The Josephine County DA has aggressively pursued charges against all individuals brave enough to stand in the way of rampant resource extraction at the Biscuit timber sales. The county police are once again being funded by timber dollars, as one would expect from the logging trucks on their badges. The Forest Service has entered into a special contract to pay all law enforcement, incarceration and prosecution fees incurred by the county. The JoCo Jail ordinarily Matrixes out non-violent inmates to keep the jail below capacity, but has refused to release Forest Activists despite their expressly non-violent stance and demeanor.
Amber lives in the Illinois Valley, where citizen resistance to the Bush Administration's moves to log in Late-Successional (old growth) Reserves and Roadless areas is growing. Logging at the Fiddler Mountain sale is nearly done, with mostly helicopter-yarding by Columbia Helicopters remaining to be done, but there are many other Late-Successional Reserve sales that have been sold, and another batch of Roadless (meaning, pristine, without any roads) sales are coming up to the auction block. Many residents are busy planting spring crops and birthing spring livestock, but the protests continue with the Walk for the Wild Siskiyous in Cave Junction on May 7th. See the Biscuit Alliance website at http://user.cavenet.com/guenter/biscuit/ for more info.
Meanwhile, Amber has a court date Wednesday May 4th, where the judge could possibly decide to set her free. And as long as she's in jail, she would love to get letters from friends and supporters.
Mail the letters to:
C/O Josephine County Adult Jail
1901 NE "F" Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Letters and envelopes with drawings, tape, stickers or lipstick are not allowed and will be returned to sender.