Rainforest Relief has been opposing the sales of outdoor furniture made from an Asian tropical hardwood called nyatoh, logged mostly from the rainforests of Indonesia. Increasing demand for this wood will increase destructive logging in Indonesia's dwindling rainforests, wiping out the last remaining habitat of orangutans, hornbills and other highly endangered wildlife. We are carrying out a National Day of Action on Saturday, April 30th, 2005, targeting retailers of nyatoh outdoor furniture. These retailers include Target Stores, Cost Plus World Market, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Kitchen Kaboodle, Do It Best Hardware, and Eddie Bauer.
Please join our Portland protest this Saturday, April 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the Cost Plus store at NW 23rd Place and Burnside. We're planning to do a legal sidewalk protest and leafletting. We will meet at the parking lot entrance on NW Burnside just west of NW 23rd. PLEASE LET US KNOW BY PHONE OR EMAIL IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO ATTEND SO WE CAN PREPARE PROPERLY.
What to bring: Water, rain gear if appropriate, drums if you have them, and your orangutan mask that you can print off and print in color from our web site at http://www.rainforestrelief.org/documents/Orangutan-Mask-2.pdf If you are going to wear the mask, please dress in reddish-brown clothing if you have it to complete the animal effect.
Here is a link with more about the Day of Action including background information, and ideas for signs (please make one if you can). If you can't make the protest, you can still help by contacting the companies by phone and email: http://rainforestrelief.org/News_and_Events/Upcoming_Actions__Events__Meetings_and_Presentations/Actions/Nyatoh_Day_of_Action.html