It was a small group, but spirited. Less than a week's notice was given for the event, but organizers were happy with the turn-out. Describing another rally for the Biscuit in Selma, Oregon, on Feb 5th, one of the organizers said, "We are not the radical fringe. We represent the mainstream opinion. N one wants to log old growth trees." |
Sandi from BARK took Sen. Ron Wyden to task for doing nothing about the Biscuit. "Where is he in all this? He is nowhere. Personally, I'm fed up. He presents himself as Mr. Environmentalist and gets political capital for doing nothing. He is silent and I want to hold him accountable." Sandi encouraged everyone to call Wyden's office to demand he use the power of his office to do something. Wyden's number in Portland: 503.326.7525
Sandi also thanked everyone who attended and asked them to take other steps, such as visiting the area youself, where she assured the crowd that people and groups could plug you in once you arrive.
Is there any hope to stop the logging? The current situation is grim; despite the fact that a court case re. the legality of the logging won't begin until March 22, timber companies are being allowed to start cutting now. The court denied a legal request from activists for an injunction stopping logging until March. One of the activists on stilts said, "The only option left is to put our bodies between the machines and the trees." The activist then told the story that recently loggers were unable to do any cutting because trenches had been dug across the road. Yay, direct action!
Rolf Skaar of the Siskiyou Project stressed the importance of badgering elected officials. "We crushed Senator Smith's lawless logging rider... because the people still have the power!"
The message from the day was clear: "Do something!" Be it direct action, lobbying, or whatever else, but please take a stand and help to save the Biscuit.
After the rally, i went down to the Greyhound station and bought a ticket so i can go down there to the Biscuit myself. This issue has got me hoppin' mad, and i need to do something. We'll see what happens when i get there! i also stopped by Ron Wyden's office on Broadway on the way home and delivered a message in person. The woman i spoke to said they'd been getting "a lot of calls", which was good to hear.