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This is a Nonviolent Forest - Hood River Tree Sit, Rally to Protect Roadless Area

Tree Sit by local activist leading up to Rally, Friday June 6, 2005 @ 7pm on Oak Street in Downtown Hood River during First Friday arts/entertainment gathering.
Local activist, Lorax, has erected a platform in a large tree on the Hood River County Library property in downtown Hood River. Word is there will be a rally tomorrow, Friday June 3rd to support Lorax in his effort to bring attention to President Bush's plan to open up much of our last wild and protected roadless areas to logging and other resource extraction. These lands were previously set aside as protected lands.

I understand Governor Ted Kulongowski is opposed to Bush's plan and Friday is the last day for him to petition the federal government to continue protecting these roadless areas in our national forests. The Mount Hood National Forest will certainly be impacted should Bush's road building plan go through.

The Rally occurs at 7PM on Oak Street in downtown Hood River. Also occurring on Oak street is the Downtown Hood River Business Association sponsored First Friday local art/entertainment gathering. Listen for information about the Lorax's protest and the rally on Radio Tierra 95.1 FM Hood River. Call Lorax to voice your support end encouragement (541) 490-2106.

Teunis G.Wyers
teuniswyers.blogspot.com
OOps - Friday June 3rd 02.Jun.2005 17:42

TGW

Tomorrow June 3rd is the date.

more on the rally 03.Jun.2005 10:06

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I was told there will also be music, and pinatas with seeds and local merchant gift certificates, along with a reading from the Lorax for everyone to enjoy and learn from!

rides from portland 03.Jun.2005 11:13

Cascadia Rising EcoDefense

there's a carpool -- call 503-493-7495 for details....

What a ridiculious and divisive distinction. 03.Jun.2005 17:13

Michael b.

This is a non-violent protest of your "non-violent protest." If you're going to do a rally to protect the forest great. If you're going to do a community event to protect the forest this is good too. What bothers me is that you feel the need to perpetuate this state sanctioned characterization of activists as "legitamit" or illigitamit, as "violent" or non violent. This choice of language parralels the way the government uses the term "terrorist" to label and isolate people that are fighting to protect thier communities. A while back I was charged with two counts of assualt simply for pulling away from a cop as he hit me. During a "non-violent" civil disobedience a cop claimed I "assualted" his fist with my stomach. This is how the government twists and gains power from the pointless characterizations you've chosen to use.

Sure there isn't any tactical advantage to be gained from attacking forest cops at a community potluck. Just as there isn't any point in isolating friends and potential allies by drawing attention to this point. I mean honestly, I know I havn't been keeping tabs on who is the legitamit or popular actavists lately but I just don't see the point in helping the government villafy people. Last time I checked people like you and me, that may have as much or more commitment than you or I do to the struggle are still bieng targeted and and jailed as "violent terrorists" for doing stuff as moral as liberating animals.
I don't mean this as a personal attack on you. Please don't take it that way. It's just there's a struggle out there, and it's bigger than you or me.

in love and war,
mb

"Non-Violent Terrorist" ?? 04.Sep.2005 01:46

Teunis Wyers teuniswyers@gmail.com

"This is a Non-Violent Forest" was on the sign up in the tree, so not my characterization. In response to your comment, I obviously don't take it as a personal attack. I'm glad you are reading and responding to articles on Indy media. If you've come this far, I can say we at least share a respect for the power of direct media. That is to say, we share a common vision; however, we don't seem to agree on how it will be realized. Your argument may stand in theory, but practically "non-violent" has healthy connotations and I'm not too worried about the government trying to label people, activities, or threats as "non-violent". Additionally, who do you refer to as "the government"? I often hear people say, "I don't like the government", but to what does that phrase refer? It seems like people refer to "government" as if it were an unknown quantity. This is what I don't understand. We are governed by our own citizens; our own neighbors. We are the government. We are consumers in an elitist capitalism where market forces drive policy decisions. If you need and example, look to the Bush administration(s) - GW gets $400K annual salary from US taxpayers, but he also gets some billions of dollars a year through Saudi Arabian and other investments in corporations which GW and family have significant holdings and/or directional influence. I would submit to you that GW is pretty likely to continue supporting policy that maintains his economic status quo.

As you see, I know there is a struggle out there that is bigger that you and I, but it is not bigger than 51% of the US voting population, right? So we need to focus all of our resources on figuring out how to join the collective will of every person, organization, and corporation that embraces the success of non-violent protest, and most importantly protest against bad, inequitable, and elitist policy. We need to teach people to protest with money, value systems and community involvement. We need to work on the collective movement - the struggle to bring justice to market forces. Activism is important here.

According to you, the morality of saving animals has greater social value than the morality of law that protects against the act of liberation. This may be true, but if the liberators used tactics that were forceful (breaking and entering), which they probably did, they learned that the law currently and in direct contravention to their views, favors property owners and the rights and protections pertaining thereto. Laws are changeable, so figure out how your government works, and figure out how to make it work for the common man; for the un-landed worker. Media is big part of the movement.

Stick to the streets my man.
RePresent solutions, not solutionless problems. Peace!

TGW
Hood River, OR