicians can use a pro-environment voting record to help get reelected.

The actual impact of individual protest acts on whether legislation passes is relatively small, with each protest event that occurs in a given year increasing the number of pro-environmental bills passed by about 2.2 percent, Agnone said. That means in a year in which 20 protests occurred, about 44 percent more pro-environmental bills would be approved, he said. But that is a small increase compared to which party controls Congress and whether or not it is an election year. A piece of environmental legislation has a 75 percent better chance of passage when Democrats control both houses of Congress, according to the study, and a bill is more that 200 percent more likely to be passed in a congressional election year.

Agnone's research was based on information from the U.S. Public Laws data file, part of a project conducted by the Center for American Poll. tics and Public Policy at the University of Washington, as well as from the New York Times Annual Index, from which data on the number and types of environmental protests was drawn.

"Social movements do matter, sometimes. Politicians are responsive, but this happens by going to the streets, not by schmoozing elected officials," he said.

Anyone Have The Body Message Picture? 25.Sep.2004 11:44

Mistletoe Angel

It would be very symbolic to have that aerial view picture taken from the 14th floor of a building of our body message to Gordon Smith, etc. be displayed here.

Symbolic in how passionate we are in willing to put our bodies on the line to protect the body, blood, air and spirit as Joann Rands put it in one incredible lyric to her songs.

Sincerely,
Noah Eaton