I haven't an idea about how to say this. Joan Norman died today. She was killed instantly in a head on car wreck.
Joan was in the process of moving to Brookings. After having been on a waiting list for two years to get her apartment - a move she wanted primarily for health reasons - the place had just come through and today was moving day. Details are sketchy yet, but apparently she was headed back to the Illinois Valley with her nephew, who is banged up some, but O.K. We don't know yet about the people in the other car. Apparently this happened near Twin Pines, is that still in Calif? More details will be reported later.
Joan said on March 12, 2005 "I don't know what else to do to stop the log trucks, so I am sitting down again." She was then hauled out of her lawn chair again, and arrested for the second time in the Biscuit campaign. She spent several weeks in jail, refusing bail on the moral grounds that she was not the law breaker. Then while in jail, she spent her spare time coaching other inmates as to what their rights were. Indomitable Joan was arrested over 100 times in her life; standing up for civil, social and environmental causes, and never had a lawyer until the Biscuit campaign. She always very successfully represented herself and the causes she stood up for. She will be dearly missed, as will her ever present enthusiasm and her no-nonsense powerful style.
Activists were attending a Sisters of the Siskiyou benefit in Ashland when this devastating news was learned tonight. Joan Norman was our number one Sister of the Siskiyous, dear friend, mentor and leader. Completely tireless and fearless!
After everyone absorbed the shock, I was asked, and am honored to announce, the group consensus about all this: folks will do exactly what would've pleased Joan the most!
Biscuiteers will take lawn chairs and sit down in front of the McGuire timber sale. For our forests and for Joan. We love you so much Joan. You're one of a kind. Like a rare spice. And she loved the trees so much.
The action will occur in a timeframe most respectful toward Joan's family. Details about Joan's memorial will be announced soon as we know what they are to be.
Thanks for the lessons, dear Joan. We're only getting started. God, you'll be missed.
Big Love, Annette