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Tree-sit @Bairds office Ends w/actions thenext 2 days

The action ended a lot sooner than planned but in the next 2 days there will be more. Please help us show Baird how we feel about his Salvage bill.
We had a crazy day and the police were really ontop of things. At first the lower level cops showed up around 10:30 and were really cool and thought things would be chill until Mon. when the big wigs would make decisions about arrests etc. Then a little later the Chief of Police showed up and changed the whole situation. He started playing hard ball and said, "NO MATTER WHAT, HE IS COMMING OUT OF THAT TREE TODAY!". We played a little hard ball with him and soon the folks who had control over the property showed up. They were furious and wanted Adrian out of the tree even sooner than the officer. We played our little back and forth game and soon realized that we had to compromise since the media would not be there to witness the police extracting him from the tree. We did get 2 TV stations to come out and shoot the action earlier(watch ch 8 & 6 tonite. We tried to delay as much as possible and when the giant fire truck with the extension ladder showed up we knew we had to give in.

We agreed to to come down if:
1)Noone would be charged cited or arrested
2)None of our gear would be confiscated
3)We could have a meeting with Baird's staff and be allowed to have media be there afterwards

It definitly wasn't ideal, but we would have had none of that and not had media or a story.

WE PLAN ON MEETING WITH BAIRD's STAFF TOMMOROW(Mon April 17th)@ 1pm. We are having 2 events in the next 2 days. One is the meeting. Please show up if you can, and the second we are still planning on having a rally outside Baird's office on Tues. at 1pm.

E-MAIL  bairdsbadbill@care2.com for more info and answers to questions

Thanks for the action 16.Apr.2006 22:59

gk

I'm sorry the fire truck with extention ladder arrived. It was a really unique action and I'm proud your group came to Vancouver to do it. I was sooo with you guys, and am sorry it was short-lived.

good job! 17.Apr.2006 17:52

anon

sounds like you came out of that pretty well, actually. As a former treesitter, I can tell ya -- getting a meeting, not losing your gear, having no arrests, and getting media on it all at the same time sounds like a win. Get away clean, do it again! :-)

Inform of meeting 17.Apr.2006 18:45

gk

Please inform us how the meeting went today with Baird's staff. Thanks for furthering the forests.

And I think you should do the climbing again. Great publicity!

Wednsday Rally NOT HAPPENING 17.Apr.2006 22:03

ANT bairdsbadbill@care2.com

Unfortunatly the rally outside Baird's office tommorow has been called off. Our meeting went well. Look for a post titled ,Adrian Haley and associates Negotiate For Debate, for more info on what happened. We are asking folks to call Baird's office and ask him to agree to a debate. Please try to show up to the Oxygen Collective event Tues evening @ the Clinton St. Theatre @ 7pm. We'll be there to talk to if you would like to get involved locally. Also you can e-mail us.