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Forest Defensers Lockdown In Oregon Dept. of Foresty Office

forest defenders lock themselves inside oregon department of forestry office
in protest of new clear cut plan
August 1, 2011

Mollala, OR- As a culmination of the annual Trans and Womyn's Action
Camp, activists occupied the regional Oregon Department of Forestry office.
Three members of the camp have locked themselves together inside the
office using modified pipes. Currently the trio is refusing to leave
until the Oregon Department of Forestry revoke their support for the
2011 Elliott State Forest Management Plan.

Today is the last opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan.
Activists involved in the action criticized the plan for opening up
areas to logging which were previously off limits. They also
criticized the plan for increasing clear cutting to boost local
timber jobs while not making any decisive moves to regulate or even
monitor the large timber export industry which ships logs and jobs
overseas.


The Trans and Womyn's Action Camp, or TWAC, was formed out of a need to
make space for marginalized identities that otherwise may not be
represented within the broader push for environmental justice. This
action is organized and carried out by women and trans identified
people. "As a trans person, my affinity with forests stems from the
harsh reality that both of us are targets of oppression for merely
existing. Systems of oppression such as patriarchy, homophobia, and
transphobia are inherently linked to the violence towards forests
such as the Elliott. I am in solidarity with all forms of resistance
against the destruction of marginalized identities, human and
non-human." says Samuel Morrissey

Meredith Cocks of Portland, OR said, "It's absolutely devastating to walk
into the middle of a clearcut in the Elliott and know that after decades
of fighting for forest protection this sort of logging is still accepted
on public lands. This is some of our last intact coastal rainforest, a
precious place that deserves our respect, not to be decimated by the ODF."

Onsite Press Contact: Maya Andrews (413)695-2249


Offsite Press Contact: Timothy Swenson (703)994-6359
 Timothy.Swenson@yahoo.com

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homepage: homepage: http://twac.wordpress.com


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pics....

They are still locked down after 4 hours. No business as usual today!

Food help and arrest information! 01.Aug.2011 20:59

jail support

Please call the Clackamas County Jail, (503)655-8331, and request vegan food for the three folks arrested today! They are Danielle Hauser (vegan), Meredith Cocks (vegetarian), and Sara Silvestro (vegan). When you call you have to wait through an automated message to talk to a real person. The food they have been given has not been vegan and they haven't eaten hardly at all today. It helps if you tell them it is for religious reasons and that the folks will get sick if they are not given vegan food. You might also try to keep it simple for them and tell them to give them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit.

The three folks arrested earlier today are being held on $7,000 bail each. They are choosing not to be bailed out at this time. According to the jail's website, they are each being potentially charged with two misdemeanors: ORS.166.025 - DISORDERLY CONDUCT II ($3,500 bail) and ORS.164.245 - CRIMINAL TRESPASS II ($3,500 bail). Contact with those arrested has been limited, but it sounds like they are doing fine except for needing to eat. They have an arraignment tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 2nd, at 10am at the Clackamas County Courthouse. The address is: 807 Main St. Oregon City, Oregon 97045. Please come out to show your support and be there when they are hopefully released!

Everyone Out! 02.Aug.2011 19:46

jail support

After a long morning of run around with the legal system, all three folks are out of jail and fed finally! Thank you to everyone for your support! Folks were released on OR and have an arraignment set for August 16th at 6pm at the Mollala Municipal Courthouse. Please come out to support them if you can.

-Rebel Bitchez